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ydoc14 Feb 1, 2008 7:31 PM

[San Antonio] - Embassy Suites Riverwalk - 164 ft - 16 floors
 
As seen on next week's HDRC Agenda for Feb. 6!
http://www.sanantonio.gov/historic/d...DRC_AGENDA.pdf

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starvinggryphon Feb 1, 2008 7:47 PM

I'm not crazy about how small this will be, when huge hotels could have been shooting up in such a desired property, but at least it will pair well with Piazza Lorenzo across the street (if it is ever built) and add somewhat to the density of the area.

ydoc14 Feb 1, 2008 7:49 PM

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Originally Posted by starvinggryphon (Post 3324638)
I'm not crazy about how small this will be, when huge hotels could have been shooting up in such a desired property, but at least it will pair well with Piazza Lorenzo across the street (if it is ever built) and add somewhat to the density of the area.

Yeah, it should add some density when looking up the river toward the Weston from Houston St.

JACKinBeantown Feb 1, 2008 7:58 PM

I think it's cool to have well-designed, mid-rise hotels along the river. They keep the vibe cool and take up space, so the land behind and around them becomes scarcer and therefore more likely for taller buildings in the future. Downtown SA is a cool place, partly because of the Riverwalk. Don't want it to end up like Houston.

jaga185 Feb 1, 2008 8:25 PM

I totally agree Jack, I'm loving all these thoughtful mid-rises that are starting to grace us.

KevinFromTexas Feb 1, 2008 8:51 PM

ydoc14, where was the height listed? I had added the building to Emporis last year, but didn't have the height listed yet. I need a source to be able to enter the height.

ydoc14 Feb 1, 2008 9:13 PM

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Originally Posted by KevinFromTexas (Post 3324819)
ydoc14, where was the height listed? I had added the building to Emporis last year, but didn't have the height listed yet. I need a source to be able to enter the height.

I got the height by totaling the all the heights of the different sections of the building listed on the blueprints in the PDF. It's a little hard to read, but the first two floors look to be 14'-8". The next 13 floors look like they say 8'-8". The 16th floor looks like 11'-8". The very top doesn't have a height listed, but if you pull out a ruler and base it off of the sections that are marked, you get 10'-2". Add everything up and it comes out to 163'-10".

However, nowhere in the PDF or on the blueprints does it give a single figure for the height.

verbl Feb 1, 2008 9:48 PM

The design looks dated already lol

ydoc14 Feb 1, 2008 10:13 PM

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Originally Posted by verbl (Post 3324957)
The design looks dated already lol

Idk, I think it will look good depending on the colors. I'm hoping for dark red w/ yellow or tan lol.

I also agree that new midrises along the river are nice, and density can be just impressive as tall buildings imo.

BigBird9 Feb 1, 2008 11:23 PM

Nice! I mean.... it's not super great or anything, but hey, a 16 floor hotel downtown can't hurt anything! It looks like it will be a pretty good looking building, and it will continue to add density to the area.

Is it me, or is SA undergoing a mini-boom of sorts with buildings downtown? I lived there from 01 to 04 and I don't think any high rises were built downtown during that time. However, now we have the Hyatt, Vidorra, Vistana, Broadway, and hopefully this all right now. :tup:

sirkingwilliam Feb 2, 2008 7:14 AM

I count 17 floors. With that said, Houston Street is shaping up nicely. Now all we need is the Plaza san Lorenzo to be built and for Frost to build a new HQ, also can't forget the aloft (14 stories I believe) and the (not much known about) W hotel.

sirkingwilliam Feb 2, 2008 7:41 AM

Aside from the actual hotel high-rise, what will the rest of the structuregoing to be? Meeting space? Parking garage? Both?

ydoc14 Feb 2, 2008 4:02 PM

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Originally Posted by sirkingwilliam (Post 3326118)
I count 17 floors. With that said, Houston Street is shaping up nicely. Now all we need is the Plaza san Lorenzo to be built and for Frost to build a new HQ, also can't forget the aloft (14 stories I believe) and the (not much known about) W hotel.

It's 16, I think you miscounted haha

sakyle04 Jun 9, 2008 4:50 PM

Construction on this site may be getting closer. :tup:

According to Friday's SA Business Journal, a building permit was recently issued by the San Antonio Building Inspections Department....

Quote:

Bill Roberts, commercial building at 125 E. Houston, (hotel-historic preservation), $38,000,000.

DougRockstead Jun 10, 2008 6:41 PM

Embassy Suites
 
I was reading everyone's comments complaining about the lack of height for the new Embassy Suites, but 16 floors is pretty darn big for an Embassy Suites. I worked for them for 13 years and they average about 9 floors per hotel. They did try a hotel that was close to 40 floors in new york and it failed miserably. I think they've (Hilton Corp) made a decision to stay away from high rises with that brand of hotel. It's aimed at families with children on the weekend and business travellers during the week. highrises and families with children don't mix.

just my opinion, coming from the hotel business...

Doug

KeepSanAntonioLame Jun 10, 2008 7:01 PM

I was downtown today, and it looks like they're gonna break ground soon.

sakyle04 Jun 10, 2008 7:11 PM

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Originally Posted by KeepSanAntonioLame (Post 3604876)
I was downtown today, and it looks like they're gonna break ground soon.

any particular resaon why you say that? fences, dirt, equipment? any little morsel helps. :)

KeepSanAntonioLame Jun 10, 2008 7:19 PM

They'd roped the area off and no one was parked there. No fences or anything. I should've taken a pic.

kornbread Jun 11, 2008 3:49 AM

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Originally Posted by KeepSanAntonioLame (Post 3604916)
They'd roped the area off and no one was parked there. No fences or anything. I should've taken a pic.

of rope? :haha:

And across the street, I think we can pretty much write-off San Lorenzo from happening. They had reported that they would be open in the Spring of 2009. If they haven't started by now, it's not going to happen. It's been at least 5 years; Too bad, that was one project I would have liked to see happen.

sakyle04 Jun 12, 2008 8:48 PM

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Originally Posted by kornbread (Post 3606035)
of rope? :haha:

And across the street, I think we can pretty much write-off San Lorenzo from happening. They had reported that they would be open in the Spring of 2009. If they haven't started by now, it's not going to happen. It's been at least 5 years; Too bad, that was one project I would have liked to see happen.

ya, piazza san lorenzo seems dead. i guess its been dead for awhile, but i am only now ready to admit that we need to bury it and move on.

bad news - no development there.
good news - potential for new, taller, and even more creative development there....


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