City of Austin District 6 residents and businesses are in opposition of a proposed purchase of Candlewood Suites Hotel located at 10811 Pecan Park Boulevard, Austin, Texas, 78750 for Homeless housing. It is sensible and necessary that the City of Austin should consider homeless housing where the individuals have ready opportunities for employment, case management, medical and mental health treatment, and access to transportation. The proposed location does not offer these benefits and is also in direct conflict with many North Austin residents and local businesses. Candlewood Suites is in the core of an established family neighborhood with (3) three elementary schools located in very close proximity: Purple Sage Elementary, Anderson Mill Elementary and Spicewood Elementary. Also, Noel Grisham Middle School and Westwood High Schools are in close proximity to the proposed location.
North Austin residents and businesses have a strong desire to help those experiencing homelessness and have already been doing so for several years. Mayor Adler has touted a desire to engage the communities, to listen to their input and concerns, but completely failed to notify the community residents and businesses of this proposal.
We as a community would have liked some answers from the city to the questions below.
1) What safety measures are undertaken given the proximity to school zones?
2) Has APD been asked for an analysis of whether they believe this is a good location? What security measures will be in place?
3) What consideration was given to its proximity to residential neighborhoods.
4) Will the site be open to anyone at all hours of day and night?
5) Has a protocol been created for neighbors' complaints and concerns about its operation to be promptly addressed?
6) The $9.5 million purchase of Candlewood Suites will only house 50 people at best with the added cost of $1.8 million per year to operate the facility. How is the best use of tax payers money?
The lack of transparency combined with the speed of this proposed purchase has led to the public reservations that the City did not perform enough due diligence and economic impact studies to ensure that this is a proper location.