Airport Boulevard property in Austin to get affordable housing units, mixed-use space

Travis County's North Campus, located along Airport Boulevard, is slated to be redeveloped with construction starting in 2018.

Travis County's North Campus, located along Airport Boulevard, is slated to be redeveloped with construction starting in 2018.

Travis County commissioners Tuesday heard a status update on the mixed-use North Campus Development Project slated for 5325–5335 Airport Boulevard in Austin.

DMA Development Company LLC, best known locally for Wildflower Terrace at the Mueller development, is working with Travis County on the redevelopment, which will include affordable housing units, DMA President Diana McIver said.

“We are hoping to have a construction start by the first quarter of [2018], which would allow us to bring some units on by the end of ’18,” she said.

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Plans for the site include about 150 housing units, a 350-car parking garage and office space. Residents would have to meet certain low-income level requirements to be able to live there. For some units, a four-person household would have to make no more than $46,680, or 60 percent of the area’s median annual household income, annually to qualify for residency, according to the presentation.

Commissioners did not take action on the agenda item, but the county is preparing to make a presentation soon to area residents about  developing the county-owned site, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said.

Commissioner Brigid Shea said she thinks the county's plans for the project are very exciting.

“We’re constantly pushing the envelope to get more affordable housing, but this is the county using county property [and] being creative with the [request for proposals] process,” Shea said. “ … We are providing housing for people who are maybe janitors, working at fast food establishments, people who are the working poor and who really can’t afford to live in our community otherwise.”
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By Kelli Weldon

Kelli joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter and has been covering Southwest Austin news since July 2012. She was promoted to editor of the Southwest Austin edition in April 2015. In addition to covering local businesses, neighborhood development, events, transportation and education, she is also the beat reporter covering the Travis County Commissioners Court.


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