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San Antonio: Alazan Lofts Clear Zoning Hurdle Amid Opposition

Posted: 7-18-2019

by Adolfo Pesquera

San Antonio (Bexar County) — By an 8-to-2 vote of the Zoning Commission, the Alazan Lofts project obtained zoning approval Tuesday, despite opposition from residents, according to the San Antonio Heron.

The developers for Alazan Lofts, as reported in the VBX Wednesday report, are the San Antonio Housing Authority (the landowner), and NRP Group, a private sector specialist in affordable housing.

See: VBX Project ID 2018-3EC6.

The Alazan Lofts preliminary site plan. Courtesy: NRP Group, Munoz & Co.

The Heron’s editor, Ben Olivo, reported that several commissioners also felt pressured to pass the project through to avoid jeopardizing the developers’ low income housing tax credit application, which is expected to be approved later this month. The San Antonio area tax credit applications awaiting a Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs awards for this round are:

  • Alazan Lofts – scattered sites in the vicinity of El Paso and South Colorado Streets
  • Luna Flats – 4415 San Pedro Avenue
  • Village at Nogalitos – 3727 Nogalitos Street
  • Hamilton Wolfe Lofts – Hamilton Wolfe Road at Princeton Place in the S. Texas Medical Center and another NRP Group project described in the Wednesday VBX report .
  • Blue Oaks – 4501 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
  • Residences at Thousand Oaks – 4500 block of Thousand Oaks
  • Village at Boyer – 1510 Hoefgen Avenue on the city’s near East Side
  • The Legacy at Piedmont – 826 E. Highland Boulevard

Two other projects were withdrawn or terminated. Legacy at Piedmont is on appeal due to its score. Residences at Thousand Oaks and Village at Boyer are in conflict with the federal program’s guidelines owing to a 2-mile limit to their proximity to a preferred project.

According to the Heron report, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center presented a 302-signature petition. Their chief complaint is that the project is to construct three- and four-story structures in a neighborhood where buildings have historically been one to two stories.

The elevation of Building type “B” for the proposed Alazan Lofts. Courtesy: NRP Group, Munoz & Co

According to the application submitted to TDHCA, Alazan Lofts will be an 88-unit development consisting of two buildings. One is to be four stories in height with 70 units and elevator service. The other is a three-story walk-up building with 18 units. Ten percent of units will be market rate and the rest either public housing or at rents capped at 60 percent or less of the area median income.

There will be a community center that will include a fitness center, children’s activity room, a community kitchen, business center and leasing office.

There will also be common laundry rooms in both buildings. Surface parking is planned for 142 vehicles, of which seven are for the disabled. The cluster of land parcels, of which there are five, comprise a total of 2.857 acres.

Floor plan for the community center, which is attached to Building type “A”. Courtesy: NRP Group, Munoz & Co.

The four-story structure (Building A) has a gross area of 80,616 square feet. The three-story structure (Building B) has a gross area of 21,583 square feet.

Muñoz & Company is the building architect.

The cost schedule estimates total development cost at $18,018,827. The estimated construction cost is about $10.8 million.

Hamilton Wolfe Lofts

NRP Group’s second project pending TDHCA approval this month is for a complex of three-story residential buildings and a separate community center. The three apartment buildings will have a total of 74-units comprised of one- two- and three-bedroom apartments. The community center will include a fitness center, community room with kitchen, leasing office, business center, pool, playground and children’s activity center.

Hamilton Wolfe Lofts has an estimated total cost of $18,553,964, and a construction contract cost estimated at about $9.6 million. This is also a Muñoz & Company project.

There are two building types. Building A is a single structure with a gross area of 28,547 SF. Building B is two separate structures with a combine gross area of 55,106 SF. The total building area, including a detached maintenance building, has a gross of 87,552 SF.

The site plan for Hamilton Wolfe Lofts, one of two 9% federal tax credit financing projects submitted this year by NRP Group.


adolfo@virtualbx.com

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About the Author:

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.

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