State-Owned Building Once Served San Antonio’s East Side. Can It Help The Community Again?

“The idea you have access points within the community, so as a planner, you’re always thinking about strategically about access to services.”

By Ryan PoppeJune 17, 2019 9:30 am, , ,

From Texas Public Radio:

UPDATEEarly Friday evening, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill allowing the state of Texas to sell the Sutton Building to a private developer. 

In hundreds of Texas counties, there are state-owned buildings that house regional offices for state agencies. But dozens sit unused, abandoned or condemned. It’s up to the governor’s office to revitalize these properties or sell them. One property is located in San Antonio, at a corner of the city where culture and history have complicated the building’s future.

The Sutton Building was constructed in 1912. It was named for G.J. Sutton, Bexar County’s first African American congressman. It served as one of the first state offices located within San Antonio’s African American community.

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