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San Antonio Housing Authority Seeks Developer for Alazan-Apache Makeover

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Alazan Apache residences on San Luis Street. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.


Posted: 8-4-2017, 5:09 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

San Antonio (Bexar County) - The San Antonio Housing Authority issued a request this week for developer proposals with the intent of redeveloping the 48.6-acre Alazan-Apache Courts on the city's near West Side.

Developers interested in partnering with the housing authority may attend a pre-submittal meeting on Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at the SAHA offices. Proposals are due on August 22 and the board is expected to makes its decision in September.

See VBX Project ID 2017-729D for the complete RFP.

The Alazan-Apache Courts were initially constructed in the early 1940s on 33 acres. The Apache Courts were built about the same time on 15.6 acres. Combined, they comprised 685 units. Both sites underwent extensive modernization beginning in the late 1990s, however, the RFP states that they have reached a state of obsolescence.

SAHA, neighborhood residents and community stakeholders want to develop a collaborative Transformation Plan for the Alazan Courts neighborhood and are drafting a Fiscal year 2017 Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant submission. The submission will be aligned with a city planning development effort for the same neighborhood and focused on improvements to stimulate community revitalization.

"The vision for these blended initiatives is to create a community of “Choice” where residents of all generations choose to live, work, play and stay," the RFP states.

"Alazan Courts ... is among the city’s most distressed neighborhoods. Prior to SAHA's revitalization efforts at the Alazan Courts, the development has been fraught with problems typical of the nation's most distressed public housing. The buildings' basic infrastructure systems have reached the end of their useful life and are at the point of obsolescence," the RFP notes.

Units are too small and don't provide a reasonable standard of decent living.

"The barracks-style ... development is in a neighborhood burdened with illicit activities, difficult to manage and needs to remove the negative stigma that set it apart from the surrounding community."

The Development Partner will be required to be creative in its approach to the development plan and must plan both multi-family rentals and homeownership units for a broad range of incomes--subject to market conditions--as well as retail and non-residential opportunities.



The Alazan-Apache Courts, highlighted in yellow, total about 46.8 acres on the West Side.


SAHA intends to apply for FY 2017 Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant funds and any available public and private resources to finance the development. These may include state funds, tax-exempt bonds and low income housing tax credits.

The implementation plan shall be consistent with the following minimum requirements for a Choice Neighborhood Transformation Master Plan:

  1. Undertake the potential demolition of the existing units of public housing.
  2. Create new mixed income residential multi-family rental and homeownership units.

"This will result in a new, economically viable mixed-income community that includes residential and, if feasible, non-residential uses. The community may include a mixture of affordable and market rate rental and homeownership units as determined to be viable and advantageous to the overall development plan through the master planning process. The different affordability types should be mixed across all building types and located both on and off site."

Design of the community must also be respectful of the city's RenewSA and the AAvenida Guadalupe Neighborhood Rebuilding Plans, and be in conformance with HUD’s sustainability six livability principles:

  1. Create an environmental sustainable community by creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficiently throughout a building's life cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, and meet Build San Antonio Green Level II.
  2. Pursue funding and equity sources appropriate for the redevelopment program and leverage SAHA funding in a manner than maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of public capital.
  3. Create a diverse community that is incorporated into the larger neighborhood, strengthens the economic vitality of the area and, to the extent feasible, supports the functions of daily life including education, recreation, retail and community facilities.
  4. Provide public/private partnership alternatives for ownership, financing, development, property management, and community services.
  5. Develop a human services delivery system to help meet the needs of the residents of the new community and the surrounding neighborhood, including training and employment opportunities as well as community and supportive service programs for public housing residents.
  6. Promote Section 3 and SWM/DBE goals and objectives in constructing, developing and operating the new properties.


Alazan-Apache Courts as seen looking north from Vera Cruz Street. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.




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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.