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The Mueller Community (//) is a 711-acre (288 ha) Planned Unit Development (PUD) in the northeast central portion of the city of Austin, Texas, USA. The project is being developed on the former site of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, which was closed in 1999 upon the opening of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in southeast Austin, itself a civilian adaptation of Bergstrom Air Force Base after its closure in the early 1990s.
Per the developer, the value of the development at completion will be $1.3 billion, there will be 4.2m sqft of non-residential development, 650,000sqft of retail, 4600 homes, 140 acres of open space and 11,000 construction jobs during development.
Goals for the Town Center, which is to be a focal point for the community are cited by ROMA Design Group, the design team as:
Austin Children's Museum and Austin Playhouse are set to become the first tenants of the new Town Center, and an Urban H-E-B is due in the neighborhood's market district in 2013. The Seton Family of Hospitals moved its administration offices to Mueller in early 2009.
In December 2009, The U.S Department of Energy awarded Pecan Street Inc. $10.4 Million in federal stimulus funds to develop an advanced smart grid demonstration project at Mueller, which includes a demonstration house being designed in 2011, and under construction as the Pike Powers Commercialization Lab in 2012.
As of mid-2008[update], there were six residential builders participating in the development of the area, David Weekley Homes, Meritage Homes, Standard Pacific Homes, Streetman Homes, Saldaña Homes, and Muskin Homes. As of 2012, Homes By Avi were added as the shop house builder.
25% of the planned residential homes are to be part of the Mueller Affordable Program, available under a shared equity scheme. The affordable program has a purchase component which is available to households earning less than 80% of the Austin Mean Family Income, and a rental program available to those earning less than 60% of the Austin MFI.
The community has formed a neighborhood association, The Mueller Neighborhood Association. The development also has its own custom social networking site powered by a proprietary system called citiCite (Mueller citiCite Page). Other neighborhood social tools include a closed Mueller Neighbors Facebook group and the POA sponsored community website
Residents are zoned to the Austin Independent School District. The first half of the community is zoned to Maplewood Elementary School, Kealing Middle School, and McCallum High School, although Reagan High School is only 1.5 miles away from the development. The community includes a site for a future elementary school. The second part of the development tracks to Blanton Elementary School, Pearce Middle School and Reagan High School.
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