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Old Posted Jun 14, 2019, 12:30 PM
Rynetwo Rynetwo is offline
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If you are a SABJ subscriber this is a really good read. The and a local developer are having competing visions for the northern upper Broadway area.

About 20% of the article...

Change is coming to the upper portion of Lower Broadway between East Grayson Street and East Hildebrand Avenue. There's far less clarity from commercial real estate owners, industry professionals and city planners about what that will look like as numerous properties await plans for reuse or redevelopment.

Perhaps the stretch's most iconic commercial property, the 347,426-square-foot AT&T Building at 4119 Broadway St., has been agreed to be bought by the neighboring University of the Incarnate Word. While UIW has expressed interest in turning the building into classrooms, student housing or office space, no plans have been set.

Next door to the AT&T Building is the office of Harper/Huddleston Inc., a local real estate investment company run by father-and-son duo Glenn and Harper Huddleston. The elder Huddleston has owned property along this stretch of Broadway since 1976, with a 32-property portfolio that includes 16 on Broadway, according to Reonomy, including the Boardwalk Mall, a 16-unit apartment complex and the property that Shake Shack now calls home. Most recently, the Huddleston's bought the site of the shuttered Sonic Drive-In at 3521 Broadway, for which they have not made redevelopment plans.

Further down the road, the beloved Kiddie Park — at 3015 Broadway next to the new Shake Shack — will close after July 4 and move off Broadway to the San Antonio Zoo. Like others, it's not clear what will become of that real estate after it's vacated.

This upper half of Lower Broadway is set for change, perhaps equal to or greater in magnitude than what's occurred along the connecting 1.4-mile stretch between East Houston to East Grayson streets. The city, its planners and other stakeholders talk about a vision for the upper stretch as a thriving mixed-use corridor with high-density housing. However, besides two proposed mixed-use projects south of East Mulberry Avenue, no other such projects along this stretch have been announced. And to what extent this upper stretch will mirror its lower counterpart is a story yet to be written.
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