With nearly all of its 25 houses re-built and rented out, the Glen Terrace neighborhood in northeast Bexar County is fighting its long-held image as a “no man’s land” riddled with burned out vacant houses, drugs and prostitution.
“It can slide at any moment. It really can,” said Scott Hagler, who is among a group of investors that began buying up properties there in 2009.
Hagler said it is up to landlords to keep from sliding backwards, jeopardizing the progress that’s been made.
“Let’s keep a vital presence and ensure that we do background checks and make sure we get the right people on the street,” Hagler said.
He said if they don’t, neighbors bear the consequences.
“We’ve had occasions where yes, there has been drug sales out here. I’m not going to lie to you,” Hagler said.
But he said that problem has come and gone over the past year thanks to alert neighbors, and regular patrols by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Hagler said based on law enforcement figures, “This street in particular, as opposed to the surrounding areas, is 100 percent times better.”
Tommy Adkisson, precinct four Bexar County Commissioner, said stubborn pockets of crime still exist in the rest of the Glen and in some neighboring areas.
But as far as what investors have done despite the challenges, Adkisson said, “They came out here and delivered the goods. They walked the talk, and this neighborhood is the beneficiary.”
The rebirth of Glen Terrace is why Eric Greene said he returned to the area where he and his wife grew up, with their two children.
“A lot of people were saying it couldn’t be done, but it has been done,” Greene said. “If it was the way it was before, we wouldn’t have come back.”
Hagler said he still envisions someday having the street re-named to help shed its old image, and even making it a gated community.
“Has there been struggles out here, sure. Is there a lot of work out here, sure,” said Hagler. “But to say I have regrets, no.”