Patrick Wong, Atelier Wong

Through an innovative partnership, a team of developers and Travis County officials have co-located a 146-unit, mixed-income housing development with an 80,000-square-foot county office building in Austin, Texas.

DMA Development Co., TCC Hill Country Development Corp., and Southwest Strategies Group joined forces to redevelop an underutilized parking lot that served the county tax office into a vibrant mixed-use property.

Travis Flats, developed by DMA Development and TCC Hill Country Development, features 122 affordable units for residents up to 60% of the area median income and 24 market-rate units targeted as workforce housing, with apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom homes. Fifteen units are accessible for persons with mobility disabilities, and three units are designed for persons with sight or hearing disabilities. Residents have access to a range of amenities and services, including financing planning and educational programs.

Patrick Wong, Atelier Wong

The new three-story office building, developed by Southwest Strategies Group, consolidates several county offices, including the Health and Human Services Department and the Veterans Services Office, and a food pantry.

Embracing the goals of urban sustainability, both buildings, which are separated by a tree-lined paseo and share a five-story parking garage wrapped by Travis Flats, are designed by Nelsen Partners Architects & Planners to complement one another.

“It was extremely forward-thinking on the county’s part to creatively look at its underutilized land to determine how it could best serve the community,” says JoEllen Smith, executive vice president at DMA Development.

Utilizing the county site via a long-term, low-cost lease helped keep project costs low, enhancing the affordability of the project while meeting multiple needs.

Beyond its residents and county employees, the $33.2 million project benefits the overall community by centralizing public services and serving as the first significant redevelopment along Airport Boulevard since the city adopted a corridor improvement plan in 2015.