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FIRST LOOK: Zoning Initiated for 114 Acre Mixed Use Development

City of San Antonio panels this month are taking up consideration of a proposed development that would create an urban style community on the city’s far Northwest Side.  The 114-acre site is located at UTSA Boulevard and Interstate 10, not far from new apartment complexes, homes and businesses that have sprung up around the University of Texas at San Antonio campus. According to the San Antonio Express News, a California investor and a business partners in Austin bought the previously vacant tract in a bankruptcy auction in April 2015. The city’s planning commission will meet Wednesday, July 13, to review the property owner’s plans to develop the site.

The case is scheduled to go before the zoning commission July 19, and then to the City Council in August. The partnership behind the proposed $320 million project, IH10 LP, envisions what could end up being the city’s largest mixed-use community.

It could include 120,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; more than 100 townhomes; 320,000 square feet of office space; more than 1,000 apartment units; and 24 acres of leftover land for open space/recreational park use.  The property is bound by Hausman Road and the Leon Creek greenway trail. The community could also support single-family housing and even a hotel.  Representatives of IH10 LP have not divulged details such as how many retailers, companies or home/apartment builders could have a hand in developing their products in the new community. Instead, they want to make sure the right zoning is first in place, and that its designs and planning elements are compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. However, in one news report, they have indicated a desire to lure a grocery store there.

If all goes as planned, construction could begin as early as winter of 2017. The larger UTSA/La Cantera/Eilan/The Rim area has been trending upwards the last few years, with significant development.  As UTSA’s student population continues to grow, so does the number of living and retail amenities designed to meet the needs of students and campus employees. The area has also seen the arrival of trendy entertainment destinations, such as iFly indoor skydiving, Topgolf, and The Well, a spacious dancehall-style venue.

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