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Austin’s first elected Hispanic mayor Gus Garcia passes away at age 84

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AUSTIN,Texas (FOX 7 Austin) – Political trailblazer Gus Garcia, the first Hispanic elected to the Austin ISD Board of Directors, and the city’s first elected Hispanic mayor has died.

Garcia has been a major force in Austin politics for decades.

He was first elected to the Austin Independent School District board in 1972. Garcia served on the Austin City Council for more than 10 years and on the Austin school board for six years. He helped integrate schools and end housing discrimination. He served on the school board, opposing discrimination and pushed for more minorities to be hired in the schools.

In 1991 Garcia was elected to the Austin City Council. He was re-elected to council in 1993 and 1997. Then in 2001, he became Austin’s first Hispanic mayor, serving until 2003.

Garcia was born in the border town of Zapata in 1934, where his father ran a small grocery store. Garcia met his wife Marina Gonzalez in Laredo and they married in 1957. Shortly after, the couple moved to Austin where Garcia enrolled at the University of Texas.

“We feel a community-wide heavy heart as a one of our greatest Austin giants moves on,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler posted on Twitter. “Mayor Garcia focused our city as no one had setting us on a course to seek equity and justice for all of Austin. I will miss my friend and teacher.”

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk released a statement Monday.

"Mayor Gus Garcia was an extraordinary public servant. All of us should strive to emulate Mayor Garcia’s dedication to Austin.”

Garcia is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Marina Gonzalez, and by their three sons and five grandchildren.

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Realtor of the Week: Paisley helps buyers, sellers navigate real estate needs

The real estate industry is rapidly changing to serve clients smarter and better, due to so much new technology at your fingertips and new models on how to use it more efficiently.

“Buying and selling a home is complex and complicated, and we as professional Realtors are able to offer more education and trusted advice to the consumer than ever before,” said Susan Arnoldy Paisley, a Realtor with John Daugherty, Realtors.

Paisley’s focus area is mainly inside the Loop, in communities such as River Oaks and West University.

“However, I also assist clients in other areas that I am familiar, such as The Woodlands, Bellaire, etc.” Paisley said.

This is an excellent time to buy a house, since buyers can enjoy the Homestead exemptions if purchased prior to Dec. 31. Plus, there are many homes on the market.

Paisley hails from West Texas and has been in Houston since 1975.

Prior to real estate she had a successful personal training business.

“My husband encouraged me to move into real estate, but I resisted it. But after looking more closely at this industry, I obtained my licenses. It is the best thing I have ever done. I love what I do, and I love working with my clients,” Paisley said.

Skills for success

The skills that helped make her a success in her previous career are the same that have assisted her in being a Top Producer for 13 of the 16 years she has been in real estate.

As a personal trainer, Paisley focused on her clients, got to know them to understand their goals, worked long hours, educated her clients, was flexible, and service oriented. These skills transitioned easily into real estate.

Paisley graduated from the University of Texas, Austin with an art degree, giving her an eye for aesthetics to help her sellers prepare their home for sale and help her buyers see what a space could become.

She has also continued her education and holds many certifications, such as Certified Negotiation Expert.

Paisley is known for being a hard worker, honest, straightforward, thinking outside of the box, getting things done, and passionate.

Earlier this year, Paisley partnered with Eric Pham, 28, who was the youngest Realtor to receive the award, 20 Under 40 Rising Stars, when he was 26.

‘Great partnership’

“Between us, we have 22 years of real estate experience, and together we are able to cover a broad spectrum of services for our clients. It is a great partnership,” she said.

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WWII Vet, Pilot Die After Vintage Craft Crashes In Texas (Update)

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Two people, one of them a military veteran, aboard a World War II-era airplane died after the aircraft crashed into an apartment complex parking lot in Fredericksburg, Texas, on Saturday afternoon.

Gillespie County sheriff’s officials got the emergency call at around 3:15 p.m. The crash occurred off Friendship Lane, according to reports. Two people reportedly were on board the aircraft at the time of the crash, but it remained unclear late Saturday if there are any fatalities or injuries.

The downed aircraft is a WWII vintage P-51D Mustang fighter, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials. According to reports, several vehicles in the parking lot of the apartment complex were damaged.

Officials at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg confirmed the deaths of two people in the crash. Museum officials initially reported both were veterans, later correcting their statement to not just one of those killed held that distinction.

The pilot killed was identified on Sunday as Cowden Ward, Jr., of Burnet, according to a Facebook post. Pecos Bill P-51 Freedom Flyers posted news of Ward’s death, noting his demise "…has left all of his friends and family heartbroken." Ward, a member of the group posting on Facebook, offered free rides to veterans in vintage planes, according to officials.

"We hope that everyone will remember his infectious smile, his passion for flying our nation’s veterans, and above all remember him for the amazing pilot, friend and caring person he was," the statement read.

Although the identify of his passenger has not been disclosed, the post noted he was a World War II veteran and former B-17 pilot.

According to a Facebook event page, the museum was hosting a two-day Pacific Combat Program that started Saturday at 2 p.m. Saturday about an hour before the crash.

"Tanks, explosions, landing craft and flamethrowers! Living History Reenactments in the Pacific Combat Zone put you on the front line," museum officials wrote in describing the event. "The Pacific Combat Zone comes alive with the sights and sounds of combat on scheduled weekends throughout the year. Army, Navy and Marine re-enactors move in to capture fortified positions from Japanese defenders, employing landing craft, explosives and flamethrowers… and you are there!"

The plane had performed during a flyover as part of the living history show staged by the museum, officials later confirmed. The tragedy occurred as the museum was gearing up to launch a fundraising drive ten days from the incident to preserve World War II veterans’ stories.

Help us keep their stories alive by donating on #GivingTuesday November 27th. Your donation will help us educate and impact the future and insure that the Greatest Generation will never be forgotten. #TurnYourTuesday #pacificwarmuseum pic.twitter.com/4i9e5CrJXY— Pacific War Museum (@PacWarMuseum) November 17, 2018

The names of the deceased had not been released as of Sunday afternoon. The town of Fredericksburg is just under 80 miles west of Austin and 70 miles north of San Antonio.

We are saddened by the unfortunate accident that happened this afternoon that claimed the lives of two veterans. At this time we have no further information.— Pacific War Museum (@PacWarMuseum) November 18, 2018

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Lessons from Austin on Legalizing Apartments

A fourplex or single-family home?

Wooing Homeowners Requires a Clearly Defined Path

I was in Austin last week for the Texas Book Festival. I spent days getting valuable input on how to convince people to make cities more inclusive. While Austin has as powerful anti-apartment homeowner groups of any city, the route to winning majority political support for ending exclusionary zoning laws even in that city became clear.

I spoke at the Festival and also at an event at the University of Texas because I have a chapter on Austin in my new book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. I describe Austin’s “dark side” of tenant displacement and lack of code enforcement, as well as the powerful homeowner groups who rely on exclusionary zoning to bar new apartments despite rising housing costs.

Austin residents, like those in Seattle, were accustomed to affordable housing. But those days are leaving Austin, and the question is how the city should respond.

A Clearly Defined Path

I recount in my book how urbanist groups like AURA, progressive politicians like City Councilmember Greg Casar, and Mayor Steve Adler support building more housing. Homeowner groups vigorously oppose this, and are running their champion against Adler in the November mayoral election.

But here’s what became clear to me after talking to people with sharply different views on Austin’s future: the support for greater inclusion is there, but people need a clearly defined path toward achieving it.

Unfortunately for the pro-housing side, Austin just spent three years on a very undefined path toward inclusion. It was a massive proposed zoning revision with the mysterious name, “CodeNEXT.”

I compare CodeNEXT to San Francisco’s failed 2016 “Affordable Housing Density Bonus” measure, which aroused so much opposition that it was pulled prior to a Board of Supervisors vote. Revived in 2017 under the new name HOME-SF, virtually the same measure passed unanimously.

In talking to a lot activists and others in Austin, it became clear to me that most people are willing to support more housing, even if it means legalizing triplexes or fourplexes in single-family zoned neighborhoods. That this has not yet happened in most cities is primarily due to two reasons.

First, a powerful political minority has taken advantage of the silent majority’s lack of pro-housing advocacy.They dominate local land use meetings and vote in far higher percentages than those victimized by the housing crisis.

Second, homeowners open to housing have fears about “the end game” that could be diffused by a clearly defined path. The vague terms “Affordable Housing Density Bonus” or “CodeNEXT” heightens such fears.

Minneapolis (see Neighbors for More Neighbors) and Portland (see Portland for Everyone) are making progress on expanding triplexes and fourplexes in single family neighborhoods because they have mobilized grassroots support and their housing programs are clear (pro-housing activists turned out in force yesterday for Minneapolis’ 2040 Plan). People know exactly what land use changes they are getting. Opposition remains fierce in both cities, but I believe that measures favoring new apartments will prevail.

I took photos of some “monster” homes in Austin’s Zilker neighborhood that I showed to people I met (one accompanies this article). I then asked them why they would oppose similar structures of the same height and mass that were three or four units. Nearly everyone responded by saying “well, if that’s all your talking about I see your point.”

I came away from three days of talking almost nonstop about making Austin more inclusive more optimistic than ever that cities can do this. It takes grassroots mobilizing, political leadership and a clear agenda, but urban America can still expand housing for its working and middle-class.

It is a question of political will.

Randy Shaw is Editor of Beyond Chron. His new book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America, will be released this week from the University of California Press.

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw is the author of four books on activism, including The Activist’s Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. His new book is The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

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Beer isn’t the only thing on tap at one local brewery as boil water notice continues in Austin

AUSTIN — Beer isn’t the only thing coming out of the tap at one Austin brewery as it works along side another local brewery to help Austinites during the boil water notice.

Uncle Billy’s Brewery took to twitter on Tuesday letting people know they have kegs full of water available at the brewery, where citizens can come fill up their personal water containers for free.

Hey #Austin we have clean #water ready for you. @DBC_BrewingCo is loaning us kegs so we make sure we have plenty of it on hand for your needs. Bring in your empty bottles and will fill you up. Don’t forget to have a beer while you’re here. #atx pic.twitter.com/cBQoyz7CEg

— Uncle Billy’s (@UncleBillys) October 23, 2018

Uncle Billy’s brews beer for another Austin brewery, Destination Brewery, and had many of it’s kegs available. Uncle Billy’s stated "Justin Berry, founder of Destination Brewery, is a strong supporter of community initiatives and wholeheartedly backed the use of his kegs for this endeavor."

"The local craft beer community is fortunate to have massive kettles available, that allow us to brew your favorite local craft beers." stated a joint press release from the two breweries. "We felt the need to utilize our resources to assist in boiling large quantities of water to assist residents and local businesses get back to work."

The release would go on to let local residents impacted by the boil water notice know that they can fill up their personal water containers at 1530 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX for free.

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The release also stated that if you have a restaurant, hotel, bar, or venue in need of fresh water to stay open, you can email Info@DestinationBrewing.co to coordinate a water pick up or delivery free of charge.

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/beer-isn-t-the-only-thing-on-tap-at-one-local-brewery-as-boil-water-notice-continues-in-austin/607712044

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1,500 apartment units opening soon in West Campus

Austin’s West Campus is slated to see 12 new apartment buildings open next year. That’s going to add nearly 1,500 units, or nearly 3,500 bedrooms, to the neighborhood [ + ]

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s West Campus is slated to see 12 new apartment buildings open next year. That’s going to add nearly 1,500 units, or nearly 3,500 bedrooms, to the neighborhood.

While construction for those buildings progresses, a developer has proposed another new high rise. That building is going to wrap around a 2-story historic home called the Kenney House.

The design called for removing historic zoning for the Kenney House’s parking lot. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted this week to recommend that the city take that action.

"The removal of historic zoning from the parking lot will not impact the house," Steve Sadowsky, Austin’s Historic Preservation Officer, explained in an e-mail. "The applicant is proposing a 5-foot buffer around the house that will retain historic zoning."

Right now, the Kenney House is home to a bed and breakfast called the Star of Texas Inn.

The building is already surrounded by at least three ongoing construction projects within a one block radius.

Owner Chris Mackey said, "Construction brings problems. We have noise, and people sleep here. Sometimes trucks have to operate late. That doesn’t bother most people. But detours in the neighborhood can also make things tricky."

He said noise doesn’t stop people from making reservations. He does plan, however, to close his business next May, when the building’s construction is scheduled to start.

If the City Council follows the Planning and Zoning recommendation, the newest high rise will be much closer than those active projects.

"There will be approximately 19 feet between the historic house and the proposed new construction," said Sadowsky.

Mike McHone‌, who owned, restored and sold the Kenney House years ago told KXAN the house itself will be preserved and house a coffee shop.

He said the design "embraces and shows off the Kenney House on the corner."

The apartment surrounding the historic home would add 700 bedrooms to an already booming area where many students tell us the price tag is high.

"The price of housing is very expensive around West Campus," said UT Austin sophomore Inara Hauque. "A lot of students feel that way."

Peyton Janssen, General Manager at West Campus Living, helps students find apartments.

She said units still rent extremely quickly.

"This year, we started pre-leasing right around the beginning of September," Janssen said. "For example, today, I had two different groups I went with, and both of them we looked at 3 places each, and they both picked ones they wanted to go with today."

McHone said if you consider inflation, the cost of construction and other factors, average rent for West Campus hasn’t increased too much.

"In fact, I’ve got a project that’s under construction right now that I’ve worked with, the same developer on Nueces Street, and he has bedrooms, and each bedroom is for $630 a bedroom," he said. "That’s low for a single bedroom."

Janssen told us those units do exist, but those fill up extremely quickly.

On average, she said, "Typically for a studio or one bedroom, you can’t find anything for under $1,000."

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Houston region ranks among housing markets with most stable growth

It’s no secret that home prices have been on the rise in the Houston area. In the past 25 years, home price more than doubled, increasing by 155 percent, according to a study by financial technology company Smartasset.

At the same time, Smartasset’s analysis of historical home price data says buying in Houston’s housing market is a sound investment. It pegs the probability of experiencing a 5 percent price decline within a decade after buying at zero.

All this has led the company to name the Houston, Woodlands and Sugarland region one of the housing markets showing the most stable growth in the country.

Other highly ranked Texas regions included Austin, which has experienced a 243 percent increase in home price in the past 25 years, Midland (214 percent increase), Odessa (174 percent), San Angelo (144 percent) and College Station (147 percent).

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Houston region ranks among housing markets with most stable growth

It’s no secret that home prices have been on the rise in the Houston area. In the past 25 years, home price more than doubled, increasing by 155 percent, according to a study by financial technology company Smartasset.

At the same time, Smartasset’s analysis of historical home price data says buying in Houston’s housing market is a sound investment. It pegs the probability of experiencing a 5 percent price decline within a decade after buying at zero.

All this has led the company to name the Houston, Woodlands and Sugarland region one of the housing markets showing the most stable growth in the country.

Other highly ranked Texas regions included Austin, which has experienced a 243 percent increase in home price in the past 25 years, Midland (214 percent increase), Odessa (174 percent), San Angelo (144 percent) and College Station (147 percent).

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After McKalla Place stadium fight, several city-owned properties are poised for new life

Mueller, Seaholm, Colony Park and McKalla Place are vastly different places spread out across Austin.

But they have common roots as public land with a new lease on life through City Hall’s redevelopment efforts.

Mueller and Seaholm were transformed from a municipal airport and a decommissioned power plant, respectively, into mixed-use destinations. Mueller’s master developer, Catellus Development Corp., is poised to develop Colony Park in Northeast Austin into a master-planned community with thousands of homes.

And a pending deal for McKalla Place, a 24-acre tract in North Austin on the edge of The Domain, could soon give rise to a soccer stadium for Austin’s first major-league sports franchise.

So what’s next for the city’s real estate portfolio?

It’s a conversation that will linger long after this summer’s debate over Major League Soccer in North Austin fades into history because there are 13 more sites on the table.

And it’s an increasingly relevant conversation, to developers and taxpayers alike, as the city tries to use all its tools, including the dirt it owns, to address simmering issues like home unaffordability, vanishing creative space and gentrification.

“It is our obligation to make sure that our city-owned lands are used for the highest value,” Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo said.

‘Highest maximum potential’

The city’s redevelopment process tends to focus on repurposing underused or decommissioned land.

"We use real estate to collaborate with the private sector to create development that results in community benefits,” said Christine Maguire, the city’s redevelopment division manager. “It’s about how real estate can leverage community benefits… and City Council strategic goals.”

She said the "North Star" guiding that effort are directives such as the 2012 Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan.

"There’s also the real needs and aspirations of the community in real time," she said.

At this time, that means city-owned land is looked at for its potential for affordable housing, creative space for artists and health care opportunities "in areas of our city that have been traditionally ignored," Maguire said.

An Aug. 3 memo from city staff identified these four properties as the most ripe to go through the redevelopment process:

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This Austin Energy property at 6909 Ryan Dr. — though they call it the Justin Lane tract because it’s also off that road — has access to commuter rail. It’s near where Airport Boulevard intersects with North Lamar Boulevard.

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This site sits on more than 20 acres formerly used by a Home Depot and car dealership. It’s at 906 E. St Johns Ave. just off I-35 near its intersection with U.S. Highway 183.

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Farther into East Austin, at 4800 Bolm Road, sits this former site of a recycling plant begging to be cycle into a new use itself.

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Here’s another prime site in East Austin. This one, at 2201 Grove Blvd., is near Riverside Drive and just a couple of minutes away from the airport. The land that will be available is only a portion of this photo and includes some of the wooded area.

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"We’re going to move [on] the first group that has the highest maximum potential," Maguire said.

Maguire cautioned there’s a lot of due diligence the city needs to perform by analyzing those sites at a "fine-tooth level" over the next several months.

"It is really doing our homework on any physical, regulatory or legal constraints on the property," she said.

‘So much opportunity to have an impact’

But that’s not all.

Local experts with the Urban Land Institute conduct research on topics relevant to affordability in Austin, such as the city’s permitting processes and employer-assisted housing. This spring, they began researching the development of affordable housing on government property.

As the subject of their study, they used five city sites that were highlighted for their development potential in a March report to Council. In addition to Justin Lane, McKalla Place and Home Depot/Chrysler, they looked at the HealthSouth building at 1215 Red River St. and the Winnebago tract at 4711 Winnebago Lane.

Paulette Gibbins, the executive director of ULI’s Austin chapter, said they wanted to analyze sites through their proximity to transportation, job opportunities and food and education options.

"For an affordable project to really be affordable, being able to have the cost of the land taken out of the equation… really makes these affordable projects happen," she said. With "building on government land there’s really so much opportunity to have an impact."

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Paulette Gibbins is executive director of ULI Austin.

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HealthSouth, a former physical rehabilitation center near the old Brackenridge hospital, was identified as the site with the highest opportunity due to its location and ability to capitalize on low-income housing tax credits.

"Let’s face it, there’s not many [affordable] places available downtown," Gibbins said.

In its March report, the city identified more long-range options, such as the One Texas Center surface parking lot at 505 Barton Springs Road or 411 Chicon, an East Austin parcel near the Plaza Saltillo MetroRail station where the city’s building services department is located.

City-owned property along RR 2222, FM 812, Johnny Morris Road and East William Cannon Drive were also floated as long-term development opportunities.

But don’t hold your breath.

"It may be a decision by the city to never let go" of those properties, Maguire said.

‘Recognize how capital looks at Austin’

The desires of area residents will play a role in the city’s deliberations.

Maguire said they want to continue community engagement work already started by some on City Council, such as Leslie Pool with the Justin Lane property and Greg Casar with Home Depot/Chrysler.

"We want to build upon that… and not supplant that great work," she said.

The site’s constraints and community feedback would be packaged into a competitive solicitation process like a request for proposals, Maguire said.

There’s a sense of urgency among city officials to redevelop city land to address affordability issues while Austin’s economy remains healthy.

Maguire said the city needs to take advantage of Austin’s "smoking hot market." Put simply, it’s relatively easy now to attract real estate interest from across the country and overseas.

Consider this: Earlier this year, for the first time, the Texas capital broke into the top 10 cities to invest in the Americas in an annual survey from CBRE Group Inc.

The report said investors are “racing to find the next Seattle by increasing their focus on the higher-yield potential of high-growth secondary markets” — and Austin is one of them. Austin tied with Toronto, Canada, as the 10th-most desirable place to invest this year.

"It’s an international city and we need to be able to recognize how capital looks at Austin," Maguire said. "We’re in a very strong position and we need maximize that strong position… particularly in places that haven’t seen that investment before."

While professional sports may not be on the horizon with other city properties, Maguire hopes community feedback and passion from the McKalla Place debate will stick around moving forward.

"I really hope that continues for every… opportunity that the city has," she said. "It’s really a challenge if nobody cares."

After the four sites outlined above, city officials have ID’d these tracts as being next in line for a revamp.

• 1215 Red River St.

• 4711 Winnebago Lane

• 411 Chicon St.

• 10900 RR 2222

• 5101 Johnny Morris Road

• The One Texas Center surface lot at 505 Barton Springs Road

• 5400 E. William Cannon Dr.

• 10108 FM 812

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