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San Antonio to Vote on $2.25M Compensation for Construction Impacted Businesses

Local businesses that have been hit by ongoing construction projects around San Antonio may soon receive some cash assistance if approved by the city. District 1 council member Mario Bravo tweeted last Friday, Jan. 6, that $2.25 million is “now on the agenda” for local businesses that have weathered the downturn or been forced to close their doors due to construction.

“You asked for help. We protected. We insisted,” Bravo tweeted.

The City Council will review this grant program this Wednesday, January 11, at its Session B meeting starting at 2:00 pm. The funds will come from $17 million under the American Plan of Rescue Act. Businesses along 14 corridors where construction began between January 2020 and June 2022. At the meeting, the City will discuss the application evaluation process.

The consideration came after business owners and some council members trashed a $400,000 building mitigation pilot program, most of which would pay for signage and promotions.

The Bravo District encompasses North St. Mary Street and businesses along the strip, which have been facing road, sidewalk, and construction vehicle closures for almost two years. Chad Carey owns the Paper Tiger Concert Hall and the Midnight Swim Bar on St. Mary’s Street. He said on Twitter that he would be “the first guy” to give credit to Bravo and Mayor Ron Nirenberg if the aid was approved.

Similar cautious optimism was expressed by other business owners and government officials.

Others, like Squeezebox owner Aaron Peña, were less optimistic. In fact, he tweeted that he refuses to be optimistic until the business gets paid. He also tweeted about his support for businesses and patrons, naming SpawGlass, a roadworks and pavement improvement contractor on St. Mary’s North Street.

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