On Saturday, March 14 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. the Office of EastPoint and Choice Neighborhoods, in collaboration with the City’s Volunteer Division, will host the “EastPoint Shine” event, which is a paint-a-thon to paint 15-20 homes throughout the Choice footprint. The houses to be painted will be prioritized for elderly, disabled, veterans and low-income. Each house selected will be fully prepped by a San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) contractor and ready for a paint facelift by the volunteers. All paint, brushes, and tools needed to paint the exterior of the home will be provided by the San Antonio Housing Authority.
The Department of Planning and Community Development in conjunction with the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) is developing the City’s Five Year Consolidated Plan which assesses affordable housing, community development, and current market conditions in order to establish funding priorities and a framework for the utilization of an estimated $80M in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) formula grant resources including CDBG Home. DPCD staff has developed a citizen engagement strategy which includes both a paper and online community survey, consultation with external stakeholders, and four public hearings at public hearings across the four quadrants of the city.
Hemisfair Water Street P3
Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) initiated a P3 process at the Water Street site, adjacent to the Yanaguana Garden and playground. After reviewing five proposals, the selection committee selected AREA Real Estate, which proposed a mixed-use project with 163 units, 3,200 square feet of restaurant/retail space and a 418 space structured parking garage. The project includes 40% of the units for workforce housing along with a projected annual revenue stream to Hemisfair of approximately $390,000.
Valero Alamo Bowl Economic Impact
According to a survey conducted by Strategic Marketing Services and SportsEconomics, on behalf of the Valero Alamo Bowl, the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl generated $45.9 million in total economic impact. This figure is based on direct visitor spending of $26.5 million in San Antonio. The 49,580 out-of-town visitors attending the bowl game between #11 Kansas State and #14 UCLA was the third highest total in Valero Alamo Bowl history and the most visitors since 2007.
College Football Playoff National Championship Game – Request for Proposal
On February 9, the Convention, Sports and Entertainment Facilities (CSEF) received the Request for Proposal for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game (2018-2020 games). The RFP is due on May 27, with an anticipated announcement of the winning host communities in October.
Digital Wallpaper at the Convention Center
Last month, the Library installed a Digital Wallpaper at the Convention Center. The wall is at the south end of the Hall of Statues on the concourse level. The content is geared to locals and out of town conventioneers.
Fitness in the Park – La Villita
In partnership with Parks and Recreation, the Department of Culture and Creative Development (DCCD) began hosting Fitness in the Park activities at La Villita. Two free 30-minute low impact classes will be offered every Tuesday through March in Plaza Juarez starting at 1:30 p.m.
Senior Nutrition Produce Market
On January 30, the Senior Nutrition Program and Selrico held a produce market at the Doris Griffin One Stop Senior. Over 300 seniors attended and purchased over 2,100 pounds of seasonal produce for a minimal cost of $1.00 per basket. This event experienced more than double the amount purchased at the first Produce Market held on November 14, 2014. The produce is supplied by River City produce. DHS and Selrico are expanding the program to offer two produce markets a month at various senior centers throughout the city.
City Employee Wellness Tours
The City employee Fall Wellness Tour was conducted October 20 – November 19 at 38 City department locations. A total of 2,357 flu shots were administered to civilian and uniformed employees. In addition, 1,689 civilian employees elected to participate in biometric screenings which included height, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, total cholesterol, glucose, body fat analysis and educational health literature.