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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 12, 2017) — In an effort to promote growth in District 5, Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, along with her Council colleagues, voted to approve an ordinance that authorizes the sale and disposition of five properties owned by the Urban Renewal Agency, or OUR SA, to Our Casas for a total amount of $11,000. The five properties, which are located in an area near S. Zarzamora and Vera Cruz, were approved for sale by the OUR SA Board of Commissioners in June 2017. The net funds from the sale of these properties will be considered Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds, which will be returned to the City for future use.
Our Casas Resident Council, Inc., a community housing development organization, will use the properties for the construction of affordable homes with affordability set at 80% of the Average Median Income for the City of San Antonio.
“This is the second phase of a partnership with the City of San Antonio to convert vacant lots into new, affordable homes for low-and-moderate income families,” said Dario Chapa, Executive Director of Our Casas, “We are glad to join Councilwoman Gonzales in the effort to improve the neighborhood with affordable housing that will keep residents in the area, while also creating jobs and generating property taxes.”
Each home will be built according to Build Green SA Level I, which are considered high-performance level homes, and minimum design requirements will be 900 sq ft and 1,050 sq ft for 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom floor plans, respectively.
“One of my main priorities is to meet the need for affordable housing in District 5,” said Councilwoman Gonzales, “Through collaboration with the City and non-profit groups like Our Casas, we can identify properties in our area for these organizations to build quality, single-family homes with 2/3 bedroom floor plans that are at least 15% more efficient than the city's code for energy efficiency."
The timeline for construction of these homes is predicted to be 12 months. A date to begin construction will be determined in the near future.