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Stories by Syeda Hasan

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Cap Metro plan up for a vote today

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors is set to vote today on a major overhaul of its bus system. If approved, the changes would take effect in June, changing more than half of all routes in the area.While…

Friday, November 10, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin wants to make it easier to build garage apartments

City Council took a step yesterday to streamline the process of building and remodeling homes by approving the Family Homestead Initiative. The resolution calls for the city to identify all the regulations and costs associated with the process.Council Member Delia…

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Central Health taps Baltimore-based firm for Brackenridge Hospital redevelopment

Central Health has selected a firm to redevelop Brackenridge Hospital.The Central Health Board of Managers announced it’s chosen Baltimore-based Wexford Science and Technology to revamp the hospital, which closed its doors for good in May after more than a century…

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

New apartments could be coming to Northwest Austin shopping center

A popular shopping center in Northwest Austin could be redeveloped to include hundreds of apartments.The 17-acre site at 9828 Great Hills Trail, owned by Great Hills Retail Inc., currently includes a shopping center, restaurants, a movie theater and a bank.…

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

What will CodeNEXT mean for Austin’s neighborhood plans?

At a CodeNEXT meeting earlier this month, residents from across Austin raised concerns about one perceived change: that the city’s new Land Development Code would scrap their neighborhood plans.Jorge Rousselin, the city’s project manager on CodeNEXT, said that’s just not…

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

As foreclosures rise, has the Greater Austin housing market finally peaked?

Realtor Barrett Raven was showing one of his clients a duplex off of Cameron Road. Matthew Weilbacher was interested in buying one of the units, maybe the entire duplex, but he was wrestling with how to make use of the…

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Panel of Latino leaders to explore how CodeNEXT addresses racial inequities

As Austin’s new Land Development Code, CodeNEXT, is being crafted, some residents see the process as a chance to address longstanding issues of racial and economic inequity.Neighborhood activist Susana Almanza said Austin needs to talk about its past before it…

Monday, October 23, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

CodeNEXT consultant not meeting goals to hire women- and minority-owned firms

The California-based company hired to help rewrite Austin’s Land Development Code is not meeting contractual goals to hire local minority-owned and women-owned firms.The city’s contract with Opticos Design Inc. calls for about 32 percent of the consultant’s work on CodeNEXT…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin loosens rules for designating buildings historic

It may be easier for properties in Austin to be zoned historic now.Until a few weeks ago, if a property owner filed written opposition to the designation, the city’s Historic Landmark Commission needed a two-thirds vote to override those wishes…

Friday, October 6, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

A new development is bringing ‘micro-units’ to East Austin

A new development going up in East Austin hopes to provide a more affordable option for home ownership. The Fourth & condos in East Austin feature what are called “micro-units,” efficiency apartments that span just a few hundred square feet.“It…

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

People with criminal records are often locked out of Austin’s housing market

After almost a year of searching, Annette Price is settling into her new apartment in North Central Austin. She lives alone in the one-bedroom unit with her dog, Candy. But Price doesn’t totally feel at home.This apartment complex is one…

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

After demolition plans are scrapped, segregation-era school could become museum

After much debate over redevelopment, Austin is considering buying the Montopolis Negro School to preserve the segregation-era property.At the height of segregation, there were 42 schools for black children throughout Travis County; the Montopolis school is one of the few…

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Homeless service providers say pilot program made downtown Austin safer

An effort to reduce crowds loitering outside the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless has made downtown safer, local service providers say.A 30-day initiative was launched last month to address homelessness outside the ARCH, where dozens of people congregate on…

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin aims to simplify the language around CodeNEXT

The upcoming second draft of Austin’s new Land Development Code is expected to eliminate one of its key zoning tools, known as “transect” zones, which focus on a building’s form rather than its use.In theory, transect zones would allow for…

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

MAP: Central Austin neighborhoods are providing the most feedback on CodeNEXT

The complete rewrite of the city’s Land Development Code known as CodeNEXT will have significant effects on housing, transportation and commercial development throughout Austin in the coming years. But so far, public input on the code has been anything but…

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council considers using city-owned buildings to ease overcrowding at homeless shelters

City Council is looking at using city-owned buildings as temporary homeless shelters.The idea comes from Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, who says overcrowding at downtown shelters has led to harsh conditions for people experiencing homelessness.Speaking at City Hall on Tuesday,…

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin residents are beginning to move back into renovated public housing

Lisa Martinez walks around her newly renovated two-bedroom apartment at Manchaca Village, pointing out her favorite features: the blue accent wall in her living room, a new washer and dryer, and, best of all, a new dishwasher. It has made…

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Measure seeks ways to spread affordable housing more evenly across Austin

City Council is set to take up a measure Thursday to encourage development of affordable housing to be more evenly dispersed throughout the city.Low-income housing tends to be built in higher-poverty areas on the outer edges of the city. Rental…

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

High-rises to fill downtown Austin’s few remaining empty blocks

It’s hard to come by vacant land in downtown Austin these days, and the few empty blocks that remain are quickly being scooped up by developers. One of the area’s latest projects is at 308 Guadalupe Street.Earlier this month, Travis…

Friday, July 21, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Labor shortages, construction costs make it tough to build affordable homes in Austin

The rising cost of construction has made it harder to build affordable homes in Central Austin, housing analysts said after the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin released its midyear housing forecast Thursday.Researchers expressed general optimism about the growth Austin…

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