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SAHA Seeks Consultant to Complete Victoria Commons

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Artisan Park, the southeast section of Victoria Commons, remains undeveloped a decade after it was laid out by SAHA.


Posted: 6-15-2017, 2:45 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

San Antonio (Bexar County) - The San Antonio Housing Authority is seeking consulting services to help complete the development of Victoria Commons, a large residential tract south of Hemisfair Park.

A Request for Qualifications advertised June 9 refers to assisting SAHA with development plans for Artisan Park Townhomes, a section of Victoria Commons that was set aside as a "for-sale" townhome community. Artisan Park was originally intended to be a 120-unit townhome community when it was envisioned a decade ago, but only 22 townhomes were built and the majority of the site remains vacant, although it has paved streets with curb and gutter, and all the necessary utilities.

"SAHA hereby invites proposals from independent consultants to provide assistance in the development of a viable and beneficial strategy for the development and/or disposal of the property in whole or part," the RFQ states.

SAHA owns 98 townhome lots, an administration building and unused land in the Artisan Park area. The housing authority has tried for years to market the lots as a mixed-income community, but with no appreciable success. In the recent past, SAHA reconsidered the site as an apartment development but met opposition from neighboring communities.



SAHA's original master plan for the Victoria Commons redevelopment.


Much of the rest of Victoria Commons has been redeveloped with high density apartment communities. These include Refugio Place Apartments, HemisView Village Apartments. SAHA also carved out a portion of the commons in 2016 to sell 26 individual single family lots on Leigh Street. Terramark Urban Homes has been marketing those lots as the Leigh Street Residences.

SAHA is asking respondents to prepare a "best value" determination, with an approach that takes into account the following criteria:

  • Community Engagement
  • Market Research
  • Fiscal and Economic Impact Analysis
  • Public Private Partnership Analysis
  • Traffic Studies
  • Maximization of the Developable Land

There will be a non-mandatory pre-submittal meeting June 19, 10 a.m. at the central office, 818 S. Flores St. Proposals are due June 26, and the board of directors is anticipated to make a decision in July or August.

This solicitation is unrelated to a new apartment development project the board is planning on 3 1/2 acres at the southeast corner of East Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Labor Street. In February, the board agreed to accept $1.5 million from the city for the installation of utilities and street improvements in preparation for a $40 million multifamily development with 215 mixed-income apartment units.

That project would be adjacent to HemisView Village and is projected to be completed in 2019.



Most of the lots set aside for a townhome development at Victoria Commons remain vacant. Some of the 22 townhomes built can be seen in the upper right.




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Adolfo Pesquera

Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.