Lower rent apartment complex proposed in Round Rock

A developer is proposing a 256-unit affordable housing complex on 23 acres of land near E. Old Settlers Boulevard and A.W. Grimes Boulevard in Round Rock (KXAN Photo\Lauren Kravets).
A developer is proposing a 256-unit affordable housing complex on 23 acres of land near E. Old Settlers Boulevard and A.W. Grimes Boulevard in Round Rock (KXAN Photo\Lauren Kravets).

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Round Rock City Council will vote Tuesday night on a new affordable housing complex. A developer wants to put a 256-unit apartment complex on about 23 acres of land, just northwest of A.W. Grimes Boulevard and East Old Settlers Boulevard.

All but four of the units will be available for renters making 60 percent of the Austin Metro area median income ($77,800) which ends up being around nearly $47,000 a year. Four units will be offered to people who make 50 percent of the median income, which is $38,900.

“There’s a lot of people in need. Austin obviously is going up, everybody is moving out of Austin into Pflugerville, Round Rock, so yeah we need it,” said Round Rock resident Myles Munoz.

Munoz moved into an affordable housing complex off Sunrise Road in Round Rock about a month and a half ago. “We were looking around for three weeks and we were finding apartments that were basically in the $1,500 range, one bedroom,” which Munoz says isn’t affordable on his fixed income.

If Round Rock City Council approves the new complex, the developer will still have to get state approval.

Round Rock has seven affordable apartment complexes in the city, not including Section 8 housing. In Austin, there are more than 450 locations that have units deemed “affordable.” That label depends on what program the housing complies with, but it’s generally affordable for someone bringing in 60 to 80 percent of the median family income.