City Initiated tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ)

A TIRZ can be created by

  • Petition of property owners in the TIRZ, known as "petition-initiated" or
  • Designated by the City, known as "city-initiated."

City-initiated TIRZ are designated as a response to a community need identified by the City. They are unique in that there is typically not a single developer to manage each project. In such cases, TIF staff would evaluate the projects to identify eligible expenses, coordinate the preparation and negotiation of legal documents, monitor construction, process reimbursement requests and monitor compliance.

Houston Street Linkage

Description: At the core of the City's Central Business District, the redevelopment of Houston Street has been a policy priority for the City of San Antonio. Now on it's last leg of development, it has become a vibrant mix of activities that promote commercial, residential and other cultural development along Houston Street and in the surrounding area.

Significant Projects:

  • Historic Civic Center Linkage
  • Facade Preservation/Restoration of Historic sites
  • Majestic Courtyard
  • Presa Street Linkage

Relevant Documents:

St. Paul Square

Description: This TIRZ was designated in 2000 to support redevelopment and public infrastructure improvements within the boundaries of the following three enterprise zones: 1) Enterprise Community Enterprise Zone 2) Eastside Enterprise Zone 3) Southside Enterprise Zone. These areas encompass portions of the City's downtown, east and south sides. The zone is approximately 2.5 square miles and is expected to capture $16.5 million in tax increment in its life of 14.79 years.

Significant Projects:

  • Hays Street Bridge - Restoration of this historic bridge brought a much anticipated link to downtown from the city's eastside.
  • Eastside Sports Complex - In addition to improving the attractiveness of the neighborhood, this facility offers positive alternatives for neighborhood youth that reside in poor distressed neighborhoods and face social problems that range from crime, drug use and gangs.
  • Quiet Zone - This project relieves noise along the Union Pacific rail line from Essex Street on the south to Sherman Street on the north, a major economic development commercial node, and will facilitate further commercial development in the area.
  • University of the Incarnate Word Eastside Eye Clinic - This clinic will offer an optometry clinic and pharmaceutical, nursing and nutritional counseling. TIRZ funding will enable discounted services to the surrounding community.
  • Dr. Frank Bryant Family Health Center - This project will add an estimated 64 new full-time jobs and serve over 22,000 patients in its first year.

Relevant Documents:

Brooks City Base

Description: Designated in 2004, this TIRZ supports the development of housing, commercial, retail and technology-based office space and other amenities in and around Brooks City-Base in the southeastern sector of the city. The TIRZ is located on approximately 2,500 acres and is expected to capture $55.4 million in tax increment throughout its life of 24.82 years.

Significant Projects: This TIRZ was designed to leverage ongoing area development in support of a special joint project between the U.S. Air Force and the City of San Antonio to successfully convert and redevelop the former Brooks Air Force Base into a business and technology park that has already spurred significant development.

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Texas A&M University - San Antonio

Description: This TIRZ was designated in 2007 to stimulate development in the southern section of the City, between Southwest Loop 410 and the Toyota Motor Manufacturing facility. It encompasses 2,700 acres and is projected to capture $235 million in tax increment throughout its life of 29.86 years.

Significant Projects:

  • Texas A&M University Campus - At project completion, the area will host over 10,000 new permanent jobs and generate over $790 million in annual economic activity.
  • Residential/Commercial - The project will develop nearly 7,000 new residential units and 5.9 million square feet of commercial space.

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Westside

Description: One of the newest city-initiated TIRZ, designated in 2009, it comprises approximately 1,531 acres located west of the central business district. The term of the zone is anticipated to extend through fiscal year 2033. Its location near a vibrant, tourist rich area and its many cultural assets will aid in its development.

Significant Projects:

  • Development projects are currently being proposed and negotiated. Other catalytic improvements are in the works to make this TIRZ a highly successful one.
  • Project and Finance Plans are pending.

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Brackenridge Park

Description: Located just north of downtown, the Midtown TIRZ was designated in 2008 and will be in existence through fiscal year 2028. Located within or near its 458-acre boundary are some of San Antonio's most valued places, Brackenridge Park, Pearl Brewery and the Witte Museum to name a few. The Midtown TIRZ board is currently working closely with a consultant team to develop a master plan for the area.

Significant Projects:

  • The Pearl

Documents:

TIRZ Map

Description: Consisting of approximately 1,365 acres of property, this TIRZ is located south of the Central Business District and north of SE Loop 410. It was designated in 2008 and is expected to exist through fiscal year 2028. Central to its attraction is the historical Mission Drive-In Theatre. The Mission Drive-In TIRZ board is currently evaluating potential development projects for the area.

Significant Projects:

  • Project Plans are pending

Documents:

Northeast Corridor #33

Description

The newest city-initiated TIRZ, designated in December, 2014, comprises approximately 1,056 acres located northwest of NE Loop 410 and IH 35 along the main thoroughfare from Perrin-Beitel at the intersection with NE Loop 410 through Nacogdoches to the intersection of O’Connor.

Documents