AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin City Council voted Thursday to waive approximately $ 4.3 million in development costs to help expand the community first! Village northeast of Austin.
The village is managed by Mobile Loaves & Fishes and provides permanent housing for chronically homeless people.
More than 220 people who were once homeless now live there, according to the city of Austin.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes wants to expand the village by adding 1,400 new micro-homes on a total of 127 acres. This vote contributes to this effort.
The expansion will take place in two phases, according to the city.
Phase 3 will expand the community onto land connected to its current location on Hog Eye Road. Phase 4 will expand the community to a new location off Burleson Road between McKinney Falls Parkway and US 183.
The charges waived by the Development Services Department relate to the development review process, inspections, plumbing and electrical charges.
The city said Austin Water and Austin Energy would help by providing more infrastructure and support for the community’s water, wastewater and electricity services.