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CITY RECEIVES APPLICATION FOR A NEW HISTORIC DISTRICT

Published on Friday, August 7, 2020

CITY RECEIVES APPLICATION FOR A NEW HISTORIC DISTRICT

Buena Vista Historic District would be largest in city.

CONTACT: Ximena Copa-Wiggins
Ximena.Copa-Wiggins@sanantonio.gov, (210) 207-0221

 

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 7, 2020) – The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) received an application from a Westside homeowner to designate 498 parcels in the city’s Historic Westside neighborhood as part of the proposed Buena Vista Historic District. The district would stretch east to west from Brazos to Zarzamora, and north to south from Buena Vista to Cesar Chavez.

“The proposed Buena Vista Historic District is a wonderful opportunity to help San Antonians better understand the important and often central role the Westside, its business owners, and its residents have played in the story of our city,” said Shanon Miller, director of OHP.

OHP is planning to hold three virtual public meetings:

  • Friday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m.

Meetings will be accessible to public by calling (210) 206-LIVE (5483),  OHP Facebook page, or by visiting www.sanantonio.gov/DSD/Boards/MeetingVideos.

For more information about this proposed district, staff has established a hotline (210) 207-7968 with audio presentations available 24/7 in both English and Spanish. Video presentations in both English and Spanish are available at tinyurl.com/buenavistasa.

The process, expected to take the better part of a year, will begin with OHP staff reaching out to homeowners through mail, door hangers, social media, and a large banner at the corner of Buena Vista and Pinto.  Next week, owners inside the proposed boundary will receive a ballot by mail to indicate whether they support the proposed new district. Once 51% of the owners (within proposed boundary) indicate their support, the item will be heard by the Historic and Design Review Commission, Zoning Commission, and City Council. 

Benefits for owner-occupied homes included in the boundary include 20% off city taxes for 10 years and the opportunity to extend the incentive for five years after. Both homeowners and those with non-residential properties can take advantage of the city’s substantial rehabilitation tax incentive. Owners who invest 30% or more of the pre-rehabilitation improvement value of their property can choose to either freeze city taxes for 10 years or pay no city taxes for five years followed by five years at half the assessed value.

Those with questions about the proposed district should call the historic district hotline at (210) 207-7968 and choose option 2 to leave a message for staff.

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