The City Council on Thursday approved the Strategic Housing Implementation Plan, a framework document with the overarching goal of helping 95,000 households in San Antonio who spend more than 30% of their monthly income on housing.
Let’s make one thing clear, the Decade of Downtown in San Antonio is alive and well. It hasn’t expired. And it will continue as long as there are city policies designed to incentivize the production of market-rate housing in the downtown area.
An up-to-$7 million incentive package for a high-end apartment complex in Government Hill won unanimous approval from City Council on Thursday after a change of heart from District 2 Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez.
District 2 Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez is opposing an up-to-$7 million incentive package for a development east of the Pearl by Encore Multifamily of Dallas because it’s composed of all market-rate apartments.
The city is at odds with the Hemisfair over its plan to renovate a vacant building near the Tower of the Americas into a headquarters for its Park Police department.
Next May, for the first time, San Antonio voters will be asked to approve a $250 million housing bond toward affordability initiatives.
For District 2 Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, the path to public office was spurred by a desire to improve the lives of the students he once taught.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Friday announced that he would appoint former District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales as chair of the city’s Housing Commission, despite protests from activists.
In the area of housing, it seems likely that the early 2020s will mark another turning point for San Antonio.
The controversial Friedrich Lofts project on the East Side was approved Monday by the Housing Trust PFC board, which is composed of five City Council members, despite concerns of gentrification.