Thanks to an attentive reader for pointing out to me that the Ayres House - a halfway house operated in San Antonio by the Texas Youth Commission - is up for sale, and TYC may decide to end its operations at the location. The real estate listing declares:
So does anybody know anything about this statement that TYC will decide in the next month whether they will renew the Ayres House lease? I've never heard a peep that this facility might be closed soon, but apparently the possibility is at least under discussion somewhere, or that's what somebody told the landlord.
5806 Culebra is also known as Texas Youth Commission (Ayres House).
+/- 6,461 square foot building
+/- .48 acres.
The property is being used as a Texas Youth Commission Halfway House. It has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths plus a kitchen and administrative offices. A dayroom area is located in the center of the building. Outside is a weight area plus basketball court.In addition there is a linen and laundry room on the property. Currently the tenant is deciding whether they want to renew the lease. This will be decided in the next month or so.
I'm getting really sick of discovering every important TYC decision through back door channels. If the property is for sale, TYC should buy it. Or if they're planning to close the facility, they should come out and say so publicly. I put in a call on this to TYC's PIO Jim Hurley, so I'll update this post with more information when I get it.
UPDATE: Hurley called back to say there's a possibility the Ayres House could be moved to a new site in San Antonio but they're not planning to close it outright. He's checking on the status and you'll have more details as soon as I've got them.
MORE: Mr. Hurley confirmed that TYC is looking at moving Ayres to a new location but says no final decision has been made. The current facility is old, he said, and the infrastructure has problems. Also, it's located in a high crime area. (The crime isn't caused by the kids, Hurley took pains to note, that's just where the facility was sited.) TYC hopes to find facilities better designed to meet their needs, and particularly a location that's accessible to bus stops to make it easier for people to get to work.
The agency has notified the city council, county commissioners, and SA-area legislators, he said, that they were considering relocation, so perhaps my earlier complaints of secrecy in this case were overblown. (Sorry if I jumped the gun on that.)