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SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 6, 2019) – The City’s Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is taking the third annual REHABARAMA to the Mission Historic District on Saturday, September 7. With more than 300 volunteers gathering at the corner of Isabel and Kalteyer Streets, the event begins with remarks at 8:00am from District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagrán and Shanon Miller, Director of the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation.
“Seventeen homeowners will receive much-needed assistance with exterior home repairs along the 100 and 200 blocks of Isabel and Felisa Streets in the Mission Historic District,” said Shanon Miller, OHP director. “In the spirit of neighborhood revitalization, REHABARAMA focuses on hands-on preservation and is an educational tool for those interested in the preservation trades. We are excited to offer REHABARAMA in the Mission District this year as the City celebrates the World Heritage Festival.”
This year REHABARAMA is led by OHP’s Rehabber Club with support from presenting sponsor Guido Companies along with the Power of Preservation Foundation, Whataburger, HEB, Motif Boutique Brokers, Pumpkin Holdings, Pearl, and volunteer contractors who participate through the City’s Rehabber Club. The Rehabber Club 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 struggle to keep up with simple repair and maintenance. Events like REHABARAMA are an important step in arresting deterioration and prolonging the useful life of the homes, which plays an important role in meeting affordable housing needs in San Antonio.
“I’m thrilled to have this year’s Rehabarama in the Mission District during our World Heritage Festival. It is a very important project that is investing in our community and preserving, revitalizing and utilizing our structures in and around the San Antonio Missions,” said District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagrán.
To date, REHABARAMA has rendered more than $400,000 worth of work on 35 homes both in Denver Heights and Highland Park neighborhoods. Work done included refreshing paint, repairing porches and windows, and addressing significant maintenance items.
Additional support for REHABARAMA is provided through UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the City’s Solid Waste Management Department, and Topo Chico. Volunteer groups include students from UTSA, Chase Bank, Guido Companies, Spurs Sports and Entertainment, the City of San Antonio, IBC Bank, KFW Engineers, VIA Metropolitan, Taft High School NHS, Security Service FCU, and HDR Engineering.