Northwest Austin development roundup: Housing solutions for city's homeless residents proposed

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Espero Austin at Rutland will be built at 1934 Rutland Drive, currently occupied by a strip mall development. The affordable housing complex will be built through a partnership among Caritas of Austin, Vecino Group and Austin Housing Finance Corp. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Espero Austin at Rutland will be built at 1934 Rutland Drive, currently occupied by a strip mall development. The affordable housing complex will be built through a partnership among Caritas of Austin, Vecino Group and Austin Housing Finance Corp. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Local nonprofit, city partnering on 171-unit affordable housing complex in North Austin that will help residents experiencing homelessness

A multipartner effort is underway to establish an affordable housing development in North Austin that will dedicate units for the purpose of finding permanent housing solutions for the city’s residents experiencing homelessness.

Local nonprofit group Caritas of Austin is working alongside Missouri-based development firm Vecino Group to redevelop a 2-acre property at 1934 Rutland Drive into 171 studio units. The 95,471-square-foot development will have dozens of units dedicated to serving Austin’s chronically homeless residents—people who have experienced homelessness for longer than a year or experienced homelessness four or more times in the last three years—according to Caritas of Austin President and CEO Jo Kathryn Quinn.

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Williamson County asks Austin to delay purchase of hotel for homeless housing

Williamson County commissioners want Austin City Council to delay its plan to buy and convert the Candlewood Suites hotel in Northwest Austin into a permanent housing facility for people experiencing homelessness. The commissioners voted Feb. 2 to request Austin's governing body wait at least 180 days before making the purchase. Austin City Council is scheduled to vote on the project Feb. 4.

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California tech company for deaf and hard of hearing community relocates HQ to Northwest Austin

ZP Better Together, a technology company that provides communications solutions for the deaf and hard of hearing, has relocated its headquarters from California to Northwest Austin.

The communications technology company’s relocation is effective Jan. 28. ZVRS and Purple Communications, divisions of ZP, will occupy a portion of the Paloma Ridge development located at 13620 N. RM 620, Austin.

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Concordia continues expansion of Northwest Austin campus with upcoming residence hall, new nursing facility

Northwest Austin’s only four-year institution of higher learning is set to expand its footprint when it breaks ground on a new building in early February.

Officials from Concordia University Texas, located off RM 620 near the Austin and Cedar Park border, on Feb. 5 will break ground on construction of a new residence hall. The upcoming building will be the third residence hall on the private university’s campus.

Shortly after school officials break ground on the new residence hall, Concordia will celebrate the opening of its newest facility. On Feb. 9, Concordia will host a virtual grand opening of its Austin Nursing Satellite Campus, the newest offering from its college of health sciences. The new nursing facility is located off campus, near the intersection of US 183 and Loop 360 in Northwest Austin.

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By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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