Manufactured and modular homes developer Roberts Communities says it is bringing some much-needed affordable housing to Austin, with plans to build near the new Tesla Gigafactory and Travis County Exposition Center.
As two alternatives to traditional housing, manufactured homes are built off-site and delivered in one piece, whereas modular homes are built piece-by-piece. The alternatives have been gaining traction in recent years due to their speed, eco-friendliness and relative affordability. Elon Musk even reportedly lives in a type of modular home in Boca Chica, Texas.
The Scottsdale-based developer will expand upon two amenity-rich communities: Oak Ranch, originally an abandoned mobile home lot that they bought and refurbished in 2011, and Loma Vista, purchased in 2015.
The Oak Ranch community is in close proximity to Tesla's new Gigafactory and offers various amenities like a pool. (Roberts Communities)
Oak Ranch, an 11-minute drive from Tesla's Gigafactory, is getting a 565-lot expansion that will bring the community to 1,050 total homes. According to Roberts Communities' President of Sales and Marketing Ernesto Iglesias, 100 have already been sold and 40 are pending.
Loma Vista has already been expanded twice. First after Roberts Communities bought the land, jumping the home count from 460 to 540, then in 2019, when they added another 120. The next expansion will add 128 new lots, bringing the total to 860 homes.
The Scottsdale-based developer has multiple communities around the city: Chateau at Onion Creek, Loma Vista, The Reserve and Oak Ranch. The developers also built Lakeside Crossing in Kyle.
The homes will be built by home builder Clayton Homes and promise lower costs of living in its nine communities around Texas, Arizona and Colorado, as housing prices spike. In Roberts Communities, residents own the homes themselves and lease the land they sit on, starting at $70,000 for a single-wide lot and $90,000 for a double-wide.
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By Patrick Svitek
Beto O'Rourke caused a dramatic scene on Wednesday when he angrily confronted Gov. Greg Abbott at his news conference about the Uvalde school shooting, yelling, "This is on you."
After Abbott was done giving his initial remarks, O'Rourke approached the stage and told Abbott he was "doing nothing" to combat gun violence. He said the Uvalde massacre, in which a gunman killed 19 children and two adults, was "totally predictable."
Some of the Republican officials onstage with Abbott quickly denounced O'Rourke, telling him to go away. Another man onstage used expletives to criticize O'Rourke for interrupting the event. O'Rourke was eventually escorted away amid the unruly scene.
“I can’t believe that you’re a sick son of a bitch that would come to a deal like this to make a political issue,” Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told O'Rourke at one point.
Nineteen kids and two adults are dead after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas—a small town an hour and a half west of San Antonio—on Tuesday afternoon.
Gov. Greg Abbott said the suspect, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, is believed to have been killed by the police. The Uvalde Police Department said the shooting began at 11:43 a.m. Tuesday.
“What happened in Uvalde is a horrific tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas,” Abbott said. “He shot and killed—horrifically, incomprehensibly.”
Texans are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime & for the community of Uvalde.
Cecilia & I mourn this horrific loss & urge all Texans to come together.
I've instructed @TxDPS & Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. pic.twitter.com/Yjwi8tDT1v
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 24, 2022
According to University Health Hospital officials, a 66-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl arrived in critical condition. Uvalde Memorial Hospital reportedly received 13 children for treatment and two individuals who were already deceased. At the time, it was believed 14 had died in this shooting.
The shooter prompted a lockdown at the elementary school of just under 550 students, with San Antonio Police sending SWAT, and Eagle chopper and Crime Scene Investigators.
According to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, President Joe Biden has been briefed on the tragedy and “His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event, and he will speak this evening when he arrives back at the White House.”
At 21 deaths, it is the deadliest school shooting in Texas and one of the deadliest in the U.S. since 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary lost their lives. This is the U.S.'s 213th mass shooting of 2022.