The proposed demolition of the 108-year-old Hughes home in Tobin Hill, owned by the Archdiocese of San Antonio, is on hold after community outcry led San Antonio College to withdraw its interest in the property.
The city’s Development Services Department went on the offensive this week after being lambasted in a recent report by a University of Texas at Austin professor over its code enforcement practices and how often they lead to the demolition of homes.
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.
The Archdiocese of San Antonio seems determined to demolish the 1913 Hughes house, adjacent to San Antonio College, despite appeals from preservation groups, the neighborhood and the city.
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.
With the CDC eviction moratorium coming to an end on July 31, San Antonio’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program will continue to accept applications for rental and utility assistance.
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.