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By the Kent Redding Group

The Rebekah Baines Johnson (RBJ) Center is one of the most well-known buildings in Austin.

It’s been a part of the city since 1972, and it’s not hard to know a friend or loved one who stayed there during the later years of their life.

Over the years the RBJ Center has been a major asset to the Austin community but with a growing Baby Boomer population on fixed incomes the time has come to redevelop the RBJ Center so that Austin can offer more affordable housing options to the elderly.

About the RBJ Center

The RBJ Center tower has 16 stories, with 250 apartments: 112 efficiency units (approx. 400 sq. ft) and 138 one-bedrooms (approx. 650 sq. ft).

The Austin Geriatric Center, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization, is the founder and operator of RBJ.  Their mission is to provide low-income elderly and handicapped people with housing and services specifically designed to meet their physical, social and psychological needs, and to promote their health, security, happiness, and usefulness in longer living.  RBJ is the Austin Geriatric Center’s only program.

RBJ Center Redevelopment

Thankfully, plans to redevelop the Rebekah Baines Johnson center are finally underway after years of planning and negotiations as the developer has recently begun hiring sub-contractors. This means that shovels could be in the ground there within months, and not a moment too soon, as the needs for affordable housing for the elderly is more important than ever before especially as rents continue to rise in Austin.

What to Expect from RBJ Center Redevelopment

Besides redeveloping the RBJ Center so that it offers more affordable housing options for the elderly, the developers have indicated that their goal is to build a mixed-use commercial space which will, of course, bring more jobs to the area.

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To search for homes in Austin Texas, or to speak with us about selling your home, contact the Kent Redding Group today by calling us at (512) 306-1001 or click here to connect with us online. 

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