San Antonio Developer Proposes Townhomes Along Mission Reach
Feature Illustration: Architectural rendering of the townhome project proposed for 326 Riverside Drive. Courtesy: Nicholad Melde Architect.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Concept schematic of a side elevation of a townhome for the 326 Riverside Drive project. Courtesy: Nicholas Melde Architect.
San Antonio (Bexar County) — A local developer known for niche infill townhome projects has proposed a 26-unit townhome community that would have waterfront views along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River.
A request is pending before the Zoning Commission to convert a 1.5-acre lot from C-2 commercial zoning to a limited intensity Infill Development Zone. The case is scheduled for tomorrow’s Dec. 1 meeting. The purpose of the request is to allow for a multifamily district at 18 units per acre density.
Land use attorney Patrick Christensen is representing the developer, Peter Greenblum.
Greenblum created a special purpose entity, 326 Riverside LLC, to acquire the property. 326 Riverside LLC takes its name from the property address, 326 Riverside Drive, and the lot was purchased in March 2019.
The land is near the southeast corner of Riverside Drive and Roosevelt Avenue. It was a mobile home park at one time, and several structures remain onsite that will have to be demolished.
An application for conceptual approval of this project has been submitted to the Office of Historic Preservation and was approved by to the Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC) on November 18, 2020.
An application for final approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness will be required prior to any permitting on the site.
Nicholas Melde Architect prepared the building elevations and Architexas drew up the site plan. The architectural style, as proposed would be traditional architectural forms that are consistent with those found historically within the vicinity.
The townhomes are detached, however, each is connected with carports. The footprint of each of the two-story residences is 640 square feet.
The 1.5-acre project site was formerly a mobile home park. Image: Google Streets.
Of the 26 homes planned, 11 will have river frontage, nine will have street frontage, and six are configured to an interior view.
The townhomes will have front porches, two-bedroom/two-bath floorplans with open kitchen and living space, and two covered parking spaces.
Because of its proximity to the river, the developer must consult with the San Antonio River Authority about its landscaping and maintenance boundaries, and its storm water control measures, before a Certificate of Appropriateness can be acquired.
In July, Greenblum obtained approved for a 19-unit infill townhome development, Flamingo Townhomes LLC, that is going up on Flamingo Drive north of Alamo Heights.
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