ANSWERS ARE FEW IN LAKE TRAVIS MOSQUE FIRE
Dukes defends decision not to send letter for Travis County project.
A proposed Travis County affordable housing project in North Austin has hit an $8 million roadblock.
Officials had hoped to secure that amount in tax credits for affordable housing in a mixed-use development on county-owned land. The proposed complex on Airport Boulevard, which would be built next to the existing offices for the county clerk and other departments, would include more offices as well as 145 apartments, with 122 designated for low-income residents.
But officials say that the county is now unlikely to secure those tax credits, mainly because its application lacks a letter of support from state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, whose district includes the site.
County Judge Sarah Eckhardt first hinted at the anticipated loss of the tax credits in her State of the County speech last Wednesday, calling it a “serious but temporary setback.”
Eckhardt said in an interview that the tipping point was the lack of a letter from Dukes, who instead wrote a letter for a 132unit affordable housing project proposed by nonprofit Foundation Communities within the Mueller development.
The state awards the federal tax credits to projects based on a points system. A letter of support from a state representative is worth up to eight points.