San Antonio: Beaumont Developer Proposes Multifamily Project Near Red Berry Estate
Feature Photo: Aerial perspective of the multifamily project site by Salado Creek and south of the Red Berry Estate. Image: Google Earth/VBX graphic.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — A Beaumont developer of multifamily properties is proposing a 300-unit complex near the Red Berry Estate and Salado Creek.
The Zoning Commission accepted request Tuesday to change about 12 acres that front East Commerce Street from single family residential to medium intensity Infill Development Zone Multifamily District with a density of 50 units per acre.
Development Services Department staff have recommended approval. The land is within the city’s Arena District/Eastside Community Plan and is considered parkland where it approaches Salado Creek and mixed use where it approaches Commerce.
“The proposed use is consistent with the established development pattern in the surrounding area,” staff said. “The site is located near the junction of East Houston Street and frontage roads with access to Interstate Highway 10.”
Its southwest boundary abuts The Edge Apartments, the west boundary reaches Salado Creek, and it is one lot removed on the north side from the south boundary of the Red Berry Estate, which has been redeveloped recently into a mix of multifamily, a corporate headquarters, an event center at the Red Berry Mansion, and a green space with a trail connecting to the Salado Creek hike and bike trail.
Alamo Architects was retained to design a single irregular shaped four-story building that would include two courtyards and two elevators. One of the two courtyards includes a pool.
North of the building, where the property approaches the creek, there are plans to include a garden that will buffer the north parking lot and a trail connection to Salado Creek. The surface parking would accommodate 450 vehicles. Access to the apartment complex would be from East Commerce, where two curb cuts are described on the concept site plan.
The developer, Gurinda S. Akhtar, is a Beaumont resident and the director and manager of Akhtar Housing Group LLC. He has interests in numerous real estate companies.
Akhtar acquired the property at 3623 E. Commerce St. in 2008 and initiated land use and zoning requests on Jan. 22, 2021. According to Bexar County Appraisal District records, four acres of the total is in the flood plain.
Akhtar is being represented before the Zoning Commission by Amir Namakforoosh, a civil engineer with WGI Big Red Dog who specializes in the multifamily market sector.
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.