City Council members united in praise over the impact the 2017 Bond will have on the city, but some expressed concerned about how the money will be spent.
The bond would bring badly-needed infrastructure upgrades to neighborhoods and historic investment in transformative, citywide projects.
EPIcenter, the former CPS Energy power plant on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River now slated to become a center for energy education and innovation, will be constructed by San Antonio-based Joeris General Contractors, officials announced Friday.
The new committee will advise City Council and its Housing Commission on which geographic areas and projects should receive funding.
The citizen bond committee divvied up $450 million directed at streets, bridges, and sidewalks and voted in favor of funding “transformational” projects.
City Council will review recommendations from all five bond committees in January and finalize the project lists that will go before voters in May 2017.
Most credited the bond tour and conversation with the Council members that appointed them for the change of heart in funding Hardberger and Hemisfair parks.
The Streets Committee voted 22-5 to wait until after the project tour to consider partial defunding of Hardberger Park’s land bridge.
The proposition of reallocating the funds to McAllister Park was “in the spirit of cooperation and compromise,” but got mixed reviews from others.
The Neighborhood Improvements Bond Committee removed several areas from the list of those that may receive affordable housing bond dollars in 2017.