Sep 28 2018

Tobin Talk: September 28, 2018

Greetings neighbors!

We had a really great meeting last week. THCA Board Member, Blayne Tucker, gave an update from the North St. Mary’s Business Owners Association. The business owners along N. St. Mary’s plan to organize a neighborhood trash pick up. They will coordinate with the THCA Board on dates and locations. They are also partnering with Councilman Treviño’s office to get banners for N. St. Mary’s.

Eco Centro will be transforming the garden beds outside of the center to include more pollinator plants and food gardens. They have received a grant for a community garden bed and would like to partner with THCA to find a great location. The location should have access to water and will be maintained by volunteers from THCA and EcoCentro. We look forward to scheduling a design charrette for this project in the near future. Folks should contact Meredith at EcoCentro by phone at 210-486-0418 or email at sac-ecocentro@alamo.org with any questions.

We also heard from the City of San Antonio’s Solid Waste Management Department about updates to pricing and exactly what should go in the blue, green, and brown carts.

There is a lot going on in and around the neighborhood in the coming weeks. Read on below for details!

Saturday, September 29, 9 AM – 2 PM
Pearl Stable, 307 Pearl Parkway
The Historic Homeowner Fair is a FREE event hosted by San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation that brings together owners of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, and solutions. The fair provides education to homeowners about caring for and maintaining their properties.
THCA will have a table at this event, so make sure to stop by! 
If you’re interested in volunteering with THCA at this event,
please contact Ricki Kushner.

Tobin Hill’s National Night Out
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
1626 McCullough Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212

Come out and have fun with your neighbors!!
There will be a firetruck and special guests from the SAFD and SAPD!
Metropolitan Methodist Hospital will be providing flu shots at no cost.

THCA will be providing hot dogs and non-alcoholic drinks.
Generations Federal Credit Union is donating desserts.
Please bring a side dish to share. 


Tobin Hill Book Club
The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

October: THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU
November: FRANKENSTEIN
December: THE SOUL OF AMERICA
January: THE ALICE NETWORK
February: THE THORNBIRDS

Contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net


Reminder: Get out and VOTE!
Texas has an important election coming up this November. Bexar County has had a very low turn out for past elections. We want to change that by reminding you all to exercise your right as a citizen and VOTE!

Important dates:
Last day to register to vote: October 9
Early voting: October 22 – November 2
Election Day: Tuesday, November 6
Be informed! Visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website, www.VoteTexas.gov or call (800)-252-VOTE for more information on this election and to verify that you are registered to vote.

You can also visit www.Vote411.org for a non-partisan voter’s guide.


THCA 2nd Friday Social!

Please join us for the Unveiling of
“SCULPTURAL CORRIDOR ON DEWEY”
and Art Exhibit

Friday, October 12 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
La Casa Rosa Art Studio
527 E Dewey Place 

Light refreshments provided.
You are welcome to bring a side dish or beverage of your choice.
There will be special guests, including District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño. Please see our Facebook event for program details. 
You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend.
Please invite your neighbors to come along!


Special Meeting for THCA Members

Presentation/Adoption of amended Bylaws
Thursday, October 25, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

Review the proposed updates here: https://tinyurl.com/2018bylawupdates

If you would like a printed copy of the proposed updates, please email: info@tobinhill.org


Housing Programs
The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department offers several home repair and energy efficiency programs for income-qualified homeowners. Applications are being accepted as follows:

  • Under 1 Roof, Let’s Paint, and Minor Repair Programs:
    Beginning October 1st and ongoing (as funding is available)
  • Green and Healthy Homes Program: Ongoing, year-round

Click here to learn more about the City’s repair and remediation programs, and to download an application.Sat., September 29, 8PM-1AM


60+ bands & DJs will perform on 25 stages along St. Mary’s & beyond. More info:
sanantoniomusicshowcase.com


City Meetings & Events:

– Sept. 29, 9am-2pm: Historic Homeowner Fair at the Pearl Stable
– Oct. 3, 2pm: City Council meeting: Short Term Rentals
– Oct. 6, 11am: District 1 Land Use Town Hall, 1310 Vance Jackson


Committee Meetings:

THCA’s  Zoning Task Force meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning Task Force Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm the location of the meeting.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases scheduled to go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission. The next meeting will be Monday, October 22nd at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting location details.


Other events:

Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio (MCCSA) is hosting some fundraising events:
– Loteria Night: Sept. 29, 6-9pm
– Bunco & Raffle: Oct. 13, 2018, 3-6pm
Please contact MCCSA for more details: www.mccofsanantonio.com

Sep 14 2018

Tobin Talk: September 14, 2018

“Tobin Talk”
What’s Going on in the Neighborhood!

Greetings neighbors!

We hope to see many of you at tonight’s 2nd Friday Social! The Social is BYOB and is being hosted at the Sumerset’s home, 622 E. Locust St. from 6-8pm. See you there!

Next week is our September public meeting. We will meet at EcoCentro at 6:00pm, Thursday, September 20th. Waste Management will be here update the neighborhood on their new billing program. There will also be an update from Eco Centro on a new community garden! There will be a social to follow.

The project at E. Euclid and N. St. Mary’s is headed to City Council on September 20 at 2:00pm. The proposal going before Council is for five (5), seven-story buildings, with 30 total units on the property. The City Council hearing is public, so any citizen can attend. If you’d like to speak about the case, please plan to arrive early to sign up, and/or email your support or opposition of the project to our Councilperson, Roberto C. Treviño, by September 19.

There is a lot going on in and around the neighborhood in the coming weeks. Read on below for details!
Public Meeting!


September THCA Public Meeting
Thursday, September 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.
Social to follow.

On the agenda: Solid Waste Management & Recycling Update.

THCA’s neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly. If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/


THCA 2nd Friday Social!

Please join us for our monthly Social!
TONIGHT, September 14 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Sumerset’s home, 622 E. Locust St.

Snacks will be provided, please bring your own beverage.

You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend.
Please invite your neighbors to come along!


Historic Homeowner Fair! 

Saturday, September 29, 9 AM – 2 PM
Pearl Stable, 307 Pearl Parkway

The Historic Homeowner Fair is a FREE event hosted by San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation that brings together owners of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, and solutions. The fair provides education to homeowners about caring for and maintaining their properties.
THCA will have a table at this event, so make sure to stop by!
If you’re interested in volunteering with THCA at this event,
please contact Ricki Kushner.


Save the Date!
National Night Out
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
1626 McCullough Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212


Tobin Hill Book Club
The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

October: THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU

Contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net


Sat., September 29, 8PM-1AM
60+ bands & DJs will perform on 25 stages along St. Mary’s & beyond. More info:
sanantoniomusicshowcase.com


Committee Meetings:

THCA’s Zoning Task Force meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next meeting will be Monday, September 24th at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning Task Force Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm the location of the meeting.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases scheduled to go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission. The next meeting will be Monday, September 24th at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting location details.

Other events:

Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio (MCCSA) is hosting several fundraising events in the coming weeks:

– Craft & Vendor Market: Sept. 22, 2-7pm
– Loteria Night: Sept. 29, 6-9pm
– Bunco & Raffle: Oct. 13, 2018, 3-6pm

Please contact MCCSA for more details: www.mccofsanantonio.com

Aug 29 2018

Tobin Talk: August 29, 2018

Greetings neighbors!

This week’s newsletter is packed with updates and upcoming events for September and beyond.

The City of San Antonio’s Transportation and Capital Improvements department has sent out an update on the McCullough drainage project. Portions of E. Euclid Ave., Erie Ave. and Brooklyn Ave. will be closed in order to complete asphalt work and sidewalk installation for the McCullough Ave. Area Drainage Project. Please see map for detour information:

There are a couple of important City meeting coming up next week. The City is updating the CCHIP & ICRIP incentive programs, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is hosting a Community Conversation about Land Use. THCA members will host the monthly book club on September 6th and the 2nd Friday Social will be on September 14th.  The San Antonio Music Showcase is at the end of September. Parking will be a SAC, and pedicabs will be taking attendee to the St. Mary’s Strip. And of course, make sure to mark your calendar for our next public meeting, September 20 at 6:00PM at Eco Centro.

Read on below for details about these and other events around the neighborhood, as well as an update from the City’s Neighborhood and Housing Services Department.

Public Meeting!

September THCA Public Meeting
Thursday, September 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

Social to follow.

On the agenda: Solid Waste Management & Recycling Update.

THCA’s neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly. If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/


August 14, 2018
Housing Programs
The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department offers several home repair and energy efficiency programs for income-qualified homeowners. Applications are being accepted as follows:

  • Owner Occupied Repair Program: NOW through September 14th
  • Under 1 Roof, Let’s Paint, and Minor Repair Programs: Beginning October 1st and ongoing (as funding is available)
  • Green and Healthy Homes Program: Ongoing, year-round

Click here to learn more about the City’s repair and remediation programs, and to download an application.

SASpeakup
It’s your city; make your voice heard! Learn about the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget with your friends and family. It’s your chance to meet your neighbors, city leaders, and learn more about city services while enjoying free entertainment, free health screenings, and fun giveaways.

  • Saturday, September 1st: (Evento en Español) – Pearsall Park – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Click here to review the proposed budget, calendar of upcoming events, and timeline for budget adoption.

Conservation Society Grants Available
Neighbors who are fixing up their homes may be interested in applying for a grant from the Conservation Society. Grants are typically awarded for $5,000-$10,000, and applications are being accepted from now until September 28. Grants will be awarded in December. You can apply at https://www.saconservation.org
Development Incentive Program Changes:

Tobin Hill has been invited to join our neighbors in Dignowity Hill to learn about the proposed updates to the City’s CCHIP and ICRIP incentive programs. The meeting will take place Wednesday, September 5, at 6:00PM at the Healy-Murphy Center on 211 Nolan St.  The Center City Development & Operations Department will present the proposed changes to the Center City Housing Incentive Policy (CCHIP) and The Inner City Reinvestment and Infill Policy fee waiver (ICRIP), tentatively scheduled for City Council consideration in late September. There are a few notable changes to the policy, including revisions that incorporate community feedback regarding future land use. Please click the image below for a link to the Facebook event page.

Tobin Hill Book ClubThe book club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary. 

Selected readings:

Sept: AMERICAN WOLF

Oct: THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU

For more info contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net

Making Sense of Land Use & Zoning: The Role of Equity and Revitalization in Your Neighborhood

The Future Land Use (FLU) Plan is one of the most important issues involving neighborhood development. Please join the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for a Community Conservation on this topic.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
SAC Nursing and Allied Health Center, Room 218
N. Main Ave. & W. Dewey Pl.
Parking in Lot 22 (off San Pedro Ave.) and Lot 23 (off Main Ave.)
In partnership with District 1 and CoSA Planning Dept.

Click image for link to Facebook event:

THCA 2nd Friday Social!

Please join us for our monthly Social!
Friday, September 14 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Sumerset’s home, 622 E. Locust St.

Snacks will be provided, please bring your own beverage.

You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend.
Please invite your neighbors to come along!

The sixth annual San Antonio Music Showcase celebrates the city’s thriving local music scene. For one unforgettable night, 60+ bands and DJs will perform on 25 stages in one central San Antonio neighborhood, representing the city’s musical talent across multiple genres.

The San Antonio Music Showcase will take place on St. Mary’s Street and beyond, with all participating venues within a close distance. More info at: https://sanantoniomusicshowcase.com

Save the Date!
National Night Out

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
1626 McCullough Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212
Aug 15 2018

Tobin Talk: August 15, 2018

Greetings neighbors!

We had a great turnout at our last THCA 2nd Friday Social at Tycoon Flats.  Thank you to the Hartman’s for providing appetizers for everyone!

Tobin Hill artist Christine King has submitted a design to the Fiesta Commission for the 2019 Fiesta poster.  The Fiesta Commission is hosting an event called Ten2One to showcase the final 10 posters entered into the contest. The Ten2One event includes voting for most popular design (with an award for the winner) for the 2019 Fiesta poster. The event is open to the public but registration is required. The details can be found at fiesta-sa.org. The date is August 29 from 5-7pm. Please RSVP no later than August 24, and come support our neighbor!


The City of San Antonio’s Transportation and Capital Improvements department has sent out an update on the McCullough drainage project. These are the street, sidewalk and curb improvements along Euclid, Erie, and Wilmington streets. Click here to read about what has been completed and what is still to come.

Neighbors who are fixing up their homes may be interested in applying for a grant from the Conservation Society. Grants are typically awarded for $5,000-$10,000, and applications are being accepted from now until September 28. Grants will be awarded in December. You can apply at https://www.saconservation.org

Don’t forget that this weekend, Councilman Treviño, State Rep. Bernal, State Senator Menendez, and Congressman Doggett will be hosting a Town Hall this Saturday, August 18 at 10:00 AM, here in Tobin Hill at the SAC Victory Center on N. Main and Dewey Place.

Read on below for details about these and other events around the neighborhood, as well as an update from the City’s Neighborhood and Housing Services Department.

Euclid & St. Mary’s Project Update:
The developer of the property has begun demolition on the houses. THCA was able to get a company to salvage many of the materials from the houses for future use.

Our Zoning Task Force has seen a few different versions of a site plan for the project. Currently they are asking to build five buildings, each 8 stories tall, with 25 total units. This would require the property to be rezoned.

The project is scheduled to go before the zoning commission this Tuesday, August 21 at 1:00PM. The hearing is public and citizens are encouraged to attend. The address is 1901 S. Alamo. If you would like to comment on this case, you may do so in person (please arrive a few minutes early to sign up to speak), or by emailing the case manager, Kayla Leal, at kayla.leal@sanantonio.gov. The case number is Z2018250.

Tobin Hill Book ClubThe book club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary. 

Selected readings:

Sept: AMERICAN WOLF

Oct: THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU

For more info contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net


August 14, 2018
Housing Programs
The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department offers several home repair and energy efficiency programs for income-qualified homeowners. Applications are being accepted as follows:

  • Owner Occupied Repair Program: NOW through September 14th
  • Under 1 Roof, Let’s Paint, and Minor Repair Programs: Beginning October 1st and ongoing (as funding is available)
  • Green and Healthy Homes Program: Ongoing, year-round

Click here to learn more about the City’s repair and remediation programs, and to download an application.

Housing Policy Framework
Mayor Ron Nirenberg created the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force in August 2017, with the charge to develop a framework for a comprehensive, compassionate housing strategy for San Antonio. After a year of collaborative work by the Task Force, five Technical Working Groups, and community at large, San Antonio’s Housing Policy Framework was released this week. Click here to read the final report.

SASpeakup
It’s your city; make your voice heard! Learn about the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget with your friends and family. It’s your chance to meet your neighbors, city leaders, and learn more about city services while enjoying free entertainment, free health screenings, and fun giveaways.

  • Thursday, August 16th: Morgan’s Wonderland – 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 20th: Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center – 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 21st: Palo Alto College Student Center (Evento en Español) – 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 25th: Woodlawn Lake Park – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 28th: Cherrity Bar (Young Professionals Night) – 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 30th: Texas A&M University-San Antonio Vista Room – 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 1st: (Evento en Español) – Pearsall Park – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Click here to review the proposed budget, calendar of upcoming events, and timeline for budget adoption.

THCA 2nd Friday Social!

Please join us for our monthly Social!
Friday, September 14 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Sumerset’s home, 622 E. Locust St.

Snacks will be provided, please bring your own beverage.

You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend.
Please invite your neighbors to come along!

Save the date!

September THCA Public Meeting – Updated!

Thursday, September 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

Social to follow.

On the agenda: Solid Waste Management & Recycling Update.

THCA’s neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly. If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Aug 03 2018

Tobin Talk: August 3, 2018

 

Thank you to all of the neighbors who came out to help with our Community Clean Up last Saturday! There was a great turnout, and Board member, Amanda DeLong posted a live video to our Facebook page of Councilman Treviño, and THCA President, Cody Doege during the event. Thanks to all the volunteers!

We had a successful public meeting last week at EcoCentro. State Rep. Diego Bernal and Councilman Roberto Treviño both attended and shared with us what they are working on for our community. Thank you to both of them!

Don’t forget: Next week is our Second Friday Social! This month’s Social is being hosted by THCA Board Member, Malcolm Hartman at Tycoon Flats!Councilman Treviño, Rep. Bernal, Senator Menendez, and Congressman Doggett will be hosting a Town Hall Saturday, August 18 at 10:00 AM, here in Tobin Hill at the SAC Victory Center on N. Main and Dewey Place.

Read on below for details about these and other events around the neighborhood.

THCA 2nd Friday Social!

Please join us for our monthly Social!
Friday, August 10 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tycoon Flats 2926 N Saint Mary’s St. THCA’s monthly Social is a fun way for neighbors to connect! You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend. Please invite your neighbors to come along!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1927247084234797/

Tobin Hill Book ClubThe book club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary. 

Selected readings:

August: EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOWS

Sept: AMERICAN WOLF

Oct: THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU

For more info contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net

Save the date!

September THCA Public Meeting

Thursday, September 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

THCA’s neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly, typically on the fourth Thursday of every-other month. If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Jul 13 2018

Tobin Talk: July 13, 2018

Greetings neighbors!

Since our last update, THCA representatives have met with the developer at E. Euclid and N. St. Mary’s to discuss their proposed plans. We asked for their cooperation as we attempt to move two of the existing houses from their lots, and to salvage materials from the other two. They have agreed to this!

Initially they proposed 30 units in five 7-story buildings, which would require a Plan Amendment to High Density Mixed Use, as well as a rezoning to IDZ.  The Commission recommended denial of High Density Mixed Use, but recommended instead Low Density Mixed Use. This aligns with the Tobin Hill Neighborhood Plan, as well as the proposed Land Use for the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan.

The developer has stayed in communication with THCA throughout the process. THCA plans to meet with them again to discuss a revised plan before their Zoning Commission hearing, which is currently scheduled for July 17.

In other news, Board member, Byron Berkus, has scheduled a Community Clean Up event for the neighborhood on July 28th! He has invited Councilman Treviño to attend as we work together to clean up the garbage on the properties surrounding N. St. Mary’s.

Reminder: our next public meeting is on Thursday, July 26th at Eco Centro. Finally, tomorrow, Metropolitan Community Church and John Hill are hosting a Build Your Own Planter workshop.

Don’t forget: Tonight is our Second Friday Social! This month’s Social is being hosted by Larkin and Rachel. Snacks will be provided, please BYOB.

Read on below for details about these and other events around the neighborhood.

Community Clean Up! 

Please join THCA in a Community Clean Up!
Neighbors will work together to clean up the properties along N. St. Mary’s.
Trash bags and gloves will be provided by Solid Waste management.
Please meet at the parking lot behind The Mix. Wear your THCA t-shirt!

Saturday, July 28, 9:00AM
The Mix, 2423 N. St. Mary’s St.
Link to the Facebook event here.

Upcoming Events
THCA Second Friday Social
Friday, July 13, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Larkin & Rachel O’Hern’s Home: 503 E. Myrtle

THCA’s monthly Social is a fun way for neighbors to connect! You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend. Please invite your neighbors to come along! The Facebook event can be found here.Learn How to Build a Raised Planter
Saturday, July 14, 10:30 am to Noon
Metropolitan Community Church, 611 E Myrtle

All tools, gloves and materials will be provided.  Expert advice will be provided by David Bordelon, Master Naturalist and John Hill, Certified Landscape Professional. Pizza and cold drinks will be provided.

July THCA Public Meeting
Thursday, July 26, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

THCA’s neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly, typically on the fourth Thursday of every-other month. If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

THCA Community Clean Up
Saturday, July 28, 9:00AM
The Mix parking lot, 2423 N. St. Mary’s

Please join THCA in a Community Clean Up! Neighbors will work together to clean up the properties along N. St. Mary’s. Trash bags and gloves will be provided by Waste Management. We will meet at the parking lot behind The Mix at 9:00AM. Please wear your THCA t-shirt! Find the Facebook event here.

Check our Calendar for other events in and around the neighborhood.

Tobin Hill Book ClubThe book club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary. 

Selected readings:

August: EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOWS

Sept: AMERICAN WOLF

Oct: THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU

For more info contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net

Jun 29 2018

Tobin Talk: June 29, 2018

Hello neighbors!

Last night THCA held a special public meeting to answer questions and get community input on two important issues in Tobin Hill.

The first issue concerned the four houses on E. Euclid and N. St. Mary’s Street. These are the four houses surrounding the boxing gym. The owners of the property recently applied for demolition permits on the homes to make way for a new shipping container housing development. It is still unclear what the density or size of the development will be, but the developer has applied to have the properties rezoned from commercial and residential to Infill Development Zone (IDZ).

Three of the properties being considered for demolition are on Euclid (photo from Google Maps). The fourth house is on N. St. Mary’s, pictured at the top of the post (photo courtesy THCA Historic Preservation Committee).

THCA is working with the owners of the homes to have them moved to other vacant lots within the neighborhood if possible.  There were many good questions asked during the meeting, and THCA will reach out to the developer to find answers. We will continue to keep the residents updated as the process continues.

The second part of the meeting was regarding the Midtown Regional Center, which is part of the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan. Tobin Hill’s Neighborhood Plan will be included in the Midtown Plan. Should there be any conflict between the Neighborhood Plan and the overall Midtown Plan, the Midtown Plan will overrule the Neighborhood Plan.

City Planner, Garrett Phillips is encouraging feedback on the Midtown Plan. You can view the Midtown Plan here:  http://www.Midtown.SaCompPlan.com
Feedback can be given to Garrett by emailing him at:  garrett.phillips@sanantonio.gov

Finally, we want to remind everyone about tomorrow’s LGBTQ PRIDE Bigger Than Texas Festival and Parade. The Festival is from 11am to 7pm, Saturday, June 30th. The Parade begins at 9:00 PM at Dewey Place and N. Main Ave. You won’t want to miss getting a first look at the new rainbow crosswalk!

Jun 14 2018

“Tobin Talk” News & Updates – June 14, 2018

Good morning neighbors! 

June is Pride Month, and Tobin Hill is lucky to be home to Crockett Park where Pride San Antonio is hosting this year’s LGBTQ PRIDE Bigger Than Texas Festival and Parade. The Festival is from 11am to 7pm, Saturday, June 30th. The Parade begins at 9:00 PM at Dewey Place and N. Main Ave. See the event details below, and follow the links for more information!

Last week about 40 neighbors gathered for the June THCA Second Friday Social. We welcomed 4 new members at the event! Thanks to the Schell’s for hosting. We look forward to July’s Social at Larkin & Rachel’s home!

There are quite a few events coming up in the next few weeks around the neighborhood with lots of opportunity for neighborhood engagement and input.

If you’re interested in infill development, you won’t want to miss this Saturday’s Infill Development Seminar at Lift Fund. City representatives will be presenting the proposed new IDZ ordinance to the public for the first time, and will be taking community input.

Next week Garrett Phillips, with the City of San Antonio’s Planning Department will be meeting with Tobin Hill about the Midtown Regional Center. This meeting will be focused specifically on our neighborhood. Community input is encouraged, so please come and join the conversation. Bring your neighbor!

Read on below for details about events around the neighborhood.

Upcoming Events
Infill Development Seminar
Saturday, June 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lift Fund, 2007 W. Martin St. Sponsored by Tier 1 Neighborhood Coalition, Cat Hernandez with the City of San Antonio Development Services Department and Logan Sparrow, Principal Planner DSD, COSA will be presenting a preview of the proposed new IDZ (Infill Development Zoning) ordinance created by the IDZ Taskforce. This is an opportunity to ask questions and voice your opinion on the proposed ordinances that will be presented by COSA personnel. You can preview the agenda here. Free parking, and coffee will be provided.SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan/Midtown Regional Center
Thursday, June 28, 6:30 PM 
Eco Centro, 1802 N Main Ave.

City Planner, Garrett Phillips, will be meeting with our neighborhood about the Comprehensive Plan. Please come to hear the latest updates and provide your feedback as we work with the City to make sure our Neighborhood Plan is incorporated in the Comprehensive Plan for the Midtown Regional Center. 

PRIDE Bigger Than Texas Festival & Parade
Saturday, June 30, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Crockett Park, 1300 N. Main Ave. 
Admission: $10 for 13 years and up, Free for kids 12 & under

Pride San Antonio, Inc. hosts the official San Antonio LGBTQ Pride Celebration. Festival with food, merchandise, entertainment, community organizations, and illuminated night parade.
More info at: http://www.pridesanantonio.org/lgbtq-festival.html

THCA Second Friday Social
Friday, July 13, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Larkin & Rachel O’Hern’s Home: 503 E. Myrtle

THCA’s monthly Social is a fun way for neighbors to connect!
You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend. Please invite your neighbors to come along!

Next THCA Public Meeting
Thursday, July 26, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

THCA’s neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly, typically on the fourth Thursday of every-other month. If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Check our Calendar for other events in and around the neighborhood.

Jun 02 2018

“Tobin Talk” Newsletter: June 2, 2018

Greetings Neighbors!

Last Thursday, May 24th was the THCA Neighborhood Meeting. We had updates from Councilman Treviño’s office about several upcoming events in and around the neighborhood. The Pride Crosswalk will be installed on Evergreen and Main in June, in time for the Pride Parade on June 30! We also heard from Reps. Bernal, Menendez, and Congressman Doggett’s offices.

From the City of San Antonio, we heard from Parking Enforcement and Code Enforcement. They spent time listening to neighborhood concerns and answering questions.

THCA welcomed a new business member, Gonzaba Medical Clinic. Their office is at 1303 McCullough and Dr. Valbuena is taking new patients.

We heard from the DR Semmes YMCA, as well as ideas from Art Garcia about exploring the idea of hosting an event along St. Mary’s.

After the meeting, we gathered at Tycoon Flats for some great food and conversation!

Read on below for upcoming events around the neighborhood.

Tobin Hill Book Club

The book club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary. 

Selected readings:
June: THE SHIPPING NEWS

July: EVERY LAST ONE

August: EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOWS

Sept: AMERICAN WOLF

Oct: THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU 

For more info contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net

Upcoming Events
Final Public Meeting of Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force
Saturday, June 2, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Performing Arts Auditorium at Palo Alto College
1400 West Villaret Blvd.
State Rep. Diego Bernal Summer Resource Fair
Saturday, June 2, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Granados Adult & Senior Center
500 Freiling Dr.

THCA Second Friday Social
Friday, June 8, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Anisa & Rick Schell’s Home, 430 E Mistletoe Ave.

Please bring your own beverage. Snacks will be provided.

THCA’s monthly Social is a fun way for neighbors to connect!
You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend. Please invite your neighbors to come along!

Next THCA Public Meeting
Thursday, July 26, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main

THCA’s neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly, typically on the fourth Thursday of every-other month. If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Check our Calendar for other events in and around the neighborhood.

May 17 2018

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. In celebration of Stroke Awareness Month, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital would like to share Stroke Awareness information.

Stroke is the 5thleading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability. Each year about 800,000 suffer a new or reoccurring stroke. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke can happen to ANYONE at any time. If you think you or a love one is having a stroke, DIAL 911.

A stroke is a “Brain Attack”. A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a clot or a rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. Brain cells are deprived of oxygen and vital nutrients, causing brain cells to die. If you think you or a love one is having a stroke call 911.

Two types of strokes- Hemorrhagic and Ischemic.

Hemorrhagic are less common; 13% of all strokes are hemorrhagic. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a brain aneurysm or a weakened blood vessel leak. 40% of stroke deaths are caused by a hemorrhagic stroke.

Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked by a clot. High blood pressure is the leading cause of Ischemic strokes. Ischemic strokes are more common, account for 87% of all strokes.

Signs of Stroke

A stroke is a serious medical emergency, call 911 immediately. By learning the warning signs of a stroke you can save a life.

SUDDEN- numbness of face, arm or leg.

SUDDEN- confusion or difficulty speaking

SUDDEN- trouble seeing

SUDDEN- trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

SUDDEN- severe headache

 

How to spot a STROKE- F.A.S.T.

F– Face drooping

A– Arm weakness

S– Speech difficulty/slurred speech

T-Time to call 911, immediately!

Act FAST and save a life!

Reduce Stroke Risk Factors

The American Stroke Association warns people who are physically inactive, eat too much salt and overindulge in alcohol beverages are at a higher risk for having a stroke.   80% of strokes are preventable with healthier life style.  Lifestyle risk factors described by the National Stroke Association include, controllable risk factors of diet and exercise.

Diet- A healthy diet can help you reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve your overall health, and help you reach or maintain a healthy weight. Eating healthy includes making informed decisions about food choices and balancing your calories.

Exercise- Physical activity includes anything that gets your body moving. A recent study showed that people who exercise five or more times per week have a reduced stroke risk.

Smoking- Smoking doubles the risk of stroke when compared to a nonsmoker. Smoking increases clot formation, thickens blood, and increases the amount of plaque buildup in the arteries. If you smoke, try as hard as possible to stop.

Alcohol- Drinking too much alcohol can increase blood pressure and the risk of stroke. Aim to drink in moderation – no more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women.

High blood pressure is the most common controllable cause of stroke. Recent, American Stroke Association guidelines redefined high blood pressure as a reading of 130/80. Lowering high blood pressure by losing weight, decrease salt intake, stop smoking, drinking alcoholic drinks in moderation, and treating high blood sugars is GREAT start to reduce the risk of stroke.  YOU CAN DO IT!

Please join Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in raising awareness this month by sharing this article with one person.  Help us spread the word!

Resources:

National Stroke Association – http://www.stroke.org/

American Stroke Association – http://www.strokeassociation.org/