Two separate planned redevelopment projects could revamp how parts of lower Broadway and East Houston Street look and interact with the rest of downtown San Antonio. Ridgemont Properties plans to rehabilitate a nearly century-old building at 900 Broadway. The city’s Historic and Design Review Commission has approved the local developer’s plan to improve and reuse the two-story, Spanish colonial-style structure, which once housed the former Poe Motor Co. Over several decades, the 39,603 square-foot building accommodated a handful of auto dealerships, as did many other structures in that section of lower Broadway. It most recently housed an antique shop.
According to media reports, Ridgemont plans to preserve historic aspects of the building and reuse it overall for office space for startups, mainly high-tech ventures. The building will be renamed Murray Motors Office Lofts, after one of the former auto dealerships that functioned out of there. Open Studio Architecture is preparing the conceptual designs, while Cambridge Contracting is the builder. One media report, Virtual Builders Exchange, states that this project will be constructed between December 2017 and April 2018 at a cost of $1.5 million. One block away on Broadway, Hixon Properties and the Cavender family plan to develop the former Cavender Cadillac dealership at 8th Street.
At 401 E. Houston, AREA Real Estate plans to restore the Burns building and turn it into creative office space. Another nearly century-old structure, the Burns building was not long ago eyed to become a boutique hotel with additional floors under a previous developer. When it was determined that the new floors would keep the former developer from acquiring historic tax credits, the property was sold according to a San Antonio Business Journal. The Burns building happens to be across Houston St. from the Maverick Building that Adelman restored and turned into an apartment complex. Renderings for the Burns building project recently were released. In the Business Journal article, Adelman said the building would be a prime place for creative enterprises, such as designers and high-tech businesses, to set up shop. East Houston Street in downtown has become a hub for numerous tech companies and incubators, such as Geekdom. Plans for the Burns building include improvements to all five floors, and a coffee shop and small restaurant on the first floor, according to the Business Journal piece. New Braunfels-based Total Art Design and Architecture is handling the design, while AREA will oversee the buildout. The Business Journal story further states that move-in could begin by early March 2018, and that the project could have an estimated price of $2 million.