urban revitalization

Downtown Development
2:38 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Student Housing Included In West Side Downtown Loft Development

The old Birdsong Peanut Factory will feature 98 loft spaces, 30-50 percent of which will be for students.
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio is adding yet another urban living project in the downtown area, but this time a significant number of units will be designated for students.

The project, located at the old Birdsong Peanut Factory site on S. Frio on the near West Side, will have 98 lofts., with 30-50 percent of them for student housing.

The official groundbreaking on Wednesday marked the beginning of a 19,000 square foot facility. Mayor Julián Castro, who has pushed for urban living and has said this is the "decade of downtown," said he was surprised by a peanut factory in San Antonio.

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Community Education
10:18 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Children's Museum Moving Out Of Downtown

The concept design for the new museum location on Broadway.
Craig McMahon Architects

The San Antonio Children’s Museum will be moving from its downtown location to Broadway and Mulberry, once construction on the massive-scale project is complete.

The project comes at a time when city leaders have focused their attention on revitalizing the urban core, but executive director Vanessa Lacoss Hurd doesn’t see it as leaving downtown.

“We see it about providing a more holistic campus and experience for what we want to accomplish with our mission,” she said.

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Community
7:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Reinvestment Zones Expand To Include More Areas Of Town

W. Southcross between Quintana Road and Dwight Middle School is now included in the city's reinvestment policy program.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio’s Inner City Reinvestment/Infill Policy for several years has focused on reinvesting in neighborhoods, businesses and properties, particularly in urban areas that have gone untouched for decades.

But now the program is expanding, and District 5 Councilman David Medina couldn’t be more excited.

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Urban Revitalization
3:56 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Center City's Inner City Reinvestment Zone Targets Less Populated Areas of Downtown

A portion of the Inner City Reinvestment Zone map, which includes the original 36 square miles of the city.
City of San Antonio

Center City, a city department with the goal of developing and revitalizing neighborhoods, businesses and cultural resources in the Inner City Reinvestment Zone, is taking a hard look at West Commerce Street.

Director Lori Houston said it’s an area that was once full of life, but now lacks shops, restaurants and other businesses to cater to a myriad of people.

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Urban Revitalization
11:35 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Mission Road Power Plant Next in Line for Restoration?

Former Mayor Phil Hardberger shows his support for Power of Preservation.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

On tree-canopied streets and blocks in San Antonio’s center, the sounds of old-fashioned ice cream trucks and children playing mingle with the sounds of urban traffic from nearby downtown. This is where residents have begun restoring old homes – and communities.

"We just really wanted to be in Dignowity Hill and fell in love," said Michele Jacob, who is one of those new homeowners. "When we walked in here and I saw these floors, I just thought, 'You can't even find the long-leaf pine.' You know, we have views of the Tower and the Tower Life Building."

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Revitalizing Small Cities
9:43 am
Tue October 23, 2012

UTSA Helping La Vernia Revitalize its Downtown

"The goal is to really create a vibrant, walkable, livable downtown area," said Tom Kennely of UTSA's Institute of Economic Development, who could be talking about any city in the United States, or even San Antonio.

Located on Hwy. 87 east of San Antonio, La Vernia is a community of about 1,000. UTSA is working with the City of La Vernia to bring people back to the community's downtown area, and the university also offers business development and community development for 79 counties from its San Antonio office.

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Hays Street Bridge
9:37 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group Demands Public Vote for Land Use

Graciela Sanchez of the Esparanza Peace and Justice Center and Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group protests the use of the land as an area to be developed.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Members of the Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group lined the steps of San Antonio City Hall Monday to demand a public vote on the use of the vacant land adjacent to the historic bridge. The group wants a park in the open space, not a brewery. 

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