Prominent San Antonio affordable housing developer dead at 59

May 6, 2019 GMT

Dan Markson, a prominent San Antonio developer who helped build thousands of affordable housing units, died Saturday, his company said in a statement.

Markson died unexpectedly in his Monte Vista home. He was 59. No cause of death was provided.

“Dan’s efforts in San Antonio have changed the face of our city,” state Sen. José Menéndez said in a statement.

Markson, senior vice president of development of Cleveland developer The NRP Group, co-founded the affordable housing firm’s Texas office in 2003.

Under Markson’s watch, NRP built the first residential development at the Brooks master-planned community on the city’s South Side. Markson also spearheaded the construction of Cevallos Lofts in Southtown, Tobin Lofts at San Antonio College and The Baldwin near the Alamodome.


NRP and the San Antonio Housing Trust Public Facility Corp., a nonprofit created by the city in 2009, partnered in recent years to build apartment complexes with half their units reserved for residents who make less than the local median wage — including Upton at Longhorn Quarry near Morgan’s Wonderland and a $57 million, 283-unit project on the corner of Broadway and Jones.

“Dan wasn’t just a housing developer, his projects radically changed the notion of what housing can do to a family, a community and a city,” District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry wrote in an Instagram post. “His projects reflected a vision for San Antonio that we can only hope continues.”

A funeral and service for Markson was held Monday morning at Temple Beth-El Memorial Park.

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