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SAN ANTONIO HERON
THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
July 18, 2021

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Now, here's a look at the news you may have missed.

» Ben Olivo, Heron editor, ben@saheron.com

[  DEVELOPMENT  ]
Restaurant, office upgrades planned for CPS Energy's former River Walk building

Los Angeles-based BH Properties, which purchased the former CPS Energy building at 146 Navarro St. earlier this year, plans to refurbish the office space, while adding a two-level restaurant to the ground level.

The ground-floor will be converted into a "food and beverage venue … with exterior dining and porches facing the river and La Villita," according to plans submitted to the Historic and Design Review Commission, which will consider them on Wednesday.

The building is composed of three levels of office space totaling roughly 100,000 square feet, which sits on a 605-space parking garage.

BH Properties plans to open the garage for public use, Andrew Van Tuyle, the company’s senior managing director of investments, told the Heron earlier this year.

Read more.


📝 Ben Olivo @rbolivo | Heron editor
📸 Courtesy Gensler | MP Studio

[  DEVELOPMENT  ]
A closer look at Weston Urban’s 15-story mixed-use project in west downtown

More details have emerged regarding Weston Urban’s $80 million, mixed-use development bound by West Commerce, South Laredo, Dolorosa and San Pedro Creek in west downtown.

The project will refurbish the former Continental Hotel (which faces West Commerce) and the Arana building (Dolorosa). Between them is a large parking lot where the developer plans to build a 15-story, 255-unit apartment building, which will also include a parking garage for 342 vehicles. The Melchio de la Garza House, a small single historic structure, will remain on the property facing South Laredo, while the O’Henry House, another structure of the same stature, will be moved to an undetermined location.

Weston Urban is seeking conceptual approval for the plans this Wednesday before the Historic and Design Review Commission.

Read more.


📝 Ben Olivo | @rbolivo | Heron editor
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Hinojosa Jr. named president and CEO of San Antonio Housing Authority
Late Wednesday, the San Antonio Housing Authority board of commissioners voted Ed Hinojosa Jr., a 17-year veteran of the agency, as president and CEO following a national search. Read more.

📝 Ben Olivo | @rbolivo | Heron editor
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[  DEVELOPMENT  ]
Midtown TIRZ board delays $4.8M incentive package for Broadway East apartments
The Midtown TIRZ board voted last week to table the vote because it needed financial details on an even larger, big picture project it’s being asked to help fund: the burying of overhead power lines on Broadway from Interstate 35 to East Mulberry Avenue. Read more.

📝 Ben Olivo | @rbolivo | Heron editor
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[ IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ... ]
San Antonio's home repair programs rebuild lives, but they're not without critics
San Antonio’s home repair program is targeting houses that were once deemed by the federal government as undesirable—a practice known as red lining. But the program is not without its critics. Read more.

📝 Emily Drisch | @partylkeits1999 | Heron contributor
📸 Chris Stokes | @_chrisstokes_ | Heron contributor
Rammed earth. Giant screws as piers. San Antonio building sustainable housing that’s also affordable
Leeds building restoration in west downtown San Antonio approved by historical commission
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News roundup
  • Essex Modern City, the long-delayed mixed-use project in Denver Heights, may finally get started soon. The San Antonio Express-News reports that an entity connected to owner Harris Bay has secured a loan that may help it procure a railroad quiet zone, said to be the last hurdle for the $150 million development. Read more.
  • SoHo Wine & Martini Bar, which ushered in the craft cocktail craze in San Antonio when it opened more than a decade ago, is moving to Castle Hills, as first reported by the San Antonio Current. Co-owner Ron Herrera told the Express-News the bar needed patio space, which it didn’t have much of at its location on West Crockett Street near the River Walk. Read more.
  • The Grand Hyatt received another payment toward its debt from the City of San Antonio last week, this one worth $5.8 million, the Express-News reports. Since last July, the city has put $10.4 million toward the bonds it guaranteed back in 2005. Read more.
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Compiled by Ben Olivo, Heron editor
ben@saheron.com | 210-421-3932 | @rbolivo on Twitter

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