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San Antonio: Two-Story Reception Hall Being Considered on the East Side

Feature Photo (above): View of the vacant apartment building at the northeast corner of North Hackberry and Dawson streets. Image: Google Streets.

UPDATE: 12-19-2019 — This zoning change request was not heard on Tuesday. The case was continued to be heard January 21, 2020.

Originally Posted: 12-17-2019

by Adolfo Pesquera

San Antonio (Bexar County) — The owner of a vacant East Side one-story apartment building is considering razing it to make room for a two-story reception hall and is requesting a zoning change today.

Included on the Zoning Commission’s agenda is a request to change the status of a northeast corner lot at North Hackberry and Dawson streets from multifamily to Infill Development Zone with uses permitted in ‘C-2’ commercial for a party house/reception hall/meeting facility.

There exists a 3,100-square-foot brick building that was constructed in 1963 and was known as Dawson Street Apartments during its useful years. It was acquired by TST Mann LLC in September 2016. TST Mann is a special purpose entity holding of Trey Mannix, who is president of Vizzor Construction Co. LLC in San Antonio.

However, the applicant on record is Douglas Miller.

The lot has an area of .374-acre, with an address of 707 Dawson Street. A concept site plan submitted with the application proposes removing the apartment building to construct a two-story, 8,000-square-foot building with a 4,000-square-foot footprint.

The rear building line would be approximately the same, but the front building line would encroach into the existing yard toward the south and east. A 30-foot curb cut is proposed on the Hackberry Street side, north of the new building, and it would lead into a new surface parking lot. Under existing parking standards, an 8,000 SF building could require 27 parking spaces.

Concept site plan for demolition and new construction at 707 Dawson St. Courtesy: City of San Antonio public records.

This property is within the Dignowity Hill Historic District and is therefore subject to review of exterior design standards by the Historic and Design Review Commission prior to any issuance of permits. In addition, the HDRC normally does not make a decision on architectural designs in this neighborhood until it has received a report from the Dignowity Hill Neighborhood Association.

The HDRC process has not been initiated. There has been no submission of applications relating to demolition or new construction, according to the city staff report.

“Additionally, based on the submitted site plan, proposed setbacks conflict with the Historic Design Guidelines,” staff said. The Development Services staff recommends approval of the zoning change.


adolfo@virtualbx.com