Oak Creek apartments: resources summary

This post is a quick reference to external links to information about the Elysium apartments project, such as to documents on file with the City about the project,  the zoning process, water quality standards, the State agency involved with Housing Tax Credits and more. We will update it as we learn more.

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Background

In December 2015 a representative of Pinnacle Housing, a company that builds apartments, including ones with reduced rents, contacted the Northwood Neighborhood Association officers to notify us of their plans to build apartments on the 7+ at 3300 Oak Creek Drive. This tract is located between MoPac Self Storage / the creek and the back yards of Pegasus homes. (map)

They are seeking Housing Tax Credits so they can offer reduced rents on a number of the units. All nearby neighborhoods oppose apartments at this location for many reasons, which are explained in detail in prior posts about this topic – follow the Oak Creek apartments articles.

Updates

They did not receive the Housing Tax Credits in 2016 so they postponed the zoning request and resumed in 2017.

In August 2017, despite strong opposition from Northwood the City Council voted unanimously to approve the zoning change from IP-CO (which would allow a neighborhood office or similar development) to MF-4, with a maximum of 90 apartments.

January 2018: they did not receive the highly competitive 9% tax credits in 2017; as of this writing they have not applied for the noncompetitive 4% tax credits.

Late 2017 / 2018 Updates

  • (added 1/20/18) In November 2017 the City Council included an agenda item to approve additional funding for the Elysium apartments project (recording of meeting, see item 85). Several neighbors had done extensive research on the developer, discovered that Pinnacle Housing (a related company) had been charged with fraud in Florida, and decided to go on public record with the information collected so that the Council and staff could evaluate it and use it to make decisions as they deemed appropriate. Before the City Council meeting the Association Officers emailed an explanatory cover letter (PDF) and additional details (PDF) to Council Member Pool. We eventually received a rebuttal letter from the developer’s attorney.
    Officers and a zoning committee member continued to research public records and add more details to the “tax dollars not well spent on affordable housing” (PDF) document. In addition the group also wrote a detailed explanation (PDF) of why Northwood opposes this project.  One of the items included in “tax dollars not well spent” document was a Frontline report,  www.npr.org/2017/05/09/527046451/affordable-housing-program-costsmore-shelters-less; in that report a representative of the National Council of State Housing Agencies says, “We just encourage people that if they see something, say something.” In doing this research and contacting the City Council Northwood has done that.
  • City’s project page for Elysium (added 1/13/18)

Elysium Grand Apartments information

Official notices regarding the project

City GIS viewer

There are many layers to review (added 4/9/16) – best viewed with Internet Explorer, http://www.austintexas.gov/GIS/DevelopmentWebMap/Viewer.aspx
(if that link doesn’t work, try the https version https://www.austintexas.gov/GIS/DevelopmentWebMap/Viewer.aspx
look at the various layers to see:

  • Review cases – zoning site plan cases and site plan review cases (current cases being reviewed; may not have needed a zoning change).
  • Building footprints
  • Current 100 year floodplain
  • Natural Features to see the Walnut Creek floodplain

Environmental concerns

Videos and photos illustrating drawbacks of site

City Watershed Protection and new development, drilling reports

TCEQ drilling reports – underground voids, caves, etc.

A number of these individual reports list “underground voids, caves, lost circulation”. Lost circulation means the underground stream goes… where?

Water quality / caves

Zoning & Development

City Ordinances

City Ordinances (complete list of municipal codes; choose from Codes or OrdBank links for specific manuals such as Drainage Criteria Manual, Environmental Criteria Manual, Traditional Neighborhood District Criteria Manual, Transportation Manual and more)

City Zoning & Development

Current tract zoning

Current zoning – what can be built? (PDF)

Traffic, Transportation, Mobility

City Council

Feb 2, 2017 Council hearing / results

Aug. 4 2016 Council hearing on postponement

Meeting schedule

Parking at City Hall

City Hall is located at 301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701 (map),  directly across from the S. 1st Street bridge. There is ample parking under the building, including for disabled visitors. The entrance is on Guadalupe St, which is one way south – turn north on Lavaca and turn left onto Second Street and again onto Guadalupe.

Important: Take your parking ticket with you to be validated (outside the Council room) otherwise you will have to pay.

Feb 24, 2016 presentation by developer to neighborhood

video of 2 hour meeting – presentation and discussion
Developer info sheet (PDF)Northwood info sheet (PDF)

Housing Tax Credits

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs manages the Housing Tax Credits, (aka “affordable housing tax credits”)

City Council Feb 11, 2016 Housing tax credit housing resolution – recording

This recording includes the statement of the resolution for the requested housing tax credits for this project, the Council’s discussion, presentations by both developer and neighborhood and the Council’s vote.
http://austintx.swagit.com/play/02112016-632  (we are item 5, part 1 and part 2).

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