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Housing Authority Celebrate West Side Milestone

San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) on Dec. 8 celebrated the completion of the first five of 40 new energy-efficient, single-family houses to be built on San Antonio’s West Side. The ribbon-cutting ceremony involving state, city and SAHA leaders took place at Blueridge Homes, one of four neighborhoods with new single-family construction. It’s a product of the Westside Redevelopment Initiative, designed to revitalize the former Mirasol Homes.

“This is the largest reconstruction effort that the West Side of San Antonio has seen in the last ten years—88 homes, spanning four developments,” said David Nisivoccia, SAHA president and CEO, in a press release. “We anticipate these newly constructed homes to not only greatly advance San Antonio’s affordable housing offerings, but also produce a positive ripple effect for revitalization within the surrounding areas.”

Construction of the new Blueridge properties started in July 2017 between NW 26th and NW 27th streets off West Poplar Street. Pricing will begin at $125,000. There are three- to five-bedroom, single- and two-story floor plans ranging between 1,197 and 1,699 square feet. The housing units are available to middle-income first-time homebuyers. Additional buyer qualifications include meeting the HUD annual income limits requirements and completion of the SAHA Home Buyer Readiness (HBR) workshops or other SAHA-approved pre-purchase homebuyer class.

“Innovation is always a high priority for SAHA and these homes continue to push the traditional affordable housing boundaries, offering nearly 100 energy-saving features,” Nisivoccia said. “These are (Build San Antonio Green)-certified energy-efficient houses. They will not only be affordable to purchase, but also affordable to operate and live in because of the many cutting-edge green building features included.”

Blueridge Homes is one of four subdivisions that will replace the former SAHA Mirasol Homes development. Forty homes are expected to be built within Blueridge Homes, and another 48 combined between the upcoming Villa de Fortuna, Palm Lake and Sunflower neighborhoods. All homes are projected for completion by 2019. For more information on Blueridge Homes, visit SAHA’s website.

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