Local leaders joined representatives of The NRP Group LLC, Zachry Realty LLC and the San Antonio Housing Trust on Sept. 13 to break ground on the Crockett Lofts at Sunset Station. The residential community will be located on the near East Side, featuring 271 units, including 136 workforce housing units, consisting of one- and two-bedroom units. Amenities will include a clubhouse inside a re-purposed historic building, swimming pool, barbecue courtyard, dog park, fitness center and a 503-car parking garage. The garage will offer space for both tenants and for neighborhood residents.
The four-story wood frame wrap design is meant to complement its surroundings, and is planned to be a link between Broadway and Southtown. While described as upscale, Crockett Lofts will offer market rates. The developers hope the Crockett Lofts will lure people working at nearby businesses, and students who may attend the University of Houston’s hospitality school branch campus, which will soon go up in the St. Paul Square.
“Crockett Lofts will provide families and students in the area a much needed option to live closer to where they work and go to school,” said Dan Markson, senior vice president, NRP Group. “This public/private investment also provides continued momentum for development in the area.”
“We can’t do anything on the East Side without affordable housing and moving things along,” said District 2 City Councilman Alan Warrick in a pre-groundbreaking ceremony. Warrick added this new development should help to spark more economic revitalization around the St. Paul Square, similar to what the city has seen at Pearl and around Southtown. Warrick also said Crockett Lofts represent a chance for the East Side to truly connect with downtown, and not feel separated as it had been in recent decades.
“It’s to bridge the gap between downtown and the East Side,” said David Zachry, CEO of Zachry Corp. “The East Side is part of the community.” As part of the Center City Housing Incentive Program, the city will provide more than $619,000 in incentives and San Antonio Water System impact fee waivers for the area’s growth and improvement. The project is scheduled to be finished within two years.
As an East Side native and legislator now representing much of East San Antonio, State Rep. Laura Thompson said she is heartened by recent redevelopment efforts around her area. She said she looks forward to the Crockett Lofts opening and filling up with “people from all walks of life.”
Assistant City Manager Lori Houston said while it was complex and took awhile to put together, this private/public partnership and similar projects deserve “special assistance.” Houston added the Crockett Lofts help the city toward its goal of having 10,000 new housing units in the downtown area by 2020. “This project is going to be catalytic and be successful,” she added.