Recent Projects

The Alley Flat Initiative is an award-winning collaboration between ACDDC, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development. Through this program, ACDDC works with property owners to build green, affordable homes in the backyards of underutilized single-family lots.

Construction is complete on the Live Oak Trails Apartments, one of Foundation Communities' newest family-friendly affordable community. This 58 unit campus earned a 4 star rating under the Austin Energy Green Building program.


ACDDC is proud to have participated in the City of Austin's Soul-y Austin Business District Incubator to develop district plans for three emerging merchants associations across the city. We love seeing updates from the Manor Road, Red River, and 12th Street leaders as their merchants associations grow!

The Montopolis Neighborhood is widely recognized as one of the most at risk Austin neighborhoods for displacement of long-time low-income residents. Following the success GNDC has had at preserving affordability and social ties in the Guadalupe neighborhood it was identified as one potential partner to assist in mitigating impacts. GNDC and ACDDC conducted community engagement and research to further understand the nature of the pressures felt today and identify strategies to help current residents remain, past residents return, and for the entire neighborhood to thrive. These are captured in the Right to Remain Report.

The Williamson Creek Visioning Project is a community-led initiative to activate blighted vacant and public land along Williamson and Onion Creek for the use and enjoyment of adjacent neighborhoods who have long lacked access to amenities, green spaces, and better connectivity through active transportation options. The long-term objective is to activate the area surrounding the creeks as recreation and gathering spaces that promote social and physical connectivity through a neighborhood-engaged process. 


News & Announcements

We are excited to announce that Dr. Marla Torrado, ACDDC's Planning Director, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership development programs, designed to equip leaders across the country—in every sector and field—to collaborate, break down silos, and use their influence to make communities healthier and more equitable.

Specifically, Marla was selected for the Culture of Health Leaders. Designed for people from all sectors—from technology and business to architecture and urban planning—Culture of Health Leaders fosters cross-sector collaboration and enables participants to remain in their homes and jobs and directly apply everything they learn to improving policy and practice in their communities and organizations.

As a member of the program’s newest cohort, Dr. Torrado will focus on increasing awareness on the health outcomes associated with having access to safe and affordable housing, and strengthening connections and partnerships between affordable housing advocates and healthy food access initiatives in Austin, Texas. Dr. Torrado will also:

  • Benefit from high-caliber curricula and coaching from national leaders.

  • Collaborate with other cutting-edge thinkers to create greater impact.

  • Accelerate his/her/their ability to build healthy communities, inform public opinion and policy, and contribute significantly to building a Culture of Health.

To learn more about the Culture of Health Leaders and RWJF’s other leadership development programs, and to meet other participants, visit the website to learn more. Be sure to sign up for email updates that provide tips on the application process and insights into what current leaders are thinking about and learning.

Congratulations, Marla!

What is Community-Engaged Design?

At ACDDC we practice a community-engaged design process that actively works to redistribute the inherent imbalance of power to shape communities where all can thrive. We believe that the best results come from collaboration between those with technical expertise and lived expertise in how our systems and places can be more equitable and just.

Listen to Executive Director, Nicole Joslin and Program Coordinator, Dr. Marla Torrado discuss the design process of ACDDC!

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