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AUSTIN-Activity on the low end of the multifamily market is picking up in Austin with a 280-unit affordable housing complex in the south Austin submarket and a smaller dwelling for people with disabilities.

Most of the more than 12,000 units under construction in Austin are aimed at the high end of the market, where rents have softened with the Austin economy. Just one complex in the first half of the year was a tax-credit project, according to M/PF Research, the Carrollton, TX apartment research firm.

Hunt Building Corp., headquartered in El Paso, is starting work on the Blunn Creek Apartments near the St. Edward’s University campus in South Austin. Rents for the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments range from $557 to $765 per month. They range in size from 730 sf to 1,100 sf. Hunt Building has done more than 245 affordable housing multifamily projects and has assets of more than $2 billion.

The Austin Housing Finance Corp. board approved the issuance of $15 million in bonds for Blunn Creek. The tax-exempt financing came through CharterMac, the New York-based investor in tax-exempt bonds.

Blunn Creek includes several on-site social services such as after-school programs, job-training services, financial counseling and parenting classes. Amenities include a swimming pool, clubhouse, playground and laundry facilities.

In Northeast Austin, the 11-unit Manor House will serve individuals with an annual income of $22,650 or under. Manor House will provide case management to enable residents with disabilities to live independently within the community. Units include one-bedroom, one-bath apartments with approximate rent of $260 per month. The units have fully-equipped kitchens that are accessible to persons with mobility, hearing and vision disabilities.

The AHFC board approved $260,960 for buying the land and developing the apartments, which will be overseen and operated by the Volunteers of America-Texas, a nonprofit subsidiary of Volunteers of America.

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