San Antonio: Mount Zion First Baptist to Construct $2.1M Community Center
Feature Illustration: Concept view of the event courtyard and surrounding new structures–the event hall and classroom buildings. Courtesy: Lake|Flato.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — Plans for a new community center at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church are getting an assist from the city of San Antonio, which is advocating for the demolition of an accessory structure to allow its construction.
Miranda Garrison, an architectural historian in the city’s Environmental Management Division, submitted a request on the church’s behalf that provides for a demolition and approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct three buildings, all of them one-story in height and with a total area of 10,375 square feet.
The Historic and Design Review Commission is scheduled to approve the request tomorrow, July 21. Construction is estimated to begin the first week of August, according to a project report submitted to the state by the architect, Lake|Flato Architects. The estimated cost is $2,100,000.
The colorized area upper center is the site plan for new construction.
Mt. Zion, located on the East Side at 333 Martin Luther King, is was designated a local landmark in 2018 as part of the Eastside Churches initiative. The proposal includes the removal of a one-story outbuilding on the property. City staff determined it is non-contributing and its removal eligible for administrative approval.
The new structure consists of a 7,209 square-foot Event Hall, a 1,583 square-foot Classroom Building 1, and a 1,583 square-foot Classroom Building 2.
Lake|Flato proposes to clad the community center buildings in integral color stucco cladding with ACM metal siding accents. There would be a standing seam metal roof on the Event Hall and ACM metal siding and membrane roofing on the event building’s flat roof skylight. The classroom buildings would have a membrane roofing material on a flat roof.
The Mt. Zion church has named the project the ZerNona Black MultiGenerational Cultural Center. The landscape plan includes an event courtyard and the three buildings will be configured around the courtyard on three sides.
Construction is expected to be done by June 2021.
Concept view of the interior of the new event hall at Mt. Zion.
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.