San Antonio: Bitterblue Plans Entertainment District Next to Morgan’s Wonderland
Feature Photo (above): A developer is planning an entertainment district that would be located across Wurzbach Parkway (right) from Morgan’s Wonderland. Image: Google Streets.
UPDATE: The zoning change to Entertainment District was approved by the Zoning Commission. On Feb. 13, the Planning Commission is expected to recommend a land use amendment to convert the 25.4-acre site to Civic Center from the current Mixed Use Center designation. Civic Center is the same land use designation as several properties on the opposite (west) side of Wurzbach Parkway, including Morgan’s Wonderland, the adjacent Toyota Field and Heroes Stadium.
The law firm Brown & Ortiz is representing the applicant, Alamo Park Inc. and landowner, Beitel Creek Ltd.
Originally Posted: 2-5-2019
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — A company working with land developer Bitterblue Inc. is requesting a zoning change to convert a 25.4-acre tract that is adjacent to Morgan’s Wonderland into an entertainment district.
The land, which is undeveloped, is currently zoned for general commercial. The city’s official Entertainment District zoning is designed to protect and encourage the creation and development of commercial recreation, tourist, vacation, hospitality, entertainment, sport and leisure facilities.
The classification is appropriate for uses such as theme parks, destination resorts, and other recreation and leisure facilities.
The request will be considered this afternoon before the Zoning Commission. The Development Services Department is recommending approval.
In other business, the Zoning Commission will be considering an application for a multifamily project in the East Side’s Denver Heights neighborhood.
The area in pink is under consideration for a zoning change to Entertainment District. Image: Google Maps.
Bitterblue has not revealed details of its plans for the proposed entertainment district. The land up for consideration is a portion of 97 acres that was purchased in October 2017 by Beitel Creek Ltd., a holding of Bitterblue, according to state corporate filings. At the time, a San Antonio Express-News report noted that Gordon Hartman held a financial interest in the investment, but was not involved in its development.
Hartman built Morgan’s Wonderland and Toyota Field, two adjacent properties that are across Wurzbach Parkway from the Bitterblue project. It’s clear now that Bitterblue is working with a concept that will leverage the existing entertainment venues that Hartman constructed.
While Beitel Creek Ltd. is the landowner of record, the applicant on the zoning change is a different entity that goes by the name Alamo Park Inc. According to state corporate filings, Alamo Park Inc. was formed in 1986 but its recent status has been inactive. Some of the officers of Alamo Park Inc. are officers of Alamo Cement Company and Alamo Concrete Products Ltd., and they’ve had an interest in Special Olympics Texas Inc. Specifically, Alamo Concrete’s CFO, Allen Leitko, recently served on the board of directors.
In Other Business
Site plan for Village at Boyer, a planned apartment project in Denver Heights. Courtesy: City of San Antonio public records.
The commission will be hearing a request from representatives of Hoefgen Partners LLP on an application to convert a 1.75-acre lot at 1510 Hoefgen Street from industrial and light commercial to high density multifamily (65 units per acre), with commercial. Staff recommends approval.
This location in Denver Heights is immediately south of a site where Efraim Varga and Harris Bay are planning to construct a high-density, mixed-use development that is being marketed as Essex Modern City.
A rudimentary site plan was submitted that refers to the project as Village at Boyer. The site plan was prepared by Houston-based Briones Consulting & Engineering Ltd.
Currently, there is a used car lot on the site that is operated by Marc Dalmolin Motors LLP. The zoning change would permit an apartment development with up to 113 rental units. But the request would allow a continuation of auto sales, so its questionable as to how dense the residential component would be.
Staff comments find the proposed project preferable to what’s there now, “The proposed development is replacing an industrial property with a mixed use development to include multi-family and commercial uses.”
They also noted it means the city’s development goal for the Arena District/Eastside Community Plan of strengthening community through additional gathering nodes. It is adjacent to single family residences and would create an appropriate transition.
An 84-unit townhome project is being proposed for a 95-acre site next to Brandeis High School. Courtesy: City of San Antonio public records.
A townhome development is being proposed on the city’s far northwest side. The landowner, Christine Kiesel, is requesting a change from single family residential to Planned Unit Development Multifamily to permit construction of 84 units on 9.49 acres at 12375 Woller Road, which is across Kyle Seale Parkway from Brandeis High School.
The proposed townhome community would have a total floor area of 117,600 square feet and includes surface parking for 336 vehicles. KFW Engineers+Surveying prepared the 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.