RFP coming: Repurpose 12 city-owned sites for affordable housing, grocery stores, etc.

In Austin, Texas, the Economic Development Department is recommending that City Council spend the next budget year focusing on putting four pieces of city-owned property into higher use with mixtures of housing, commercial space, parklands and more.

An August 3, 2018 memo detailed the department’s efforts since April to shift to a “portfolio approach” in selecting the city properties that can be used to address persistent issues such as food scarcity, economic opportunity and availability of affordable housing.

That shift followed a March 2018 council work session presentation where staff highlighted 12 city-owned properties and solicited feedback on how to move forward with development efforts, since Council members and members of various boards and commissions have pushed for more than a year to make those spaces into greater community assets.

The four parcels singled out for due diligence on title, utilities and other issues before opening a request for proposal process are:

  • An Austin Energy parcel at Justin Lane and Ryan Drive;
  • The former Home Depot property on East St. Johns Avenue;
  • A parcel at Bolm Road near Airport Boulevard; and
  • An Austin Energy property on Grove Boulevard just south of East Riverside Drive

There is currently no timeline for redevelopment of those four properties.

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See Austin Economic Development Department website.

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