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Tag Archives: affordable housing

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

What is ‘missing middle’ housing?

Annette Naish used to work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, traveling across the U.S. responding to natural disasters. “I found out that in this country there are some of the most wonderful people in the history of the Western…

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Bills threaten Austin’s land use plans

Brie Franco, the city of Austin’s chief legislative strategist, gave City Council a brief update at Tuesday’s work session before rushing off to do some last minute lobbying. The city is facing a number of legislative attempts to curb its…

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council members consider ways to refine Strategic Housing Plan

In recent weeks, the release of Austin’s first-ever strategic housing plan has faced scrutiny as well as garnered support at public meetings. The plan aims to address the city’s growing affordability crisis by setting goals for new housing production. Tomorrow,…

Monday, April 3, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin plan sets goals for more affordable housing. But where should it go?

City Council is set to vote this week on whether to adopt the city’s first-ever housing plan. The plan aims to address Austin’s growing affordability crisis by setting goals for new housing production. But apart from encouraging more affordable housing,…

Friday, March 24, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Affordable units to rely on third party agreements

City Council on Thursday approved on second reading zoning changes allowing the owners of two South Congress properties to build vertical mixed-use projects with deep affordability for some residents, but the developers will be looking for a private partner to…

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council rejects dense project on narrow street

For developer Ross Wilson at PSW Real Estate and lobbyist Glen Coleman, downzoning the junkyard at 2413 Thornton Road from commercial services to Multifamily-4 seemed like a no-brainer. But because of the narrow neighborhood street and the increased traffic a…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Affordability plan before Council emphasizes housing needs

City Council members are hoping to make good on promises to create a more affordable Austin. Or, at the very least, ratify a plan to. Council members will vote on an “affordability action plan” at their regular meeting Thursday. The…

Monday, February 20, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

When the loss of a historic home adds to much-needed housing stock

Reedy Spigner, 45, straddles a gray carpet strewn with empty glass bottles and pieces of tape – just some of the things left behind in a move. In front of him is an entire wall of windows. From there, he…

Friday, February 17, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Plaza Saltillo advances amid accusations of broken promises

After years in the making, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Plaza Saltillo is only one vote away from its ultimate fate. City Council on Thursday night gave second-reading approval to the zoning change that will clear the way for the…

Monday, February 13, 2017 by Jack Craver

Tax credits could provide big increase in affordable housing units on Goodrich Ave.

With the assistance of the state and federal government, Pathways at Goodrich Place, a public housing complex at 2126 Goodrich Ave., may soon have more than three times as many apartment units serving residents who otherwise couldn’t afford to live…

Monday, February 6, 2017 by Cate Malek

Elysium Park gets initial Council approval, despite neighborhood opposition

For those wondering why building affordable housing in Austin is going so slowly, the Elysium Park development has been a case study of many of the tensions City Council is facing in its attempts to keep low-income people from fleeing…

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Jack Craver

How do demolitions affect Austin’s affordable housing stock?

As Austin grapples with its affordability crisis, much of the focus has been on how city leaders can incentivize developers to build new housing that includes units reserved for residents at certain income levels. Some city leaders, however, suggest that…

Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission approves Plaza Saltillo project, affordability level disputed

After what Chair Stephen Olivier called “officially our longest case ever,” the Planning Commission approved three rezoning items associated with the six tracts of the Plaza Saltillo project at its Jan. 10 meeting. The properties, owned by the Capital Metropolitan…

Friday, December 16, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs more funds for east side housing

Acting as the board of the Austin Housing Finance Corporation, City Council on Thursday approved an additional $992,000 to a loan for the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation to help the company build affordable housing at 1212, 1301 and 1309 Chicon…

Friday, November 11, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Pilot Knob zoning approved without fee waivers

With the threat of litigation hanging over their heads, City Council members on Thursday gave final approval to zoning for the Southeast Travis County Pilot Knob/Easton Park development. The vote was 9-1-1, with Council Member Don Zimmerman voting no and…

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Pilot Knob could face yet another lawsuit

City Council is poised to move forward once again Thursday on the Pilot Knob/Easton Park planned unit development and affordable housing agreement that Judge Stephen Yelenosky voided in October. But Council members should know that the same civic activist who…

Friday, October 14, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin teams up with Travis County and AISD on affordable housing

The city of Austin, Travis County and the Austin Independent School District are poised to enter a three-party partnership aimed at using publicly owned lands to address the shortage of affordable housing in the area. City Council did its part…

Friday, September 2, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves Tenant Relocation Ordinance

Affordable housing, and the question of how to get it, has dominated the conversation at City Hall these past few years. This year, City Council has also wrestled with the issue of how to protect residents currently in some of…

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Elysium Park angst: From City Hall to Israel

Last Thursday, many of those watching the City Council meeting were left befuddled by an exchange that took place late in the meeting over a proposed affordable housing project at 3300 Oak Creek Drive. Both the developer and the neighborhood…

Monday, August 8, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Resignations and resignation

“Sent using OWA for iPhone”… On Friday, the Austin Monitor reported that Neighborhood Housing and Community Development department executive Steve Ritchie had quit, following the sudden retirement of Director Betsy Spencer over the public release of allegations of harassment and…

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