Mueller Development Draws Great Interest

Posted by Crystal Oolenbush on Monday, July 28th, 2008 at 7:40pm.

Those who have visited or lived in Austin are fully aware that the city has always been full of creative vision.  One shining example of this vision is the Mueller development that is taking place in East Austin.

Unlike some cities, Austin viewed the moving of its airport as an opportunity for expanding the city.  Rather than leaving the 711 acre plot of land sitting empty after the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport was moved in 1999, the city decided to transform the land to an urban village.

Once the Mueller development is complete, the city will have an entirely new district for those looking to live in the Austin area.  As part of its creative vision, the development will implement a number of forward-thinking design elements.  For example, every home will be built within 600 feet of a park, which will make it easy for residents to enjoy outdoor recreational activities in a safe environment.  In fact, at least 20% of the land has already been earmarked to be “green space” within the community.

The homes in the Mueller development are actually quite varied.  In fact, the project includes yard houses, row houses, and garden court houses.  As such, homes in the area will range in cost from $180,000 to $600,000.  In addition, they will range in size from 900 square feet to 3,700 square feet.  In all, 2,200 homes will be built for the project, with 350 of them slated to be completed during the first phase.

Interest in the homes has been outstanding so far.  As a result, the Catellus Development has hired a company to create a lottery-like system that involves developing a randomly created priority list for the homes.  At the same time, a certain number of the homes have been set aside to go to families that are making 80% or les of the median income in the city.  This way, the developers can keep with their vision of creating a truly mixed income neighborhood.

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