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San Antonio: Inner City TIRZ Delivers $3.4 Million to La Villita Upgrades

Feature Photo: An entrance to La Villita Historic Arts Village. Image: Google Streets.

Posted: 11-23-2021

by Adolfo Pesquera

San Antonio (Bexar County) — About $3.4 million has been dedicated toward a long list of necessary upgrades and repairs to the historic La Villita Historic Arts Village.

At the Nov. 19 session of the Inner City Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board of Directors, a city official requested a grant not to exceed $3,387,500. It was unanimously approved.

The funds are to be apportioned into two related projects–$2.54 million is to be set aside for capital improvements and renovations; and $850,000 is to go toward technology and security upgrades.

The amphitheater steps of the Arneson Theatre at La Villita.

Capital Improvements and Renovations:

Renovations will take place at the Arneson River Theatre on the River Walk and to the public restrooms. There will be electrical improvements for the plazas, venues, and other exterior areas.

The sidewalks and walkways will be repaired and repaved to improve drainage. Landscaping improvements are also listed.

The O’Neil Ford Plaza will undergo improvements. There will be renovations and repairs to the perimeter stone walls, gates and fence.

Bolivar Hall is to receive architectural and elevator upgrades.

In addition, 1.5% of the project cost involves a set-aside of funds for public art.

Technology and Security:

Audio-visual upgrades are planned for the Arneson to better accommodate the technical needs of live performers.

A main distribution frame with ventilated room is to be constructed for information technology equipment. Exterior Wi-Fi will be established for the entire La Villita complex.

The Inner City TIRZ board was told that there is limited Wi-Fi for the village’s staff office. However, the tenant vendors that occupy the shops are not able to conduct internet-based point-of-sale transactions. The proposed Wi-Fi system would also be sufficient to provide guest service for routine traffic and small social events.

Other security improvements include a pedestrian traffic counter system, new wayfinding by means of interactive kiosks, and a security camera system (the board was told that the historic buildings sometimes suffer vandalism).

VBX Project ID: 2021-8159


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About the Author:

Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) 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.

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