Sam's Town Point
"...Even allowing for the multimodal improvements included in the corridor upgrades, some folks are objecting that there is simply not enough allowance for mass transit options. The most vocal and persistent critics have been the handful of light rail advocates associated with the "Central Austin Community Development Corporation," who say they will again press Council today to add a separate, $398 million rail "Minimum Operable Segment" proposition to the ballot – a line to run from Downtown up the Guadalupe/Lamar corridor to Crestview Station...."
"...• Merck (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation) anticipates an investment of $20,532,000 million in construction, as well as an estimated $2 million in annual expenditures for local services and an estimated $500,000 in annual local purchases...."
"...The "value creation" touted as a benefit of the Reconnect Austin plan may have side effects, says Bo McCarver. McCarver is chair of the Blackland Community Development Corporation, a provider of affordable housing in the neighborhood east of I-35 between Martin Luther King Jr..."
"...The city office that (through federal dollars) funds the ARA and other community development projects. The Austin Housing Finance Corporation, the city's affordable housing arm, is overseen by NHCD and its director, Paul Hilgers...."
"...Garretson hired the Cooperation Group to recruit and organize members of the residential cooperative. Under Donovan's guidance, the steering committee has drafted the certificate of formation, which establishes the co-op as a corporation in the eyes of the state of Texas, and bylaws, which articulate how the co-op will be governed..."
"...The project will include completion of a Master Plan, resulting in Planned Unit Development (PUD) rezoning; engineering for subdivision and site planning for review and approval by the City of Austin; infrastructure construction plans and architectural design guidelines for new sustainable residential and commercial development. The initiative will be led by the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office (NHCD), in partnership with the Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC)..."
"...This Friday morning, groundbreaking will be celebrated on what is intended to be a groundbreaking effort: the first "Community Land Trust" home in Austin and, according to its founders, the first such effort in Texas. The last legislative session (not exactly distinguished for progressive lawmaking) enabled nonprofits like the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (www.guadalupendc.org) to establish community land trusts as a way of preserving affordable housing for low- and moderate-income homeowners..."
"...The changes didn't always come smoothly, but they got results. Since his arrival, memberships have been on a steady climb, pledge drives have been setting new records, and the station obtained a major Community Service Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the first time in its history..."
"...10), to meet with their neighbors and neighborhood associations and discuss the proposal, and to attend the public hearings around town scheduled to address the pros and cons of the deal. No doubt you're all ready to skip work and attend the City Council meeting this morning (Thursday) in order to hear your elected representatives finally discuss the potential merits of committing $58.5 million in a 20-year incentive package to the Korea-based corporation in return for its agreement to invest $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion in a (300-millimeter, OK!) chip-manufacturing plant over the next 10 to 20 years..."
"...But what Okoro needed to take charge of her circumstance was capital. She found it when someone directed her to a nonprofit lending group called Accion Texas, which uses government grants and contributions from banks and other corporations to provide loans for very small businesses..."
"...Quite a few advocates strongly denounced the Highland recommendation, especially on social media. For example, the Downtown advocacy group, Central Austin Community Development Corporation, tweeted, "@cdcatx: Breaking it down: Lamar and Riverside seem frankly head-and-shoulders above the rest."..."
"...A few days later (June 5), the Central Austin Community Development Corporation, a community organizing nonprofit, issued a press release announcing a “powerful grassroots coalition” to oppose the Project Connect plan, arguing instead for the Guadalupe-North Lamar corridor. Issued by CDC Director Scott Morris, the release was co-signed by representatives of the Crestview, Highland, Hyde Park, and Northfield neighborhood associations, and UT-Austin student government, collectively self-described as “serving over 100,000 Austinites.” The release argues against Project Connect’s current plan: “Our groups strongly support light rail, but Project Connect's East Riverside to Highland Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) would result in a broken system, an ineffective transportation investment for our city and region, and a politically non-viable ballot measure.” (Morris is also treasurer of “Our Rail,” a PAC organized to support only a Guadalupe-Lamar alignment and to oppose any Project Connect plan for the Highland corridor.)..."
"...David Ansell is certainly not the first Austin entrepreneur to finance his dreams with credit cards, but it's a safe bet that many first-time small-business people don't have that kind of financing available to them. So just how does the talented cook with a wonderful recipe get over the first big hurdle to getting his or her product into the marketplace? Two years ago, it looked as though the local nonprofit Austin Community Development Corporation had come up with a solution to that problem..."
"...Also floating in the ether is a light rail plan proposed by the Central Austin Community Development Corporation, a small nonprofit group hoping to revive the Guadalupe/Lamar corridor as a site for rail – one of the contentious issues in the 2014 defeat of the last light rail plan. They’ve gotten support from the Urban Transportation Commission, and Commissioner J.D..."
"...As it turns out, the town homes slated for 12th Street ended up in the ARA plan as a compromise solution to another rancorous matter. The homes are part of the Anderson Hill affordable-housing project, formerly known as SCIP II (Scattered Cooperative Infill Program), another pet project of Eric Mitchell's, initially developed by the Anderson Community Development Corporation and its consultant, former city housing director Gene Watkins..."
"... Austin Housing Finance Corporation, along with the Enterprise Foundation and Austin Community Development Corporation, announced Tuesday that they would award $256,000 in grants to 10 local nonprofits. The funds will be used to create more affordable housing for homeless, disabled, and low-income citizens..."
"...Poole organized Blackland in the 1980s to fight UT expansion that decimated the Eastside neighborhood between MLK and Manor Road. In 1992, after years of controversy, the university agreed to turn its remaining area properties over to the Blackland Community Development Corporation, which Poole cofounded and which now provides transitional and senior housing in the neighborhood..."
"...The three finalists awarded cash prizes: Forwarding Dallas (Portugal), chosen for European-style massing, vegetated screens, and innovation; Entangled Bank (North Carolina), selected for striking full-block massing and arrangement of sustainable systems; and Greenways Xero Energy (San Francisco), chosen for creating a sense of community with bold greenway plans. The Central Dallas Community Development Corporation, a "grassroots, faith-based" organization focused on affordable housing, is the project's lead developer..."
"...Not so for Wheatsville Food Co-op, which has been voluntarily composting since 2012 yet has seen its costs remain static. The stores donate edible food to the Blackland Community Development Corporation, and then the remainder goes into organics collection bins..."