Arbor Park, an affordable senior living multi-family development under construction in Austin at 6306 McNeil Drive, Austin, is expected to open in late 2023. The four-story, $17 million housing facility is slated to have a modern design and has an age restriction of 55 years and over. The community living is designed for older adults, empty nesters and out-of-town or out-of-state seniors.

The project is about 40% complete and construction is already up to the second floor, said Mark Gilbert, senior project manager of the developer, DMA Development Company, LLC.

The mixed-income 4.5 acre project will include 147 units with one or two bedroom units. The design allows for surface parking and a detached 3000 square foot amenity building. The units have an option of one or two bathrooms per apartment.

“One bedrooms are generally 700 to 900 square feet and two bedrooms around 1,000 to 1,100 square feet,” Gilbert said.

Of the total units, 9 will have rents affordable to households with incomes at or below 30% the median income of the area, 49 will have rents affordable to households with incomes at or below 50% the median income, and 50 units for households at 60% of the median income. Additionally, 28 of the units will be for households with incomes at or below 80% the median income, and two units will be set aside for sale at market price.Rent at the lower end for tenants making 30% or below the median annual income will cost $500-$600 per month for a one to two bedroom, while market rate rents go at $1,350-$1,700 monthly for one to two bedrooms. These amounts are subject to change annually based on the median income of the Austin-Round Rock area, Gilbert said.
Arbor Walk was designed by Nelsen Partners Architects and will have American Disability Act-accessible units as well as those for the hearing and visually impaired.

“The management team for the building will provide a number of activities for residents ranging from movie nights to community meals to art classes,” Gilbert said.

The senior living facility is located close to Parmer McNeil Plaza, a large shopping center that contains an H-E-B with a full-service pharmacy, several restaurants and other neighborhood amenities.

The senior living development will have two elevators for the ease of residents, and a large community area with a kitchen and a library is centrally located at the ground floor. The facility also has a detached movie theater and art room. The V-shaped architectural plans wrap around the heritage trees giving view to the landscape, Gilbert said.

Additional amenities include a private courtyard, fitness center, floor lounges, laundry facilities, and high ceilings.The new development is expected to provide an opportunity for older resident to stay in their existing neighborhood if they can no longer maintain a single-family home or afford rising property taxes. Interested residents should begin reaching out in spring 2023 to inquire about available units, Gilbert said.

DMA Development has two senior living communities to its credit, including The Nightingale at Goodnight Ranch, a 174-unit senior community in south Austin, and Wildflower Terrace, a 201-unit senior community in the Mueller redevelopment.