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SAN ANTONIO HERON
THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
Sept. 12, 2021

Before we get to the news, a quick announcement. Recently, the Heron received two grants, one from the 80/20 Foundation, another from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which will help us continue covering downtown development and other changes for the rest of the year. Read more.

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

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City of San Antonio proposing $250M housing bond for next year's election

Next May, for the first time, San Antonio voters will be asked to approve a housing bond of significant size: $250 million to go toward the construction and preservation of new apartments and single-family homes, as well as the acquisition of property for future below-market housing, also known as land banking.

The housing bond is part of the $1.2 billion 2022-2027 bond package, which will be filled with several dozen large-scale projects across the city—from repairing streets and sidewalks, to building new libraries and parks, to improving drainage issues.


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📝 Ben Olivo @rbolivo | Heron editor

📸 Isaiah Alonzo @isaiah__alonzo | Heron contributor

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Fairstead, a development firm from New York City, plans to renovate the historic Aurora Apartments tower in Tobin Hill and install a much-needed sprinkler system with the help of federal low-income housing tax credits, allowing the building’s elderly residents to stay in their units.

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📝 Richard Webner @RWebner | Heron contributor
📸 Ben Olivo @downtownsanantonio | Heron editor

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Often, low-income housing is boiled down to numbers. We hardly ever talk to people who live there.

Meet Cora Medina, a single mother who lives with three of her children at the Terraces at Haven for Hope, a low-income apartment complex right across from San Antonio's homeless shelter. She’s an upbeat woman, laughing and smiling as she and her children greet me in their apartment on a recent summer afternoon. She's stable—but maybe not in the traditional sense. She receives government assistance to buy groceries and get healthcare. The apartment she lives in is subsidized by a federal housing program, which allows her to pay a lower rent.


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📝 Maggie Ryan @m_rrye | Heron reporter
📸 Chris Stokes @_chrisstokes_ | Heron contributor

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Midtown TIRZ board approves up to $7M for Encore apartments
The first phase of the Broadway East master-planned community across from the Pearl is on track to receive a city incentive package worth up to $7 million, giving the project crucial momentum after GrayStreet Partners’ withdrawal left it in turmoil.

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📝 Richard Webner @RWebner | Heron contributor
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[ IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ]
Lucy's Bodega offers vegan options at St. Paul Square in east downtown
A store called Lucy's Bodega is now offering plant-based grocery items at St. Paul Square with plans to open a second location near Alamo Plaza by next year.

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📝 Rocky Garza Jr. @rockssjr | Heron contributor
📸 Ben Olivo @downtownsanantonio | Heron editor
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Slab Cinema opens Arthouse concept at Blue Star Arts Complex
Culinary destination planned for circa-1870s Maverick building on Soledad
Austin developer gets final approval for 10-story apartment building near Pearl
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What we're reading
» Rebuilding ground zero was a mess. Lower Manhattan bloomed anyway. (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

» Developers offer mobility services to lure car-free renters (BLOOMBERG CITYLAB)

» New Orleans built a power plant to prepare for storms. It sat dark for 2 days. (THE NEW YORK TIMES)
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Compiled by Ben Olivo, Heron editor
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