San Antonio: Downtown Developers Seeks Zoning for East Side High-Rise
Feature Photo (above): A historic home built in 1890 stands vacant and surrounded by blocks of pavers. The home will be preserved but the rest of the land is destined to be a hotel/apartment development. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — A local developer obtained a recommendation to rezone nearly three acres on the near East Side from industrial to high intensity infill development for purposes of launching two projects–an extended stay hotel and an apartment building.
The Zoning Commission on Tuesday agreed to the zoning change without discussion, based on a favorable recommendation from Development Services Department staff.
The 2.89 acres of property encompass three contiguous lots: 1008 and 1010 Hoefgen Avenue and 509 Delaware Street.
There stands upon the 509 Delaware lot a house built in 1890 that is considered of historic significance and the site plan provided indicates it will be preserved.
According to the applicant, the total number of guest rooms and apartments are not to exceed 570 units. It is unclear how many floors the structure or structures will have, but if the developer intends to put several hundred units on a site plan that small, it will require structured parking and many floors above that.
The property is owned by Harvey Penshorn, chief executive officer and owner of Alamo Concrete Tile Inc. Most of the site has been the home of Alamo Concrete Pavers–the company’s DBA name–and is used to stock inventory and conduct sales.
A zoning requests proposes to demolish the facilities for a concrete paver business to replace it with a residential high-rise. Image: Google Streets.
Craig Glendenning, a local commercial developer, has the land under contract. Glendenning acquired the 10-story historic (circa 1935) Hedrick Buiding at 601 N. St. Mary’s St. a few years again and is in the process of restoring the long-vacant tower into a boutique hotel.
Glendenning has not yet disclosed a concept with building square footages or elevations. However, the site is within the purview of the Historic and Design Review Commission. The lots are within the original 36 square miles of the city.
Except for the historic building, the other structures, all commercial in nature, will be demolished. An application for demolition was submitted Oct. 7 and is currently under review.
There was no mention in the case file as to whether Glendenning had engaged with or arrived at any agreement with the Denver Heights Neighborhood Association.
The recommended zoning allows up to 65 units per acre or up to 570 units, depending on the average size of each unit. Attached as it is to an Infill Development Zone designation, this reduces the standard parking requirement for such density by half.
The project site does not include a commercial corner lot at Hoefgen Avenue and Indiana Street, which is the home of Dixie Printing & Publishing. Coincidentally, a new craft brewery will be opening in 2020 at the opposite corner–533 Delaware St. by the railroad tracks. In August, co-founders Michael Johnson and Bobby Jones announced plans to launch Viva Brewery in an old warehouse at that location.
Once renovated, the warehouse will be home to a restaurant, offices, local community gathering space, and Viva Brewery taproom. Their business would no doubt complement a new hotel/multifamily complex in an area that is an otherwise unremarkable, drab industrial zone.
VBX will be following this as Project ID 2019-79DA – Hoefgen at Delaware Extended Stay Hotel and Multifamily.
This rudimentary site plan was submitted with the zoning request. Courtesy: City of San Antonio public records.
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.