Mayor Julián Castro and County Judge Nelson Wolff, along with Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, announced the City and County’s partnership to enhance the Menger Creek Drainage project.
The City allocated $6.5 million from the 2012 bond for the reconstruction of the Menger Creek Channel and an additional $4 million is being contributed by the County. Benefits from this partnership will assist in removing properties from the floodplain, and create a natural destination park for the EastPoint Community.
“This project will lead to more amenities in an area that is already getting unprecedented attention through the recent Promise Zone designation,” stated Mayor Julián Castro.
The EastPoint Program is a $54 million redevelopment initiative, including the PROMISE & CHOICE Federal Initiatives, established to help revitalize San Antonio’s East Side into a viable and sustainable community.
“Anytime we bring public entities together to revitalize a neighborhood, the community is the clear winner,” County Judge Nelson Wolff said. “The County will step up to provide funding for the Menger Creek improvements, which will give residents a top notch recreational outlet.”
Menger Creek is located within the EastPoint target area, immediately to the north of the San Antonio Housing Authority’s Choice Neighborhood Revitalization project. Plans are underway to transform the 246-unit Wheatley Courts apartment complex into a brand new 423-unit mixed-income community.
“I am very excited that Bexar County is supporting our Eastside Reinvestment efforts by directing $4 million for additional enhancements to Menger Creek,” stated Councilwoman Ivy Taylor. “Once complete, this $10.5 million project will serve as a wonderful amenity for area residents and provide adequate space to walk, run and bike in their own backyard."