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.
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.
Any concerns about the sheer size of the Lone Star’s $24 million incentive deal, or over the potential displacement of nearby residents, were outweighed by the fact that someone is finally breathing new life into these ghostly industrial shells after 25 years.
On Thursday, City Council unanimously approved $24 million in incentives to help a partnership between GrayStreet Partners and Midway succeed where so many others have failed: to redevelop the blighted Lone Star Brewery complex.
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.
City Council members were by and large supportive of the Hemisfair redevelopment project, which has struggled for years with construction delays, during a presentation Wednesday.
As more and more e-scooters hit the streets of San Antonio, the City Council agreed to take its time evaluating their impact with a six-month pilot program.