June 15th, 2007 1:51 PM by Heather Brown
Leander Residents who make the daily drive to Austin have a new, ecofriendly commuting option. Capital Metro's commuter rail has officially opened it's first Central Texas station. While the train is not yet running, the park and ride area can be used by bus riders. The commuter rail system will open in 2008 and run along a 32 mile route. The developer's plans include homes, shops and offices on the site near US 183 and the US 183A toll road.
Women's Health Care gets a Boost!
St. David's Health Care System will invest more than $100 million dollars in women's health services for Austin's north side. The system's investment includes a new $82.7 million dollar hospital off MoPac, south of Parmer Lane. The new hospital will more than double the capacity for women's surgeries, baby deliveries and newborn intensive care. The new facility will begin with three stories totaling 177,000 square feet, including about 6,000 sq. feet of retail, 37 labor,delivery and recovery rooms, 61 postpartum rooms, 6 operating rooms for cesarean sections and 36 neonatal intensive care bassinets. The design allows for expansion to a total of 377,000 square feet in eight stories. About 100 jobs will be created in the center's first year. Groundbreaking is slated for late this summer, with completion by spring 2009. St. David's is also spending $9.5 million to renovate it's obstetrics facilities and add 17 bassinets for newborn intensive care at it's main hospital on 32nd street. In Round Rock, St. David's will spend 1.4 million dollars to expand it's intensive care facilities for newborns.
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