By Samantha Bryant Friday, 02 April 2010
ROUND ROCK — Round Rock is one step closer to having a central location for a cluster of nonprofit organizations. The Greater Round Rock Community Foundation is working on a plan to create a nonprofit campus on East Main Street, just east of the intersection of Georgetown and Main streets.
City of Round Rock Communication Director Will Hampton said the Community Foundation has not yet submitted a proposal, but the city has recommended a Planned Unit Development for the site and has encouraged the organization to come to a consensus with the neighborhood association. No timetable has been set for the project.
Trisun Healthcare donated 5 acres of the land to the foundation in 2008, with the caveat that the property be used to serve the community, Greater Round Rock Community Foundation Executive Director Kami Barron said.
“It’s a dream come true,” she said. “It is something that the nonprofit community has been discussing for over a decade.”
Nyle Maxwell, chair of the board of directors of the Community Foundation, said the project fulfills the organization’s mission: to promote philanthropy and causes in the community.
With its land donation, Trisun stipulated that Hope Alliance, a nonprofit that works to prevent family violence and sexual assault, would be able to move its administrative offices and a women’s and children’s shelter to the property.
Design consultant Chris Huggins of Huggins/Seiler & Associates LP, said the conceptual plan includes space for Hope Alliance, Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities and a nonprofit incubator with office space for either existing or new nonprofits.
Huggins said WBCO would be the first organization to move to the property and would rent part of its space to Austin Groups for the Elderly for their adult day healthcare program. WBCO would also use the building to operate a Head Start program, in which the organization will work with families to prepare their children for success in school, Director of Development Scott Ferguson said.