San Antonio: $30M grant sprouts redevelopment at Wheatley CourtsSan Antonio: $30M grant sprouts redevelopment at Wheatley Courtshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=107442015-10-07T05:00:00Z2015-10-07T14:00:00Z

​SAN ANTONIO - The 13-acre site where Wheatley Courts once stood will soon be transformed from public housing to mixed-income apartments, making it the centerpiece of a $100 million effort to rebuild an entire East Side neighborhood.

The redevelopment, spearheaded by a $29.7 million Choice Neighborhood grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, involves the purchase of more than 30 homes to be leveled for more apartments.

The project also will rehab existing homes, repave streets and sidewalks, add 137 pedestrian light poles, 292 trees and create a new park and basketball courts.

According to the 2010 census, the median household income for the Wheatley Courts neighborhood was $17,795 — 64 percent lower than the median household income for San Antonio. Population growth from 2000–2010 was 1.5 percent compared with 25 percent across the rest of the city.

The massive construction zone where the courts once stood accounts for phase one and two (215 apartments) of the unnamed mixed-income project. Also, 80 senior apartments, a park and the Bibliotech electronic library is planned for inside the Wheatley Courts footprint.

Included in the Choice grant is money to purchase vacant lots surrounding the former courts — roughly 35 properties — to eventually be sold to builders of single-family homes for infill.
San Antonio Express-News
San Antonio-New Braunfels
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