Help Stop The Destruction of Urban Family Neighborhood by Dorm Style Housing

Authored by Angela Pack Zia and Mary Sanger.

(Updated April 16, 2013)

The multitude of nuisance, safety and traffic problems that dorm-style housing generates is absolutely incompatible with family neighborhoods and can have a rapid devastating impact on single family neighborhoods. Mike Wong, President of Northfield Neighborhood Association ( stated that his neighborhood has lost 10 single family homes within the last six weeks to dorm-style housing, with a total of 20 single family homes being replaced by dorm-style housing within the past six months. The result is a high percent turn over within the past six months whereby single family homes in the neighborhood have been replaced with dorm-style housing. More are on their way as four more homes have been recently demolished on 51st between Guadalupe and Duval and more homes demolished on North Loop. Because of this incompatibility with dorm-style housing and single family homes, the single family occupants are forced to leave, thereby, creating a domino effect in the community that continues to greatly negatively impact existing single family residents.

Clark Lyda 3-19-13 Letter to HNA

Free Electronics Recycling Event Saturday, March 23, 2013 Saturday 10am - 3pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church

March 23, 2013
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Drop off Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church Parking Lot
3407 Red River Austin, Texas 78705

Personal Computers
Laptops & Notebooks
Servers &Networking Equipment Paints & Solvents
Routers & Modems Household Appliances
Mobile Phones Washers & Dryers
SmartPhones & Tablets
Hazardous Waste
Copiers & Printers
Keyboards & Mice
Cables & Chargers
Game Consoles
A/V Equipment
Flat Screen & CRT Monitors

This is a free service provided by VertiGO RECOVER and portions of the proceeds from the collection of electronic waste at this event will go directly to St. Paul Lutheran School Austin, Texas. For additional information on services we provide please visit our website at If you are a business and need to schedule a local pickup please call (512) 300-9814

Perry Estate Development Vote Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Issue

Developer Clark Lyda purchased the Commodore Perry Estate at 4100 Red River Street in 2011. Mr. Lyda has proposed a plan for redeveloping the estate. Residents of the Hancock Neighborhood are stakeholders in the estate redevelopment process and need to provide input on how the project should proceed.

The Special Committee

The Perry Estate Special Committee, or Ad Hoc Committee, was formed on January 18th, 2012. The Committee is comprised of the 5 existing members on the Zoning Committee for the neighborhood association plus three (3) additional Hancock Neighbors who live within 200’ of the border of the Perry Estate. These three “200’ neighbors” on the Perry Estate Special Committee were approved by a vote of those in attendance at the January 18th, 2012 meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association.

The charge to the Committee is to negotiate with the Owner for the development and zoning of the Commodore Perry Estate. The Committee shall make recommendations for the satisfactory agreements and safeguards on land use, and shall address the concerns and requirements identified by HNA members. Final adoption of the plan will be voted on by the general membership at a future meeting.

The Vote

Please come to the regular Hancock Neighborhood Association meeting Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 PM at Hancock Recreation Center. In the meeting, the membership will vote to accept or reject the standards set forth in the Perry Estate Development Points document. Please prepare for the vote by reading the Development Points document and related Perry Estate material available on the website. The most current documents are linked below for convenience. Also, remember that only members in good standing are permitted to vote. So please pay your dues in advance or at the meeting just prior to the Call to Order.

Perry Estate - Development Points (00101216-18)

Agenda for the March 20th Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Hancock Recreation Center


  • 7:00 pm
    • Meeting Called to Order
  • 7:05 – 7:25
    • ACC Development at Highland Mall
      Presenter: Brian Dolezal with RedLeaf Properties
  • 7:25 – 7:45
    • Item for Vote

      Accept or Reject the proposed Commodore Perry Estate — Zoning and Development Standards

      Please review the document prior to the meeting, which is posted to the HNA website at:
      Time allowed for points of clarification

  • 7:45 – 8:00
    • Hancock Golf Course Announcement and Update
      Habitat and Esthetic Improvement Plantings
      South Segment of Trail
  • 8:00 – 8:05
    • Vote outcome
  • 8:05 – 8:15
    • Harris Avenue Duplexes Update by Mike Hebert
  • 8:15 – 8:30
    • Other Business
      • Huffstickler Green Maintenance Agreement, HNA and HPNA
      • Noise Trespass Neighborhood Associations Coalition
      • Bylaws
      • May HNA Meeting Topics
  • 8:30 pm
    • Adjourn

Perry Estate: The proposed development directly benefits our adjacent neighbors (00104546)

Developer's list of benefits to the neighborhood as they see it, based on their proposed zoning and development standards for the future development of the Commodore Perry Estate.

Responses - Feedback Comments Questions and Requests Since the Feb 20th Meeting (00103983-2) (00104545)

At our follow up meeting, we presented the developer with feedback, questions, and concerns that we had received from neighbors since the Feb. 20th meeting. The developer's direct response to that feedback is contained in this document.

Redline - Perry Estate - Development Points - 16 v 18 (00104524)

Redlined version of Perry Estate development points, which is indicative of the changes made by the developer since the last open meeting we had on Feb. 20th and our subsequent follow up meeting with the developer on March 5th.

Perry Estate - Development Points (00101216-18)

Document that contains the Perry Estate zoning and development standards, which the HNA will be voting on at the Wednesday, March 20 meeting.

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