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Please join us to celebrate the latest addition to the Alley Flat family!

A housewarming for the 4th completed project of the Alley Flat Initiative will be hosted on Friday November 13th from 5:30-7:00pm at 3208 Merrie Lynn Ave. Unit B. Come out to learn more about the Alley Flat Initiative and explore the newest addition to Austin’s affordable rental housing stock. Please feel free to bring any of your friends and neighbors that may be interested!

The Alley Flat Initiative, a collaboration of the Austin Community Design & Development Center, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, has completed one more Alley Flat unit adding to the affordable housing supply in central Austin. The Initiative has been working together since 2005 to develop innovative solutions for Austin’s affordable housing crisis. An Alley Flat is a small, detached residential unit, known as an ADU or Accessory Dwelling Unit, which meets the affordability and green building standards of Austin’s SMART Housing program.

The most recent Alley Flat is in the Upper Boggy Creek neighborhood and will be occupied by a household below 80% Median Family Income, maintaining housing affordability in the area. The home features high performance windows, a metal roof, and a ductless mini-split heating and cooling system, meeting Austin Energy Green Building standards. The 2 story home is less than 11 feet wide containing 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a loft space within its 850 square feet.

A recent report by AURA touted ADUs like Alley Flats as a “virtually free way for Austin’s government to immediately increase rental affordability.” The Alley Flat Initiative works with private homeowners and community organizations to ensure the affordability of their units for a minimum of 5 years. Alley Flat Initiative design and program management services provided by the Austin Community Design & Development Center are funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the Meadows Foundation. For more information about the Initiative please visit

For more information please contact Austin Community Design & Development Center’s Development Manager, Nicole Joslin at or 972-824-5976.

WHEN: Friday, November 13, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CST)
WHERE: Alley Flat #4 - 3208 Merrie Lynn Ave Unit B Austin, TX 78722

I had the pleasure of helping with design drawings with ACDDC on this very cool project. It’s a great streamlined small residence, well situated for passive breezes and was warmly received by the Cherrywood NA leadership.