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PROJECT UPDATE: $320M Project at UTSA Blvd Gets Zoning Approval

The San Antonio Zoning Commission recently approved the 114-acre UTSA Boulevard mixed-use project.  Local developer Steve Sanders and California-based developer Robert Schumacher are putting together plans for what they call the Schumacher-UTSA Master Planned Community District.

The community will be located near the University of Texas at San Antonio main campus, whose area has experienced a surge of commercial and residential growth in the last few years, along with expansion of the campus itself. The community will have plenty of recreational outdoor space, commercial and high-density residential development, and will connect with the Leon Creek Greenway linear park.

The developers have noted that the current estimate for construction of the project is $320 million, a figure that will likely rise. The community is expected to accommodate at most 1,800 residents, with most of them being young professionals or empty-nesters.  Nearly 1,000 apartment units would be located at the master-planned community. Construction would start with a north-south street in the middle of the property, linking UTSA Boulevard and West Hausman Road.

The developers expect it will take six to eight years to completely build out the community, with the first two phases concentrating on the residential elements.  Zoning commissioners praised Sanders in talking with current neighboring residents and merchants, as they wanted to reduce the projected scale of residential density because of worries over traffic.  The developers have said the community is in a prime hot spot for development in the San Antonio area. They hope the recreational and retail spaces — bars, restaurants, shops — will entice UTSA students and residents seeking more of such options west of Interstate 10.

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