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June 13, 2021

Dear Heron readers,

As we celebrate three years of covering the downtown San Antonio area, we at the San Antonio Heron are grateful for support from readers like you, support which has kept us afloat and positioned to begin our fourth year of publishing with great momentum.

That's why we're excited to share an opportunity to double your donation during our 2021 Birthday Campaign.

Now through July 7, the H. E. Butt Foundation will double your one-time gift (up to $5,000). Or, become a monthly donor and the foundation will match the value of a full year.

This funding will help ensure we continue producing the high-quality, independent local journalism you've come to depend on.

The time is now. Trusted journalism like ours has never mattered more.

Give today and double the impact of your donation.

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

» Ben Olivo, Heron editor,

People now living at The Flats at River North on Broadway

The 283-unit Flats at River North, one of downtown's largest mixed-use developments, began receiving its first residents in mid-May.

In addition, there are three large retail spaces, one facing Broadway, and two facing Jones Avenue, but no tenants were signed as of last week, said Phillip Halliday of leasing company The Shop Companies.

"We're looking to serve the neighborhood, and serve the tenants in the buildings through our curating of the ground floor there: neighborhood services, and great restaurants and bars," Halliday said.

📝 📸 Ben Olivo | Heron editor, @rbolivo

Tech Bloc launches county-funded website mapping San Antonio's Tech District

San Antonio's emerging tech community now has a website,, built by nonprofit tech advocacy group Tech Bloc, which maps out the places and businesses making up downtown's Tech District.

Once completed, the website will document every aspect of the Tech District, whether that be apartments or nightlife, startups or coffee shops.

"Too many times in San Antonio, we have the right ideas and we build them in the wrong places," Tech Bloc CEO David Heard said. "We need to be more urban and we need to cluster these resources."

📝 Maggie Ryan | Heron reporter, @m_rrye
📸 Isaiah Alonzo | Heron contributor, @isaiah__alonzo

[  FOOD & DRINK  ]
Gus's Fried Chicken to debut June 21 in Southtown
Memphis-based Gus's Fried Chicken will have a soft opening June 20, and officially open the next day, at 812 S. Alamo St., across from Rosario's in Southtown. The chicken joint known for its spicy food.

"Once customers first experience our chicken they will first taste our crispy crust, but soon be hit with a sizzle in their mouth that will send you searching for water and munching on your sides," Assistant General Manager Mark Topham said.

📝 Rocky Garza Jr. | Heron contributor, @rockssjr

📸 Ben Olivo | Heron editor, @rbolivo
[  EVENTS  ]
Thursday: San Antonio Trivia Night
7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17
Dos Sirenos Brewery, 231 E. Cevallos St.

Think you know San Antonio? Grab some fellow San Antonians and join us for trivia night. From the famous to the infamous, we'll test your knowledge! Win bragging rights and one of a dozen fabulous prizes (including H-E-B gift cards!).

Want to contribute a prize, a trivia question, or support the event? Email
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If you run a business or organization and are searching for sponsorship opportunities, email Gabriel Gonzalez at
[  EVENTS  ]
Webner discusses tax breaks at Heron event
In case you missed it, a few dozen people attended "Tax Breaks & Development in San Antonio," a Q&A with veteran real estate reporter Richard Webner, who was the first to start writing about public facility corporations four years ago. Heron editor Ben Olivo moderated the event. Be sure to catch a recording of the event, which was broadcast on Facebook live.
[  HOTELS  ]
Wyndham River Walk hotel purchased with plans for $50M renovation
Two firms from outside Texas have purchased the Wyndham San Antonio River Walk hotel with plans to spend $50 million to turn it into a luxury InterContinental Hotel in early 2023.

📝 Richard Webner | Heron contributor, @RWebner
📸 Ben Olivo | Heron editor, @rbolivo
Developers purchase land near Lone Star
Local developer David Adelman and a partner have purchased a four-acre warehouse property directly north of the soon-to-be redeveloped Lone Star Brewery with plans to build on the momentum of the area's growth by developing it with a residential use.

Meanwhile, James Lifshutz has purchased a
4.6-acre property directly south of Roosevelt Park and across the river from the former brewery.

📝 Richard Webner | Heron contributor, @RWebner
📸 Ben Olivo | Heron editor, @rbolivo
Historical commission approves Whitt Printing building partial demo
Lavaca neighborhood residents voice concern over planned 7-Eleven
Granada Homes restoration takes building back to original 1928 days
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Other headlines
» 'Flat-out racism': Council members spar over East Side Friedrich building redevelopment (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS)

» Künstler Brewing holding Pride event to benefit LGBTQ+ youth organization (SAN ANTONIO CURRENT)

» Harvard honors San Antonio landscape architect for preserving Black historical sites (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS)
What we're reading
» Why California is building new houses in the path of wildfires (GRIST)

» What will happen to center city if commuters never return? (PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE)

» Why Los Angeles County is going to war with peacocks (SLATE)
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Compiled by Ben Olivo, Heron editor | 210-421-3932 | @rbolivo on Twitter

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