SAHA’s Development Services and Neighborhood Revitalization (DSNR) department and the Goody Clancy Design team facilitated a public engagement process between September 2011 and November 16, 2011, to develop a revitalization plan to reinvigorate and complete the redevelopment of the site of the former Victoria Courts Public Housing development now known as Victoria Commons



 HUD staff has released approval of the Leigh Street Phase IIC development; look for information from Franklin Development’s broker, Kuper-Sotheby’s listing these properties for sale. Please see the summary information below on Leigh Street Phase IIC.
HUD staff is continuing review of the Revised Revitalization Plan request SAHA submitted on October 3, 2014.

In summer 2013 through December 2013, SAHA Development Services and Neighborhood Revitalization (DSNR) staff continued the community engagement efforts to discuss the Victoria Commons options for completion of the remaining phases. SAHA and its partner Franklin Development received feedback to ultimately finalize the revisions to the revitalization (master) plan. The comments received included requests for alternative options for the mixes of both: for sale/rental and market/affordable housing. SAHA and the developer will continue to research various financial alternatives for consideration.

The revitalization plan update reflects the input from numerous meetings with neighborhood residents, community leadership, elected officials, businesses, City departments and other community stakeholders (Lavaca Neighborhood Association, Artisan Park HOA, etc.). DSNR staff worked with Franklin Development, SAHA’s master developer to ensure the revised revitalization (master) plan will be both workable and economically feasible. The revised revitalization plan was prepared for presentation to the SAHA Board of Commissioners for their consideration and approval.

The Revised Revitalization Plan was approved by the SAHA Board on October 2, 2014. The requested changes to the Revitalization Plan were submitted to HUD for their review and approval on October 3, 2014. Several meetings with local HUD staff, telephone conferences HUD head-quarter’s team as well as a site visit have occurred since the submittal date. The revisions to the revitalization plan are as follows:
PHASE I Refugio Place Apartments, 210 multi-family rental development was completed in 2004 includes 105 market rate units, 105 affordable units, and 50 public housing units.

PHASE IIA- Artisan Park Townhomes, 22 for sale units. The affordability of the four previously sold affordable units has expired. SAHA has requested to HUD staff that the remaining two affordable units be sold at market level. The requirement for 2 affordable units be transferred to the multi-family rental Phase IV development
PHASE IIB -Town Home Lots; the second phase of for sale- 98 homeownership townhome units included 26 affordable units.

  • ·SAHA’s request is for the 98 units to be for sale market units.
  • ·The required 26 affordable homeownership units will be transferred to multi-family rental units in Phase IV development.
  • ·SAHA staff will market the townhome lots to third-party developer(s) in a public bidding process as well as utilize the Goody Clancy Design Guidelines. Franklin development will solicit an updated appraisal to determine the present value of these lots.
  • ·The advertisement period should occur in phases for a minimum of 30 days but after HUD submits their approval of SAHA’s revision request

PHASE IIC - Leigh Street lots were developed without HOPE VI funds, SAHA’s request to HUD was:

  • ·The 26 lots will be listed on the SA Board of Realtors’ Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for 30 days, allowing interested parties to submit their sealed bids. Lots will be advertised with a minimum appraised value for each lot
  • ·21 of the lots will be sold as market-rate without any income restrictions, and 5 lots will be sold as affordable requiring the owner to have a household income between 80% and 120% of Area Median Income. (AMI)
  • ·All construction plans must be in compliance with the Leigh Street Design Guidelines; Click here to view Leigh St. Design Guidelines and be approved by the Design Committee.
  • All 26 lots must be developed as owner-occupied single family homes for at least two years from the date of Certificate of Occupancy.

PHASE IIIA– Hemisview Village Apartments, 245 unit multi-family rental development, completed in 2010.This property includes 164 market rate units, 61 affordable units, and 49 public housing units.

PHASE IIIB –SAHA in partnership with City Homeownership Incentive Program, was completed in 2008. A forgivable loan up to $20,000 for closing costs and down payment assistance was granted to 26 qualified households at less than 80% of AMI. Homes were bought throughout the City of San Antonio.

PHASE IV - CHAVEZ at LABOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT SAHA plans to develop as a mixed income, mixed use rental development.

  • 215 units with 133 market rate units, 82 affordable units ( 43 tax credit units, 11 Project-based voucher units, and 28 public housing units)
  • Commercial/retail use space will be determined by market study demand
  • Residential units will be wrapped around a parking structure, similar to the HemisView Village Apartments.

PHASE V - 400 Labor St. and Labor Street Park

  • Modernize the existing 10,000 square foot building into a flexible; modular utilization of community spaces. Currently, SAHA has interest from the Gemini Ink, Conjunto Taller and Lavaca Neighborhood Association.
  • Councilman Trevino has requested a multi-use facility with lease renters to provide opportunities to children and adults to utilize the building as much as possible.
  • SAHA has not succeeded in acquiring city funding. Staff will review modernization budget with the developer to streamline modernization costs.
  • Labor Street Park was kicked off on March 28, 2015, with private donor and city funded programs. The kickball program is on Tuesday evenings and an outdoor exercise activity program is being scheduled by the city Parks staff.
  • CoSA Park’s and SAHA staff plans to apply for a Kaboom Play area this Fall 2015.


SAHA is committed to a truly collaborative effort with our neighborhood associations, community leaders, elected officials and the residents of Victoria Commons, just as we were with the previous successful phases of the development. SAHA continues to welcome feedback as revisions are being considered, and we will host or attend future neighborhood meetings to discuss the best approaches for the remaining phases of Victoria Commons. Future updates and public meeting schedules will be posted on this website.
September 2014
Victoria Commons
Administration Building-Fact Sheet
Victoria Commons Bids & Solicitations
Click here to view the most updated bids 

Bowen Market Studies for the rental and for sale concepts at Victoria Commons:

Click here for Victoria Commons Phase IV (Rentals): Santa Clara, Refugio, McMillan Place & Mt. Zion Walk

Click here for Victoria Commons Phase IV (For-Sale): Santa Clara, Refugio, McMillan Place & Mt. Zion Walk

DECEMBER 18, 2013
5:30 - 7:00 P.M.

Click here to view agenda

SAHA hosts a public meeting to share the results of the Leigh Street Design Guidelines' meeting:

5:30 - 6:30 P.M.

Click here for the agenda.

SAHA hosted a design workshop on Sat., Aug. 24, 2013, to discuss the design of the single-family homes, planned for the Victoria Commons development, adjacent to the Lavaca neighborhood. Below is the Summary Report and invitation.

August 24, 2013 - Design Workshop Summary Report
August 24, 2013 - Leigh Design Workshop Invitation 
Below is the meeting notes and agenda from the SAHA meeting held Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
July 16, 2013 - Meeting Notes 
July 16, 2013 - Meeting agenda
Below is the link to a follow-up letter to the June 5th meeting, sent by the SAHA President & CEO:
June 11, 2013 - Follow Up Letter from SAHA CEO
Below is the handout shared with neighborhood residents at the SAHA meeting held June 5, 2013:
June 5, 2013 - Meeting Handout
Below is the architectural design guidelines for the Victoria Commons area
April 2012 - Victoria Commons Design Guidelines


 ULI Technical Assistance Report: Artisan Park Townhomes Phase 2B