urban revitalization http://tpr.org en The Source: San Pedro Creek, Once City Lifeblood, Being Improved http://tpr.org/post/source-san-pedro-creek-once-city-lifeblood-being-improved <p>San Pedro Creek is about to see big changes and the city and county are going to be shelling out big bucks. Bexar County alone is putting in $175 million to turn the West Side creek into a green belt of running trails and parks.</p><p>The hope is that the improvement will lead to additional business investment in the West Side according to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Paul Elizondo, the Precinct 2 county commissioner, whose district covers the West Side.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:07:13 +0000 Paul Flahive 29822 at http://tpr.org The Source: San Pedro Creek, Once City Lifeblood, Being Improved Bernal To Focus On Most Aggressive Vacant Building Plan The City Has Seen http://tpr.org/post/bernal-focus-most-aggressive-vacant-building-plan-city-has-seen <p>District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal said soon the city will look at the most aggressive policy it has ever seen on empty buildings. On Friday he outlined that promise at his second State of the Center City address.</p><p>As <a href="http://tpr.org/post/downtown-building-vacancy-rate-too-high-leaders-push-make-progress" target="_blank">TPR has reported</a>, San Antonio has a downtown vacancy rate of 29 percent. That figure is 19 percent citywide, which is why Bernal said he will be introducing a bold measure to take care of empty buildings.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:24:54 +0000 Ryan Loyd 27892 at http://tpr.org Bernal To Focus On Most Aggressive Vacant Building Plan The City Has Seen Leon Valley's First Major Facilities Expansion In 40 Years Is Nearly Complete http://tpr.org/post/leon-valleys-first-major-facilities-expansion-40-years-nearly-complete <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Residential growth and new business development are quietly moving forward in an area where it might be least expected.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> The City of Leon Valley is marking the progress with its first major facilities expansion in 40 years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nestled in the near-Northwest area of San Antonio, Leon Valley is pretty much land-locked on all sides.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:37:11 +0000 Eileen Pace 27839 at http://tpr.org Leon Valley's First Major Facilities Expansion In 40 Years Is Nearly Complete The Source: Vacancy And Blight Challenge Redevelopment http://tpr.org/post/source-vacancy-and-blight-challenge-redevelopment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The combined vacancy rate downtown is 29 percent according to Centro San Antonio, a nonprofit dedicated to helping revitalize the urban center. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Around the city center large historic buildings stand empty. Large urban tracts of land around the city hold broken down buildings, like the abandoned </span>Lone Star<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brewery on the Mission Reach -- large empty lots are all that remain of bulldozed houses dotting San Antonio's East Side.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:25:43 +0000 Paul Flahive 27455 at http://tpr.org The Source: Vacancy And Blight Challenge Redevelopment Bexar County Trying To Keep Up With Urban Sprawl To The West & Northwest http://tpr.org/post/bexar-county-trying-keep-urban-sprawl-west-northwest <p>Unprecedented<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> urban sprawl in Northwest </span>Bexar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County has officials pulling out their strategies for infrastructure improvements to do a &nbsp;better job of keeping up with the growth. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he first part of the county’s plans were unveiled at a public meeting Monday evening.</span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:50:15 +0000 Eileen Pace 27278 at http://tpr.org Bexar County Trying To Keep Up With Urban Sprawl To The West & Northwest Bexar Commissioners Viewing Additional Contracts For San Pedro Creek Redevelopment http://tpr.org/post/bexar-commissioners-viewing-additional-contracts-san-pedro-creek-redevelopment <p>On Tuesday Bexar County Commissioners will consider some of the contracts for renovation of San Pedro Creek.</p><p>The San Pedro Creek restoration project announced last May has been touted as the second River Walk for downtown. The project starts at Fox Tech and runs southward and ties into the trails at Mission Concepción.</p><p>County Judge Nelson Wolff said it will take over 40 acres out of the flood zone and make them developable.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:50:52 +0000 Eileen Pace 26887 at http://tpr.org Bexar Commissioners Viewing Additional Contracts For San Pedro Creek Redevelopment City Leaders Hope USAA Move Sparks Additional Downtown Momentum http://tpr.org/post/city-leaders-hope-usaa-move-sparks-additional-downtown-momentum <p>As Texas Public Radio reported to you last month, San Antonio's downtown building vacancy rate is at 29 percent. Now that USAA has announced plans to locate some of its employees in a building downtown, city leaders hope more will follow.</p><p>The insurance company announced that 150 workers will report to One Riverwalk Place on the northeast corner of North St. Mary's and Convent in September. They'll occupy only a few floors of the tower bought by USAA Real Estate Company last year.</p><p>District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg praised the score for downtown.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:10:41 +0000 Ryan Loyd 26865 at http://tpr.org City Leaders Hope USAA Move Sparks Additional Downtown Momentum Bernal Looking To Revitalize Neighborhoods Without Losing Long-Time Residents http://tpr.org/post/bernal-looking-revitalize-neighborhoods-without-losing-long-time-residents <p>In a city like San Antonio, the question has become: Is the city growing in a way that is pushing long-time residents out of neighborhoods as it transforms?</p><p>Seeing examples from across the country of growth that completely takes over a town and forces generations of families out of their homes due to wealthier people infiltrating areas, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal thinks it's time to study how San Antonio grows.</p><p>It may not ever be a problem, he said, but he doesn't want to be caught off guard.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:56:20 +0000 Ryan Loyd 26481 at http://tpr.org Bernal Looking To Revitalize Neighborhoods Without Losing Long-Time Residents Hemisfair To Start Taking Shape This Summer http://tpr.org/post/hemisfair-start-taking-shape-summer <p>Visitors to Hemisfair will soon start seeing construction on the southwest corner of the park.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City council recently approved the contract for Fisher Heck Architects, a San Antonio firm, to design the restoration and stabilization project for ten of the historic structures on the </span>Hemisfair<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grounds.</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:49:31 +0000 Eileen Pace 26314 at http://tpr.org Hemisfair To Start Taking Shape This Summer With Downtown Building Vacancy Rate "Too High," Leaders Push To Make Progress http://tpr.org/post/downtown-building-vacancy-rate-too-high-leaders-push-make-progress <p>San Antonio's downtown building vacancy rate is too high. The statement didn't meet with any arguments during a recent interview with Pat DiGiovanni, the former executive who worked as deputy San Antonio city manager and is now the president and CEO of Centro San Antonio.</p><p>In his new role, DiGiovanni leads the collaboration of initiatives aimed at making downtown San Antonio and the central business district more desirable, active and filled with people.</p><p>He said there is a 29 percent downtown building vacancy rate, and the challenge remains clear.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:28:54 +0000 Ryan Loyd 25589 at http://tpr.org With Downtown Building Vacancy Rate "Too High," Leaders Push To Make Progress