Tag Archives: Office of Real Estate Services

Monday, March 22, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Downtown Commission hears plans for APD headquarters relocation

Alex Gale from the city’s Office of Real Estate Services and Darrell Alexander from the Building Services Department spoke to the Downtown Commission Wednesday on the relocation of the Austin Police Department headquarters. Gale explained that Council had given direction…

Thursday, August 20, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Study weighs market impact of convention center expansion, predicts rebound from Covid-19

A new market analysis finds that the proposed expansion of the Austin Convention Center would bring more than 1,700 jobs to the city and add $306 million in annual economic impact from the local events and tourism industry. The market viability study…

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

State empowerment zones seen as wrong tool for city to preserve affordable housing

The city’s Neighborhood Housing & Community Development Department has opted not to use a state statute created to encourage infill development as a method for preserving affordable housing stock, instead choosing to enter into direct partnerships with developers using city…

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Affordable housing takes a few steps forward

Housing prices continue to climb in Austin as more people move to the music and tech mecca of Texas. According to Zillow, the median home value in Austin is $372,200, while the median list price is $399,000. In adopting its…

Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

City moving toward greater scrutiny, and possible rent hikes, on nonprofit leases

Nonprofit organizations operating on city properties will likely be expected to put a dollar value on the services they provide to the community, and could face higher rents after years of lease agreements at far below market rate. In May,…

Friday, May 31, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Audit finds city has ‘poor’ leasing practices

An analysis of the city’s leasing practices has called for widespread changes in coordination and oversight across city departments, after pointing out a number of inefficiencies and lost revenue that could cost $75 million over the next 30 years. The…

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Alter worried about cost of city leases

Council Member Alison Alter is worried about how much money the city is spending on renting space for city offices as compared to purchasing or building those offices. At Tuesday’s work session, Alter grilled Alex Gale, the city’s interim real…

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

South station closure marks start of municipal court facilities shuffle

A significant shuffling of operations is in store for Austin Municipal Court in the coming months, thanks in large part to Friday’s permanent closure of the court’s south substation on Manchaca Road. The closure will leave South Austin residents with…

Friday, January 25, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Despite higher valuation, Montopolis School property appears headed to court

The city’s purchase offer via eminent domain for the Montopolis Negro School property appears to be headed to court. On Tuesday a three-member Special Commissioners Hearing agreed on a value of $464,000 for the schoolhouse portion of the Southeast Austin…

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission seeks city properties list, but who’s got it?

Austin’s Music Commission is making another push to have the city’s Office of Real Estate Services compile a list of city-owned properties that are currently unused and could be made available for creative groups and music venues that get priced…

Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin zoning mess fix moves forward, for now

A fix for a mistake made two years ago is headed to City Council, and nine east side properties once owned by the city hang in the balance, as does a deal struck for affordable housing as a condition of…

Thursday, February 25, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Development Services move planned

When the Zucker Report came out in 2015, it offered a scathing analysis of the city’s planning and development review functions and compared Austin’s development and permitting processes unfavorably to many other cities, including San Antonio. One of the report’s…

Friday, February 5, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Tale of Winnebago Lane takes new twist

At least one chapter has closed in the saga of 4711 Winnebago Lane, as City Council voted yesterday against the sale of the land to a private buyer for $1.45 million. Council voted 6-5 against the sale of the land…

Friday, November 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Sale of city land divides city interests

Plans for a dog park in Southeast Austin may be dead. Why? In short: The city cannot afford its own land, which is now worth more than six times what it was valued at less than two years ago. But…

Thursday, September 17, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County boots city’s request for parking discount

Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday shot down a request from the city of Austin for a slightly more generous pricing agreement on scores of downtown parking spaces. The rare failure to reach interlocal accord underscored that the increasing popularity of…

Friday, August 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City to purchase preservation land

Austin will move forward with the purchase of slightly more than 10 acres of land in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, despite concerns from some City Council members about whether the purchase price could be lower. Council voted 9-2 to move…

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council likely to purchase endangered species tract

Despite questions about the price from City Council Member Don Zimmerman, Council appears poised to move forward Thursday with the purchase of a significant tract of land in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. The tract is within Zimmerman’s District 6. City…

Friday, June 19, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council cuts 2.3 city positions

City Council approved cuts to long-vacant city positions Thursday, but the result didn’t come close to the budget savings first envisioned. The effort to eliminate positions that had been vacant for more than a year was led by Council Member…

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council set to make flood buyout decision today

Today’s City Council agenda includes a decision on whether to appropriate $17,986,000 to purchase 63 flood-prone properties in the Williamson Creek watershed. Those properties are in the 25-year floodplain and are considered at high risk of flooding. The previous Council…

Monday, April 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council hits brakes on flood buyout

Last week, City Council voted unanimously to delay a proposed flood buyout in Northwest Austin in order to give members time to learn more about the program. Council is currently considering funding up to $328,000 for the purchase and closing…

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