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The St. John

The St. John is Winner of Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable Housing Award

Mission DG Ltd.’s The St. John was selected as one of the Chairman’s Award winners of the 2021 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award as announced by the Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Housing. The Chairman’s Award is a special recognition reserved for a uniquely creative project that is not replicable and addresses a unique affordable housing challenge. The adaptive reuse of the former St. John’s Seminary is now home to 228 apartment homes.

“Projects such as The St. John are so important to recognize. The St. John is unlike any other apartment community. It’s where modern meets historic high-quality amenities’ accompanying charm and character, acting as a catalyst for future development and economic growth,” said Henry Cisneros, partner of Mission DG.

The principal partners contributing to the success of The St. John include the Archdiocese of San Antonio, San Antonio Housing Trust and lending institution, IBC Bank. The commitment of these partners will ensure The St. John will serve future generations in this area of the city.

“We will continue to find creative ways to work collaboratively with both community and industry stakeholders to deliver safe and dignified housing opportunities for our residents, no matter their income,” said Pedro Alanis, executive director of the San Antonio Housing Trust. The annual Jack Kemp award is given to affordable and workforce housing developments that represent outstanding achievements in the areas of affordability, innovative financing, building technologies, proximity to employment centers and transportation hubs, quality of design and involvement of public/private partnerships. This is the first time a San Antonio project has received this award and the third project in Texas to have received a Jack Kemp Award since its inception in 2008.


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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