City could spend another $8 million for second hotel to house homeless


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin City Council pushed back a vote scheduled for today on whether to buy a second hotel to help house the homeless.

At $7 million, the city could buy Microtel Inn and Suites on Metro Center Drive, near the intersection of SH-71 and U.S. Highway 183. The city plans to spend an extra $1 million to renovate it.

The first hotel the city bought was the Rodeway Inn near Interstate 35 and Oltorf Street for $8 million.

At the time, buying the hotel was a big shift from a previously-planned shelter on Ben White Boulevard. City officials said the hotel provided a quicker turnaround to actually get people into a shelter.

The vote, scheduled for this morning, was pushed back to at least this afternoon. It’s more likely the vote will take place tomorrow.

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