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.
The family that owns the Golden Star Café in west downtown is taking the unusual step of asking the city to strip a building of its historic designation after the Historic and Design Review Commission denied a bid to demolish it earlier this month.
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.
The city’s Historic and Design Review Commission on Wednesday voted down a request to demolish a historic building next to the Golden Star Café in west downtown to clear the way for potential development.
The developers of the Lone Star Brewery are seeking $24 million in subsidies from the City of San Antonio to cover the cost of infrastructure and other public upgrades in and around the long-abandoned site.
The effort to overhaul the Alamo complex, which many had taken for dead last year, got a jump-start Thursday when City Council approved a deal with the state that will repurpose the historic Woolworth building and leave the Cenotaph in place.
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.