The Austin school district on Wednesday afternoon unveiled the 40 bids and proposals for 10 of its properties, including the district’s headquarters just west of downtown.
Some of the proposals are intended to create affordable housing in Austin. The city of Austin, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas and several well-known developers and nonprofits sought the properties, which included vacant land as well as such buildings as the downtown Millett Opera House (home of the Austin Club) and the Baker Center administration building in Hyde Park.
While the dollar amounts for the bids were released publicly, the details of the proposals weren’t disclosed.
“It’s a practice in this district that we don’t fully release proposals to the public until we have finished the evaluation and scoring process and make a recommendation to the trustees,” Jim Sessions, director of contracts and procurement services, told the group of 30 or so bidders or nearby residents who showed up at the district headquarters to watch the unsealing of the bids. The terms of the recommended offers are expected to be disclosed in March.
However, a few of those interested made public their proposals. Austin Habitat for Humanity submitted a proposal to develop up to 140 affordable home units on the district’s Service Center Land off 51st Street. Habitat for Humanity anticipates at least 20 percent of the community housing to be filled by district employees.
“We view our proposal as an opportunity for AISD, the city of Austin and Austin Habitat to work together to combat the affordable housing crisis that our city faces by allowing the land to be developed into permanently affordable homes for low-income individuals and families,” said Carly Yansak, Habitat communications manager.
Foundation Communities, an affordable housing nonprofit, seeks to build up to 200 apartments at the Allan Center, located in East Austin.
The Austin school district voted in March to seek bids for the properties. At the time, district documents showed the properties collectively were valued at about $95 million. If the district were to take the highest bids, they’d total about $90 million. That might not be the route the district takes, however, as the district was also soliciting other development options that could include public-private partnerships that would benefit the district or its students.
The school district sought bids previously in 2011 for its administration headquarters, as well as the Baker Center, but didn’t get offers attractive enough to district leaders.
The bids come amid the district’s efforts to create a 20-year facility master plan, which could call for building six new schools and closing up to 10 aging campuses in poor condition, in preparation for the next bond package, which could come as early as November. District leaders have said they must demonstrate efficiency with their surplus properties before asking voters to approve new projects.
Staff writer Shonda Novak contributed to this report.
Proposals and bids
The Austin district issued a request for proposals for 10 parcels of land it owns, and on Wednesday announced the bids for purchase and the firms that have proposed leases or partnerships with the district. The district isn’t releasing details of the proposals for leases or partnerships. But the district did release amounts of the bids for purchase of the land.
Carruth Administration Center (1111 W. 6th St.) — minimum bid $30 million
• Proposal to lease by The John Buck Company of Chicago
• $35 million bid from Presidium Group of Austin
• $27,027,000 bid from Austin businessman Steve Wimberly
• $36.5 million bid from Schlosser Development of Austin
Millett Opera House (the Austin Club, 110 E. 9th St) — minimum bid $5.3 million
• Proposal for a long-term lease from the Foundation for the Preservation of the Historic Millett Opera House
• $1.7 million bid from the Foundation for the Preservation of the Historic Millett Opera House
Baker Center (3908 Avenue B) — minimum bid $10.6 million
• Proposals from the city of Austin, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and WLVH Management LLC of Austin
• $15,105,000 bid from Alliance Residential
• $10,611,000 bid from JCI Residential
• $10,282,000 bid from Sackman Enterprises
• $10,700,000 bid from Marquis Residential
• $10.6 million bid from Alamo Drafthouse
• $11 million and $12 million bids, depending on terms, from Colina West Limited
Central Warehouse (9 acres south of Alpine Road) — minimum bid $2.3 million
• Proposal from the city of Austin
• $2,311,000 bid from JCI Residential
Doris Drive, 1.2 acres — minimum bid $920,000
• $920,000 bid from the city of Austin
Allan Center (4900 Gonzales St.) — minimum bid $12 million
• Proposal from Foundation Communities
• $13 million bid from Presidium Group
• $14 million bid from Colina West Limited
Service Center (5101 E. 51st St.) — minimum bid $2.7 million
• Proposals from Austin Habitat for Humanity and RSI Communities of Round Rock
• $4.6 million or $5.5 million bid, depending on terms, from RSI Communities
• $3.15 million bid from Intrepid Equity Investments
• $3,690,403 bid from Milestone Community Builders
• $3,008,000 bid from JCI Residential
Tannehill Lane, 8 acres — minimum bid $1.96 million
• Proposal from DMA Companies
• $2,011,000 from JCI residential
• $1.96 million from the city of Austin
Loyola Lane, 32 acres — minimum bid $7.7 million
• Proposals from Human Excel of Austin and the city of Austin
• $6,323,746 bid from Milestone Community Builders
• $7.2 million or $8.2 million bid, depending on the terms, from RSI Communities
• $7.9 million bid from Eureka Holdings Acquisitions
Travis Country (4806 Trail West Drive) — minimum bid $3.28 million
• Proposals from the city of Austin, Travis Country Community Service Association and the Austin Waldorf School
• $3,405,000 bid from Bonner Carrington
• $1.2 million in two different bids from the Travis Country Community Service Association
• $1,818,025 bid from Milestone Community Builders
• $1 million bid from J Vaughn Brock