A nine-story tower that will offer affordable housing to qualifying seniors is under construction on a seriously odd lot overlooking I-35.

Located at  809 East Ninth Street on the western edge of the Eastside Guadalupe Neighborhood, the building is a project of the nonprofit Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation and is by necessity wedged into a tiny plot of land it owns.

The multifamily complex, designed by Austin firm Hatch + Ulland Owen Architects, will be to offer 34 500-square-foot apartments on the narrow site due to an allowed height made possible by the city’s Affordability Unlocked development bonus program. Apartments will be available to renters who make between 30 and 50 percent of the area median family income.

Funded through federal, state, and local affordable housing programs, the tower is part GNDC's strategy of fighting displacement by developing affordable housing under a community land trust model. The nonprofit has developed single-family homes, duplexes, an apartment building, and Net Zero subdivision. This is it's first narrow tower built behind a preserved Victorian single-family home on a 1.7-acre lot, also owned by GNDC.