San Antonio: West Side Business Park Converting to Multifamily
Feature Photo: An aerial perspective looking south of the 25.4-acre tract proposed as a future multifamily development. Image: Google Earth/VBX graphic.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — A Tyler-based investor is involved in plans to convert a West Side tract currently zoned for a business park to make way for a multifamily apartment community.
There was a request at the Dec. 15 regular session of the Zoning Commission to change 25.4 acres southwest of the U.S. Highway 90/Loop 410 intersection from General Commercial to MF-33–a residential density of 33 units per acre.
The Zoning Commission postponed action on the request to January. However, Development Services Department staff have already recommended approval:
The subject property is located within the West / Southwest Sector Plan and is currently designated as “Mixed Use Center” in the land use component of the plan. The requested “MF-33” base zoning district is consistent with the adopted land use designation. The proposed “MF-33” encourages compatible growth patterns and transitions of higher density residential in the area. The proposed “MF-33” Multi-Family District is less adverse in impact to the area than the existing “C-3” General Commercial, which allows intense commercial uses. At a density of 33 units per acre the total number of units that could be developed is 839 units.
Devin ‘Buck’ Benson, a land use attorney and partner at Barton Benson Jones, is representing the investor, Thomas W. Grahm of Tyler. Grahm is a physician in Tyler who has a stake in numerous real estate properties, including Westside Peak Gp LLC, which is the company controlling Westside Peak Ltd.
Westside Peak Ltd. is the owner of record for the land under consideration. Westside Peak Ltd. was created by Grahm in 2006 for the purpose of establishing a business park on approximately 70 acres.
For years, the commercial real estate brokerage KW Commercial SA has been marketing the site on speculation as a future business park, mostly without success. The 25.4 acre tract now under consideration remains that largest lot within that business park.
The Westside Peak Ltd. propert as it has been zoned in hopes of developing a business park. Image: KW Commercial SA map.
It is unlikely, however, that Grahm, a neurosurgeon, will develop an apartment complex himself. Instead, the zoning change request is a way to attract a multifamily developer to a site that to date has drawn little interest from retail or office developers.
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.