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NALHFA Member Spotlight: City of Austin Neighborhood Housing

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Updated: Monday, June 10, 2019

During its 2019 Annual Conference, NALHFA presented the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing with the Multifamily Excellence award in recognition of Aldrich 51.

 

Aldrich 51 is an innovative partnership between Austin Housing Finance Corporation and DMA Development Company. The 240‐unit affordable rental housing development is ideally situated within the 700 acre Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (RMMA) redevelopment. Aldrich 51 provides a unique opportunity for low‐ and moderate‐income households to readily access jobs, transportation choices, parks and recreation facilities, fresh healthy foods options, and numerous other amenities. Of the 240 units, 85% or 204 units are affordable to households at or below 60% MFI.

 

The development was primarily financed through the 4% non‐competitive LIHTC program. In order to ensure a viable project – one that combined deep affordability with high quality construction in a desirable urban location, it was clear that development was going to require multiple partners and financing sources.

 

In the late 1980s, in anticipation of the closing of Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (RMMA), the City of Austin began to contemplate reuse and redevelopment of the 700 acre property, which is situated less than three miles from downtown and two miles from the University of Texas at Austin. After two decades of an inclusive citizen‐driven effort, the Mueller Master Development Agreement (MDA) was inked, memorializing the partnership between the City of Austin, Catellus Development Corporation (Master Developer), and the citizens of Austin. The guiding principles of the redevelopment included an ambitious affordable housing component: at least 25% of all homes at Mueller are required to be affordable to households at or below 80% MFI (ownership) and 60% MFI (rental). All affordable units were to be generally distributed throughout the 700‐acre development, thereby ensuring a vibrant, inclusive, mixed‐income community.

 

Today, the Mueller development is approximately 75% built‐out and includes a mix of commercial, retail, and residential. Homes range from small apartments to townhomes to condominiums to live‐work spaces. Commercial development includes the Dell Children’s Hospital, medical offices, the Thinkery Children’s Museum, AISD’s performing arts space, Texas Mutual Insurance, and Austin Energy’s headquarters (soon to break ground). Retail ranges from small business to “big box” retail such as HEB Grocery, Home Depot and Best Buy.

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