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jaga185 Jan 17, 2018 3:58 PM

SAN ANTONIO | 1603 Broadway | 20 Floors | 255 Feet | Proposed
 
https://media.bizj.us/view/img/10759...3-broadway.jpg

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Broadway Street corridor makeover to get big boost from marquee projects

The transformation of the Broadway Street corridor is expected to get a major infusion of new capital investment, including a landmark development that backers believe will better connect San Antonio’s midtown and downtown.

That marquee project, 1603 Broadway, is a planned multistory, mixed-use structure earmarked for a site next to Newell Avenue. GrayStreet Partners is developing the project, said Larry Mendez, executive managing director for Transwestern, which will market the space.

Details of the project are somewhat limited as it’s still in the early stages of development. It’s not clear, for example, what the building's price tag will be. Mendez did say the building would span nearly 150,000 square feet.

“It’s going to continue the momentum we’ve seen around Pearl,” he said. “This is all part of the wave. It’s the next step.”

The mixed-use project will complement other dynamic changes occurring in the area, bringing more workers, consumers and potential residents to Broadway Street. It could also benefit several midtown stakeholders — including The Witte Museum, The DoSeum and San Antonio Zoo — that are working to create a cultural corridor along the key north-south street.

Mendez said the plan is for GrayStreet Partners to break ground on the 1603 Broadway project this spring with completion targeted for 2020.

Meanwhile, nearby, work has begun on redeveloping a pair of buildings further south on Broadway that once housed the San Antonio Light newspaper. GrayStreet Partners, which is overseeing the project, has enlisted Transwestern to market that space also.

Once the Light project is completed, Broadway will get an additional 100,000 square feet of new commercial space. Ford, Powell & Carson, a locally based architectural design firm, will help anchor the larger of the two buildings, Mendez said.

“They will be the first tenant in,” he said. “They will occupy the first floor.”

All of this is happening as the city and state prepare to collectively allocate tens of millions of dollars in public funds to improve infrastructure along Broadway.

Asked what the two GrayStreet Partners projects will do for Broadway, Mendez said, “This will be an incredible energizer. This will all link the central business district with the Pearl area.”

JACKinBeantown Jan 18, 2018 3:26 AM

Awesome (only if it has ground level retail).

micahinsa Jan 18, 2018 9:23 AM

Yes, yes, yes! So this will be on the south side of Pearl Parkway, with the other new office tower on the north side of it.

I found some other renderings, posted on the Gensler website here:

https://www.gensler.com/projects/bro...ewell?o=austin

In the first two photos you can see the rendering of the office building on the north side of Pearl Parkway as well:

https://i.imgur.com/yBBCuWS.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/bb7UAO3.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/VRcv4E8.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/6zpoE63.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/eNWUET9.jpg

JACKinBeantown Jan 18, 2018 1:43 PM

It's got a Hello Burger! The hipsters in the lobby will love eating there.

Wait. What about Earl Abel's?

jaga185 Jan 18, 2018 3:24 PM

Looks like Earl Abel's is going to have to move... again...

But yes! I couldn't find the other renderings or was designing it. Thanks, micahinsa! Between this and the 10 story office building, this is going to be a very busy intersection. The article said this is the next step. So that means they are going to start moving east towards the new property they bought. Ahhh!

Sigaven Jan 18, 2018 3:40 PM

Nice project!

Keep-SA-Lame Jan 18, 2018 4:58 PM

Dang, I really liked the new Earl Abel's location.

Also this is amazing.

AwesomeSAView Jan 18, 2018 6:08 PM

Just love THIS development on Broadway!!:cheers:

texboy Jan 18, 2018 6:11 PM

This area is on fire right now, SA is on fire. Love this development.

deeger Jan 18, 2018 6:44 PM

They also toss in a building of similar size across Broadway in two of the renderings. GrayStreet have something else in the works or just for effect? They own a lot of the property there.

Spoiler Jan 18, 2018 8:03 PM

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Originally Posted by deeger (Post 8051743)
They also toss in a building of similar size across Broadway in two of the renderings. GrayStreet have something else in the works or just for effect? They own a lot of the property there.

Graystreet definitely has something else in the works. They own almost everything for blocks to the east. For example, I remember reading that they intend to extend Pearl Parkway across Broadway and Alamo and into the heart of the former SAISD property.

PDD Jan 18, 2018 8:07 PM

In reference to the first 2 photos, what about the building across from 1603 Broadway? Is the used car place being torn down or did they take artistic liberties with the renderings?

jaga185 Jan 18, 2018 8:11 PM

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Originally Posted by PDD (Post 8051899)
In reference to the first 2 photos, what about the building across from 1603 Broadway? Is the used car place being torn down or did they take artistic liberties with the renderings?

Right now i'm sure it's the latter. The C&R motors is still there.

JACKinBeantown Jan 19, 2018 1:03 AM

Google Maps got a good shot of the location.

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.4398...7i13312!8i6656

Hopefully the Pig Stand won't be forced out. It should have historical society protection anyway.

sirkingwilliam Jan 19, 2018 2:06 AM

If I had to guess, Gensler did the entire master plan for GS’s lower Broadway development that will extend Into Government Hill.

micahinsa Jan 19, 2018 8:45 AM

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Originally Posted by jaga185 (Post 8051177)
Looks like Earl Abel's is going to have to move... again...

Can't quite tell from the renderings, but could it be that this development will somehow incorporate the Earl Abel's building? Sort of swallow it up, kind of like the Canopy is doing with the Esquire?

Anyway, I'm really excited about this. If I had one small gripe it would be that all of this development along and up Broadway is already bordering on a nice-ish area, Alamo Heights etc, so I'm sure something would've been built here eventually anyway. I would like to see them do some development in some other areas where nothing is happening. For example, on the west side of the Pearl, literally once you cross the river on Grayson heading west, it goes downhill really quickly. Would be nice if they could branch out in that direction as well.

Spoiler Jan 19, 2018 8:54 AM

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Originally Posted by micahinsa (Post 8052737)
Can't quite tell from the renderings, but could it be that this development will somehow incorporate the Earl Abel's building? Sort of swallow it up, kind of like the Canopy is doing with the Esquire?

Anyway, I'm really excited about this. If I had one small gripe it would be that all of this development along and up Broadway is already bordering on a nice-ish area, Alamo Heights etc, so I'm sure something would've been built here eventually anyway. I would like to see them do some development in some other areas where nothing is happening. For example, on the west side of the Pearl, literally once you cross the river on Grayson heading west, it goes downhill really quickly. Would be nice if they could branch out in that direction as well.

Development happens where property is available to develop, preferably in large chunks. That being said, the several acres of Flasher Equipment property, in the exact area you refer to, was sold last year to a residential developer. So you can look forward to that.

And no, the Earl Abel's building is going bye bye :hi:

JACKinBeantown Jan 19, 2018 1:25 PM

Maybe Earl Abel's is changing their name to Hello Burger.

Sigaven Jan 19, 2018 4:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by micahinsa (Post 8052737)
Can't quite tell from the renderings, but could it be that this development will somehow incorporate the Earl Abel's building? Sort of swallow it up, kind of like the Canopy is doing with the Esquire?

I was wondering the same thing. Looking at the rendering it seems like they might be doing that - it appears they might be saving the facade of the earl abel's building and incorporating it into the new building, you can see a one story section of red brick with blue-green glass on the northeast corner of the building. It'll be great if they do so, the facade has some beautiful ornamentation and historic charm that would be a shame to entirely demolish.

Edit: on closer inspection it looks like they are preserving the entire building and adding a second story to it.

micahinsa Jan 23, 2018 1:39 AM

I was in the area the other morning and snapped some pics for posterity. What a dreadful space this is right now; this building is going to absolutely transform this intersection.

I may or may not have stood in the middle of Broadway whilst taking some of these photos.


https://i.imgur.com/88KiYCB.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/tMomOqE.jpg?1

https://i.imgur.com/jKTtY9a.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/EKjHyxc.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/TqMN4vc.jpg


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