San Antonio Housing Authority asks community to ‘Reimagine Alazan’ for its master plan

Date Published: 
February 9th, 2022

From KSAT San Antonio:

Derailed primarily by public outcry, instead of a public-private partnership, the San Antonio Housing Authority is asking the community to “Reimagine Alazan,” a master plan for the city’s oldest and most historic housing project.

“This is the residents’ and the community’s master plan, not our master plan,” said Mario Pena, whose firm, Able City, was selected to oversee the project.


“We’re hear to listen,” Pena said.

But even beyond the initial public input, Pena said there will be check-ins throughout the design process.

“We need acknowledgment from the community that we’re headed in the right direction, and so we check in for that acknowledgment all the way through to the end,” Pena said.

Among the first to raise concerns about possibly demolishing units and displacing residents, Teri Castillo went on to become the city council member representing District 5.

In a statement, Castillo said she was pleased to know SAHA is hosting the meetings to get input from residents and neighbors “to ensure the master plan reflects community priorities.”

Read KSAT San Antonio's article "SAHA asks community to ‘Reimagine Alazan’ for its master plan."

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