May 8, 2015

Congratulations to San Antonio Housing Authority on being selected as a semi-finalist in the Community Development Category for the NDC Academy Awards 2015. The NDC Academy Awards Semi-Finalists represent some of the most innovative and impactful developments changing the lives for residents in underserved communities across the country, NDC is honored to highlight the achievements of these organizations at the NDC Academy 2015.

Gardens at San Juan- San Antonio, Tx

The revitalization of the Gardens at San Juan Square is a new vibrant community,consisting of 252 units, 17 residential buildings, a clubhouse, business center, 12 work/live units and 4200 total square feet of commercial space in two separate buildings. The Gardens is the final phase of a three phase project to revitalize the San Juan Homes neighborhood and was completed December 2014. The Gardens is bordered by several  single family neighborhoods as well as a city recreation park and an elementary school. Due to its youthful demographics, walkability and access to public transportation are vital components of the livability of the neighborhood. This final phase of the development provides the connecting link in the integration of San Juan into the neighborhood circulation and the surrounding elements of the community. The Gardens offer its residents a market rate product at an affordable price. The spacious rooms with vinyl plank floors and the contemporary exterior finishes are similar to the finish packages that can be found in high-end downtown developments. In addition to the 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom unit mix, the development also offers a live/work unit type to allow small business owners the opportunity to have public street exposure without the additional overhead of a separate living space. The development also offers supportive services on site employing such programs as continuing education, after-school programs, and a variety of property specific programs. This has garnered an education component on-site in the way of a fully digital library operated by Bexar County housed in one of the two 2100 square feet commercial spaces. Community Needs Addressed: The extended process of obtaining community support from its residents and community leaders allowed the development to be tailored to meet the many needs of the community.

The Gardens has resulted in a total of 539 new mixed-income units for the community to include San Juan Square I and II. The three phases added much needed new housing that consists of various unit types and rents providing residents with affordable housing choices as well as an opportunity to operate their storefront business from their home. In addition, and just as important, the walkability and connectivity of the development to the surrounding neighborhood, now unites a community that was once divided. This provides all residents the ability to enjoy walking trails, plaza, and playgrounds. The project also includes visually pleasing and interesting public art depicting the history and culture of the neighborhood which the residents can enjoy during their leisure time. The walkability design was implemented to promote community engagement and healthy outdoor activities for both the residents of the property and those of the surrounding neighborhood. The property also includes a great asset -library named “BiblioTech,” which will be open to all residents in the neighborhood providing much needed access to computers and the internet which most homes currently lack. Finally, with Storm Elementary, the City Park andRec reation Center, a senior housing development and the small business community surrounding.

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