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City Council Approves $2.5 Billion Budget, Expands Vacant Building Ordinance

San Antonio City Council unanimously approved a $2.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2017 Thursday morning that includes increased funding for streets and sidewalks, more police officers, increased minimum wages for City employees, benefits for Council aides, funding for new Smart City initiatives, and a more aggressive commitment to the City’s new comprehensive master plan, […]

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City Council Considers Expanding Vacant Building Program

Sixty-five properties out of 338 vacant structures identified under the City’s vacant building registration program have been improved for habitability or marketability, according to Shanon Shea Miller, director of the City’s Office of Historic Preservation (OHP). One example of success Miller noted during her briefing to City Council members is David Adelman, founder of AREA […]

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After Pilot Program’s First Year, San Antonio’s Vacant Building Count Drops

One year after the launch of the City’s Vacant Building Registration Pilot Program in the Central Business District and surrounding historic districts, the director of the Office of Historic Preservation said there has been a substantial reduction of vacant buildings and mandated improvements to vacant buildings that owners have registered. There are few absolute numbers available one year after City Council […]

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Nearly 500 Vacant Buildings ID’d in Pilot Program’s First 90 Days

Three months after the City’s new Vacant Building Ordinance went into effect on Jan. 1, 380 property owners in the central business district and in various historic districts have received letters from the City’s Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) putting them on notice to register their buildings in the City’s Vacant Building Registration Pilot Program. Another […]

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Vacant River Walk Properties Put In Play

Marshall Davidson Jr. and his team at KMD Studley, a commercial real estate brokerage firm, have assembled some of the downtown River Walk’s last vacant properties and adjacent parcels and are shopping them to a national audience of developers. They’ve bundled a portfolio of six previously unavailable properties controlled by five different owners to create the […]