San Antonio: Zoning Commission to Consider Three Multifamily Projects
Feature Photo (above): A.I. Root Company has a facility on a lot between South Laredo Street and San Pedro Creek that is under consideration for a multifamily development. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The Zoning Commission will consider zoning changes Tuesday that would permit three apartment complex projects totaling 575 units.
Two of the projects are smaller urban infill developments near downtown and one would be located near SeaWorld San Antonio. In addition, a request is pending for a three-story office building in Lone Star District that would include a street-level tavern.
Wells Fargo Bank is working with a developer that is interested in construction a 394-unit multifamily complex adjacent to Vale Middle School and across North Ellison Drive from SeaWorld. Wells Fargo owns the land, which is undeveloped and encompasses almost 16 acres.
The frontage has an expanse of about three blocks, going from the 1900 to the 2100 block of North Ellison Drive.
A 394-unit aparment complex is being proposed for a 16-acre site next to SeaWorld San Antonio. Image: Google Maps.
The law firm of Kaufman & Killen is representing the applicant, Chris Weigand.
Weigand is president of CCE Development and he has a background in civil engineering. He was president of the San Antonio office of Big Red Dog and participated in a failed attempt by a third-party development group to redevelop the Lone Star brewery. He has also worked for PBK and Jacobs Engineering.
City staff approved of Weigand’s request to change the zoning from general commercial to low-density multifamily (25 units per acre).
Lone Star District
An unidentified developer is proposing to convert a lot at 918 S. Laredo Street from light manufacturing to high-density multifamily (65 units per acre). The lot has an area of more than 1.4 acres, and the request is to build a complex with 95 units.
The owner and applicant on this project is GTRE NO 110 LLC, but that is a holding of Liberty, Ohio-based A.I. Root Company, the same candle manufacturer that has been operating a warehouse at the proposed project site. The Root Company is most likely handling the zoning change to accommodate a property sale to a third party.
City staff also recommended approval of this project. Staff notes to the commission also note that a 95-unit development will require parking for 143 vehicles.
The 918 S. Laredo project is on a lot that is adjacent to the San Pedro Creek in an area where the San Antonio River Authority is reconstructing and enhancing the aesthetic beauty of the creek. This is one of several projects that have popped up recently that are taking advantage of the creek’s redevelopment. Others include NRP Group’s 9.1 acre project at the creek and Cevallos Street; a wedding hall to be located by the creek and cater-corner from the new federal courthouse project (also by the creek); and the Alameda Theater/Texas Public Radio complex.
Also happening in Lone Start District is a request to construct an 11,000-square-foot, three-story office building at 242 E. Cevallos Street. This is an 18,000-square-foot lot that had been used for parking for The Beach, a bar that used to operate across the street at 231 E. Cevallos Street.
The owner of record for both the bar and the parking lot is 231 E. Cevallos St. LLC and the applicant/representative is Kevin R. Chaney, a local businessman. A January Express-News report stated that a renovation was underway at the former Beach bar in preparation for a new tenant, Dos Sirenos Brewing Co.
By the Pearl
An urban infill apartment project is being planned to replace The Flasher Equipment Co. location near the Pearl. Image: Google Streets.
PSW Real Estate is a company founded in Phoenix, Arizona that expanded into Texas when it entered into the Austin market in 2005. PSW is now looking at an urban infill apartment project near the Pearl district.
PSW is assembling a couple of lots that have various zoning classifications–midrise office, multifamily up to 40 units per acre, and commercial. The site has been home to the Flasher Equipment Co. for years and there are office and warehouse facilities on site that will have to be demolished.
Brown & Ortiz is representing PSW on its request to change the zoning to allow higher density multifamily (74 units per acre). That would allow PSW to build up to 86 units on a tract that is bordered by West Josephine Street in the 200 block, West Grayson Street in the 300 block, and Polk Street. The total area is 1.164 acres.
Although staff is recommending approval, this case was continued from the Feb. 19 agenda, and a PSW spokesman told VBX it will be postponed again.
“We are still working on it,” said Austin/San Antonio Division President Ross Wilson.
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.