With construction costs and interest rates soaring, San Antonio developers are struggling to make the numbers work for their affordable housing projects.
In mid-May, The Flats at River North, one of downtown’s largest mixed-use developments, began receiving its first residents.
The San Antonio Housing Trust and developer NRP Group are fielding offers to purchase the Cevallos Lofts, the 252-unit apartment building credited with spearheading growth in that area of Southtown since it was built in 2010.
Efforts by state lawmakers to rein in the use of public facility corporations, which provide lucrative tax breaks to developers building mixed-income apartment complexes, have remained under the radar at the Texas Legislature, with battles over voting and gun rights dominating the headlines.
A growing number of advocates are demanding that the City of San Antonio stop using property tax exemptions to build housing, while Texas lawmakers have a similar debate in Austin.
However, there is little hope of Zachry Corp. breaking ground soon on the mixed-use development that will enclose the park.