Buda City Council signals support for low-income housing development

A low-income housing development is in the works in Buda, and it will receive financial support from the city.

Buda City Council voted 6-1 on Feb. 17 in favor of a resolution supporting The Pointe at Overlook, a 110-unit housing development at 645 FM 967, as well as a resolution of support to assist in the funding of the project.

Owen Dundee, a development associate with Picerne Development, the project developer, said that a Buda Economic Development Corporation survey indicated a void in Buda's housing market.

"It does seem like there is a demand of some working class folks that work here but just cant afford to live here," Development Associate Owen Dundee said. "Our development will certainly help (meet) that need."

The project will comprise stand-alone housing units ranging from one to three bedrooms. People earning annual incomes between $14,537 and $48,900 could be eligible to lease properties, according to Picerne Developments presentation. Rents would range from $342 to $1,047 a month, according to the presentation.

Housing diversity has been on the minds of Kyle and Buda city leaders for some time now.

But while Kyle leadership has sought to extend its market to the upper-middle class, the city of Buda has discussed in workshops the prospect of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit programs in the city.

Mayor Todd Ruge said he was highly critical of the program last year, but the outreach Dundee and Picerne Development did softened concerns. A request for $118,000 in assistance from the city was made more palatable when the development firm said it would pay the city back, City Manager Kenneth Williams said.

Ruge said the project gives more people who work in Buda a chance to live in the city.

"[Police officers and teachers] are the type of people that work in thecity and for the city but cant afford to live in the city," Ruge said. "I have no problem supporting this this year."

Councilman George Haehn voted against the measure.
By JJ Velasquez
The Central Austin editor since 2016, JJ covers city government and other topics of community interest—when he's not editing the work of his prolific writers. He began his tenure at Community Impact Newspaper as the reporter for its San Marcos | Buda | Kyle edition covering local government and public education. The Laredo, Texas native is also a web developer whose mission is to make the internet a friendly place for finding objective and engaging news content.


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