The morning after the San Antonio City Council approved a zoning change for the Pecan Valley area that includes the Pecan Valley Golf Course, residents there are looking at the proposal with mixed reactions.
“Anything is better than what we have,” said Arthur Nerio, gesturing toward the golf course that is overgrown with weeds.
In January, unable to turn a profit, the owners closed the historic golf course.
Developers hope to turn things around by transforming the area into a unique community with a nine-hole golf course and housing geared toward disabled veterans and civilians.
“I’m 50-50 right now,” said Teresa Heimer, who lives in a neighborhood adjacent to the course. “I don’t quite understand what the apartments and condominiums are going to be about, but if it’s for the elderly and to rehabilitate veterans, I don’t mind a bit.”
Her main concern, she said, was how development would impact flood control in the area.
“I do worry about the flood issues. I lived here in '98 and of course in 2000 and it was terrible," she said.
The plan includes strict deed restrictions, reducing the footprint of the development and protecting some of the large old oak trees on the course.
Developers say they are planning several meetings with residents to keep them informed as plans move forward.
Groundbreaking is set for late this year or early next year.