Please use city-owned land at McKalla Place for housing for low income families!
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Over the past decade, low income families in Austin have experienced a growing housing crisis! Thousands of low income families have been pushed out of Austin due to rapidly rising housing costs.
Over the past five years, the Austin City Council passed various resolutions directing the City of Austin to identify city-owned land suitable for on-site housing for low income families.
In 2014 and 2017, the City of Austin Office of Real Estate Services identified the city-owned property located at McKalla Place as its most suitable property for development of on-site affordable family-friendly and energy efficient multifamily housing.
McKalla Place is located in North Austin adjacent to the Burnet Road corridor just south of West Braker Lane and west of the Rundberg community. The Rundberg community is predominately a low-income, working class community of color.
Despite the fact that the City has identified McKalla Place multiple times as a good site for housing for low-income families, Anthony Precourt, CEO of private equity firm Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC, is eyeing the site for a 20,000 seat soccer stadium for his private professional soccer team.
The City's process lacks public transparency and genuine community engagement. The process is biased in favor of Precourt's proposal to use public-owned property to generate profit for its private equity firm.
Earlier this year, Precourt requested use of city-owned parkland at Butler Shores near Downtown Austin and Guerrero Park along the Colorado River in East Austin for the soccer stadium but was strongly rebuffed by Austin residents.
Please tell the Austin City Council to use the city-owned land located at McKalla Place for on-site housing for low-income families, not for a private soccer team!
Here's a link to send one email to all council members: https://austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members
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