San Juan, Puerto Rico: Mixed-Income Housing Transforms the Commonwealth's Affordable Housing (Puerto Rico Public Housing Administration)

Date Published: 
April 20th, 2022

From HUD's Office of Policy Development & Research (PD&R):

Bayshore Villas embodies Puerto Rico’s new vision for affordable housing. Replacing an outdated public housing development in San Juan’s Puerta de Tierra neighborhood, the 174-unit complex is the commonwealth’s second mixed-income housing development. Consensus on the new vision emerged through an engagement process led by developer McCormack Baron Salazar and architect Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón for Bayshore Villas and its earlier sister development. Public housing residents needed reassurance that government promises to produce replacement affordable housing would materialize. Meanwhile, some government officials and investors had to be persuaded that a mixed-income structure would strengthen the development’s financial feasibility. The development team soon recognized the importance of forming close working relationships with local stakeholders to generate mutual trust and elicit ideas to increase resident satisfaction with the new housing. After an extensive planning and development process, Bayshore Villas opened in 2018 and was awarded a Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award 3 years later.

Read PD&R's case study of the Puerto Rico Public Housing Administration's Bayshore Villas community.

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