urban revitalization

Community
3:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

H-E-B Begin Downtown Expansion With South Flores Hike & Bike Trails, Park

The neighborhood improvements along South Flores that will lead into the construction of a downtown grocery store are now underway.

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.

Friday, workers began cutting down the fence separating the Commanders House from South Flores, where hike and bike trails will be placed.

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Local Business
10:29 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Frost Bank Office Tower Concept Would Change Downtown Skyline

The current Frost Bank Tower is at 100 W. Houston Street.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Downtown San Antonio may be changing with the construction of the first office tower built there since the late 1980s.

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.

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.

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The Source - June 25, 2014
1:11 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

The Source: City Ordinance Takes On San Antonio's Vacant Building Problem

Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

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. 

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Blighted Buildings
11:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Vacant Building Pilot Program Is Becoming Reality For Property Owners

This home in Tobin Hill has remained vacant for nearly 30 years. The area is not included in the initial 18-month pilot program.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

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.

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.

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The Source - June 17, 2014
12:18 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Source: Is San Antonio Gentrifying?

Credit Flickr User: Brandon Watts / cc

San Antonio is a poor city by several metrics. 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?

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.

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South Side
10:11 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Mission Trail Mobile Home Park Residents To Be Forced Out For New Development

Mission Trail Mobile Home Park (A) is located just off the Mission Reach on the South Side.
Credit Google Maps

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.

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.

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Local History
6:33 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Leaning Boehler Building Stays At Josephine Street

The Boehler Building gained its distinctive starboard slant as a result of surviving the big flood of 1921. Water reached the bottom of the second floor and when it receded, the building leaned dramatically to its right and has remained so ever since.
Credit Courtney King

The City’s Historic and Design Review Commission has denied permission for the Boehler Building’s owner to move the leaning structure to the Pearl property down the street.

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.

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Local Business
1:14 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Council Approves Utility Loan Pilot Program For Blanco Road Businesses

Cheesy Janes food trucks help fill the gap of lost sales while the Broadway construction project continues.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

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?

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.

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The Source - April 10, 2014
12:07 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Source: San Pedro Creek, Once City Lifeblood, Being Improved

San Antonio River Authority

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.

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.

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City Government
3:24 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Bernal To Focus On Most Aggressive Vacant Building Plan The City Has Seen

Councilman Bernal walked through the crowd delivering his state of the center city address Friday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

As TPR has reported, 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.

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