As the San Antonio Housing Authority prepares to finish the Victoria Commons development in the Lavaca neighborhood, 20 years in the making, the agency is once again fielding concerns from the neighborhood.
A difference of opinion on how this community should handle incoming development has caused a rift in Government Hill Alliance, the neighborhood association that’s represented the near-East Side community since 1988.
Some West Side community members are concerned about the potential for mass displacement caused by rising property values, predatory practices by investors and code violation enforcements in a part of San Antonio many people consider the cultural heartbeat of the city.
The octagonal Floodgate apartments will rise 17 levels from the River Walk, standing between the Chris Hill-owned Esquire Tavern and the Witte building on East Commerce Street.
If you think you don’t care about San Antonio’s Center City Housing Incentives Policy, also known as CCHIP, you’re probably fooling yourself.