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Aug. 22, 2021

Dear Heron reader,

Last week was a reminder that the Heron is entirely composed of journalists who have other jobs or obligations. Sometimes, we're going to post only one story. But we are growing, rest assured. Next week, we have some excellent content dialed up, which we can't wait to share with you.

Today, we offer an update on a restaurant and hotel project on Soledad Street, and some major projects, in case you missed them.

As a reminder, the Heron is a nonprofit news organization which is primarily funded by readers—not by companies or advertisers. Will you help us sustain our mission of delivering fair and thorough news about downtown San Antonio by donating via GiveGab, PayPal and Patreon?

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

Restaurants, spa hotel planned for circa-1870s Maverick building on Soledad

A historic preservation project consisting of multiple restaurants and a small hotel is taking shape in a two-story historic building on Soledad Street, next to the old Mexican Manhattan restaurant.

R.S. Merit Real Estate Co. is planning to build three restaurants and an 11-room spa hotel inside the circa-1877 Maverick building at 112 Soledad St.

"It's really a culinary-driven property that also happens to have a hotel component," said Derek Rosson, principle of locally-based R.S. Merit Real Estate, told the Heron.

Read more.

📝 Ben Olivo @rbolivo | Heron editor

📸 Sprinkle & Co. Architect

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Sabot Development recently received final approval from the city’s Historic and Design Review Commission for a 10-story apartment tower just west of the Pearl, opposite the San Antonio River.

The development, called Mira, will consist of 299 market-rate units, 12,000 square feet of retail and 429 parking spaces, some of which will be reserved for visitors of the retail shops or restaurants.

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📝 Ben Olivo @rbolivo | Heron editor
📸 Gensler | Sabot Development

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Councilman McKee-Rodriguez’s former students inspired his interest in politics
For District 2 Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, the path to public office was spurred by a desire to improve the lives of the students he once taught. However, it took a while for him to come to the realization.

"People like me don't run for office very often, much less win, so I'm taking this for all I can get," McKee-Rodriguez said.

Advocating for future generations is the driving force behind the former teacher’s passion for politics. He describes his first year of teaching at Sam Houston in 2018, saying that many times he'd come home from work, sit in his car, and cry.

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📝 Maggie Ryan @m_rrye | Heron reporter
📸 Stephanie Stokes @stephanieestokes | Heron contributor
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Former WOAI-TV building on River Walk eyed for hotel-condo 29-story tower
After the Thompson Hotel and Arts Residences proved that a high-rise hotel-and-condo tower could be successful on the River Walk in downtown San Antonio, an unknown development team plans to build a similar but larger project a block away. Read more.

📝 Richard Webner @rwebner | Heron contributor
📸 Ben Olivo | @rbolivo | Heron editor
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Granada Homes’ $63M renovation set to begin this month under new partnership
West Side’s ‘Comprando y Prestando’ mural restored on 25th anniversary
Weston Urban’s 15-story apartment mid-rise behind Continental Hotel gets initial approval
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News roundup
  • The Aurora Apartments, the 10-story senior apartment building in Tobin Hill built in a bygone era, could receive a complete renovation from a national company called Fairstead, the Express-News reports. Read more
  • The hotel and convention industry was showing signs of a true rebound in July, with hotel occupancy rates the highest they've been since the start of the pandemic. A second slump, however, is likely with the Delta variant now taking hold, the Express-News reportsRead more
  • Pastor Shetigho Nakpodiahe takes her ministry to the homeless population in the streets, along with her church on the East Side. Another gem by the Express-News' Vincent T. Davis. Read more
What we're reading
» To ease affordable housing crisis, California views a broad new law (THE AMERICAN PROSPECT)

» Shannon Mattern's new book, 'A City Is Not a Computer,' digs into the data, dashboards, and language that keep people from building better, safer communities (WIRED)

» Britain's idyllic country houses reveal a darker history (THE NEW YORKER)
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Compiled by Ben Olivo, Heron editor | 210-421-3932 | @rbolivo on Twitter

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