San Antonio: SoFlo Live-Work Residential Project Gets Zoning Commission Thumbs-up
Feature Photo collage (above): The corner retail building at South Flores and Baylor streets is destined to be razed to make way for an eight-unit live-work multifamily project. Images: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — A decrepit 1960s era building on South Flores, once home to a Texas Mattress Company outlet, will be on the demolition list soon to make way for a small live-work multifamily project in a neighborhood that hasn’t seen new development in decades.
The applicant, not a well known real estate developer, obtained a recommendation Tuesday from the Zoning Commission to change the lot status from general industrial to Medium Intensity Infill Development Zone with uses permitted in C-2 (Commercial District) for eight residential units.
This is a small corner lot, 2619 S. Flores St., is just 0.28-acres. It’s at the northwest intersection of South Flores Street and Baylor Street and a block south of San Pedro Creek, which puts it about five blocks south of the bustling SoFlo District and that makes it arguably the new tip of the spear of progress coming down the South Flores corridor.
The commissioners approved the request without discussion, following the staff recommendation to approve. The land is within the Lone Star Community Plan, which is currently designated as ‘low density mixed use.”
The demolition will have to be reviewed by the Office of Historic Preservation since the neighborhood is within the original city limit boundaries, but this does not appear to be a structure of architectural or historic significance.
The retail building is 2,260 square feet, and two attached storage structures have a combined area of 2,819 square feet. No demolition application had yet been submitted.
The rudimentary site plan submitted with the request described two structures running parallel to each other, each with four residential units that are 1,800 square feet each. The total interior space would be 7,200 square feet.
The units all have attached garages, each of them 10 feet by 20 feet. A 25-foot-wide gravel drive will separate the two buildings.
The setbacks are tight–just 5 feet on the north and west boundaries, zero feet along Baylor Street and 10 feet from the Flores Street curb.
The owner is a South Side resident, Jose Almeida. However, the applicant/developer is Leslie Scott Jones, who also owns the adjacent vacant lot to the north. Scott Jones submitted plans with the city back in January for residential projects on both lots, according to city records.
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