David Nisivoccia, interim president of the San Antonio Housing Authority, said the idea for East Meadows was “turning a former 248-unit public housing development into a 412-unit mixed community where many different generations, many different income levels and many different families and friends can live together and strive towards a better life.”
Most of the residents will be low-income, but 28 percent of the apartments will be rented at the market rate (without subsidy) – up to $850.
“San Antonio has a lot of segregation based on income and so what we wanted to do with this development was to have people with different income levels in the same neighborhood,” said Morris Stribling, board chairman of the San Antonio Housing Authority.
The property used to be the site of Wheatley Courts, one of the oldest public housing developments in the city that was considered a hotspot for crime. The complex was torn down last year.
East Meadows comes at a cost of $79 million in city, state and federal funding.
The East Side’s first Bibliotech, the county-run digital library, is scheduled to open on the property in February.
A health center will open a few blocks away later this month.
About 70 percent of the first phase of 215 units is complete, according to SAHA. Residents will begin moving into their new apartments in the next few weeks.