Thursday, February 22, 2024

City Announces Request for Qualifications for Central Austin Multifamily Housing Development Opportunity

The Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) released a competitive Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify a preferred development partner to develop, own, and operate a proposed approximately 300-unit multifamily apartment at 6909 Ryan Drive, a 5.5-acre AHFC-owned property located in the Crestview neighborhood of central Austin.

Supporting documentation is available on the RFP web page.

AHFC conducted public engagement between October and December 2023 to identify community priorities and sentiments, building upon the significant community engagement work done for Austin Energy’s prior solicitation. Through this process, it was determined that the community remained committed to prioritizing affordable housing, park space, and connectivity to transit.

Complete responses must be submitted to the AHFC by 11:59 p.m. CST on March 20, 2024, to be considered for award. Submission instructions are included within the RFQ—available on the RFP web page.

Questions regarding this Request for Qualifications may be directed to the RFQ’s Authorized Contacts:

Sarah Ramos 
Procurement Specialist 
Sarah.Ramos@AustinTexas.gov

Alex Radtke  
Housing Development Manager 
Alex.Radtke@AustinTexas.gov  

Persons desiring further information or interpretation of the RFQ requirements must make a written request for such information to AHFC no later than ten working days before the RFQ submittal due date (March 6th). Changes to the RFQ documents will be made by addendum only.  Questions and Answers that are significant will be provided as a Clarification Document(s). 


Office of Police Oversight Hosts Working Group Meeting, February 22, 2024

Community members' input requested for Police Oversight Implementation Working Group meetings

 
Austin, Texas- The Office of Police Oversight (OPO) will host the second quarterly Police Oversight Implementation Workgroup meeting on February 22, 2024, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

OPO invites community members to attend this meeting to offer input on future meetings as well as receive the most recent complaints data from OPO.  

The meeting is open to the public and will be hosted at the Asian American Resource Center (8401 Cameron Rd). 

Registration information:   

Register to participate here.

Accessibility and Accommodation Information: 

The event will be presented in both English and Spanish, as well as American Sign Language (ASL). Additional interpretation services and accessibility accommodations are available upon request. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email OPO.Outreach@AustinTexas.gov or call (512) 974-9090.

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La Oficina de Fiscalización de la Policía (OPO, por sus siglas en inglés) realizará la segunda reunión trimestral del Grupo de Trabajo de Implementación de Fiscalización de la Policía el 22 de febrero de 2024 de 6:30 p.m. a 7:30 p.m. 

La OPO invita a los miembros de la comunidad a asistir a esta reunión para ofrecer sus comentarios sobre futuras reuniones, así como para recibir los datos más recientes de quejas de la OPO.  

La reunión está abierta al público y se realizará en el Centro de Recursos Asiáticoamericanos (8401 Cameron Rd). 

Información sobre la inscripción:   

Inscríbase para participar aquí.

Información sobre accesibilidad y adaptaciones: 

El evento será presentado en inglés y en español, así como en lengua de señas americana (ASL). Se ofrecerán servicios de interpretación y adaptaciones de accesibilidad adicionales a solicitud. 

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, por favor escríbanos a OPO.Outreach@AustinTexas.gov o llámenos al (512) 974-9090.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

City of Austin Releases Draft South Central Waterfront Regulations, Seeks Public Comments

 

Density bonus program designed to generate affordable housing, community benefits

The City of Austin has released draft regulations for the South Central Waterfront Combining District & Density Bonus Program. The proposal is open for public comment until March 20, and residents can learn more at three upcoming community meetings.

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 20, the City’s Planning Department is asking community members to review the draft document and contribute their thoughts and questions online at SpeakUpAustin.org/SouthCentralWaterfront.

“The South Central Waterfront District represents a unique chance to build a destination in Central Austin that reflects the community at its best,” said Lauren Middleton-Pratt, director of the Planning Department. “It will tie into the city’s culture, with connections to Lady Bird Lake and the Hike-and-Bike Trail, views of Downtown, and proximity to South Congress and Auditorium Shores.”

A combining district groups together multiple parcels, allowing them to benefit from development regulations different from the base zoning code in the area. A density bonus program incentivizes development outcomes beneficial to the community in exchange for allowing developers added density. The roughly triangle-shaped, 118-acre South Central Waterfront District is generally bounded by Lady Bird Lake on the north, South 1st Street on the west, and East Bouldin Creek and East Riverside Drive on the south. The release of the draft Combining District & Density Bonus Program responds to City Council Resolution 20220915-090, which directed staff to create regulations supporting implementation of the South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan.

The intent of the Vision Framework Plan, developed between 2012 and 2016 with the participation of stakeholders and hundreds of Austinites, is to leverage coming development through a districtwide approach in order to:

  • Create an attractive and lively pedestrian environment,
  • Expand open space and build great new public spaces,
  • Enhance connections to and along Lady Bird Lake, and
  • Generate affordable housing.

Further, Council’s 2022 resolution requested regulations that create a connected, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use district where “thousands more Austinites can live, work, and play.”

City staff members will share the ideas behind the new Combining District & Density Bonus Program at three public meetings. [See below for times and locations.] Community members, whether they live near the District or not, can learn more about the draft regulations, share their opinions, take a survey, and ask questions online at: SpeakUpAustin.org/SouthCentralWaterfront.

Meeting 1 — Online

Meeting 2 — In-Person
  • Monday, March 18, 6-8 p.m.
  • Austin Public Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St., 78701
  • Register for meeting
  • Accessible by CapMetro Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 20, 30, 801, and 803
  • Parking at Central Library or City Hall will be validated.
  • Spanish and ASL interpretation available
Meeting 3 — OnlineOnce the public comment period ends on March 20, Planning staff will review the feedback and incorporate potential changes into the proposal. Staff will also present the Combining District & Density Bonus Program to City boards and commissions, with anticipated City Council action in late May.

For more information contact Caleb Pritchard, Public Information Specialist Senior, City of Austin Planning Department

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02-22-0224: Barton Springs Bath House Rehabilitation Project

 


Contact:  
Keyheira Keys, Public Information Specialist, City of Austin Public Works, (512) 974-7111

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Barton Springs Bath House Rehabilitation Project

Barton Springs Bath House Entrance
Who: 
  • Paige Ellis, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Austin 
  • Michael Cannatti, President, Barton Springs Conservancy
  • Austin Parks and Recreation Department, City of Austin
  • Capital Delivery Services, City of Austin
When: Thursday, February 22 at 10:00 AM
Where: 2131 William Barton Drive Austin, Texas 78746
Join the City of Austin's Capital Delivery Services and Austin Parks and Recreation Department as we celebrate the groundbreaking for our new Barton Springs Bathhouse Rehabilitation Project! The ceremony will occur on Thursday, February 22 at 10 a.m. at 2131 William Barton Drive. 

NOTE: There is NO parking near the bathhouse. Guests are asked to park at the Rock Garden picnic area parking lot (near the moontower) as project construction will be underway. Please see map for details.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

City of Austin Activates Cold Weather Shelters on Saturday, Feb. 17  

 


Finding the status of shelters by calling 512-972-5055
 

AUSTIN, Texas - The City of Austin is opening overnight cold weather shelters on Saturday, Feb. 17. Registration for shelter will occur between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at One Texas Center (OTC), 505 Barton Springs Road, which will act as the central embarkation point for individuals seeking an overnight shelter.   

The City shared its plans to community partners who work directly with Austin’s unsheltered population and texted information directly to unsheltered individuals who are registered with the City’s recently launched text alert system.   

The Homeless Strategy Office determines when to activate cold weather shelters no later than 9 a.m. each day using National Weather Service (NWS) projections for the Camp Mabry Location. These projections may be accessed via the NWS website and entering the 78703 zip: 
7-Day Forecast 30.27N 97.74W (weather.gov). The Homeless Strategy Office activates cold weather shelters if the forecast is predicted to be 32 degrees or colder overnight, 35 degrees or colder overnight with precipitation, or 35 degrees or colder overnight with wind chill of 32 or colder.   
 

How to Access a Cold Weather Shelter    

Registration for shelter occurs between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at One Texas Center (OTC), 505 Barton Springs Road. Bus routes to OTC are lines: 1, 7, 10, 20, 30, 105, 142, 801. Anyone seeking a cold weather shelter and does not have the means to pay the fare will still be given a ride. CapMetro partners with the City to transport individuals from OTC to a shelter location. 

While Cold Weather Shelters are primarily accessed by people experiencing homelessness, they are available to anyone needing a warm place to spend the night. Individuals can get information about access and activation by calling the Cold Weather Shelter Hotline - 512-972-5055. 

Guidance for Cold Weather Shelter guests is available here.    

Since shelters are largely used by individuals experiencing homelessness, the City does not list the locations for a variety of reasons, including managing capacity limits and privacy concerns. However, the City is publicizing the location of the embarkation point, which is the OTC at 505 Barton Springs Road.    

Residents are encouraged to follow austintexas.gov/alertsfor emergency information updated in multiple languages.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Austin City Council Passes Resolution to Support and Sustain Live Music Events

Today, the Austin City Council unanimously passed a resolution directing city staff to solidify an equitable co-sponsorship process and investigate opportunities to support and sustain live music community events. Recognizing the integral role of such events in Austin's cultural identity and economic vitality, the resolution underscores the city's commitment to maintaining its memorable music scene.

The resolution, which builds upon Austin's reputation as the 'Live Music Capital of the World,' emphasizes the importance of diverse, open-to-the-public community events. It acknowledges the challenges faced by event organizers and stakeholders while emphasizing the significance of collaboration across all parties in the live music ecosystem.

After the resolution passed, one of the sponsors, Council Member Harper-Madison, emphasized, “This is not the finish line by any means, this is just the beginning, and we look forward to continuing conversations across our music and arts space. Our vision is that the future generations of Austinites will get to experience live music events and traditions that are the fabric of our 'uniquely Austin' quality of life.”

This resolution reaffirms the City of Austin's commitment to fostering a thriving and inclusive live music ecosystem that benefits residents, visitors, and local businesses alike.

City of Austin Presidents Day Closures

City offices and some facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 19    

City of Austin administrative offices and other municipal facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Parks and Recreation
Most Austin Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for Presidents Day. However, City parks, golf courses, cemeteries, and some pools will be open. Facility hours vary by location so please call ahead or visit AustinTexas.gov/Parks for details. Information on closures is available at AustinTexas.gov/ParkClosures.

Austin Resource Recovery
Trash, Recycling, Composting and Facility Schedules 

Curbside collections will follow regular schedules and will not be affected by the President's Day holiday. Customers can check their collection schedule any time in the Austin Recycles app or at austintexas.gov/myschedule. The Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 but Austin Water’s Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant will be open regular hours for yard trimmings and large brush drop off. 

Austin Public Health
Environmental Health Services at the Rutherford Lane Campus, Office of Vital Records, all WIC and Shots for Tots clinics, and Neighbor Centers will be closed Monday, Feb. 19.

COVID-19 test is available at private and non-profit sites throughout Austin, including pharmacies, hospitals and urgent care centers. Those who have private insurance can contact their doctor’s office or insurer for assessment and testing options. Additional resources:  
•    Department of Health and Human Services community-based testing portal  
•    COVID.gov testing resources 

Visit Vaccines.gov (Vacunas.gov in Spanish) to find flu and COVID-19 vaccine providers near you. 

Austin Energy
The City of Austin Utilities Customer Care Call Center and City of Austin Utility Customer Service Centers will be closed on Presidents Day. Customers can make utility payments at coautilities.com or by calling 1-833-375-4919 for a Quick Payment. 
Additional payment options include: 

•    Paying at authorized locations, including most Austin H-E-B, Fiesta Mart, Randalls and Walmart stores 

•    Mailing money order or check to P.O. BOX 2267, Austin, TX 78783-2267 or using a drop box location  

•    Payment drop boxes are located at the North and South Utility Customer Service Centers, 625 East 10th Street and 505 Barton Springs Rd. Expect 3-5 business days for drop-off payments to process. The payment drop box at the East Branch inside Rosewood-Zaragosa is NOT available at this time. 

Downtown Austin Community Court

•    The Downtown Austin Community Court's Violet KeepSafe Storage program (VKS), Homeless Services, Court Services, and Community Services will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19. The following day, all services will reopen at their regular time: VKS at 7 a.m., Community Services at 7:30 a.m., and Homeless Services & Court Services at 8 a.m.

Austin Public Library Schedule
Austin Public Library, Recycled Reads Bookstore, and the Austin History Center branches will be closed both Sunday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 19. Resources that are available remotely can be accessed at the Austin Public Library website: library.austintexas.gov.

Austin Animal Center Schedule
The Austin Animal Center will close for Presidents Day, reopening on Tuesday.

For questions about City services or information call 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000. Residents can also submit service requests from the Austin 3-1-1 mobile app.



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