San Antonio: Multifamily Project in Tobin Hill Gets Density Increase
Feature Illustration (above): Renderings of SoJo Commons, a small townhome development recently completed by a local company planning another 58-unit multi-story complex on the adjacent lot.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — A local developer that has been active in the Tobin Hill neighborhood obtained a recommendation from the Zoning Commission to increase density on a 1.16-acre tract in the 300 block of West Grayson Street.
The owner/developer had already obtained an amendment a year ago to build up to 42 units on what has been an industrial lot; there is still a vacant warehouse onsite that must be demolished. The increase from 36 units/acre to 50 will permit the company to construct a total of 58 units.
Michael Melson, a partner with SoJo Urban Development, told the zoning commissioners Tuesday that they do not intend to increase the size of the project. Rather, the plan is to switch to smaller floor plans to fit more units in the same area.
Melson said the reason this is occurring is because they opted to apply for city incentives provided through the City Center Housing Incentive Policy (CCHIP). One of the CCHIP requirements is the creation of affordable housing.
To satisfy that requirement, SoJo Urban reconfigured the units and is reserving 15 units for tenants earning 120% or less of the area median income. This will be enforced through a deed restriction that will be in place for five years, he said.
Commissioner Summer Greathouse, in whose district the project is located, motioned in favor and received unanimous support from the other commissioners. Greathouse noted that the Tobin Hill Community Association was in favor. She complimented the developers for working with her office and for providing an affordable housing component in a neighborhood stressed by gentrification.
The project site is located at 715-731 West Locust Street and 326-328 West Grayson. It is immediately adjacent to the SoJo Commons townhomes, a 27-unit project east of the site that SoJo Urban completed last year.
This is SoJo Urban’s third project in the Tobin Hill area. They also developed SoJo Crossing. All three projects are walking distance to the Pearl Brewery mixed use district.
A concept site plan submitted with the zoning application describes four buildings, all of the four stories in height. Tenant vehicular access to the site is from Grayson, and all parking will be either tucked under the apartment building component, or in individual garages tucked under the townhome components.
There will be 43,020 square feet of buildable area. The VBX Poject ID for this development is 2020-3E1F.
SoJo Urban Development’s site plan for the 300 block of West Grayson Street.
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