San Antonio: Building Preservationists Recognize The St. John with People’s Choice Award
Feature Illustration (above): A B&A Architects concept rendering of The St. John, with new construction left and a restored historic building to the right. Courtesy: Mission DG.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — This year’s Power of Preservation PROMenade event recognized real estate developer Mission DG with its 2019 People’s Choice award for their redevelopment of a historic Catholic campus into The St. John, a mixed-income residential community that abuts Mission Concepción.
The PROMenade recognizes and celebrates the achievements of leaders in the preservation community and their visions for the reuse and revitalization of San Antonio’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.
“We share this People’s Choice recognition with everyone who has been associated with the history of this iconic landmark and celebrate with them the vibrant future that The St. John heritage represents to our proud community,” said Victor Miramontes, Mission DG managing partner.
The St. John adaptive reuse development consists of 228 apartment units of which 186 are of new construction in four buildings. Another 42 units were installed into three of the restored seminary buildings. The St. John includes studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.
The project was complex to put together due to the sensitivity of the site itself, its proximity to a UNESCO World Heritage site and the opinions of neighbors.
The concept site plan (left), and a view of Mission Concepción from a window in one of the restored historic buildings.
The concept went through a number of revisions during its design process in 2015-2016, and ultimately received critical support from the Archdiocese of San Antonio, city and county officials and staff, the San Antonio Housing Trust, the city’s Office of Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, UNESCO, San Antonio Conservation Society, and most importantly from Mission Concepción neighborhood residents.
Mission DG, along with Cisneros Miramontes DG, led the development team of NRP Construction and B&A Architects. Financing came through the efforts of IBC Bank, 42 Equity, historic tax credit equity partner Monarch Private Capital, Bellweather Enterprise and Fannie Mae.
“The St. John is a welcome development to the Mission Concepción neighborhood, said Father David Garcia, former administrator of Mission Concepción parish. “I join the parish members in appreciating the care and respect given to the restorations of the historical buildings and grounds.”
The St. John was a $42 million project that was completed this year. It is located at 222 E. Mitchell and is being marketed by Lincoln Properties. Units will be available for occupancy by December.
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.