City Pushing to Improve Properties Near Missions

A push to improve land use and vacant properties near the World Heritage Missions sites.

Part of that push, the city said, is a beautification plan, focusing on vacant properties.

“We’ve places photo banners at five locations and we were able to place them on vacant buildings,” World Heritage Office Director Colleen Swain told the San Antonio City Council Wednesday. “We’re looking at doing some more locations.”

With tourism set to increase with the World Heritage designation, Swain said, the city is working with UTSA to develop a program that will preserve legacy businesses near Missions sites.

“And these are businesses that have become cultural cornerstone of the Southside, facilitate small and local business development,” she said.

She said 11 applications into the city’s Operation Facelift grant program came from the World Heritage areas.

“Of these 11, four are vacant buildings,” she said. “This number is encouraging because it demonstrates that not only are businesses looking to improve the building that they’re lodged within, but also vacant building owners are looking to the future in this area.”

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