City to address substandard roads before moving forward with Fox Hollow development

The triangle of wooded area south of Brandt Road and east of I-35 is set to become an affordable housing complex. (Courtesy of Google Maps)
The triangle of wooded area south of Brandt Road and east of I-35 is set to become an affordable housing complex. (Courtesy of Google Maps)

The triangle of wooded area south of Brandt Road and east of I-35 is set to become an affordable housing complex. (Courtesy of Google Maps)

The proposed Fox Hollow affordable housing development will move forward, despite pushback from neighbors who said the road it will sit along is unsafe for pedestrians who would need to walk along it to reach the nearest bus stop.

City Council approved rezoning requests that will allow builders to begin work on the development during a Nov. 4 meeting, but Councilmember Ann Kitchen added an amendment that will require from city staff to address the substandard Brandt Road.


The development is planned in a currently wooded area at 2117 Brandt Road, near Onion and Slaughter Creek.

The amendment states that Austin Transportation Department and Public Works Department staff will work with the developers of the affordable housing complex to identify short-term and long-term solutions for Brandt Road, which has no shoulder, a history of flooding and no sidewalks. City staff will report back to council with their temporary and permanent fixes to provide pedestrian access along the road that would bring Fox Hollow residents to a nearby bus stop safely. Only once council has been informed of the plan for Brandt Road will they consider approving the overall site plan for the project.

The apartment complex is set to include 203 affordable apartments, 156 of which would be two-, three- and four-bedroom units.
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.



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