GNDC is excited to introduce the Guadalupe-Saldaña Net Zero Subdivision. This is a proposed ninety to one hundred and thirty-unit subdivision that will transform an existing brownfield into a mix of single-family and townhouse units with both rental and ownership opportunities for households with low-income. Fifty-eight units have been designated for home ownership, thirty-two units will be rental units and forty units have been proposed as supportive and transitional rental housing. The supportive housing will include a ground floor child development center, staff offices, and ample community space. This housing is being developed in collaboration with the Jeremiah Program – a non-profit corporation that assists single parents and their children to break the cycle of poverty by providing a supportive community of affordable housing, developmental childcare, life skills programming, individual coaching and empowerment training.
The site is comprised of eleven acres and is located near the intersections of Goodwin Avenue, Webberville Road, and Tillery Street in East Austin. This subdivision will have a “net zero” designation in which sixty units will produce as much energy as they consume over the year resulting in a “net-zero” energy bill. Due to the unique site features of the eleven acres, a large portion of the site will be left undeveloped. Much of this open space will house a biofiltration pond, which will assist with water quality management, walking trails, and general green space.
GNDC will rent to persons with incomes up to sixty percent of the Austin Median Family Income. Regarding the ownership units, GNDC aims to make the home ownership units available to first-time home buyers with incomes ranging from thirty to eighty percent of the Austin Median Family Income.
GNDC has had great success in securing additional financing for this project. The Kresge Foundation has awarded this project $100,000 to fund the project’s pre-development expenses. Enterprise Community Partners has awarded $105,000 to meet pre-development and construction costs. Enterprise Community Partners has also provided a $25,000 loan contract for pre-development expenses. Austin Energy is committed to providing photo-voltaic arrays (solar panels) to this project at an estimated value of $750,000. The Austin Brownfield Redevelopment Office has committed $131,991 for site improvements. City of Austin General Obligation Bond awards have totaled $1,665,000 and have been applied towards land acquisition and pre-development expenses. In 2010, GNDC received $1,500,000 in CDBG financing to begin infrastructure improvements for the majority of the site. The majority of the improvements were completed in November 2012.
In 2012, GNDC received financing from the Austin Housing Finance Corporation and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affair’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program to construct the first phase of housing at the Subdivision.
In late January of 2013, GNDC began construction on four rental duplexes located along Paul Teresa Saldana Street that will serve low income households with incomes at no more than 50% of the Area Median Family Income. Four 2 bedroom, 2 bath second story units (996 sqft) will be leased to participants of the Jeremiah Program at Austin. Four fully accessible one bedroom units will be constructed on the ground floor. Construction is anticipated to be completed in September 2013. Learn more about the Jeremiah Program’s applicant criteria and download a Jeremiah Program application here: DuplexInfo2013 4-13 DuplexApplication2013-2
Check out this gallery of photos that chronicles the Subdivision’s progress to date including the groundbreaking, environmental clean-up, infrastructure improvements, and finally the construction start of the four duplexes. We have come a long way!