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SAHA is committed to building and maintaining sustainable communities. As the largest landlord in San Antonio, SAHA knows that promoting sustainability can influence other companies to heighten their standards as well.
Recycled materials are used when building and revitalizing housing communities, while incorporating sustainability measures, including the conservation of energy, water and indoor air quality. In addition, SAHA consults with organizations such as Build San Antonio Green and Energy Star Raters when building and redeveloping our communities.
Some of SAHA’s sustainable initiatives include:
Mirabella is the first Build San Antonio Green certified level 1 multi-family development in San Antonio and has been verified energy efficient through a third party.
- Sutton Oaks
SAHA and Franklin Development Properties announce the groundbreaking of The Park at Sutton Oaks - the first new construction, multi-family development to achieve Build San Antonio Green (BSAG) Level 2 certification.
The second reconstruction phase of the former Sutton Homes, The Park at Sutton Oaks will become San Antonio’s most energy-efficient multi-family development, significantly decreasing residents’ utility costs and promoting long-term sustainability.
The BSAG initiative demands stringent requirements under three main concepts: energy efficiency, water conservation and healthy living. In addition to an Energy Star 3.0 rating, The Park at Sutton Oaks will feature several green amenities, such as:
- Efficient heating and air conditioning systems
- Energy Star-rated Appliances
- Low-chemical paints and flooring materials
- Electric vehicle recharging station
- Low-flow toilets, faucets and showerheads
- Clubhouse with solar photo-voltaic panels on the roof
- Nature-themed children’s “spray ground” park with water-saving, motion-activated recirculation loop
Projected to be complete in the 1st quarter of 2014, the 208-units development received unprecedented community support from not only residents, but the community at large. Funded by Replacement Housing Funds from SAHA and HUD as well as a HOME loan from the City of San Antonio, this community is committed to providing the highest quality affordable and market rate housing for the residents of the near east side.
- Lewis Chatham Apartments
In May 2012, SAHA unveiled the newly renovated, 119-unit Lewis Chatham Apartments, an elderly and disabled public housing community. The complex, originally built in 1973, is the first multi-family residential rehab project to be rated Build San Antonio Green - Level II.
The $7 million in capital improvements were made possible through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, creating 105 jobs with a direct and induced local economic impact of $20 million.
One of 37 San Antonio public housing communities to benefit from ARRA funds, Chatham’s recent renovations include new energy-efficient heating and air conditioning, lighting, security, fire systems, upgraded elevators and new plumbing.
Unique to the property are walking spaces for Chatham residents, designed by UTSA architectural students, which include a xeric garden that uses native plants with low water requirements.
- Community Gardens
The HemisView Farmers' Market was created to increase food security in an urban food desert located in downtown San Antonio, TX. The market is located at a mixed-income/public housing site, is open to the public, and accepts EBT cards (Food Stamps). It was created through a partnership with Metro-Health, San Antonio Food Bank and SAHA and funded by an ARRA Communities Putting Prevention to Work Grant.
Located at 800 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., the market operates every first Friday of the month from 4-7 p.m. The market, which accepts the Lone Star Card, features healthy, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, produce, meats, artisan breads and free-range eggs.