San Antonio: 19-Acre Apartment and Townhome Project Breezes Thru Zoning
Feature Photo: Aerial shot of the project site for Galleria Ventures’ apartment and townhome development. Image: Google Earth/VBX graphic.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The counsel for a real estate investor secured the Zoning Commission’s recommendation to approve multifamily zoning for a 19-acre site off UTSA Boulevard for a 425-unit mix of apartments and townhomes.
The commissioners agreed Tuesday to change the site from commercial to MF-33, a housing density of 33 units per acre.
Brown & Ortiz land use attorney Caroline McDonald said the owner is planning a community of 340 apartment units in a traditional multifamily complex. Along side it would be a townhome community with 84 units.
The undeveloped land fronts the 14000 block of Vance Jackson Road and it is a few hundred feet northwest of the Vance Jackson intersection with UTSA Boulevard.
The owner, Galleria Ventures Limited, is a Mexican-owned company. Its manager and director, Amin Guindi Cohen, is a principal in Fibra Uno, a commercial real estate development company based in Mexico City.
At 425 units, the concept is well below the maximum allowed for MF-33, which could permit up to 628 units on 19 acres. Development Services Department staff recommended approval, noting the request doesn’t conflict with the UTSA Area Regional Center Plan.
Amenities being proposed for the development include a swimming pool, dog park and multiple courtyards. The primary access would be from Vance Jackson, with a secondary access connecting to a private road used by another apartment community.
The Austin-based architect firm Davies Collaborative prepared the preliminary site plan.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.