San Antonio: Zoning Commission Approves East Side Hotel Addition
Feature Photo (above): The owner of Alamo Inn at 2203 E. Commerce St. plans to construct a two-story, 23-room addition east of the existing motel building. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The Zoning Commission approved a request to rezone an East Side hotel owner’s property to allow for a two-story addition.
The commission’s May 19 vote affects a 1.37-acre lot at the northeast corner of New Braunfels Avenue and East Commerce Street. The existing hotel has one-story, 6,962-square-foot, L-shaped structure that was constructed in 1992.
The new two-story building, to be constructed on the other side of the East Commerce driveway entrance, would have 23 rooms and a small lobby, bringing the hotel up to 38 rooms upon completion.
The property owner of Alamo Inn is Rakesh Vazir. His company, Vasanti LLC, retained the services of 1718 Architecture for this project.
According to city records, Steven Martin of 1718 Architecture describes this work as the construction of a 12,535-square-foot, two-story inn. The structure is of type V-B construction, fully sprinkled.
Vazir was represented by land development attorney Patrick Christensen; he told commissioners that the owner is rehabilitating the existing structure. He also mentioned that the project had the blessing of the Jefferson Heights Neighborhood Association.
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