are there any existing missing middle developments in austin? have we been building housing? what is the rush to implement HOME across the entire city if we already have neighborhood plans that were developed to address most of these issues? why not start by redefining multi-family zoning limits first? at least until you have a very solid and fully baked idea of how an average middle income homeowner, who has found themselves living in what is now a high dollar area, can reasonably participate in any of the proposed changes. and… how we are going to make sure that those who do not participate are not punished by property tax increases that will reflect the new value of a 2,500sqft lot with 3 units on it versus their old 7,500sqft lot with a 1,000sqft 50yr old bungalow on it. certainly tcad will see an increase in value on all land given that more land can be developed for housing. this is already the case where the vast majority of the value of appraisals is in the land alone.
ryan alter’s missing middle development: not much on the green space.
“A parking-free, 30-unit apartment building that gained attention as one of the first attempts to bring ‘missing middle’ housing downtown (on Nueces Street near 12th Street) has been turned over to its lender after failing to generate enough occupancy to operate successfully.” - where is the green space for all these tenants?
it looks like they rely on the adjacent properties not being developed in a similar fashion in order for there to be any trees in the vicinity. where is the dog park for all the dog owners in the building? there isn’t even space for a tree anywhere on the property. i’m not sure how appealing it would be to have all the neighboring properties built out in this fashion.
“Between 2010 and 2020, Austin added more housing units than ever before, expanding by over 90,000 units. New York and Houston, the only cities to add more units than Austin during this period, have populations that are at least twice as large and added units at a slower rate than Austin.”
“This is the same group of folks who insist that the HOME initiative will work and often portray anyone who disagrees as old, selfish and racist.” - sound familiar?