The East Meadows site is the former Wheatley Courts Public Housing property. When completed, the development will add 412 mixed-income units and a BiblioTech to the neighborhood. East Meadows is the culmination of an exhaustive planning process, resulting in a $30 million Choice Grant award to transform the neighborhood.
Summary of Transformation Plan (Click here to view the transformation plan)
People. Positive outcomes for Wheatley Courts residents will be achieved through on-site case management providing a range of needed services and backed by a network of SAHA and community service providers.
Housing. The Housing Vision is centered on the targeted site, Wheatley Courts, and a nearby mixed-income community, Sutton Oaks. The Housing Plan is to convert Wheatley Courts, an obsolete, inefficient, inaccessible, and unsafe public housing site, into a 305-unit, high-quality, mixed-income community. In addition, it will build off of SAHA’s 194-unit, mixed-income Sutton Oaks Phase I, and add an additional 286 mixed-income units in Sutton Oaks II and III, while saving a key piece of land for commercial/retail development. The Plan will result in one-for-one replacement of the public housing units and will ensure long-term affordability in a diverse, mixed-income community. Not only is the revitalization of the Wheatley site and the continued transformation of the Sutton Oaks area an integral part of the Transformation Plan for the Eastside neighborhood, this stable, safe, energy-efficient, accessible, connected, mixed-income community will be the anchor supporting other non-physical efforts in the community, including a Promise Neighborhood initiative.
In response to community needs and residents’ interests in seeking work, a particular emphasis will be on expanding job readiness, training and placement programs through SAHA’s Moving to Work Program, Goodwill Industries’ Good Careers Academy, and St. Philips College. Improved access to health care and services aimed at improving residents’ health will occur through expansion of a Metro Health clinic, better connection to the Frank Bryant Health Center, and programmed green spaces around the neighborhood. United Way’s Eastside Promise Neighborhood will implement cradle to college/career programs for children, youth and adults. Urban’s case management team will coordinate closely with the EPN team to ensure that family supports enhance comprehensive educational efforts and create a community of Choice. Public safety will be improved by more consistent, positive communication between law enforcement and residents.
Neighborhood. SAHA seeks to redevelop Wheatley Courts and San Antonio’s Eastside into a walkable, safe, compact, mixed-used, pedestrian friendly neighborhood of opportunity containing a wide range of amenities. SAHA’s goals for the master planned neighborhood are to: increase park space; implement Byrne Act-funded crime prevention and safety-enhancing activities in partnership with EPN; establish a community garden and produce co-op; coordinate placement of a multi-modal transit hub to link Wheatley Courts residents with anchor institutions and employment centers; and, construct a community center that serves as a focal point for youth, arts, neighborhood beautification and community engagement.
Lead Applicant: San Antonio Housing Authority.
Principal Team Members:
Housing Implementation Entity: McCormack Baron Salazar.
People Implementation Entity: Urban Strategies.
Education Implementation Entity: United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.
Neighborhood Implementation Entity: San Antonio Housing Authority.
How Neighborhood Boundaries Were Established: To maximize leverage and an existing redevelopment foundation, neighborhood boundaries were chosen in correspondence to the City’s reinvestment strategies for the Eastside and the footprint of the Eastside Promise Neighborhood.
Funding Requested: $29,750,000 in Choice Neighborhood funding over five years.
Neighborhood: Eastside of San Antonio, census tracts 1307.001, 1306 and 1305
GARCIA STREET URBAN FARM
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF GARCIA STREET URBAN FARM
Equal access to learning about organic urban farming
Job creation and retention
Certifications and training for Safe Food Handling, organic farming practices, Integrated Pest Management, crop rotation, equipment maintenance, seed saving, canning, preserving, beekeeping, green houses, etc.
Create high self-esteem, pride, confidence, personal satisfaction, and efficiency
Cross-community pollination of farming initiatives
Client involvement through volunteering
After school program
Adopt a Grandparent monthly social
Nutrition education on food systems
Programs to increase food awareness
Promote food security
Increase affordable organic options for low-income residents
Promoting healthy foods and consumption of organically grown foodstuffs
Increasing health and overall well-being with farming activities
Increase nutrition classes and use community grown vegetables
Build safe, healthy, and sustainable environments for SAHA residents and the larger
Utilizing organic farming principles
Teaching other community members to build community gardens and backyard vegetable gardens
Contribute to local food security
Globally, 1 in 10 children are obese, due to malnutrition, increase of processed foods and lack of exercise
Community Engagement by
Creating partnerships with San Antonio Por Vida restaurants and other local businesses to purchase fresh local organic produce
Creating Safe and Sustainable communities within an environmentally friendly framework
Establishing a sense of Self and Place