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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 6:06 PM
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SAN ANTONIO | The '68 | 8 FLOORS | U/C

I know this project is associated with Hemisfair Civic Park but I thought it deserved it's own thread now.

Initial reports said the eight-story, 150-unit, 1.1-acre complex will include 3,200 square feet of restaurant space on the ground floor and a parking garage with 238 public parking spaces.

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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 6:08 PM
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Pics from 2/13/18:

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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 6:12 PM
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That copula reminds me of the Casino Club Building's top. Nice project.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 6:28 PM
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I love it!
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Hard to get a good idea what it will look like, but it doesn't look boring. Plus it has retail, so I like it.
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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 11:30 PM
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Love the design! It will look great in the area!
Does anyone know what the nighttime pic that seems to shows different color lights is all about? It looks cool!
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They finally started work on the second floor last week. Of either the garage or the restaurant.
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Nice pics

I’m told the pre cast garage slabs will come in next, and attach to the building.
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Well, this is kind of a forgotten project, but the project is close to completion. Here's an article from the rivard report that has some pictures of the apartments and other info:

https://therivardreport.com/the-68-a...er-to-opening/
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Well, this is kind of a forgotten project, but the project is close to completion. Here's an article from the rivard report that has some pictures of the apartments and other info:

https://therivardreport.com/the-68-a...er-to-opening/
Not enthralled with the interior shot in the article, but the exterior seems fine to me.
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2019, 6:25 PM
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Not enthralled with the interior shot in the article, but the exterior seems fine to me.

Seriously. This kitchen and those fugly blinds?

This is the best they can do for a brand new development in the middle of the urban core?

The worst part is that this is what they actually allowed to be shot for promotional purposes. Like they *want* people to see this. They think this is impressive. Yikes.





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Coincidentally, I had just watched an old video on a renovated micro apartment: Tiny Origami apartment in Manhattan unfolds into 4 rooms. It's Manhattan, so the space is small and the prices are crazy, but what won me over were the windows. These were not merely cutout holes in a wall, but were defined by the architecture of the building, and in turn defined the room. I know Hemisfair is definitely not the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but the "architecture" of the room actually wasn't necessarily more high-end or especially elaborate as it was just a narrow, rectangular, 1-room efficiency space, not much greater than many dorm rooms. If only my dorm room had this:


(Photo by Rayon Richards on TimeOut New York)


(Photo by Alan Tansey on shoebox dwelling)

$235,000 for 450 sq. ft. and still having to hang a window AC unit over the view of the back alley while also folding your bed down into the "living room," but that little corner set of operable windows no bigger than my breakfast nook is beautiful. Hehe, they're even still using plain blinds. I know the renovation project was really about the big blue space organizing cabinet, but it was the windows that made this place livable. Even in its pre-renovation, used-and-grimy state, it offered so much warm potential.

In many quantitative ways the rooms of The '68 are superior in construction, technology, materials, size, amenity, and affordability, but time and circumstances have created design philosophies that are so strikingly different. Maybe in 90 years it will get a comparable renovation and we will shell out a quarter million to marvel at its historic windows.


(Photo by Stephanie Marquez on the Rivard Report)
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2019, 4:55 AM
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Coincidentally, I had just watched an old video on a renovated micro apartment: Tiny Origami apartment in Manhattan unfolds into 4 rooms. It's Manhattan, so the space is small and the prices are crazy, but what won me over were the windows. These were not merely cutout holes in a wall, but were defined by the architecture of the building, and in turn defined the room. I know Hemisfair is definitely not the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but the "architecture" of the room actually wasn't necessarily more high-end or especially elaborate as it was just a narrow, rectangular, 1-room efficiency space, not much greater than many dorm rooms. If only my dorm room had this:


(Photo by Rayon Richards on TimeOut New York)


(Photo by Alan Tansey on shoebox dwelling)

$235,000 for 450 sq. ft. and still having to hang a window AC unit over the view of the back alley while also folding your bed down into the "living room," but that little corner set of operable windows no bigger than my breakfast nook is beautiful. Hehe, they're even still using plain blinds. I know the renovation project was really about the big blue space organizing cabinet, but it was the windows that made this place livable. Even in its pre-renovation, used-and-grimy state, it offered so much warm potential.

In many quantitative ways the rooms of The '68 are superior in construction, technology, materials, size, amenity, and affordability, but time and circumstances have created design philosophies that are so strikingly different. Maybe in 90 years it will get a comparable renovation and we will shell out a quarter million to marvel at its historic windows.


(Photo by Stephanie Marquez on the Rivard Report)
Very keen analysis. This building is a catalyst not a monument.

Keep in mind this is an open Internet forum ripe for all of us Monday morning quarterback’s with a ton of free capital to add 100 feet to each ill conceived building design.
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2019, 7:49 PM
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Coincidentally, I had just watched an old video on a renovated micro apartment: Tiny Origami apartment in Manhattan unfolds into 4 rooms. It's Manhattan, so the space is small and the prices are crazy, but what won me over were the windows. These were not merely cutout holes in a wall, but were defined by the architecture of the building, and in turn defined the room. I know Hemisfair is definitely not the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but the "architecture" of the room actually wasn't necessarily more high-end or especially elaborate as it was just a narrow, rectangular, 1-room efficiency space, not much greater than many dorm rooms. If only my dorm room had this:


(Photo by Rayon Richards on TimeOut New York)


(Photo by Alan Tansey on shoebox dwelling)

$235,000 for 450 sq. ft. and still having to hang a window AC unit over the view of the back alley while also folding your bed down into the "living room," but that little corner set of operable windows no bigger than my breakfast nook is beautiful. Hehe, they're even still using plain blinds. I know the renovation project was really about the big blue space organizing cabinet, but it was the windows that made this place livable. Even in its pre-renovation, used-and-grimy state, it offered so much warm potential.

In many quantitative ways the rooms of The '68 are superior in construction, technology, materials, size, amenity, and affordability, but time and circumstances have created design philosophies that are so strikingly different. Maybe in 90 years it will get a comparable renovation and we will shell out a quarter million to marvel at its historic windows.


(Photo by Stephanie Marquez on the Rivard Report)
Finally somebody with brains......
and thank you for making a VERY good point!!!

Money goes a LONG way here in beautiful, historical, and unique San Antonio!!!!
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2019, 9:35 PM
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It’s an apartment building with affordable units. If you’re not planning on leaving there I don’t see why you would even be bothered by the look of the units. Just appreciate the fact that downtown proper is getting residential units and units the average joe can afford. This will only benefit the urban core in the long run.
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Agreed, this is a start. When you build a mass of people living downtown, you can then expand on the amenities. I would not expect for a developer to build anything but the least common denominator for units that are intended for “way below” market rate rents.
When demand is there for premium finishes, they will be available. There is no reason to have upscale finishings for a clientele who can’t afford them.
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Old Posted Jul 22, 2019, 12:17 AM
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Agreed, this is a start. When you build a mass of people living downtown, you can then expand on the amenities. I would not expect for a developer to build anything but the least common denominator for units that are intended for “way below” market rate rents.
When demand is there for premium finishes, they will be available. There is no reason to have upscale finishings for a clientele who can’t afford them.
There are plenty of complexes with premium finishes scattered throughout the urban core. There needs to be more affordable priced units so downtown doesn’t become some lame homogeneous socioeconomic wasteland where one group of people can live and enjoy.

That’s what this building will help provide.
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