Affordable housing options at McKalla are finally ready for your full consideration. And, thanks to Gracywood Neighborhood Association, you get to weigh proposals on Monday night at the very same time that City Hall insiders (with Mayor Adler) push for a soccer (sucker) stadium at McKalla. Still, the insiders will push for a vote of the Council at Thursday’s Council meeting, so please read this entire post to see what you can do and do it, por favor!
“Affordable Housing Options at McKalla”
Monday, August 6, 2018 – 7:00 -9:00 p.m.
12041 Bittern Hollow – St. Albert Catholic Church Parish Hall
(Metal building with green awning. Park near or behind the BBQ pit.)
Open meeting for all interested in this topic.
The Fate of McKalla Place
Most of Austin have heard by now that there is a proposal for a Major League Soccer Stadium to be construction on the McKalla tract (behind the Discount Tire on Burnet Rd and Braker) on this City owned parcel.
The proposed stadium in North Austin has captured our attention. This project will impact our tax base and area neighborhoods for generations to come. Difficult issues like property taxes, traffic, and environmental impact remain unanswered by the sport venture company and City leaders.
To ensure that all of Austin has an opportunity to see and ask questions of the alternate proposals for McKalla, the Gracywoods Neighborhood Association’s August meeting will be dedicated to this topic.
The two developers that presented in June have made significant updates to their presentations. We encourage you to attend to see the changes. We will also host a new proposal from a neighborhood group and any other proposals that are submitted to the City, who wish to share their vision for McKalla Place.
Affordable Housing Models for McKalla – Guest speaker will describe affordable housing types appropriate to the McKalla site. (10 minutes)
Alternate Proposal for McKalla Place Presentations (60 minutes)
· Capella Capital Partners – Mix-use Development
· Whitfield & Chen – McKalla District Community
· Community Presentation – “Keep McKalla Weird” Vision
· Others – To be announce as other proposals are received
Overview of PSV Term Sheet – Speaker will review and discuss the stadium proposal (15 minutes)
· Referendum on the Stadium deal – Guest Speak will give an update on a City-wide petition to put the stadium deal on the ballot.
· General Comments and Questions
· Tuesday, August 7 – Council Work Session – City Hall 3:00 p.m. – Presentation of the McKalla alternate proposals
· Thursday, August 9 – Council Vote on Stadium / McKalla Alternate Proposals – City Hall 3:00 p.m.
What can you do as a Citizen?
· Get informed. Read the Stadium deal Term Sheet and Council’s questions. It is important to read through the documents to understand the financial commitments asked of the taxpayers. http://www.austintexas.gov/content/august-1-2018-austin-city-council-special-called-meeting
· Speak Up. Every voice counts and contributes towards arriving at the best solutions for all Citizens. Email (as often as you like – usually one daily) or call the Mayor or your respective Council members first. (District 7 please call Leslie Pool’s office.)
· Participate. Attend this neighborhood meeting and the Thursday, August 9th meeting. It is important that we show up and express our vision for this site. (There is free parking in the City Hall garage (limited space). It is best to carpool. If you need transportation that evening, please email us and we try to match you a volunteer attending the meeting.)
How to Contact your City Leaders.
Email Option: You can send one email to the Mayor and all City Council Members by completing the form at this link:
Phone Calls to Mayor and City Council Members
Adler = 512-978-2100
Houston = 512-978-2101
Garza = 512-978-2102
Renteria = 512-978-2103
Casar = 512-978-2104 (District 4 – 78753)
Kitchen = 512-978-2105
Flannigan = 512-978-2106
Pool = 512-978-2107 (District 7 – 78758)
Troxclair = 512-978-2108
Tovo = 512-978-2109
Alter = 512-978-2110
Gracywoods Neighborhood Association Board
→IndyAustin is considering kicking off a petition drive to call for a public vote on the stadium. We hope to see you on Thursday at the City Council meeting to see what they pass. The Council should also be voting to place two petitions on the November ballot; the CodeNEXT petition and the “Efficiency Audit” petition just certified by the City Clerk.
→Here’s where you can donate to indyAustin’s efforts.