Austin: 300-Unit Affordable Apartment Complex Eyed on Far North Side
Featured Photo (above): A 300-unit affordable apartment complex is proposed for an undeveloped tract at East Howard Lane and Harris Branch Parkway. Image: Google Streets
By Edmond Ortiz
Austin (Travis County)--An affordable housing developer wants to build a 300-unit apartment complex on an undeveloped 13.5-acre tract in far Northeast Travis County.
Travis County Commissioners Court, acting as the Travis County Housing Finance Corp. (TCHFC) board, voted May 19 to enter an agreement for the Residences at Howard Lane, which will be located at the northwest corner of Howard Lane and Harris Branch Parkway.
The NRP Group’s Residences at Howard Lane will be located in Northeast Travis County, just outside Austin city limits. Image: NRP Group
The project site lies just outside Austin city limits and several miles west of Manor.
Preliminary plans call for 300 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units. Rent and income limits will be offered at or below 30%, 50%, 60% and 70% of area median income (AMI)
The conceptual site plan of the developer, NRP Group, for the garden-style community shows 11 residential buildings, each standing three stories tall.
Plans also call for a health and wellness center, pool, business center/co-working space, laundry facilities, conference room and a playground.
The housing units will include patios, storage space, washer/dryer hookups, and 9-foot ceilings.
There also will be 541 parking spaces and a detention pond on site. Construction will unfold in multiple phases over 18 months. Stone and stucco will be the primary exterior construction materials.
LJA Engineering is the civil engineer, and Lee & Associates is the landscape architect
Construction is estimated to cost $41 million. There is no information on a construction delivery method. VBX members may track this project using ID number:2020-3DCA.
County commissioners, serving as the TCHFC, also passed a resolution supporting the issuance of $48 million in bonds to help finance the Residences at Howard Lane.
NRP Group is applying for non-competitive 4% housing tax credits as part of its financing strategy; 4% tax credits require an affordable housing component.
Conceptual site plan for NRP Group’s planned 300-unit affordable apartment complex. Image: Lee & Associates
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.