Tag Archives: Foundation Communities

Monday, September 13, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

The battle for 3000 Funston Street

What does a house interrupted look like? On a small piece of land in West Austin, you can see the answer: Wooden boards form a rectangle in the center of the lot meant to case a foundation, but it’s a…

Monday, July 12, 2021 by Amy Smith

Tax break proposal prompts call for changes to county’s public-private partnerships

The Travis County Commissioners Court may consider changes to the county’s affordable housing program to encourage apartment developers to provide more meaningful rent reductions in exchange for property tax abatements. Commissioner Brigid Shea suggested future changes as commissioners deliberated two…

Friday, June 25, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Developers, planners key to housing the city’s homeless population

City and nonprofit leaders tasked with helping the city’s growing homeless population see a need for short-term temporary housing and longer-term planning strategies that will make it easier to build homes and provide services for those in need. The ongoing…

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 by Sumaiya Malik, Reporting Texas

City waives permit fees for food charities

Effective immediately, City Council has voted to waive permit fees, fines and other charges for charitable feeding organizations like food banks and soup kitchens that distribute food to vulnerable populations and increase access to healthy foods in the community. The…

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Council approves rezoning for Foundation Communities project, quashing valid petition

A 100 percent affordable apartment project is coming soon to Southeast Austin. City Council has approved a rezoning for the Parker Apartments, a project by affordable housing developer Foundation Communities with 135 income-restricted units catering to families. Council members voted…

Friday, April 23, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Foundation Communities gets $1.5M, seeks more to fund affordable housing projects

A pair of affordable housing apartment complexes from Foundation Communities have received $1.5 million in subsidies to help pay for their construction costs and cover part of a remaining fundraising gap. Wells Fargo and the Federal Home Loan Bank of…

Thursday, April 15, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission recommends newest Foundation Communities project

The Planning Commission has backed the latest project by local affordable housing developer Foundation Communities, recommending Multifamily-Moderate Density (MF-4) zoning for an 8-acre, church-owned property at 2105 Parker Lane in Southeast Austin. The Parker Apartments will offer 135 units affordable…

Friday, October 13, 2017 by Claire McInerny, KUT

East Austin community looks to AISD for affordable housing

At a September meeting of the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees, almost half of the public comments weren’t about academic issues. Instead, they were about housing. Students, parents, teachers and other community members were asking the board to…

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Dukes dunks county’s North Campus plans

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ surprise support for a competing project hobbled Travis County’s quest for tax credits for an innovative mixed-use development on Airport Boulevard. “We’re not thrilled,” Economic & Strategic Planning Director Mark Gilbert told the Austin Monitor on…

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by Cate Malek

Who’s building Austin? As city grows, construction workers are getting left behind

At the end of the workday in downtown Austin, streams of construction workers start pouring out of the city. They spend their days building the condos and office buildings that will make up the new Austin, but they go home…

Thursday, November 5, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Court denies injunction against Foundation Communities

How much havoc can one neighbor wreak on a $20 million affordable housing project backed by federal, state and local governments and nonprofits? Potentially, quite a bit. On Tuesday, Foundation Communities avoided potential disaster for its Bluebonnet Studios on South…

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Jo Clifton

RECA report on affordability blames city, neighbors

As the city struggles to provide development review services needed to ensure that its many regulations are being followed, the Real Estate Council of Austin reports that “Austin is steadily losing ground in its efforts to become a ‘beacon of…

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Foundation Communities project back on track after BoA delay

An attempt to thwart construction of Foundation Communities’ Bluebonnet Studios fell flat at the Board of Adjustment on Monday night. Michael Sullivan, who owns the property adjacent to the Bluebonnet Studios site, asked the board to reconsider two city staff…

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman struggles to stop subsidized housing

There are only two subsidized housing developments in City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s District 6, as compared to 47 in Council Member Ora Houston’s District 1 and 46 in Council Member Pio Renteria’s District 3, according to data compiled by…

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Capital Metro hears proposals to redevelop Plaza Saltillo area

It’s a familiar headline at this point, but more change is coming to East Austin.   After years of planning and discussion, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is on the verge of selecting a development plan for the Plaza Saltillo area.…

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