Austin: Affordable Apartment Complex for Senior Citizens Eyed for North Side Neighborhood
Featured Illustration (above): Illustrative plan for the Arbor Park apartments, which will be designed for senior citizens. Image: Nelsen Partners Architects and Planners
By Edmond Ortiz Austin (Williamson County)–A 147-unit affordable apartment complex for seniors is proposed for construction on a 4.5-acre tract near McNeil High School.
Local company DMA Development seeks to build Arbor Park, a 143,829-square-foot rental residential community at 6306 McNeil Drive in the Bancroft Woods/Milford neighborhood, just south of West Parmer Lane.
Arbor Park apartments will be built on McNeil Road close to McNeil High School and the new Apple Inc. campus. Image: City of Austin
Austin City Council on June 4 approved multifamily medium density zoning for the property.
The design includes one four-story, wood-framed masonry building with elevators, interior common areas, a swimming pool, and 147 surface parking spaces.
The one- and two-bedroom units will measure 705-1,086 square feet. Eight of the units will be accessible to the mobility-impaired, and four apartments will be accessible to the hearing and/or visually impaired.
The 2,559-square-foot amenity space will include a fitness center, community room, business center, social services, mail room, leasing office, laundry center, and work room.
The parking lots will include eight accessible spaces. There are also plans for a rain collection system and tree preservation.
The project will require demolition of a vacant 9,500-square-foot commercial building on site.
Construction costs are estimated at $12 million. There is no estimated construction schedule.
Nelsen Partners Architects and Planners is the project designer, and Malone Wheeler is the civil engineer.
Carleton Construction has been identified as the general contractor. VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2020-4487.
Preliminary elevation for the planned Arbor Park affordable apartments, which will be designed for senior citizens. Image: Nelsen Partners Architects and Planners
According to preliminary plans, 80% of the units will be designated for households earning 30%-80% of area median family income (AMFI).
DMA Development has applied for a 9% low-income housing tax credit to partially finance the Arbor Park project.
The Austin Housing Finance Corp. has approved issuing $2 million in general obligation bonds to help support the project.
Arbor Park will be built near single-family and multifamily residential neighborhoods, a mobile home park, and down the road from Apple Inc.’s planned $1 billion campus.
Arbor Park apartment complex site plan. Image: Nelsen Partners Architects and Planners
Some neighboring property owners expressed opposition to the proposed apartments, saying having one entrance and one exit may be problematic for a congested street such as McNeil Road.
But other neighbors supported the project, saying it would bring much-needed affordable housing to the area.
DMA is experienced with developing multifamily properties, focusing on affordable and special-needs housing.
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.