mixed income multi-family housing 2014-2017

Villas On The Strand


In the late 2000’s, the Galveston Housing Authority instituted an aggressive public-housing redevelopment program throughout the city focused on updating, redeveloping and reconstructing several prime public housing locations severely damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Ike several years earlier. The need was recognized to update the housing stock, while also providing displaced and new Galveston residents with more attractive, affordable and viable housing options that blended with Galveston’s environment and culture.

Formerly known as Magnolia Homes, The Villas on the Strand was developed by the GHA in conjunction with McCormack Baron Salazar and the Texas General Land Office. The Villas were redeveloped from the ground up into a 160-unit mixed-income housing community containing garden apartments, townhomes and flats. Adjacent to University of Texas Medical Branch, the project was developed to appeal to a wide variety of residents representing a healthy mix of demographics and income levels.

SLS was the general contractor under lead developer MBS for the Villas and worked with the GHA and TXGLO in the execution of the project. In this role, SLS provided complete construction management and oversight for the vertical construction, while also performing extensive site development for underground utilities, green space and new roads. All local labor and material suppliers were used, with SLS required to adhere to strict HUD and developer standards regarding budget, compliance, safety and quality.

Project Specs:

Location: Galveston, Texas

Client: Galveston Housing Authority

Type: HUD/Tax Credits

Value: $32 Million

Units: 160 Homes