San Antonio Seeks Funds for $2.7 Million Project MEND Facility
Feature Photo: The vacant lot at Wurzbach Road and Crystal Run in northwest San Antonio is being reserved for a Project MEND office/warehouse facility. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The City of San Antonio plans to submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for community development block grant funds to help finance construction of a Project MEND facility.
Project MEND stands for Medical Equipment Network for those with Disabilities. It is a San Antonio-based non-profit organization that refurbishes, reuses and distributes medical equipment and other assistive technology to the disabled.
The organization currently has an office at 5727 Interstate 10 West and an 8,072-square-foot warehouse at 1201 Austin St.
The city posted a notice last week stating its intent to submit a grant request on or after June 8 for the Project MEND Facility Improvements.
The proposed project site is a 3.4-acre undeveloped lot at the northwest corner of Wurzbach Road and Crystal Run on the northwest side of town. Project MEND already owns the lot.
The estimated project cost is $2.7 million, and the city will be asking for a $250,000 grant to help finance it.
The purpose of the project is to have a single location where individuals living with disabilities–especially those living on low incomes–will be able to access all services, equipment and training. An estimate of square footage was not published, however, the new facility will include space to provide program services to clients, a medical equipment warehouse and repair center.
Project MEND serves an average of 1,500 people per year. Approximately 90% of them live on incomes at or under 80% of the area median family income.
The project site is currently zoned residential mixed (RM-4), which is for low density multifamily. A commercial facility such as the one proposed is not permitted; therefore, Project MEND will be requesting a zoning change.
A storm water pollution prevention plan will also have to be prepared and implemented, and a construction site notice will be posted once the project reaches that phase.
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.