Austin: 216-Unit Affordable Apartment Complex Planned Outside City Limits
Featured Photo (above): The 16000 Bratton Lane property, site of the proposed Grand Station affordable apartment complex, is undeveloped, just northeast of Austin city limits. Image: Google Streets
By Edmond Ortiz
Austin (Travis County)–A 216-unit affordable apartment complex is planned for construction on an 11.6-acre North Side parcel.
Carmel, Indiana-based Pedcor Investments, LLC plans to construct the multi-family community, called Grand Station, at 16000 Bratton Lane. The property lies inside Austin’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, but outside the city’s zoning jurisdiction.
Grand Station will consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, spread out in nine three-story buildings. The apartments will range from 835 SF to 1,300 SF.
An early map of the 16000 Bratton Lane property. Image: City of Robinson
All apartments will be restricted for families with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income.
Five percent of the units will be designed to be fully accessible to the mobility impaired, and 2% of the units will be accessible for the hearing/visually impaired.
Travis County Commissioners on March 24 passed a resolution stating no objection to the developer’s application for a 4% low-income housing tax credit.
In 2018, Pedcor originally submitted a request to the local Community Development Block Grant office for a fair housing review.
It was not until recently that the developer received approvals from the city of Austin and Travis County to begin preparing its tax credit application.
According to county staff, Pedcor’s plan for Grand Station remains the same since the 2018 proposal.
That plan calls for community amenities such as a swimming pool, playground, business center, fitness center, community room, laundry room, barbecue grills, picnic tables and a dog park.
Some units will have washer and dryer connections, energy-conserving fixtures, patios/balconies, and 9-foot ceilings.
A preliminary conceptual site plan for the Grand Station apartment complex. Image: Pedcor Investments
An affiliate of Pedcor will build and manage the apartments. Grand Station will provide a range of tenant services at no cost to the residents, including recreational activities, notary services and social events.
In their report on the proposed apartments, county staff state that the project is located in “a moderate to very high area of opportunity. The middle and high schools are performing well; the location is relatively close to public transit, grocery stores, health care facilities, social service facilities and other important amenities.”
There will be 402 open parking spaces, 12 garages and 24 carport spaces.
In addition to prospective housing tax credits, the project will be funded by bonds from the Travis County Housing Finance Corp. There is no information on an estimated construction cost or timeline.
Pedcor has built more than 20,000 multifamily units in 19 states. The company has developed 10 multifamily communities in Austin, Cedar Park, Kyle, San Antonio, Round Rock and Georgetown in the last four years.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.