Renovations to turn the former Austin hotel into a shelter for the homeless could begin this month

The City of Austin Homeless Strategy Division said the project is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas – The renovation of a former Candlewood Suites hotel into a facility for the homeless in Austin could begin this month.

That City of Austin Homeless Strategy Division said the project is awaiting approval from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development but is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The project, called Pecan Gardens, is expected to be completed approximately six months after the renovations begin and will consist of 78 units of permanent housing.

Back in June, the Austin City Council approved a contract with a company to renovate 10811 Pecan Park Blvd. in Austin. The deal with Family Eldercare was for a year with a total value of no more than $3.9 million.

The project is located in a portion of Austin that is in Williamson County and has resulted in a county lawsuit to halt the project. Williamson County commissioners previously said the project had not been discussed with them.

District Judge Bill Gravell also shared photos sent to him by residents near the hotel who claim the development has brought crime to the neighborhood. Austin Mayor Steve Adler pushed back, saying Austin was not responsible for crime in the area.

Austin City Council member Mackenzie Kelly reported in May that first responders were called to the vacant hotel after an alarm went off. Officials then found that people had been living in the hotel and that the damage included “almost every room”.

A neighbor who owns a restaurant next door to the hotel told KVUE back in June that she was concerned about the burglaries and worried about her business as the plan progressed.

The City of Austin Homeless Strategy Division said new residents would be welcomed to Pecan Gardens after the renovations were completed.

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https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/renovation-austin-hotel-housing-homeless-december-2022/269-66c2f3ee-f0cf-462a-a9f6-0a04918ba989 Renovations to turn the former Austin hotel into a shelter for the homeless could begin this month

Laura Coffey

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