Austin Planning Commission OKs Miami Firm’s Zoning Request on 89-Unit Development
Featured Illustration: An artist rendering of Anderson Creek’s front façade by Fugleberg & Koch.
by Art Benavidez
Austin (Travis County) — A Miami company received rezoning on an 89-unit development, during Tuesday’s Austin Planning Commission meeting.
The property is converting from limited office-conditional overlay-neighborhood plan (LO-CO-NP) and rural residence (RR) to community commercial-neighborhood plan (GR-NP).
The 4.22-acre property, Anderson Creek, is undeveloped and located on the south side of East Anderson Lane, (eastbound U.S. 183 frontage road), between Cameron Road and U.S. 290 at 1701 East Anderson Lane in East Austin.
Aerial view of property with site plan.
A portion of the site is in a floodplain caused by Buttermilk Branch Creek, a Colorado River tributary. Although considered an urban watershed, there are no watershed impervious cover limits.
McDowell Housing Partners, LLC, the developer, submitted documents stating that the project will be a S.M.A.R.T. housing project; all 89 units are to serve households at or below 80% median family income (MFI) for a minimum of 5 years.
Victoria Hasse with the Austin-based land planners Thrower Design represented the project to the commission and clarified residents’ lease eligibility criteria.
“The proposed project does consist of 89 units restricted to families making 60% of MFI or less,” she said. “The project proposes a five to six story building (67-feet), five stories from the highest grade on the site which is closest to (East) Anderson Lane and six stories at the lowest grade, which is closest to the middle of the property and that will also provide some covered parking.”
Nine of the units will be at 30% MFI, 36 of the units at 40%-50% MFI and 44 of the units will be at 60%, Hasse said.
A preliminary site plan shows the unit mix will be 42 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom units and five three-bedroom units, along with 153 parking spaces.
“City Council passed a resolution to support the project in February of this year and the project has applied for a 9% housing tax credit with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs,” she added.
McDowell Housing Partners, LLC proposes to finance the $26,699,162 development in part through the state administered 9% low income housing tax credit program and the associated tax-exempt bonds. The total construction contract is $16,593,614.
Austin-based JDB Real Properties, Inc. owns the property through its affiliate 183 Apartment Site, Ltd.
The Austin office of Pape-Dawson Engineers and the Winter Park, Florida-based architects Fugleberg & Koch are on board the project.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.