urban revitalization http://tpr.org en H-E-B Begin Downtown Expansion With South Flores Hike & Bike Trails, Park http://tpr.org/post/h-e-b-begin-downtown-expansion-south-flores-hike-bike-trails-park <p>The neighborhood improvements along South Flores that will lead into the construction of a downtown grocery store are now underway.</p><p>The improvements begin with Commanders House Park along South Flores. It's a green space not many San Antonians have gotten to enjoy. But that's changing because of H-E-B's project to add hike and bike trails, renovate its downtown headquarters, and add a 10,000 square foot grocery store.</p><p>Friday, workers began cutting down the fence separating the Commanders House from South Flores, where hike and bike trails will be placed.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:55:23 +0000 Ryan Loyd 34170 at http://tpr.org Frost Bank Office Tower Concept Would Change Downtown Skyline http://tpr.org/post/frost-bank-office-tower-concept-would-change-downtown-skyline <p>Downtown San Antonio may be changing with the construction of the first office tower built there since the late 1980s.</p><p>A plan by Frost Bank, Weston Urban and the city of San Antonio is in the works in a public-private partnership to build an "iconic" office tower catty-corner to the current Frost Bank Tower on Houston Street.</p><p>In explaining the concept, Mayor Julián Castro said Thursday it's nothing but momentum that resulted in this complex deal. City leaders say that it will be cost-neutral to the taxpayers of San Antonio.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:29:15 +0000 Ryan Loyd 34140 at http://tpr.org Frost Bank Office Tower Concept Would Change Downtown Skyline The Source: City Ordinance Takes On San Antonio's Vacant Building Problem http://tpr.org/post/source-city-ordinance-takes-san-antonios-vacant-building-problem <p>The city of San Antonio's vacant building pilot program wants to reduce the number of empty structures and increase economic prosperity. The council approved the program last week.</p><p>All across the city are a patchwork of developed and underdeveloped neighborhoods. As the city hopes to strengthen the center city, reducing vacancy and blight is the first target.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4yHnbgE5ocJVTVmQjhZWDZWUDQ/edit" target="_blank">Link to city's presentation on the program</a></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Guests</strong>:</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:11:21 +0000 Paul Flahive 34003 at http://tpr.org The Source: City Ordinance Takes On San Antonio's Vacant Building Problem Vacant Building Pilot Program Is Becoming Reality For Property Owners http://tpr.org/post/vacant-building-pilot-program-becoming-reality-property-owners <p>Owners of vacant buildings in San Antonio could be in for a reality check with a new city pilot program aimed at revitalizing pockets of town.</p><p>But San Antonio city leaders have said they hope to help owners bring properties into compliance, not bombard them with fees and other costs that bring properties up to code.</p><p>The vacant and underutilized buildings policy is a pilot program that District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal has said is aggressive in trying to eradicate empty structures around town. But the pilot program will be extremely focused for the first 18 months.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:39:52 +0000 Ryan Loyd 33996 at http://tpr.org Vacant Building Pilot Program Is Becoming Reality For Property Owners The Source: Is San Antonio Gentrifying? http://tpr.org/post/source-san-antonio-gentrifying <p>San Antonio is a poor city by <a href="http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/4865000.html" target="_blank">several metrics</a>. We have below average home ownership, above average poverty. San Antonio is also a cheap city with cost of living significantly lower than other like-sized cities. But what happens when housing prices valuations start to go up?</p><p>A study being conducted by Christine Drennon, director of urban studies at Trinity University, has had early findings coming in and the results are showing several neighborhoods with ascending property values.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:18:17 +0000 Paul Flahive 33552 at http://tpr.org The Source: Is San Antonio Gentrifying? Mission Trail Mobile Home Park Residents To Be Forced Out For New Development http://tpr.org/post/mission-trail-mobile-home-park-residents-be-forced-out-new-development <p></p><p></p><p>In spite of their emotional pleas, residents of the Mission Trail Mobile Home Park will be forced to move to make room for a $75 million development. Many people who spoke struck a chord with several council members and the mayor Thursday.</p><p>When it came time for the vote, Mayor Julián Castro reversed course from his usual push for progress. He said he could not support a zoning request to make the Mission Trail Mobile Home Park, located on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River, a mixed-use development for shops and apartments.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:11:35 +0000 Ryan Loyd 31796 at http://tpr.org Mission Trail Mobile Home Park Residents To Be Forced Out For New Development Leaning Boehler Building Stays At Josephine Street http://tpr.org/post/leaning-boehler-building-stays-josephine-street <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The City’s Historic and Design Review Commission has denied permission for the </span>Boehler&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Building’s owner to move the leaning structure to the Pearl property down the street.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new owner of the crooked building, which many people still call the Liberty Bar, wanted to move it from its location on Josephine at the Hwy 281 exit, two blocks south to the corner of Avenue A and Pearl Parkway.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 23:33:11 +0000 Eileen Pace 31342 at http://tpr.org Leaning Boehler Building Stays At Josephine Street Council Approves Utility Loan Pilot Program For Blanco Road Businesses http://tpr.org/post/council-approves-utility-loan-pilot-program-blanco-road-businesses <p>A new city pilot program is helping businesses along the Blanco Road construction corridor that are taking a financial hit due to the work. But what about other businesses in the city also affected by construction?</p><p>The 20-month Broadway and Hildebrand project began in January 2013 and will be completed this summer. But when Jon Lindskog, the brains behind Cheesy Janes Burgers, approached the city for help with lost sales, the city told him there's nothing they could do.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 18:14:53 +0000 Ryan Loyd 31254 at http://tpr.org Council Approves Utility Loan Pilot Program For Blanco Road Businesses 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