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New Housing Development Another Piece of East Side Redevelopment

Ryan Loyd
Texas Public Radio

Phase two of a $29.4 million mixed-income housing development will be constructed on the East Side off I-35 and Walters, near Woodard Park.

The money, coming from the City of San Antonio, the federal government's Department of Housing and Urban Development and the San Antonio Housing Authority, will build 208 units in total: 49 public housing units, 113 affordable units, and 46 market rate units.

City leaders broke ground on the project and are moving forward on their goals for the east side with or without more money from the Choice Neighborhood grant program.

Housing Authority Spokesperson Melanie Villalobos said Phase One was leased within a matter of months.

"It certainly demonstrates a demand for quality, affordable housing here on the east side," said Villalobos.

The Choice Neighborhood grant - worth $30 million - will be awarded later this year. Choice Neighborhood initiatives include creating a sustainable living environment with affordable housing, education and employment opportunities, and health and economic development.

San Antonio is one of nine finalists for the grant.

Villalobos said the Park at Sutton Oaks is also one of the first multi-family complexes to achieve the city's 'Build San Antonio Green' Level II certification.

"It's certainly got a lot of energy efficiency aspects to it," said Villalobos. "We're really excited about that, all the way from Energy Star appliances all the way to an electric car charging station."

The development should be open next Spring.

Ryan Loyd was Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter. He left the organization in December, 2014.