San Antonio: East Side Townhome Project Resurrected
Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange
Posted: 11-15-2017, 12:23 p.m.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) – An affiliate of Terramark Urban Homes is trying to resurrect an East Side townhome project that Terramark introduced in January 2016 but never built.
The Historic and Design Review Commission will hear the case this afternoon.
In its original form, Terramark proposed 24 three-story townhomes with a total of 18,162 square feet of living space. The townhomes were to be concentrated in three buildings located on both sides of Swiss Street and just south of Center Street.
The original project name was City Center Lofts and architectural renderings displayed a contemporary interpretation of the brownstone townhomes common in New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago.
About half of the ground level site plan was dedicated to surface parking, and the plan also called for some off-site parallel street parking. This was a problem since the total land area was so modest to begin with. The project site is less than one acre (0.92 acres).
The prevalence of so much surface parking and off-site parking is no longer a part of the revised plan.
All resident parking has been reconfigured to provide two parking slots in enclosed garages beneath each resident unit. Tenants would use a staircase from inside their garage to reach the residence floors above.
The units are no longer concentrated within three buildings. Rather, there are six rows of townhomes. Four units face North Cherry Street, and nine units face each other across North Swiss Street.
The original site plan (above) make heavy use of surface parking and concentrated the 24 units into the brownstone buildings. The reconfigured concept provides six rows of townhomes (below) and incorporates all parking into enclosed garages beneath each unit. Site plans courtesy of Office of Historic Preservation records.
The front entrances of another three units face a private driveway east of Swiss. And eight units face each other across a landscaped private path to the west of Swiss.
The project is described as taking place in three phases, with Phase 1 being the seven units east of Swiss. From there the project will progress westward to Cherry.
The project is in an area that is destined for major redevelopment. It is cater-corner from the massive but vacant state-owned G.J. Sutton complex.
The Texas Facilities Commission is looking to lease the one and a half block site to a developer for some type of mixed-use redevelopment project.
Also, less than a block to the southwest, The RK Group is in the process of relocating its headquarters to the Red Berry Estate. The city of San Antonio wants to see the current RK Group site–located next to historic St. Paul Square and the Sunset Station–redeveloped into some type of mixed-use with high-density residential.
It is unclear how closely the architectural styles will resemble the original. The Office of Historic Preservation commented that no information was provided on massing, height, or facade arrangement.
“Staff finds that this information should be provided prior to the issuance of conceptual approval of site or building design,” OHP case manager Edward Hall stated.
Ricardo Turrubiates, a project manager at Terramark, is acting as representative/applicant for K/T TX Holding LLC(the project owner entity) before the HDRC.
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