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Old Posted Feb 26, 2008, 6:40 AM
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(SA) City Proposes Arts and Entertainment District on Near East Side


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Proposed arts district is focus of workshop

Web Posted: 02/24/2008 11:43 PM CST

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The city's Planning and Community Development Department and San Antonio for Growth on the East Side (SAGE) are holding a community workshop to gather input for a proposed arts and entertainment district.

The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Heritage Room at St. Philip's College at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive.

A type of special zoning designation, an arts and entertainment district would provide protection for existing arts and entertainment venues and promote additional venues and other compatible uses, according to a news release from the city.

Areas near the Alamodome and the AT&T Center are being considered as potential sites for the district.

For more information, call (210) 207-0145.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/met...t.37aed1a.html

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Old Posted Feb 26, 2008, 6:42 AM
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Don't confuse this with the Performing Arts District being formed in River North.

Also, from that article it looks like EastTown is being considered. I think that would be the most ideal location.
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Thank you God.I hope they pick the AT&T Center site.
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http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/met...t.367ab12.html

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E. Side arts district eyed

Web Posted: 03/02/2008 08:53 PM CST

Elaine Ayo
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The city's Planning and Community Development Department is considering creating a zoning overlay district on the East Side aimed at cultivating arts and entertainment venues, though some community members have balked at the idea.

The district would impose design standards on new development projects and limit uses to compatible businesses such as art galleries, boutiques and multifamily housing, Senior Planner Michael Taylor said.

Boundaries for the district are not set, but the project's study area follows East Commerce Street east from near-downtown neighborhoods and the Alamodome to the area near the AT&T Center and the Willow Springs Golf Course.

Defined by legislation enacted in June, this type of arts and entertainment district also makes area businesses that promote cultural activities eligible for incentives such as grants or tax breaks, said Bobbye Hamilton, executive director for San Antonio for Growth on the East Side (SAGE), a new nonprofit organization geared toward spurring development in District 2.

"In San Antonio, some are already in place, but they are more for amusement parks; this is the other sense of what it could be," Hamilton said.

But some community members pleaded with the city to reconsider the district at a workshop to gather community input Tuesday night, saying the district would threaten the residential character of the neighborhood.

"There is a planning tool called a charrette, but this is a charade," said Nettie Hinton, a member of the Dignowity Hill Neighborhood Association.

Hinton added that the city should work toward finishing what has been started, listing several projects for the area, including the proposed hike-and-bike trail connecting Salado Creek to downtown and plans to restore historic cemeteries on East Commerce Street.

"These are plans already made that are sitting on the shelf somewhere," Hinton said, also citing a study completed by the Urban Land Institute in 2005 that she said has yet to be followed.

Others at the workshop were optimistic about the district's potential, saying they'd like to see uses in the area such as bookstores and restaurants along with wide sidewalks and design elements that complement the area's historic character.

"We have been waiting for over 21 years for some economic development in and around the Alamodome," resident David Arevalo said.

For Mark Outing, owner of Fatty's Burgers and More at 1624 E. Commerce St., the idea looked promising, but he is concerned about the city overlooking the businesses already established in the area.

"If someone moved here, they'd be willing to compensate them. ... But what about us that are already here?" Outing said, adding that the city does seem serious about taking action. "I agree that what they're doing now is more than talk."

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ZONING OVERLAY DISTRICTS

Zoning overlay districts establish strict and specific design and use standards within a designated area for the purpose of guiding future development. Overlay districts are also sometimes used to update zoning designations in areas where the zoning rules on the books don't match or aren't compatible with what is currently built around the property.

WHAT'S NEXT?

The Planning and Community Development Department will present tentative plans for the district on the East Side based on community feedback March 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room at St. Philip's College at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive.

Another public hearing will be held later in the year to present plans based on the first two meetings. The arts and entertainment district must be approved by both the Zoning Commission and the City Council for it to take effect.
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The area along 37 would be the most ideal area for an A&E District.
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Wasn't there a development proposed here not too long ago? It was being developed by a developer called Holly Hall I think.
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Wasn't there a development proposed here not too long ago? It was being developed by a developer called Holly Hall I think.
Holly Hills.

http://eastsidevision.info/Vision.htm
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Wasn't there a development proposed here not too long ago? It was being developed by a developer called Holly Hall I think.
Funny enough, some of the stuff the city wants to put in the A&E District if the at&t arena area is chosen is very similar to the Holly Hills proposal. That being, stadiums, auto racing, repositioning the golf course, convention facilities, etc
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Why not team up with Holly Hills then? They had a really nice proposal.
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Why not team up with Holly Hills then? They had a really nice proposal.
Who knows, maybe they will. Holly Hills still says their idea/development isn't dead.
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That would make a great TOD.
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First we need some TOT.
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2008, 11:13 PM
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Does anyone know if that rail yard along 35 is ever going to cease to operate?
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I read it was supposed to close.Have you drove by it lately?
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Old Posted Mar 22, 2008, 3:45 AM
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No, I've actually never driven by the rail yards. I've driven through the area in question (potential a&e district) many times but never the rail yards.

I know with the new UP multimodal terminal on the southwest side that two rail yards are supposed to close but I am not sure which two.
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