Jan 14 2021

Tobin Talk: January 14, 2021

Neighbors,

It’s been a strange year everywhere and Tobin Hill is no different.  While we haven’t been able to be as social as we’d have liked our Association has continued to hang together, weighing in on Historic and Zoning cases, meeting on Zoom to hear about Ballot Propositions, and working with representatives from the the City and Council to address concerns from code compliance to noise complaints.

We are looking forward to returning to our in-person meetings, socials and happy hours later in 2021 but in meantime we’ll continue Zooming and hope you’ll join us at our Annual Meeting and throughout the year as we continue to work to connect as neighbors, stay informed and preserve our historic neighborhood.

Looking forward to it,
Larkin O’Hern

President, THCA
Please join us for the Tobin Hill Community Association’s
Annual neighborhood meeting
via ZOOM:Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88251487099?pwd=a2ZzRzRyS0JEaklvWXVkVDl6d3BvUT09

Meeting ID: 882 5148 7099
Passcode: 684960

Will will be holding our annual election virtually for the first time.

The nominations for the 2021 Board members can be viewed here: http://tobinhill.org/2021-board-nominations/

Meeting minutes from our previous meeting can be viewed on the Tobin Hill website: http://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/meeting-minutes/

THCA’s public neighborhood meetings are held monthly via Zoom during the pandemic. You do not need to be a member to attend, but you do need to be a member to vote in the election.

If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Per the bylaws, members eligible to vote in THCA elections will be limited to those individuals registered as members at least sixty (60) days preceding the election.

Know a neighbor in need of some help?

San Antonio Community Resource Directory offers resources for assistance with emergency food, food pantries and delivery, clothing, baby supplies, blankets, furniture, health resources, housing, adult and child care, transportation, etc. Resources can be searched for by zip code, and are available in English and Spanish.

https://www.sacrd.org/directory/

Click here to join the Zoom at 6:00PM on January 21, 2021!
Click here to renew your membership with THCA for 2021!
Jan 06 2021

2021 Board Nominations

2021 Board Nominations

For President:

Larkin O’Hern, East Myrtle: Resident in Tobin Hill since 2018. Larkin was first elected to the THCA Board in 2019 and as President of the Board in 2020. He and his wife Rachel bought a home in Tobin Hill in 2017 and (finally) moved in early 2018! After spending eight years in the Army bouncing from place to place, they were ready to put down roots and loved the community feel of Tobin Hill, its proximity to downtown, and mix of historic preservation with exciting potential. When not working, Larkin enjoys strolling along the Museum Reach, biking the Mission Extension and reading whatever book is up next for the THCA Book Club.

Resident Board Member Nominees:

Paula Starnes, East Magnolia: Resident of Tobin Hill. Paula is a native of San Antonio and grew up on the southside. She bought a house on East Magnolia 30 years ago after renting for 8 years in Tobin Hill. She graduated from Texas State University with a BA in management. She currently serves on the board for the Tri Point YMCA and the zoning committee for the Tobin Hill Community Association. She is an active member of the League of Women Voters.

Paula has been active in women’s organizations in San Antonio and at the state level for over 40 years. In addition to being the previous President of the San Antonio NOW (National Organization for Women) chapter and founding member of the Rape Crisis Center, she worked in IT for most of her career and spent the last 15 years working for a local financial real estate firm which buys mortgage notes, makes investor loans and manages real estate.

 

Joe “Joey” M. Salinas III, Home Ave: Resident of Tobin Hill since 2006.  Joey has been a member of the Tobin Hill Community Association Zoning and Development Committee since 2020.  As a 6th generation Texan with a family seat in Fredericksburg Texas since its founding in 1846 and growing up within a ranching and construction family, Joey has been around historical construction and architecture since birth.  The family construction company hails back to 1946 in Fredericksburg Texas and has worked on many notable homes including the late President LBJ historical ranch home, Lady Bird Johnson’s personal home in Austin, and a plantation in Georgia dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America and also to include many historical churches and public buildings throughout Texas.  Joey has also been an Associate Broker with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty since 2005 and has worked in all historical neighborhoods and ranches in and around San Antonio.  Joey is currently obtaining his MBA with Rice University and also active in both political and organizational committees for Tobin Hill and its pursuit of persevering its heritage and integrity.

 

Business Board Member Nominee:

Lynn Knapik, Broker/Owner, Lynn Knapik Real Estate LLC. – Lynn is both a business owner and resident of Tobin Hill, and has lived at the Pearl since 2010. While a previous connection to Pearl that began when her family moved to San Antonio in 1972 for a job at Pearl is what brought her to the neighborhood, she became an active member of the THCA due to the desire to connect with residents in the area. Lynn has served on THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee for a number of years and is happy to do her part to help preserve the character of the neighborhood. From the beginning of moving to the area, Lynn found a passion for community involvement, starting with the Midtown Brackenridge Master Plan Initiative in 2010; on to SA2020, attending all of the community meetings; eventually be invited by Mayor Taylor to serve on the Midtown TIRZ in 2013. She remains today as a TIRZ board member. During Mayor Nirenberg’s recent Mayor’s Housing Task Force, Lynn served on the Neighborhood Working Group.

Until COVID put many activities on hiatus she was also serving on a SAHA “Move to Work” task force and was a Reading Buddy with second graders a Hawthorne Academy for 6 years. Having moved a house from Alamo Heights to Bandera, TX in 2002, taking it down to the studs, adding on to it, restoring every window and door and so much more over two years of hands-on labor, Lynn came to truly appreciate older homes and the craftsmanship that went into building them and properly restoring them. She has participated in the Historic Home Specialist classes provided by OHP at COSA, even consulting on the classes. She also sponsors the OHP annual Historic Homeowners Fair. Lynn is a promoter of historic neighborhoods, SAISD and recently helped the neighbors in the E French Place Historic District and Terry Court and save their pocket park from “going to the dogs!”

 

The 2021 Board Member election will be held virtually at the Annual meeting in January. Members eligible to vote in THCA elections will be limited to those individuals registered as members at least sixty (60) days preceding the election. THCA Board members are elected for two-year terms and are staggered so that half are elected or re-elected in even-numbered years and half are elected or re-elected in odd-numbered years. No member may serve more than four (4) consecutive years on the Board. 

To find out more about the Tobin Hill Community Association, read our Bylaws here.

Aug 16 2020

Tobin Talk: August 16, 2020

Greetings Neighbors,This week the THCA Board invites you to join us for a virtual meeting. We will meet over Zoom this Thursday, August 20 from 6:00pm-7:30. Please visit our Facebook event for details on how to login to the meeting. In-person bi-monthly Neighborhood Meetings will continue to be postponed for now. We will be following the guidelines that San Antonio College/EcoCentro recommends before resuming our face-to-face membership meetings.

The THCA Book Club is on Zoom!  Please reach out to Kathy Cron for Zoom login info. Next month we’ll be reading: Like Water for Chocolate. You can reach out to Kell Austin to get a 15% discount at the TWIG for next month’s book. The Book Club meets on the first Thursday of each month.

The Historic Preservation Committee and Zoning and Development Committee have been meeting virtually through email and text as needed. If necessary, a Zoom meeting will be scheduled. Please reach out to Ricki Kushner or Rick Schell for details.Second Friday Socials will continue to be postponed for now.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to resuming our normal schedule soon.  Please watch your email or visit the Tobin Hill Facebook page for further updates.  If you have any questions please reach out via info@tobinhill.org or larkin.thca@gmail.com.

Please join us for the
Tobin Hill Community Association’s neighborhood meeting
via ZOOM:

Thursday, August 20, 2020
6:00-7:30PM

Zoom meeting details will be posted on the Facebook eventbefore the meeting.

Meeting minutes from our previous meeting can be viewed on the Tobin Hill website: http://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/meeting-minutes/

THCA’s public neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly. You do not need to be a member to attend, but if you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so in person at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Jun 03 2020

Tobin Talk: June 3, 2020

Greetings Neighbors,As the city begins to open back up, THCA will begin slowly opening back up for meetings and events as well, though some of those may look a bit different.

This week, the THCA Book Club is on Zoom! We’ll be discussing Bad Blood, Secrets and Lies in Silicon Valley by John Carreyrou. Please reach out to Kathy Cron for Zoom login info. Next month we’ll be reading: Albert Camus The Plague. You can reach out to Kell Austin to get a 15% discount at the TWIG for next month’s book. The Book Club meets on the first Thursday of each month.

Second Friday Socials: Cody Doege and Chad Walling will be hosting our first Social on Friday, June 12, at 402 E Locust from 6:00-8:00pm. We ask that all neighbors be respectful and conscientious of heath concerns.

The Historic Preservation Committee and Zoning and Development Committee have been meeting virtually through email and text as needed. If necessary, a Zoom meeting will be scheduled. Please reach out to Ricki Kushner or Rick Schell for details.

Bi-monthly Neighborhood Meetings will continue to be postponed for now. We will be following the guidelines that San Antonio College/EcoCentro recommends before resuming our general membership meetings.We appreciate your understanding and look forward to resuming our normal schedule soon.  Please watch your email or visit the Tobin Hill Facebook page for further updates.  If you have any questions please reach out via info@tobinhill.org or larkin.thca@gmail.com.

On Monday, June 1, SAISD transitions to its summer meals program, with some changes from the May schedule. See the list of curbside and bus stop locations and times. In addition, the SAISD Child Nutrition Program has collaborated with the San Antonio Food Bank this summer. Summer meals will now include supplemental food donations from the food bank to help meet the nutritional needs of our community and families. The first distribution will begin Wednesday, June 3 and continue every Wednesday through the month of June. The distribution will take place at all summer curbside locations from 10 a.m. – noon.

El lunes, primero de junio, SAISD pasa a su programa de comidas de verano, con algunos cambios del horario de mayo. Vea la lista de ubicaciones escolares (con un horario de 10 a.m. al medio día para recoger) y la lista de ubicaciones de parada de autobús (los horarios varían). https://www.saisd.net/upload/page/0130/docs/SAISDSummer2020MealsProgram.pdf

El Programa de Nutrición Infantil de SAISD ha colaborado con el SA Food Bank este verano. Las comidas de verano ahora incluyen donaciones suplementales de comida del banco de comida para ayudar a cumplir las necesidades nutritivas de nuestra comunidad y nuestras familias. La primera distribución comenzará mañana miércoles, 3 de junio y comenzará cada miércoles a lo largo de junio. La distribución se llevará a cabo en las ubicaciones escolares de comida para llevar de 10 a.m. al mediodía.

You can text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates.
Residents are encouraged to download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores, to receive updates on the COVID-19 situation in San Antonio.
Mar 31 2020

Tobin Talk: March 31, 2020

Greetings Neighbors,

On March 24th, Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff issued a Stay Home Work Safe order for all individuals living within the City of San Antonio and the suburban cities within Bexar County. This means we are ordered to stay home and only leave their homes to perform allowed activities. There are four categories of allowed activities:

  1. Activities related to maintaining the health and safety of their family and their pets.
  2. Activities to obtain necessary supplies for themselves, their family and household, including groceries or food (such as from curbside or drive thru pickup from restaurants.
  3. Working for an exempted business or government that is providing services needed by the public during this crisis.
  4. Outdoor activity, such as walking, running or cycling, but only if they maintain social distancing, such as staying six feet away from other people.

All individuals should remain home, except for when securing healthcare, purchasing food and basic supplies, exercising outdoors, or working to provide these basic services to the public.

All public and private gatherings consisting of anyone other than a person’s own household or family are prohibited.

Please click this link to read the full order.

In compliance with these orders, all THCA meetings and events have been postponed, including:

  • Book Club
  • Second Friday Socials
  • Historic Preservation Committee
  • Zoning and Development Committee
  • Bi-monthly Neighborhood Meetings

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to resuming our normal schedule soon.  We’ll let you know as soon as we get these events rescheduled.  Please watch your email or visit the Tobin Hill Facebook page for further updates.  If you have any questions please reach out via info@tobinhill.org or larkin.thca@gmail.com.

Thanks for your patience and understanding. Let’s work together to keep all of our neighbors are safe and healthy by staying home at this time.

The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department is offering emergency assistance during COVID 19. Households experiencing an emergency and hardship should submit an assessment online:  https://webapp1.sanantonio.gov/cosasurveysystem/cosasurveysystem.aspx?surveyid=466 #SATX#COVID19SA
You can text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates.
Residents are encouraged to download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores, to receive updates on the COVID-19 situation in San Antonio.
Mar 15 2020

March 15, 2020: Events Cancelled

Important Update from THCA

March 15, 2020

Neighbors,

As much as we’d all like to get together Thursday for our meeting and social, and were looking forward to trash clean up Saturday, we’ve decided to postpone these activities until we can feel confident encouraging everyone to participate.

The following events have been postponed:

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to resuming our normal schedule soon.  We’ll let you know as soon as we get these events rescheduled.  Please watch your email or visit the Tobin Hill Facebook page for further updates.  If you have any questions please reach out via info@tobinhill.org or larkin.thca@gmail.com.

Thanks for your patience and understanding,
Larkin

Feb 20 2020

Tobin Talk: February 20, 2020

Greetings Neighbors,

Its going to be another exciting year in Tobin Hill and I’m looking forward to building on the excellent work of our outgoing President Cody Doege who dedicated countless hours to making sure our neighborhood was well informed, well represented, and well fed on tamales at the Christmas party.

I hope this year we continue to grow and welcome new neighbors while creating opportunities for increased engagement and participation across the membership.  Whether it’s serving on a committee, hosting a social, or helping out with Tobin de Mayo, I hope you “Find Your Kind” with us this year-and if you need help connecting please reach out to me or any of the board members and we’d be happy to help you get plugged in.

A strong neighborhood association helps us protect the history of our neighborhood and extend the hospitality that makes this a place worth calling home.  We can’t do it without you, so please look for opportunities to join in and bring a neighbor!

Respectfully,
Larkin O’Hern
THCA President
Larkin.thca@gmail.com

Eco Centro Rummage Sale

Friday, February 21: 9am-4pm

Saturday, February 22: 9am-2pm

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2537929423148514/

Got extra stuff lying around? Donate it to support local nonprofits. We are accepting donations at Eco Centro during our open hours before the rummage sale – Tuesday through Thursday, 12pm-6pm and all other times by appointment. Need stuff? There will be furniture, equipment, household stuff, clothes, books, seeds, gardening gear…you name it! Please bring canned goods for the San Antonio Food Bank, too!

Hosted by Councilman Treviño
Saturday, February 29, 2020
10AM-12PM
San Antonio College Victory Center
1819 N Main Ave.

Renters & other community members are invited to provide input which will shape the San Antonio’s first “Renters Commission”

📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚

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

      Mar: The Liar’s Club
      April: Like Water for Chocolate
      May: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Contact Kell or Kathy for location details.

Second Friday Social

Please join the Tobin Hill Community Association for our monthly Social!

Friday, March 13th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Mix: 2423 N. St. Mary’s

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!

Interested in hosting a Social during 2020? We are looking for neighborhood residents and businesses that would like to host our Socials. Contact Social Committee Chair, Doreen Tarango.

Please join us for the Tobin Hill Community Association’s neighborhood meeting:

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Eco Centro, 1802 N Main

There will be a social directly following the meeting.

Meeting minutes from our previous meeting can be viewed on the Tobin Hill website: http://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/meeting-minutes/

THCA’s public neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly. You do not need to be a member to attend, but if you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so in person at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/


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

  • Under 1 Roof
  • Let’s Paint
  • Minor Repair Programs
  • Green and Healthy Homes 

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


Committee Meetings:

THCA’s  Zoning and Development Committee meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming planning and zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning and Development 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, February 24th, at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting location details.


Fish Fry Fundraiser benefitting the Pride Ministry of MCCSA.

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11 AM – 6 PM
Catfish, green beans, potato salad, tossed green salad, rolls, and dessert for $10/plate.

Delivery available within a 5 mile radius. Please call 210.259.6123 to purchase your ticket or email your order at garcia9117398@att.net

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1015903145451006/ 

UDC Amendment Conference
Presented by Tier One Neighborhood Coalition (T1NC), Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (GEAA), and Environment Texas

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 12:30 – 4:30PM
The Baha’i Center at 735 W. Magnolia Ave.
All neighborhoods welcome!

T1NC, GEAA, and Environment Texas are teaming up to present the UDC Amendment Conference. There will be presentations on the Unified Development Code, storm water management and infill development followed by an open forum and panel with an emphasis on neighborhood plans of action.

Keynote speaker: Christine Drennon
Moderated by: Annalisa Peace

https://www.facebook.com/events/811742809306416/ 

Jan 10 2020

Tobin Talk: January 10, 2020

Greetings neighbors!

Happy New Year! Tonight is the first Second Friday Social of the year. It’s being hosted by Christina and Rusty at 406 E Woodlawn, and we hope to see many of you there.

This month we will hold our Annual meeting and Elections. You can read the bio’s of the nominees on the Association website here: http://tobinhill.org/2020-board-nominations/

We hope that you will join us for both of these events and we look forward to a great 2020 together in the neighborhood.  

Second Friday Social

Please join the Tobin Hill Community Association for our monthly Social!

Friday, January 10th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Christina & Rusty’s
406 E Woodlawn Ave. SATX 78212

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!

Interested in hosting a Social during 2020? We are looking for neighborhood residents and businesses that would like to host our Socials. Contact Social Committee Chair, Doreen Tarango

Please join us
Tobin Hill Community Association’s Annual Meeting
and Board Member Elections:

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Eco Centro, 1802 N Main

There will be a social directly following the meeting.

The nominations for the 2020 Board members can be viewed here: http://tobinhill.org/2020-board-nominations/

Meeting minutes from our previous meeting can be viewed on the Tobin Hill website: http://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/meeting-minutes/

THCA’s public neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly. You do not need to be a member to attend, but you do need to be a member to vote in the election.

If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so in person at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Per the bylaws, members eligible to vote in THCA elections will be limited to those individuals registered as members at least sixty (60) days preceding the election.

📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚

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

      Feb: Island of the Sea Women
      Mar: The Liar’s Club
      April: TBD
      May: TBD

Contact Kathy for location details.

Now is a great time to renew your membership for 2020!
Click here to renew today!

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

  • Under 1 Roof
  • Let’s Paint
  • Minor Repair Programs
  • Green and Healthy Homes 

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


Committee Meetings:

THCA’s  Zoning and Development Committee meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming planning and zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning and Development 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, January 27th, at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting location details.

Jan 01 2020

2020 Board Nominations

For President:

Larkin O’Hern, East Myrtle: Resident in Tobin Hill since 2018. Larkin was first elected to the THCA Board in 2019. He and his wife Rachel bought a home in Tobin Hill in 2017 and (finally) moved in early 2018! After spending eight years in the Army bouncing from place to place, they were ready to put down roots and loved the community feel of Tobin Hill, its proximity to downtown, and mix of historic preservation with exciting potential. Larkin is a 2008 graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a master’s degree from George Washington University-which he uses never. When not working at USAA Larkin enjoys “walking” along the Museum Reach and biking the Mission Extension and is a proponent for sidewalk and bike-lane enhancements.

 

Resident Board Members for Re-election:

Frederica Kushner, East Myrtle: Resident in Tobin Hill. Frederica was elected to the THCA Board in 2018. Research into the history of her home and others in the neighborhood, as well as reading about the American Arts and Crafts movement has helped inform Frederica’s point of view about historic neighborhoods. She worked for designation of the original Tobin Hill Historic District and, more recently, the East French Historic District. She was a member of the Planning Team which produced the Tobin Hill Neighborhood Plan, adopted by the City in 2008. And, more recently, she was a member of the Historic Preservation and Cultural Heritage Working Group which contributed to the SATomorrow Comprehensive Plan, now being implemented by the City of San Antonio. Additionally, Frederica is a member of the Steering Committee of the Tier 1 Neighborhood Coalition, and a past member of the board of the San Antonio Conservation Society who has chaired both their Historic Building Survey and Historic Gas Station Survey Committees. She is also active in the Tobin Hill Community Association as chair of the Historic Preservation Committee, which functions as an architectural review committee.

Anisa Schell, East Mistletoe: Resident in Tobin Hill since 2014. Anisa was first elected to the THCA Board in 2018. Originally from Denver, CO, she and her family moved to San Antonio in 2013. Anisa’s background is in construction estimating and project administration. In 2006, she left her career to stay home with her three children. Since that time, she has served on numerous boards and committees in her community that have ranged from organizing a city-wide event with the Denver Botanic Gardens, to founding a homeschool school co-op that is now serving more than 75 families in San Antonio with over 250 students. Since 2016, along with her neighbors, she helped organize the E. Mistletoe Porch Crawl, an annual event along E. Mistletoe Ave. In 2018 Anisa represented neighborhoods on one of the five Technical Working Groups for the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force. She is a member of the Tier One Neighborhood Coalition’s Steering Committee, and is working along side the San Antonio Conservation Society’s Neighborhood Liaison Committee on issues dealing with infill development in San Antonio’s legacy neighborhoods, including Tobin Hill.

 

New Resident Board Member:

Heidi Patterson, Gillespie: Resident in Tobin Hill since 2019. I am an Army brat, and I grew up in San Antonio after my dad retired here.  I am a registered nurse, and I have worked in the Operating room at Methodist for 15 years.  In 2015 I followed my passion and my heart and opened a CrossFit gym, with the perfect location in the heart of Tobin Hill!  What I didn’t know was that Tobin Hill would take my heart!  One year later we bought and remodeled a triplex on Gillespie street, where we now live. I am super happy to be a resident in the neighborhood in which I have built my business.  Tobin Hill has been really good to my husband and I over the years we have been here, and we’d love to give back to community that has given us so much!

 

Business Board Member for Re-election:

Malcolm Hartman, Owner – Tycoon Flats (BUSINESS). Malcolm was first elected to the THCA Board in 2018.He is a 6th Generation Texan and absolutely loves his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. He remembers going to watch George ‘The Iceman’ Gervin and the Spurs play at the old Hemisphere Arena and even remembers taking the monorail from the parking area. Wow, what a throwback… Malcolm received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and has been in the restaurant business all his life. His restaurant inspiration came from his mother, who is a gourmet caterer. Malcolm is married to his wife Amber, who is a mother and former elementary school teacher.

While not a resident of Tobin Hill, he and his brother Richard (also a former Board Member of THCA) own and operate Tycoon Flats restaurant on N. St. Mary’s. “It is such a thrill to see and be a part of the continued growth, history and cultural significance of the Tobin Hill area,” Malcolm says.

 

The 2020 Board Member election will be held at the Annual meeting in January. Members eligible to vote in THCA elections will be limited to those individuals registered as members at least sixty (60) days preceding the election. THCA Board members are elected for two-year terms and are staggered so that half are elected or re-elected in even-numbered years and half are elected or re-elected in odd-numbered years. No member may serve more than four (4) consecutive years on the Board. 

To find out more about the Tobin Hill Community Association, read our Bylaws here.

Aug 17 2019

Tobin Hill Preservation and Development Case Updates

Updates on several items in the neighborhood.
Accessory Dwelling at 225 E Mistletoe: 
The Board of Adjustment heard this case on August 5. The Board asked a lot of questions of Development Services, and spent quite a bit of time discussing the definition of “identical.” The motion made by the Board was confusing: a yes vote would’ve been against the ADU and a no vote would have been for the ADU. The Board themselves seemed confused by this. The Board voted 7 “No” to 4 “yes” – so the ADU permit was not revoked and is continuing to be built.  However, due to the confusion, there is a possibility that the Board will take revote on this case. Two of the Board members admitted to accidentally voting the wrong way after the hearing. The hearing was recorded by the city and is available to be watched on the City’s website here but you can read a good summary of the hearing on NOWCastSA’s website here. I’ve spoken with Councilman Treviño’s office, and they believe that the Board will make a motion at this Monday’s upcoming hearing to take a revote. The revote would not happen until the September BOA Hearing.
430 and 434 E. Magnolia:
The cases for these two houses went before City Council on August 8 for Landmark Designation in order to stop their proposed demolitions. Councilman Treviño supported the landmarking, and these cases will continue forward to Zoning and then back to City Council for final approval.  I will update with dates as I get them.
Tobin Hill North NCD: 
In June Councilman Treviño submitted a Council Consideration Request (CCR) to create a Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) for the northern end of Tobin Hill. It was also passed at City Council on August 8th. This means that our area is next on the list to create an NCD.  Another neighborhood, Monte Vista Terrace, is on the list ahead of us. We will be able to begin working on our NCD after Monte Vista Terrace completes theirs in about 6 months.
HDRC/OHP evaluating new or expanded Historic Districts in Tobin Hill:
A few weeks ago HDRC discussed the recent demolitions in the neighborhood and the possibility of proposing one or more new or expanded Historic Districts in Tobin Hill. The result of that hearing was that HDRC requested that the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) conduct a survey of the neighborhood to determine eligibility and boundaries, etc. OHP has begun a “windshield survey” of the neighborhood. They are over one third of the way finished this point. The survey is collecting photos, evaluating landmark eligibility of individual structures, and documenting contributing and non-contributing structures in the neighborhood.  We will keep you informed as we get further updates on this.
Thank you to all who have come out for the various hearings and sent emails to the city and/or City Council about these issues happening in our area. It makes a difference!