Contact: Ximena Copa-Wiggins
SAN ANTONIO (March 29, 2018) – The City’s Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is taking the second annual REHABARAMA to Highland Park on Saturday, April 7. With more than 200 volunteers gathering at 1226 E. Highland Blvd., the event begins with remarks at 8:15am from District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagrán and Joint Base San Antonio Brigadier General Heather Pringle.
“Twenty homeowners will receive much-needed assistance with exterior home repairs along the 1100 and 1200 blocks of E. Highland Blvd.,” said Shanon Miller, OHP director. “In the spirit of neighborhood revitalization, REHABARAMA focuses on hands-on preservation of historic resources and serves as an educational tool for those interested in the preservation trades.”
More than $200,000 worth of work was done on 18 houses in Denver Heights last year. The work included refreshing paint, repairing porches and windows, and addressing significant maintenance items.
This year’s REHABARAMA is led by OHP’s Rehabber Club with support from Guido Companies, Frost Bank, and the Power of Preservation Foundation. The Rehabber Club, an OHP program, seeks to build a network of skilled craftsmen and everyday citizens, and provide them with the historic rehab know-how our community needs.
San Antonio has a significant number of aging buildings and thousands of low to moderate income households struggling to keep up with simple repair and maintenance. At the same time, the number of skilled craftsmen specialized on historic and aging homes is rapidly decreasing.
Rehabber Club members volunteering their time and leadership for REHABARAMA receive special listing on the program website.
The event is being sponsored by HEB, Whataburger, the Pearl, Pumpkin Holdings, and Niagara Bottling. Volunteer groups include students from UTSA, Joint Base San Antonio, San Antonio Water System, Security Service Federal Credit Union, and the City of San Antonio.