Feature Illustration: A concept rendering of one of the apartment buildings for Uvalde Villas. Courtesy: Texas Grey Oaks.
by Adolfo Pesquera
McAllen (Hidalgo County) — A proposal for a 102-unit affordable housing complex was approved July 22 for a 9% housing tax credit award by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
The project, Uvalde Villas, will go up on a 7.4-acre site and will have two curb cuts for access onto the 800 block of Uvalde Avenue, east of 10th Street on McAllen’s south side.
According to the site plan, Uvalde Villas will consist of seven two-story buildings, a clubhouse amenity center, a courtyard with a pool in its center and a grille house on the south end, a playground, dog park, stormwater detention area, and surface parking that can accommodate 172 vehicles.
The total square footage of new building construction is 100,578 square feet. This consists of 80,238 SF of net rentable apartment space; 6,126 SF of per-unit patio or balcony space; 5,103 SF of breezeways and stairs; 3,917 SF in other support areas; a 596 SF for the grille house; and 4,598 SF for the amenity center.
Five percent of the units have been designed for mobility impaired persons. The architect’s narrative states:
“We have designed mobility impaired units for each bedroom type, including 36-inch wide doors; push and pull door clearances; accessible routes to all spaces; 60-inch diameter turning area in all spaces; 34-inch high counters in kitchens and baths with knee spaces for lavatories, kitchen sinks, and ranges; compliant access spaces to all plumbing fixtures, including appropriate grab bars; compliant access spaces to all appliances; and all switches, outlets, telephone/cable, and thermostats within 15-48 inches A.F.F. throughout the units.
“We have provided mobility impaired units in 5% of one bedrooms, 5% of two bedrooms, and 5% of three bedrooms (if applies), each individually, instead of the previous year’s requirement of 5% of the aggregate total number of units.”
This project overcame a determination by the TDHCA staff that it should be terminated due to a material deficiency in the application. At issue was the developer’s failure to explain the fate of occupied single family homes that are on the development site.
In its appeal to the Governing Board, the developer’s attorney explained that there was a relocation plan and a budget to execute it, when the time comes. The four single-family homes, three of which are occupied, will be demolished.
“The Seller is contractually obligated to sell the Development Site to the Applicant without any tenants in possession. These disclosures were described in and made a part of the Uvalde Application,” Kent Hance, an attorney with Hance Scarborough LLP stated.
The Governing Board accepted this explanation. The awarded tax credit was for $1.5 million. The estimated construction cost is $10,563,323.
The development team is comprised of Steve Lollis of Texas Grey Oaks and Donna Rickenbacker of Marque Real Estate Consultants.
The general contractor, an in-house division of Texas Grey Oaks, is T-Marq Construction Company. The project designer is Mucasey & Associates, Architects.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.