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    800-acre golf club, hundreds of homes planned near Salt Lick outside Austin
    Discovery Land Company wants to build the Driftwood Golf and Ranch Club on 800 acres south of Dripping Springs. Expect more than 300 homes, including both custom homes and residences designed by the developer's in-house teams. David Rhoades, who is president of the project, told Austin Business Journal they hope to wrap up construction on the golf course in spring 2020, with amenities added over the following three to five years.


    How sports stars live: Former MLB player lists Texas mansion for $8.5M
    A former Major League Baseball All Star has put his sprawling North Texas home on the market. Vernon Wells, who was raised in Arlington and played for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees, listed the 16,238-square-foot home for $8.5 million. Built in 2010 by Austin-based Jauregui Architect, the Mediterranean-style home at 2251 King Fisher Dr. was designed to entertain. The home has a media room, a game room with a bar, a wine room, a sports court, an outdoor pizza?


    Higher-ed paychecks: Kenneth Starr ranked No. 1 in pay in 2016 thanks to Baylor severance
    Baylor University's Kenneth Starr was the highest-paid leader of any private university nationwide in 2016. That's according to the latest report from The Chronicle of Higher Education, which compiled a database detailing salaries of 1,400 top university officials. The data include compensation of leaders at more than 600 private colleges from 2008-16 and nearly 250 public universities and systems from 2010-17. Starr served as president of Baylor University in Waco until stepping down in 2016?


    Electronics rise to the top of college bowl gifts this season
    The start of college football bowl season seems like the right time to take a look at the various gift packages that participants in these season-ending games receive from the event organizers. Since 2006, SportsBusiness Journal has tracked what gifts college football bowl committees have provided to the participants of their respective games. The NCAA allows the committees to provide each participant with gifts totaling a combined maximum value of $550. Over the past few years, the majority of?


    Texas' Fort Knox? Dirt turns for state's first bullion depository
    Construction started last week on the first precious metals depository in the country that will be administered by a state. Austin-based general contractor MHT Constructors LLC broke ground Dec. 12 on the 40,000-square-foot Texas Bullion Depository on Heritage Grove Road near U.S. Highway 183 in Leander. The depository will be operated by Lone Star Tangible Assets. Construction is expected to wrap in late 2019. It is described as a class 3 vault, the highest level. According to LSTA Chairman Matt?


    In the money Dec. 17: More than $14M in deals reported by area startups
    Catch up on the latest venture capital activity in and around Austin, including SEC filings and company announcements.


    A primer on Robinson Ranch, 7,000 acres of Central Texas that will be home to new $1B Apple campus
    Apple Inc. is buying into one of the worst-kept secrets in Austin real estate, Robinson Ranch. As Austin Business Journal reported in April, the Robinson family earlier this year issued a request for interest and qualifications to feel out what developers might want to do with the roughly 7,000 acres north and east of Parmer Lane. Pieces have been carved off over the years for commercial and public developments, including McNeil High School, but for the most part the ranch has sat untouched as brokers?


    Austin's Moviehouse & Eatery finds a spot in Houston
    Moviehouse & Eatery ? one of three dine-in movie chains proliferating from Austin ? has signed on to anchor a new retail development in The Woodlands? Village of Creekside Park, The Howard Hughes Corp. (NYSE: HHC) announced. It will be the first Houston-area location for the theater chain, which some may compare to the Alamo Drafthouse or Flix Brewhouse ? all of which blend dining, drinks and movies. Construction on the 42,370-square-foot location is expected to begin this month and be?


    More big buildings for Austin's Mueller neighborhood
    Three new office mid-rises are planned for the Mueller neighborhood just north of downtown Austin. Shorenstein Properties LLC, one of San Francisco's largest office landlords, announced Dec. 13 it may bring 750,000 square feet spread across three buildings. The Frost Bank Tower downtown, for comparison, offers 535,078 square feet. Catellus Development Corp. ? which has spent the past decade building turning Austin's old 700-acre Robert Mueller Municipal Airport into a bustling urban neighborhood?


    Downtown Austin food hall Fareground levels up with new bar, but says goodbye to Antonelli's
    Fareground is taking its cocktail offerings to the next level. Austin's first food hall is ready to begin construction on Level Up, Fareground's new street-level crafted cocktail bar. Level Up will also feature food items from the food hall's restaurants. The bar will be located on the corner of Second Street and Congress Ave. downtown, and will be counted on to entice customers from the street to the food hall. Level Up is expected to open in the spring of 2019. The news comes in the wake of?