Friday, May 1, 2009

Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation (CNRC)

CNRC stands for the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation.

CNRC is a 501 c3 non profit community development corporation established in 2000 to address affordable housing.

We have built two single family affordable housing homes in the neighborhood, pictured here.

CNRC is currently working on a 22-unit senior affordable housing project at EM Franklin and MLK.


  1. Update on Franklin Gardens
    January 27, 2010
    by Sarah Andre, CNRC Project Manager

    Construction is well underway. The slab has been poured, our elevator shaft is out of the ground and we will begin framing very soon.

    We have hired a wonderful intern - Emily Koller. She is a planning student at UT Austin and lives in the nearby Blackland neighborhood. Emily is working hard to finalize Franklin Gardens information packets that will be distributed to all of the community-based organizations in the Chestnut and JJ Seabrook neighborhoods.

    We have developed a service plan and are seeking funding for a service coordinator to help organize services for residents. We hope that this person will help residents make the most of their homes at Franklin Gardens and provide opportunities to be engaged in the community and remain independent as long as possible.

    We are finalizing our contract with our management company - Suzanne Smith Management (out of San Antonio) and will begin taking resident applications in the next 4-6 weeks.

  2. Franklin Gardens is 50% complete and we are ready to accept applications. Please call 287-0132 and leave your name and address to receive a pre application in the mail. If you meet the income qualifications, you will then be contacted by the management company to fill out a HUD lease application.

    You may also pick up a pre application at David Chapel (2211 East MLK) and at the City of Austin's Conley-Guerrero Senior Center (808 Nile).

    Sarah Andre
    Project Manager

  3. Franklin Gardens was designed and built under the Austin Energy Green Building Multifamily Rating. Below are green features of the building:

    • ENERGY-EFFICIENT DESIGN – The design of the overall building maximizes energy efficiency with a highly reflective roof, Energy STAR labeled appliances, compact fluorescent lighting, and programmable thermostats, windows and ceiling fans to ensure comfort and natural ventilation.

    • WATER-EFFICIENT DESIGN – Inside, Franklin Gardens features WaterSense labeled appliances (e.g., showerheads, water faucets and toilets) and tankless water heaters which maximize water efficiency without losing performance. An outdoor rainwater collection system will irrigate the courtyard and community gardens.

    • REDUCED WASTE – Over 75% of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill.

    • INDOOR AIR QUALITY – Franklin Gardens uses low VOC paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, etc. to minimize off-gassing and provide the highest level of indoor air quality.

    • LANDSCAPING – Franklin Gardens uses native and drought tolerant plants to reduce the need for water, pesticides and fertilizers. With the help of TreeFolks, Franklin Gardens will have shade trees to reduce energy bills and improve comfort for residents and visitors. An on-site, community garden will allow residents and neighbors to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables.

    • HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – A service plan will bring health and nutrition services on-site to improve access for residents and the surrounding community.

    For more information about Austin Energy Green Building program, visit: