AUSTIN (KXAN) — Plans to build an Autism Center for adults in west Austin hit a roadblock Tuesday night.
The proposed land is 82 acres. The plans divide the River Place subdivision into two parts. Organizers say they would sell 42 acres to a developer to build new homes on part of the land, which would help pay for the Autism Center through a trust.
However, the lots sold would be small and home values would be lower. The Austin Planning and Zoning Committee voted on Tuesday to approve zoning changes requiring larger lots in River Place. The Autism Center developers say they can’t afford to build on larger lots.
Some neighbors say they are not against the Autism Center, but say new homes need to match the existing ones, which are valued at $1 million and up.
The father behind the Autism Center says it’s about so much more than housing plans.
“When your child is diagnosed the first thing, it breaks your heart, and then you’ve got to think about the future and we were told by the doctor put your child in an institution and get on with your life,” said Jonathan Tommey, spearheading the Autism Center plans.
The developers will meet on Wednesday to discuss the next steps for the center.