S.A. startup Rising Barn planning affordable, efficient housing development

SAN ANTONIO - A new proposal from a local startup aims to bring more affordable and energy efficient housing to the Alamo City, while revitalizing the Denver Heights area.

Rising Barn's Porter Street Greens project is expected to be made up of five small housing structures, all priced at less than $150,000.

They include two 800 sq. ft. structures, a 392 sq. ft. structure and two 536 sq. ft. structures.

Peter French, Rising Barn's president, is working to secure funding and get the proposal off the ground. The development would be located in the 200 block of Porter Street in Denver Heights.

"Dignowity Hill has seen a lot of new development, and Denver Heights has not. It's exciting for the neighborhood as well," French said.

Rising Barn has built some existing structures in the Dignowity Hill area.

In addition to working with the Denver Heights Neighborhood Association and the City of San Antonio, French said Rising Barn is currently in the process of meeting with banks to secure funding and meeting with potential buyers.

The development as a whole is expected to cost $600,000-700,000.

Here's how the proposed home designs break down:

The Dawson:

  • 800 sq. ft.
  • Two bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms
  • Covered front porch
  • Private yard
  • Carport
  • Metal roof
  • Hardiboard siding
  • SIP framed
  • Ductless mini-split HVAC
  • LED lighting
  • Washer and dryer capabilities
  • 30-year 4.5 percent mortgage with $0 down= $759/ expected monthly

The Venture:

  • 392 sq. ft.
  • One bedroom, one bathroom
  • Covered porch
  • Adjacent covered parking
  • Metal roof and metal siding
  • SIP framed
  • Ductless mini-split HVAC
  • LED lighting
  • Washer and dryer capabilities
  • 30-year 4.5 percent mortgage with $0 down= $401
The Elliot:
  • 536 sq. ft.
  • One bedroom, one bathroom
  • Elevated private patio
  • Covered parking below
  • Metal roof and metal siding
  • SIP framed
  • Ductless mini-split HVAC
  • LED lighting
  • Washer and dryer capabilities
  • 30-year 4.5 percent mortgage with $0 down= $554

The units would also run on solar power, saving homeowners on energy costs. While the proposal is expected to cover most electric costs, French said there could be a neighborhood association fee associated with the development and maintenance.

Veteran and San Antonio resident Don Martel said he is exploring the options Porter Street Greens could have to offer.

"The development is what I've been looking for. I like the idea of having solar panels and 'being off the grid.' This would be a great addition to San Antonio," Martel said.

Porter Street Greens would offer "on-site rainwater harvesting and a community food garden" as well.

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Rising Barn hopes this development will alleviate the "missing middle." The concept holds that there are not enough housing options between detached single-family homes and mid-rise apartment complexes, including townhomes, bungalows and duplexes, for example.

The land lease of the development is also expected to be the same length as the mortgage, and for that reason, French said owners are not expected to incur property taxes.

There are about a dozen potential owners who have reached out to Rising Barn and expressed interest in moving in. French said the company has met with four.

It could take about six months to see these homes on the ground, including a three-month construction period.

As KENS 5 reported, Rising Barn would use its existing construction technique that involves using technology to pre-measure and plan the pieces needed to build the structures. This is expected to speed up the process and minimize wasted parts.

"The market is not providing product for everybody. Our hope with a project like this is to give people different options," French said.

He said Rising Barn is also looking at other potential development sites in San Antonio, including near the Alamodome and on the west side.

Because the project is in the planning stages, Rising Barn is still meeting with potential buyers. Visit the company's website for contact information.

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