With construction costs and interest rates soaring, San Antonio developers are struggling to make the numbers work for their affordable housing projects.
The San Antonio Housing Authority is hosting a design workshop for the Alazan Courts redevelopment on the near West Side, San Antonio’s oldest public housing community that could be demolished and rebuilt, or refurnished.
An Austin developer and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church are moving forward with plans to build St. John’s Square, a 253-unit apartment building near La Villita, despite the San Antonio Housing Authority backing away from the project.
Calls for spending all $150 million in potential housing bond dollars on San Antonio’s most vulnerable populations permeated the housing bond committee’s second meeting held Wednesday night at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Late Wednesday, the San Antonio Housing Authority board of commissioners voted Ed Hinojosa Jr., a 17-year veteran of the agency, as president and CEO following a national search.
“Some of them ended up … in a lot of really bad places,” one SAHA commissioner said of East Side residents uprooted the last time the agency redeveloped public housing.
When they opened in 1941, the Alazán-Apache Courts were a relief from the slum conditions that defined the West Side. A new exhibit called “Los Courts,” which opens Saturday, explores that legacy.