San Antonio: Concept Designs for 32-Story Residence Approved by Design Commission
Feature Illustration (above): Rendering of the 305 Soledad tower, as seen from the southwest at a city park. Image: Page/.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The conceptual designs for a 32-story downtown residential tower were approved yesterday by the Historic and Design Review Commission.
The project was introduced by its developer, Weston Urban, in October when the HDRC’s Design Review Committee was presented with the concept designs by architects Page Southerland Page Inc. (aka Page/). The designs were received favorably then and as a consequence the request for concept design approval was approved Wednesday without discussion.
The tower project, referred to as 305 Soledad, is currently a surface parking lot that is bounded by Soledad Street, Pecan Street, Travis Street and Main Avenue.
The proposal is for a 351-unit residential tower rising above a five-level, above-ground parking structure that can accommodate 456 vehicles. There would be 7,250 square feet of ground level retail and streetscape amenities for the enjoyment of pedestrians and residents.
305 Soledad streetscape.
Architectural elements considered by city staff and the commission included the tower massing, which will be arranged in a series of step-back; this will allow for the inclusion of an amenity deck above the north end of the parking structure, with the residence tower continuing to rise above the south section.
305 Soledad amenity level deck.
The façade composition is to include three distinct masses separated by massing and profiles, materials, and fenestration patterns. Each of the three masses comprise the base, midsection and cap.
Exterior materials will include various tones of brick masonry, exposed concrete, and glass curtain wall systems. The parking structure will be clad with masonry with tones comparable to those found historically in the immediate vicinity. It will also have screening elements.
305 Soledad exterior materials.
At street level, there are to be four curb cuts–one on North Main Avenue and three on Soledad Street. Three curb cuts will be 24 feet wide and one will be 40 feet wide. However, sidewalks and pedestrian paths at each curb cut will remain uninterrupted, and the curb cuts will be located mid-block.
It has been previously estimated that the project cost will be in excess of $107 million. Construction is expected to begin the summer of 2021.
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