The Hotel Robert E. Lee building commonly known as Robert E. Lee Apartments at 111 West Travis Street. Photo by Scott Ball.

City Clarifies Loan Extension on Robert E. Lee Apartments

The Rivard Report first published a story July 13 about the Robert E. Lee Apartments and the City’s decision to renegotiate a 20-year loan agreement made to the building’s owners in 1995 and now technically in default. The City holds a lien against the property, but that doesn’t mean foreclosure proceedings are on the horizon.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro annnounces the formation of the National Housing Trust Fund. Image via HUD.

Castro: HUD Adds $174 million to National Housing Trust Fund

Amid growing calls in San Antonio to make affordable housing a key component of the city’s continuing urban core revival and Mayor Ivy Taylor’s much-anticipated SA Tomorrow plan, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro on Monday announced a $174 million grant to the newly launched National Housing Trust Fund.

The Municipal Plaza Building at Main Plaza.

Task Force: Raise the People, Not the Rent

After reviewing information about the status of low-income housing market in San Antonio, the Mayor’s Task Force on Preserving Dynamic and Diverse Neighborhoods concluded their Thursday meeting one step closer towards coming up with a policy that protects residents from the deleterious effects of quickly changing neighborhoods, including gentrification.