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h+uo architects Rainey Street homes relocation and rehabilitation

Posted in Company News by Kristie
May 16, 2014

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h+uo architects is excited to be working with the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC) on the relocation and rehabilitation of 4 houses from the Rainey Street National Register Historic District to the Guadalupe-Saldana Net Zero Subdivision. We have worked with sensitivity and appreciation for the historic quality of the homes. As of this week, painting and trim installation began. Volunteers worked for hours scraping the old chipped paint from the facades of the buildings and applying fresh, historically respectful colors to the exteriors. Once complete, the four houses will be sold to income eligible households utilizing a Community Land Trust model.

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About Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC):

Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that celebrates over thirty years of service to its community as an affordable housing provider to families from East Austin.

For more information visit: http://www.guadalupendc.org/

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Celebrating 30 Years of Maintaining the Culture and Affordability of the Blackland Neighborhood

July 17, 2013

The Blackland Neighborhood is hosting a block party to celebrate its 30 year anniversary of community accomplishments. The celebration will take place on Saturday August 10, 2013 from 4:00pm-7:00pm, open to all. Attendees can expect food, kid activities, and an opportunity to mingle with others in the community. h+uo architects will also be in attendance.

Fannie Mae Stewart Village Rendering

Fannie Mae Stewart Village Rendering

The block party will also celebrate the recent development of the Fannie Mae Stewart Village, which is close to completion. Located on the 1900 block on East 22nd Street, the Fannie Mae Stewart Village includes an 8-unit apartment complex along with a transformed bungalow into a community conservatory. The Blackland Neighborhood has a history of suffering from disinvestment and predatory real estate speculation. This new addition was designed by h+uo architects and is part of an ongoing effort to maintain affordable housing in the neighborhood and in the city of Austin. Blackland Community Development Corporation was formed in 1983, right before it acquired a lot at 1904 East 22nd from an African-American maid, Fannie Mae Stewart.

About Blackland Community Development Corporation

The Blackland Community Development Corporation (BCDC) was incorporated in August 1983 as a non-profit, 501-C-3 corporation in the state of Texas. The boundaries of the Blackland Neighborhood are Comal Street on the west, Chestnut Avenue on the east, MLK Boulevard on the south, and Manor Road on the north.

Blackland CDC has built, maintains and leases 47 units for households earning less than 60 percent of the median income for Austin, most of which have been designed by Tom Hatch and his family of architects. Because affordable rental units are disappearing from the inner city, CDC does not sell units, knowing that in time they would likely sell to higher income families and would only delay gentrification.

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Team Selected to Design East Austin’s Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income Community

Posted in Company News by Kristie
July 2, 2013

Last week the City of Austin announced their selection of the Urban Design Group and team, including h+uo architects to develop a master plan for Colony Park. The fascinating part of the design selection process is that the city had to choose between two incredibly qualified planning teams, McCann Adams Studio and team and the Urban Design Group and team. The staff, council, and outspoken neighborhood joined forces to make a very difficult decision between these two extremely talented teams. The Urban Design Group team is really excited about being selected for this unique project that will transform northeast Austin!

Located in East Austin, east of U.S. Highway 183, the Urban Design Group will develop a plan to develop the vacant 208 acre lot into a master planned community. The city’s vision is to create a community that is not only environmentally sustainable, but also sustainable as a community, without displacing lower-income residents.

Forty percent of the 500 single-family units and 250 multifamily rental units will be affordable housing. h+uo architects will be the key player in designing and ensuring Colony Park’s affordability. Master planning design and neighborhood meetings are expected to begin in September 2013.

 

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Familiar Firm, Fresh Faces

Posted in Company News by Kristie
June 26, 2013

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HausBar Farms Selected for AIA Homes Tour!

Posted in Company News by Kristie
May 23, 2013

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We have just received notification that one of our newly completed residential projects has been selected for this year’s AIA Homes Tour!  

As part of the selection process, a large group of AIA committee members visited the East Austin residence and adjoining gardens, known as HausBar Farms and owned by Dorsey Barger and Susan Hausmann.  Principal partner, Tom Hatch, and architect, Kelly Stephenson represented h+uoat the site visit. Tom shared some early concept sketches and Kelly discussed the highlights of design as well as the owners’ dedication to realizing their dream of running a completely sustainable urban farm. Congregating in the fully- equipped outdoor kitchen, committee members provided lots of positive feedback on the flow of the floor plan and the strong connection between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Afterward, they had a great time meeting some of the animals such as Gustavo the goose and Julian and Rosie, the resident donkeys.

 

The 2013 AIA Homes Tour will take place November 2-3, 2013.  Each year the tour showcases new and newly-renovated homes designed by talented Austin architects.   For more information about the AIA Homes Tour, visit http://www.aiahomestour.com/

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