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Local Auto Shop Steps Up to Offer Free Repairs to Norfolk Woman Hit by City Trash Truck City of Austin to Approve Over $500,000 for Homeless Shelter Renovations at Pecan Gardens and Other Properties

The City of Austin is expected to approve funding for shelter renovations at two properties, including the Pecan Gardens, totaling more than $500,000.

The former Candlewood Suites, now known as Pecan Gardens, will eventually house people with disabilities over the age of 55 who are chronically homeless.

However, some city council members are concerned that renovations alone won’t be enough to get the spaces ready for occupancy.

The decision to buy the former hotel property for $9.55 million was made in 2021, but council member McKenzie Kelly, who represents the district where the property is located, says she voted against it originally because public opinion was not taken into account.

Vandalism at the properties has made repairs necessary, and Kelly is urging the interim city manager to set up a police substation near Pecan Gardens to ensure the safety of residents in the area.

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