SAN ANTONIO – The oldest and largest public housing project in San Antonio is about to be remodeled and the Aalzan Apache Courts master plan is due to be completed in February 2023.
According to representatives of the engineering firm Able City, construction is scheduled for August.
The company is faced with the task of preserving history and improving outdated units. To try and achieve this, Able City has hosted many community events to solicit feedback and feedback on design options.
Paola Fernandez, project manager for Able City, said they now feel they have the community’s agreement to move forward. In October they showed four designs residents, who have now dwindled to one.
“Preserving the streets (view) was one of the decisions that the residents chose, so the new building within the Alazani courtyards will stand behind the existing buildings. It will be three stories, but it’s far enough away that you won’t be able to see the height difference from the street,” Fernandez said.
The hope is to preserve as much as possible the historic look of the housing projects while providing residents with a better place to live. Fernandez said the goal was to keep the existing 501 units.
Due to the fact that some units will fall into the floodplain, they will have to be demolished. But Fernandez said they were able to add those units back and include more with new construction.
There will be 556 ships in total – 468 will be in Alazani, and 88 – in Apache.
Old apartments will also receive a facelift to meet Opportunity Home San Antonio standards. The design teams plan to make most apartments about 25% larger during the renovation process. They also want to include insulation, upgraded air conditioning and new windows.
The total cost of the project has not yet been determined. However, Able City has already received $8 million in housing bonds to begin construction.
“What’s already happening is 88 units on the Apache fields – we’ll actually start community meetings next week,” Fernandez said.
Construction will be carried out in stages to avoid the relocation of residents.
Current residents may have to move to other quarters in the courts throughout the duration of the project. However, Able City wants people to stay on site during construction.
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