Commercial development ramping up this spring across Liberty Hill
By Rachel Madison
With the weather finally taking a turn for the better, construction has taken a turn for the busier across Liberty Hill. New buildings are being constructed while existing buildings are starting to fill up with new tenants, bringing a slew of new companies to town.
Highway 29 Office Park, located at 14001 SH 29, is expected to be completely full by the end of April, said Ryan Perry, vice president and broker with Asterra.
“We have about 2,000 feet remaining to lease,” he said. “We’ve got a nice mix of construction offices, counseling groups, therapists and marketing groups there.”
Current tenants at the office park include Islet and Goertz, Homebuilders; Elite Construction: Roofing and Construction; Erica Thomas with Vita Nova Counseling, PLLC; Hill Country Pharmacare; Denis Silva and Sons Insurance; Jenna Fleming Counseling, PLLC; Parasec/Paracorp Business Consulting; and Randolph Texas, Development and Homebuilding.
Vista at 29, about a mile west of Ronald Reagan Boulevard on the south side of SH 29, is about a month out from having its first completed building, and about two months out from having its second completed building.
“We are going to be completely full on these buildings by the time they are completed,” Perry said. “We’ve got a lot of letters of intent signed, and I want to wait until I get leases in place before I name the businesses, but we have a mix of medical, restaurants, a UPS store, a liquor store, professional office users, and a coffee shop. We’re also working with a breakfast café.”
According to the City of Liberty Hill, the new Tex-Mix location will be at the Vista at 29 business park and will be the company’s primary sales and dispatch office.
Perry said when Vista at 29 is complete, it will include six different buildings and several pad sites.
“This is going to be a very positive addition to the Highway 29 corridor in Liberty Hill,” he added. “It’s very needed retail and office condos. What you have here is the ability to purchase or lease retail or office space in a really cool mixed-use development in a great location.”
At the Austin Regional Clinic (ARC), at 12779 SH 29 West, the sign has been installed and building finish out is underway. The projected opening for the clinic is late May.
“We anticipate opening in late spring and look forward to having our new clinic ready for Liberty Hill residents then,” said Darlene Guynes, ARC’s operations director.
Norman Phillips, property manager for Life Long Property Management and associate with Hawkins Family Partners, said half of the new strip center behind Liberty Meadows Plaza at 12705 SH 29 West—where the Donut Palace is located—has been leased to PT Solutions, a physical therapy company. The other half of the building is still available for lease.
On the east side of Liberty Meadows Plaza is the new site for Liberty Hill Pediatrics.
“We are supposed to break ground April 1,” said Dr. Tiffani Scott of Liberty Hill Pediatrics. “COVID and the ice storm delayed things.”
The new office will have two separate entrances, one for sick children and one for well children. It will also have a breastfeeding room for moms to have privacy. Scott added that the office is currently only open Monday through Friday, but with the new building opening, Saturday hours will also be offered.
Phillips said the construction and renovations at the former Hobo Junction are nearing completion. Farm to Fork plans to open its second location—the original restaurant is in Leander—in early April.
At 13750 SH 29 West, Happy Wok plans to move within the next 60 days to a new location at the Water Tower Plaza, in the same building as Texas Taco Kitchen and The UPS Store.
“We are working with the family of the owners of Happy Wok to put another restaurant [in their current location],” Phillips said. “The new restaurant would be a seafood restaurant. Details of the deal are being worked out now and we hope to lock that deal in place very soon.”
Phillips added that they are also in talks with a cellular phone distributor to take space in the plaza where Texas Pawn & Jewelry was located before it completed its new building.
“Those talks are also progressing nicely and look to be finalizing soon as well,” Phillips said.
Panther Plaza, on the corner of County Road 200 and Highway 29, still has just one tenant, Security State Bank and Trust. Building finish out is underway and the bank hopes to open this spring. Emilie Niekdam, commercial adviser with RESOLUT RE, added that she’s also talking to a couple of restaurant groups about leasing the remaining space at the plaza, but nothing has been signed yet.
At Live Oak Center, where Comanche Trail Veterinary Center and Country Girl Consignments are located, the final 2,000 square feet available were recently leased to Selah Hills Church, Niekdam said.
On the south side of Highway 29 and RM 1869, the McCoy’s Building Supply project is moving along and is estimated to be complete by May, said MJ Toops, communications specialist for McCoy’s.
“The design team is working on several components of the interior of the store including the STIHL products display area,” she said. “The Liberty Hill store will be a certified dealer of STIHL outdoor equipment.”
Toops added that the store has also begun the hiring process for its core team members.
“Some of those team members will be internal hires but the jobs are also posted externally,” she said. “After that team is in place, our people development team will begin hiring for other option positions that would include cashiers, sales associates and yard crew members. It’s likely that the store will employ between 25 and 35 people, both full- and part-time.”
At the Heritage Ridge development, which is located along eastbound SH 29 in front of Liberty Hill Junior High, construction is underway on Starbucks, which will be the primary client at the development. The project is slated to have seven to eight lots for food service and retail as well as a car wash upon completion.
In north Leander, at The Shops at San Gabriel Ridge, occupancy is officially at 100 percent, said developer Dwain Schuh.
“The Asian restaurant, An Thinh, is expanding and opening up a neighborhood bar just south of their restaurant,” he said. “It will be a classy, really nice place. You’ll be able to get food from the restaurant in the bar. On other side of An Thinh is a beauty supply company called RDA Salon Centric. Just south of that business is a title company called Acclaimed Title, and then south of that is Liberty Mail. They’ll have PO box rentals and shipping and packaging services. In between Liberty Mail and the salon suites that are already there will be PT Solutions, a physical therapy group. These businesses will all be opening in July and August.”
Schuh said there is another business going into the space between Perky Beans Coffee and Frontier Bank, but he’s not able to disclose the name of it just yet.
“I’m finally full,” he said. “It’s been a long road, but quality tenants are what I wanted here.”
At the 183 Highlands Retail Center, located on Highway 183 heading north into Liberty Hill, Mason Turner, associate with Turner Commercial Properties, said they are getting a lot of interest, but there’s nothing new to officially report on new tenants or move ins. Texas AC Supply Inc. and #thesmiledoc are the current tenants in that center.
Behind A-line Auto Parts, at 12700 W. SH 29, a new strip center is being constructed by Star Developers, LLC. There will be six units, each coming in at approximately 1,900 square feet. The property is slated for a mixed use of retail and office.
Jardin Plaza, located next door to Mexican restaurant Jardin Corona at 15395 W. SH 29, is nearing completion and will consist of six units ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet each.
Other new businesses making their way to town include Golf Cart King, which will be relocating its facility from Austin to Liberty Hill and will be located just north of the QuikTrip convenience store at SH 29 and County Road 214. Happy Hill Country Liquor, a family-owned liquor store, will be opening across from Smokey Mo’s on Hwy 183. Construction on HEB continues at the intersection of SH 29 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, and Main Street Social, on Loop 332 near downtown Liberty Hill, is set to open soon.