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Old Posted Jun 29, 2009, 10:16 PM
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There was a time DT San Antonio had several high-rise banks:NBC,Frost,Alamo,Interfirst or First Republic, and Travis. It would be nice if Broadway built a tower DT.
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I wish SA still had a great historical looking DT. For 5 years I'd catch the bus downtown and always walk around, evening missing a couple of buses by choice to keep exploring. Everytime I saw something new, some new piece of architecture I missed before. What I finally realized was the era of such beauty was over. Everything newer was bland, flat, and meant nothing to DT and contributed only to infill. WIth the exception of the Vistana, most new buildings don't bring the glory that buildings of the past once did. There are modern buildings that do stand out in a good way and showcase the beauty of modern architecture. I wish we had some of those because buildings if the past wont be built. I hope the city could one day embrace modern architecture in a way that enhances DT rather than toning down a building so much it has an adverse effect such the the GH or La Quinta. I visited NYC a few times and it shows that even in the midst of meodern hirighes the classic stlye buildngs stand out. I'm sure the sane could happen here. If not highrises then midrises could do the work. By showcasing newer and creative buildings and not being scared to have them DT I think it would be pretty cool to show a timeline almost of how the city has evolved and how things change. Though I'm for a skyscraper I'd be scared to think that something could be taller than the ToA. In time, if it ever happens, I think the city would look back and see that larger and modern buidlings dont distract from the beauty of the city, rather, they enhance it and showcase the city as no longer stuck in the past but instead ready to move into the future but retain and embrace its historical past.

I know this doesnt add much or go along with what I've/Ya'll have been writing lately but for some reason I felt compelled to type this, idk why
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^^^ I agree 100% man. But we won't ever see things like that unless some one speaks up about it.
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Not quite sure if anyone else has noticed (or can confirm, maybe I'm just slow motion on this) but I believe that construction has started at the site for the CIA building at Pearl. I think I saw a couple mobile cranes there.
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They've started. You can see it from 281.
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Old Posted Jul 7, 2009, 3:29 PM
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Also on Presa; any idea what is going on with Yndo's properties (Pig Stand/Old Postal Workers Union office.) I saw it was being gutted/demo'd. Maybe he's starting something else (or not) since St. B's is almost complete?
Nevermind. Just got message from him telling me that the former Pig Stand is going to be a Burger/Shake place, and the building across is going to be for Ricos Products HQ's, since they sold their S. Flores bldg to HEB.



BTW: St B's is now for lease and has both regular residential, commercial and work/live spaces.
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Anyone have details on the tilt-wall construction going on at the victoria commons site closest to I-37?
Still waiting...

Anyone have renderings or info about the tilt-wall stuff going up at Victoria Commons?

2-3 stories-ish? Limited windows...?

Bueller?
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Old Posted Jul 8, 2009, 8:40 PM
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Still waiting...

Anyone have renderings or info about the tilt-wall stuff going up at Victoria Commons?

2-3 stories-ish? Limited windows...?

Bueller?
not sure which are final renderings but here is what it might look like.
4 stories, up to the sidewalk, wrapped garage, 2 buildings.... similar to Quarry Village. Less Tuscan-Texan, more 1800 or 1221 Broadway, which by the way is now updated on the Lake/Flato site.
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1221 is incredible!!!!!! hope that starts transforming the shell soon.

the tilt-wall stuff at VC must be the parking garages...will be nice to see them wrapped in residences.
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Old Posted Jul 8, 2009, 10:33 PM
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Yeah, I've fallen in love with 1221 Broadway, it looks awesome!
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Looks like Liberty Bar is only going to move and not have 2 locations like previously stated:

Liberty Bar is moving south
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The Liberty Bar soon will be crooked no more. Instead, it will be rather saintly.

For 25 years, the iconic San Antonio restaurant has operated on Josephine Street in a leaning house dating to the 1890s.

But Dwight Hobart, the restaurant's owner, will be moving the restaurant to the former St. Scholastica Convent on South Alamo Street sometime early next year.

“It will still be the Liberty Bar,” Hobart said. “It will have the same management, same menu.”

Hobart announced in March 2008 that he purchased the former convent site in order to open a new restaurant. At the time, he planned to keep the Liberty Bar open and have two restaurants.
story continues....
I think Southtown is slowly headed in a good direction. With Judson Lofts 84 units almost completely gone, St. B's adding 66 units and 240ish units added at Victoria Commons, I think the neighborhood is slowly adding some life to the edge of DT proper. Another project or two and we might see reasoning as to why HEB closed the S. Presa location and recently purchased some land on Flores (not attached to their Arsenal HQ's.) It could be that they just needed extra office/parking space..?? Maybe not. It could be that a location closer to DT/King William/Lavaca would make more sense.
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Wasn't their official reason for leaving that location because of the HEB plus at McCreless?
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With as much protest as they got from that section of town during the closure, it seemed "official" enough reason to say that.
But I'm not saying that wasn't the reason, I'm just speculating on their recent purchase of land on Flores.
All we can do is sit and wait to see what they do. We might hear something sooner than we all think.
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Where exactly did HEB buy land?
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Old Posted Jul 12, 2009, 3:39 AM
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They bought Rico's HQ on Flores. Rico's is moving their HQ to the old Pig Stand on Presa or is it Alamo?
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Where exactly did HEB buy land?
Old Ricos building next to AztecaTV on Flores, across the street from Commanders House and Park.
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They bought Rico's HQ on Flores. Rico's is moving their HQ to the old Pig Stand on Presa or is it Alamo?
Ricos is moving across the street from the Pig Stand. The Pig Stand is going to be reopened as a Burger & Shake place.
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Old Ricos building next to AztecaTV on Flores, across the street from Commanders House and Park.

Ricos is moving across the street from the Pig Stand. The Pig Stand is going to be reopened as a Burger & Shake place.
Yeah, I knew I got something wrong. Was close though.
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I was in San Antonio this weekend. I took a bunch of pictures of course.

What are those two cranes at Brook Army Medical Center for? That construction site looked massive!

I had a great time in San Antonio. Even though it was hot as can be. I really like the way Vistana turned out.
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The Pig Stand is going to be reopened as a Burger & Shake place.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
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I was in San Antonio this weekend. I took a bunch of pictures of course.

What are those two cranes at Brook Army Medical Center for? That construction site looked massive!

I had a great time in San Antonio. Even though it was hot as can be. I really like the way Vistana turned out.
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