Neighbors oppose proposed low-income housing in Southeast Austin

A new apartment complex at 2117 Brandt Road would bring 203 affordable units to the area, but neighbors said it is the wrong place to build. (Courtesy Google Maps)
A new apartment complex at 2117 Brandt Road would bring 203 affordable units to the area, but neighbors said it is the wrong place to build. (Courtesy Google Maps)

A new apartment complex at 2117 Brandt Road would bring 203 affordable units to the area, but neighbors said it is the wrong place to build. (Courtesy Google Maps)

Developers hope to transform a wooded area just east of I-35 into a low-income apartment complex but face pushback from some neighbors.

“The reality in Austin, Texas today is that the majority of renters cannot afford this next step to home ownership, which then creates the demand for three- and four-bedroom units,” said Suzanne Schwertner, director of development at the Housing Authority of the city of Austin, at an Aug. 17 Austin Zoning and Platting Commission meeting.

Schwertner said 156 of the Fox Hollow development’s proposed 203 affordable apartments at 2117 Brandt Road, Austin, would be two-, three- and four-bedroom units. Neighbors of the proposed development argued the location would put the building’s residents at risk due to a history of flooding in the area, said Jon Iken, Slaughter Creek Homeowners Association vice president. Iken also pointed to road safety, adding the nearest bus stop is along a road with no shoulder or sidewalks.

J Segura, an engineer working with LDG Development, said residents of the neighborhood had valid concerns but that many details, including mitigation for building on the flood plain, would be addressed at the development permit stage if City Council first approved the developers’ request to rezone the area. Segura also said builders would need to construct sidewalks per the city code but added that sidewalks would not run along the front of the development, though future development could affect sidewalk plans.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.

By Ben Thompson

Austin City Hall Reporter

Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston. After spending more than two years covering in The Woodlands area, he moved to Austin in 2021 to cover City Hall and other news throughout the city.


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