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July 25, 2021

Dear Heron faithful,

Earlier this month, we completed our first fundraising campaign, which began in late May, planned and executed on our own.

We're thrilled to announce that we raised $10,945.37 from our readers. Combined with the $10,000 in matching dollars we received from the H.E. Butt Foundation for our campaign, we brought in a total of $20,945.37.

To those who donated, THANK YOU! Read more about what to expect from the Heron as we enter our fourth year of publishing.

Just a quick reminder: The Heron is a nonprofit news organization which is primarily funded by readers—not by companies or advertisers. Will you help us sustain our mission by donating via GiveGab, PayPal and Patreon?

Now, here's a look at the news you may have missed.

» Ben Olivo, Heron editor,

Terry Black's BBQ owners buy land on Broadway for mixed-use development

Members of the Black family, which operate Terry Black’s BBQ in Austin and Dallas, have purchased nearly a full city block on Broadway two blocks north of the Pearl with plans to build a mixed-use development on the site.

The family does not currently plan to build a barbecue joint on the 1.4-acre property, 2110 Broadway, though San Antonio is on a short list of cities where it hopes to one day build a restaurant, said Mark Black, who bought the property on June 30 with his twin brother Mike, sister Christina and parents Terry and Patty.

The property will likely be developed with some combination of multifamily, office space, a hotel and restaurant space, he said.

"It's kind of up in the air," Black said. "Still got a lot of research to do on exactly what's feasible there."

Read more.

📝 Richard Webner @rwebner | Heron contributor
📸 Ben Olivo @rbolivo | Heron editor

Weston Urban’s 15-story apartment mid-rise behind Continental Hotel gets initial approval

Weston Urban's plan to restore the former Continental Hotel and build a 15-story apartment tower along San Pedro Creek in west downtown won conceptual approval Wednesday from the city's Historic and Design Review Commission.

The commission voted unanimously in favor of the $80 million project after commissioner Gabriel Q. Velazquez praised the "incredible creativity" shown by the development firm in its plan to rehabilitate the 18th-century Melchio de la Garza house and replace the surrounding parking lot with landscaping reflective of the historic period in which it was built.

Read more. | View the project's details

📝 Richard Webner @rwebner | Heron contributor
📸 Courtesy BKV Group

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BH Properties’ $9M renovation of former CPS Energy building receives first approval
Los Angeles-based development firm BH Properties plans to launch a $9 million renovation of the 10-story office building it purchased in February from CPS Energy, creating about 14,000 square feet of two-story restaurant space on the River Walk, and a plaza with green space and shipping containers that could house a café or other retail businesses.

Read more.

📝 Richard Webner @rwebner | Heron contributor
📸 Courtesy Gensler | MP Studio
Nirenberg names former Councilwoman Gonzales chair of Housing Commission, despite protests
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 who say that during her time on council she was too supportive of awarding tax breaks to developers and did not push hard enough to create affordable housing.

Read more.

📝 Richard Webner @rwebner | Heron contributor
📸 Ben Olivo | @rbolivo | Heron editor
Hinojosa Jr. named president and CEO of San Antonio Housing Authority
The San Antonio Housing Authority board of commissioners recently voted Ed Hinojosa Jr. as president and CEO following a national, six-month search. The appointment could mean a dramatic shift in what type of housing the agency invests in and champions going forward. Read more.

📝 Ben Olivo | @rbolivo | Heron editor
📸 San Antonio Housing Authority
Midtown TIRZ board delays $4.8M incentive package for Broadway East apartments
San Antonio’s home repair programs rebuild lives, but they’re not without critics
Leeds building restoration in west downtown approved by historical commission
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News roundup
  • Slavery's role in the Battle of the Alamo is a topic that has created some friction in the ongoing discussion on how to redevelop Alamo Plaza. The San Antonio Express-News asked readers whether a committee should examine the controversial topic. Read more.
  • Broadway construction, which is being funded by $40 million from the last voter-approved bond program, will last another three years, according to the San Antonio Report. The goal is to make Broadway more pedestrian and (in some areas) bike friendly. Read more.
  • Jazz'SAlive is returning to Travis Park on Sept. 24-25, the San Antonio Current wrote. This year, it's also adding Legacy Park across from the Frost Tower as a new venue. Read more.
What we're reading
» The California dream is dying (THE ATLANTIC)

» The elusive dream of the 15-Minute City (GOVERNING)

» People are ditching their backyard chickens. Local rescue groups are trying to save them (BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO)
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Compiled by Ben Olivo, Heron editor | 210-421-3932 | @rbolivo on Twitter

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