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Meeting Date: 3/31/2015
District H
Item Creation Date: 2/3/2015

HCD15-33 Independence Heights Apartments

Agenda Item#: 16.


2015-271 - ORDINANCE approving and authorizing Interlocal Agreement between the City of Houston and the HOUSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY to provide a grant in an amount not to exceed $750,000.00 of Federal Community Development Block Grant Funds to assist in the acquisition of the site for Independence Heights Apartments, located in the vicinity of 8606 North Main Street, Houston, that will primarily serve low to moderate income households - DISTRICT H - GONZALEZ


The Houston Housing Authority (HHA) is developing Independence Heights Apartments, a multifamily affordable housing property of at least 150 units on a site at North Main and Crosstimbers. This site is within a neighborhood designated as both a Community Revitalization Outreach Area of the Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Round 2 program and as a Great Opportunities neighborhood by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). HUD has approved the property for the development of affordable housing and the Texas General Land Office has approved use of Disaster Recovery funds.

Three parcels of land are being assembled for the mixed-income, mixed-use development. Two parcels, 8666 North Main and 306 Crosstimbers, have already been acquired by HHA. The subject site (8606 North Main) is being acquired through a condemnation process. This Ordinance will authorize up to $750,000 as gap financing of the total project cost of $40.5 million. If the condemnation process renders a sales price that is over $750,000, the Houston Housing Authority will fund the difference.

This development will provide much-needed high quality one, two, three, and four bedroom units.  As a Housing Authority project, all units will serve families with incomes at or below 60% area median income (AMI). In addition, 20% of the units will be subject to HUD’s Public Housing restriction to make them available to families with incomes at or below 30% AMI. Amenities include community green areas and a community building with kitchen, business center, fitness room, and activity room.

In exchange for the CDBG funding, HHA will restrict 51% of the units for five years, on behalf of the City of Houston. The projected land acquisition  cost is as follows:

Land Assemblage:

306 Crosstimbers


8666 North Main


8606 North Main (Subject Site)


Total cost of land


This item was reviewed by the Housing and Community Affairs Committee on February 17, 2015.

Prior Council Action:
Amount of Funding:
Source of Funding:
Grant Fund

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Contact Information:

Stephen Tinnermon


HCD15-33 RCASigned Cover sheet
OrdinanceSigned Cover sheet