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Sunday, April 24, 2022

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300 Main, Weston Urban's 32-story apartment tower, dominated last week's news as several details emerging about the most anticipated residential development in San Antonio history. We also learn about two high-profile restaurant tenants due to open on East Houston Street. Finally, we take you in-depth into a new affordable housing model in Texas that's taking shape on the East Side. But before we get to those stories, a reminder:

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Now, here's a look at the news you may have missed.
300 Main, Weston Urban’s apartment tower, due for completion spring 2024

✍️: Ben Olivo @rbolivo | Heron editor
📸: Page Southerland Page | @pagethink

Weston Urban plans to complete construction of 300 Main, its 32-story apartment tower on the northeast corner of North Main Avenue and East Travis Street, by spring 2024. The timeline was one of several new details to emerge from a ground breaking ceremony held on the site on Thursday afternoon. Read more.

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Double Standard restaurant-bar, Chick-fil-A set for Rand building

Last week, Weston Urban also announced two tenants for The Rand building, 110 E. Houston St.: a restaurant and bar called Double Standard, and Chick-fil-A.

» Double Standard is the latest concept by restauranteur Chad Carey and his Empty Stomach Group, the company behind Barbaro, Little Death, Hot Joy, among other urban eateries. In May, it's due to open in the space formerly occupied by Rosella at the Rand, on the southwest corner of East Houston and Soledad streets, and is being led by chef John Philpot and Myles Worrell, formerly of The Esquire Tavern.

» Chick-fil-A is scheduled to open inside a 4,500-square-foot space on the southeast corner of East Houston and North Main Avenue in early 2023, according to a press release. It will feature dine-in space and a drive-thru.

📸: Ben Olivo @rbolivo | Heron editor

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📸: San Antonio Housing Trust

The San Antonio Housing Trust has introduced a new housing model that benefits the public more than developers, it says. Read more.

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City Council approves new agreement with Zachry for long-delayed Hemisfair project
Mila Coffee, brewery joining new market inside Cavender Cadillac buildings
Los Angeles firm to begin transformation of former CPS Energy building on River Walk
News roundup
» Rising home values once again shocked thousands of Bexar County residents as homeowners received their property appraisals this month, the Express-News reports.

» East Side residents are concerned about series of fires, which many suspect are linked to gentrifying neighborhoods closer to downtown, the Express-News reports.

» Property tax relief is on the state ballot beginning Monday, when Texas voters will begin to decide two proposed constitutional amendments that would cut property taxes for homeowners, the Express-News reports.
What we're reading
» Understanding the U.S. housing crisis in an era of inflation (BLOOMBERG CITYLAB)
» A library system announces a program to challenge the tide of book bannings (NPR)
» Wall Street is battling to determine the future of work from home (CNN)
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Compiled by Ben Olivo, Heron editor | 210-421-3932 | @rbolivo on Twitter

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