Austin City Council will wait to take action on proposed Mill Pond Apartments

Brett Bachtle
Created: April 07, 2021 07:33 PM

(ABC 6 News) - While the former YMCA building in Austin sits empty, the city council debates which type of apartments will fill the space.

At Monday night’s meeting, the council was set to vote on the future of the proposed Mill Pond Apartments. However, the motion was made to delay those conversations until the next meeting.

City council member Oballa Oballa fears that current developers could lose interest if they continue to delay deadlines.

“The time is crucial for what we have in front of us,” said Oballa. “If we postpone this right now, we don’t know if we will get the opportunity again next year.”

However, Mayor Steve King thinks the project is coming together too quick. He wants to give the council and future developers more time to consider constructing the complex as market rate housing rather than low to moderate income apartments.

“The folks are still telling me loud and clear, they’re saying we need market rate apartments,” King said. “We’ve neglected the market rate. In 50 years, to put up one facility is shameful.”

Oballa doesn’t want to wait on offers from other private developers, but instead move forward with the proposed affordable apartments.

“We are a growing city and we are attracting every resident every time. We have some people now that work at Hormel plant that they don’t live in Austin because we don’t have a lot of affordable housing in town,” said Oballa.

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