Ranch Court Apartments affordable housing project receives Dripping Springs City Council support

The proposed Ranch Court Apartments project would be built on RM 12 south of Dripping Springs.

The proposed Ranch Court Apartments project would be built on RM 12 south of Dripping Springs.

Dripping Springs City Council passed a resolution of support Feb. 19 for the proposed Ranch Court Apartments development, a low-income housing concept for the property just north of Dripping Springs Presbyterian Church on RM 12.

JMZ Land Co. and BETOC Housing Lab, the projects developers, are in the process of applying for low-income housing tax credits from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to finance the project. The credits are expected to be awarded to a Central Texas project by June 25.

City Council’s resolution points to the city’s need for affordable projects like Ranch Court Apartments. If funding is secured, however, the developer will still have to return to the city for final project approval and zoning changes later this year.

About the development
James McDonald, who works with JMZ Land Company, said the project’s current plan includes 36 low-income housing units and 24 market rate units on a 10-acre property. The northern-half of the property is located within a dried creek bed and will be preserved as open space, he said.

The units will be configured into four two-story apartment buildings. Depending on a resident's income, monthly rents for low-income units will range from $470-$1,025 for two-bedroom options and $540-$1,200 for three-bedrooms, McDonald said. Market rate units will cost $1,426 for two bedrooms and $1,600 for three bedrooms.

“This is typically [for] your service industry workers that are working at your local restaurants, at your local Home Depot and any of your retail facilities,” McDonald said. “It’s also often your civil servants and some teachers.”

Based on the project’s current timeline, if awarded the credit over the summer and building permits from the city, construction could begin in March 2020 with a one-year build out.

By Nicholas Cicale

Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.


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