After listening to complaints Thursday from a number of of her constituents, District 2 Metropolis Council Member Vanessa Fuentes introduced throughout Council’s assembly because the board of the Austin Housing Finance Company that she would vote towards bond funding for a 179-unit, low-income, multifamily housing advanced.
Again in November 2019, earlier than Fuentes joined Metropolis Council, Council appearing because the AHFC board accredited a $4 million mortgage settlement with McDowell Housing Companions for creating the multifamily property at 4400 Nuckols Crossing Street.
Council held a public listening to on March 4 of this 12 months on the query of issuing $22 million in tax-exempt multifamily housing income bonds to supply for growth of the challenge, which is named Metropolis Heights. Fuentes mentioned considerations about site visitors within the space and Council Member Ann Kitchen indicated that she would assist make certain there could be sufficient cash to resolve these points.
On Thursday, whereas appearing because the AHFC board, Council in the end accredited issuing the bonds to supply for growth of the challenge. Council members Leslie Pool and Mackenzie Kelly joined Fuentes in voting towards the challenge. Council Member Alison Alter abstained, so the ultimate vote was 7-3-1.
The developer, MHP Metropolis Heights Ltd., is an affiliate of McDowell Housing Companions. Sarah Andre, representing the developer, defined that placing collectively such a challenge isn’t straightforward. Builders had already invested two years in shifting the challenge towards the end line.
The challenge is designed to be reasonably priced for seniors in households incomes at or beneath 80 % of the Austin median household revenue. Some space residents objected to the multifamily challenge, stressing that the realm’s streets are unsafe.
Ana Aguirre complained that Nuckols Crossing is a substandard highway with lacking pavement and no public transportation. She stated the challenge could be the fifth low-income housing challenge constructed within the space because the Nineteen Eighties. Though residents accredited transportation bonds, together with a research of Nuckols Crossing, she stated the neighborhood has nonetheless not heard a date for that research to start. Whereas she thanked Fuentes and her workers for pulling collectively workers from different departments to work on the challenge, she however urged Council to reject it.
Fuentes knew when she introduced her “no” vote that her colleagues had already supplied quite a few approvals for the challenge, so she didn’t essentially anticipate them to vary their votes. Nonetheless, she stated she would proceed to work with metropolis workers to resolve any site visitors and environmental issues that is perhaps related to the event.
Kitchen stated she understood, however it was too necessary to her to supply housing for low-income seniors. Together with Fuentes and metropolis workers, Kitchen outlined a prolonged record of site visitors enhancements for Nuckols Crossing Street. These embrace widening the highway from 26 to 40 ft, sidewalks, a devoted flip lane, pavement enchancment, signage, a preliminary engineering research and a four-way cease.
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