San Antonio: Caterer’s East Side Site to Become New Mixed-Use Campus
Featured Illustration (above): A Dallas developer looks to redevelop the RK Group’s East Commerce Street property into a mixed-use complex with new dining, retail and office. Image: Quadrant Investment Properties
By Edmond Ortiz
San Antonio (Bexar County)–Plans recently unveiled by a Dallas developer call for turning a noted caterer’s headquarters into a six-story structure with 187,000 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of retail space, and a 700-car space parking garage.
East End, Quadrant Investment Properties‘ first development in San Antonio, would be located at 1220 E. Commerce St., and include space for a cafe and small restaurant with sidewalk seating, a rooftop deck with lounge, and outdoor green spaces that will accommodate movie screenings and small musical performances.
The structure would also contain a ground-floor conference room, three private meeting rooms, a board room, and a fitness center.
Austin-based GFF is designing the exterior of the East End complex, while another Austin company, Studio8, is handling the interior design.
The Austin firm dwg. is the landscape and green space designer.
The proposed East End mixed-use development is to include sidewalk cafe seating and green space for small events. Image: Quadrant Investment Properties
Quadrant bought the nearly 5-acre property from the RK Group, the renowned event organizer that is developing the Red Berry Estate, also on the East Side, as its new headquarters.
For now, the RK Group is leasing 1220 E. Commerce from Quadrant. VBX has previously reported on RK Group’s headquarters project.
Quadrant is responsible for several Dallas-area office developments, including The Centrum, Hillcrest Oaks and Hall Street.
Representatives with Quadrant said they want to take advantage of the infill development taking place in and around downtown and on the near East Side.
Quadrant officials added that East End would help increase dining, entertainment, office and residential options in the immediate area.
East End will be located next to Sunset Station, the historic train depot that Don Thomas’ East Commerce Realty is rebranding as The Espee, a premier entertainment venue. That property is currently undergoing renovations.
The general area around these properties, historic St. Paul Square, is seeing a renaissance of sorts with the arrival of new businesses such as Lilly’s Greenville, a new bar.
The RK Group’s soon-to-be-former headquarters will be the site of the next big mixed-use East Side development. Image: Quadrant Investment Properties
The Texas Research and Technology Foundation is turning the Merchants Ice complex on East Houston Street into a mixed-use campus involving a place for biotech labs and incubator space, alongside a food hall and hotel.
The state is razing the nearby G.J. Sutton building, where the property will be sold to a developer.
The firm CBRE will be the leasing agent for office space at the East End; SHOP Cos. will be leasing retail space there.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.