The 210 Development Group broke ground Sept. 29 on the Vitré Apartments at Cattleman Square, with designs to bring more living space to the western edge of downtown San Antonio. This will be a 20-month, $28 million construction project involving 242 apartments and more than 5,000-square-feet of retail space. It’s a featured project emphasized by the San Antonio Department of Center City Development and Operations.
In the spring of 2011, Centro Partnership made a contract with HR&A Advisors for the creation of a Downtown Strategic Framework Plan to implement the SA2020 vision. The Framework Plan set a “stretch” target of 7,500 downtown housing units to be supported through economic development efforts through the end of 2020. To date, city leadership and the Center City Development and Operations Department have created more than 3,600 housing units and authorized incentive packages for 32 housing projects within the Inner City Reinvestment and Infill Policy zone.
The total investment in housing developments has been $701.9 million with incentive packages totaling $57.5 million. The Vitre project includes $3.8 million in city and Bexar County incentives. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said Vitre, along with Peanut Factory Lofts, is proof development is starting to spread out from the inner core of downtown into the outer edges of downtown, especially the near West Side. 210 Development Group opened the Peanut Factory Lofts on South Frio Street earlier this year. The lofts consisted of new constructed centered around the adaptive re-use of a converted former peanut factory.
There are other forms of newer development happening just west of downtown, including VIA Metropolitan Transit’s Westside Mulitmodal Transit center which is currently under construction a block away from Vitre. The Center for Healthcare Services recently won approval from the city’s Historic Design and Review Commission to demolish a circa-1917 150-foot wall on the near West Side to clear the way for a mental health and primary care clinic. It will be a publicly funded health care provider.
Representatives of the 210 Development Group said the rents at Vitre will be market rate, targeting staff and students from the University of Texas at San Antonio-Downtown campus and young professionals looking for urban living.
A historic building currently on site will be incorporated into the Vitre design. Upon completion, the apartment complex will have two stories of structured parking and four stories of residential units atop that, featuring a courtyard pool and amenity space.