2022 is shaping up to be an action-packed year for the VIDA community. This month anticipates the beginning of model home construction in the community, and marks progress on several other exciting projects:
Construction on model homes is anticipated to begin this month to be open early summer 2022. VIDA’s award-winning home builders Perry, Highland Homes and Lennar are finalizing home plans for Phase 1 located in the northwestern corner of the community. New homes will range from 1,100 square feet to 3,500 square feet, and prices are anticipated to start in the mid $200,000’s. Site and infrastructure work is now underway for Phase 2 single family homes.
Trail construction is underway on the western side of the Madla Greenway. The 30+ acre greenway spans east to west through the VIDA community, offering a natural retreat for the public. The Madla Greenway will connect to the VIDA community and Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus through trails and sidewalks. The trails are being constructed using recycled asphalt, to promote reused materials while providing a consistent surface for walks along the creekway at the center of the greenway. Age-old oaks wind along the creek bed and will provide a quiet, shaded trail system year-round. The Madla Greenway will open for public use later this summer.
Design work continues on the planned Zócalo plaza, at the intersection of Jaguar Parkway and University Way. The Zócalo will be the cultural hub of the VIDA/A&M-San Antonio community, surrounded by shops and restaurants and programmed with events that will include everything from concerts to movie nights, yoga classes and art festivals. Construction on the Zócalo is anticipated to begin this summer.
A temporary events plaza opened in November, in time for the annual Lights of Esperanza holiday event. The curated lineup of food trucks will create more eating options with music and fun during the school year. Stay tuned for pop up days and times.
In keeping with the VIDA community’s signature of highlighting public art, its developer Southstar Communities is now assembling the inaugural VIDA Arts Council. The council will be made up of local community members who want to help guide the planning, selection, and installation of public art at VIDA. Members will identify ideal locations and types of public art and participate in open calls and selection of artists. Council members will also guide the arts masterplan for the community to identify art installations and design features through the 600-acre community adjacent to Texas A&M University – San Antonio. If you are passionate about local art and have some familiarity with the public art process, please send an email outlining your interest and qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org.