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Old Posted Oct 21, 2007, 5:26 AM
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SA - The Landmark

The Landmark

  • Residential: 1,500 units
  • Location: Far Northwest
  • Office: 1 million square feet
  • Retail: 600,000 square feet
  • Hotels: Two




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Old Posted Oct 21, 2007, 5:32 AM
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I don't think anyone could hate this development, even if it's in the suburbs. Things I really like are the grid like layout, the numerous parking garages, the center plaza, the fact that many of the office buildings will be 10-stories or higher and that one of the two hotels will be a new to the market high end brand.

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Old Posted Oct 22, 2007, 2:26 AM
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Sadly I must bump this thread.
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I like it
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i think it is gonna be a masterpiece of the puzzle! i am excited that each corner brings with it something different but for everyone!
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Are the Shops of La Cantera open air???
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Are the Shops of La Cantera open air???
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Old Posted Oct 23, 2007, 5:47 AM
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Those are crappy pictures of The Shops, but it is a very nice place. By crappy I just mean in the first one you have a bunch of trees cluttering up the middle view and in the second, that area of the mall is basically the entrance way to the food hall and all the stores in that area are generic mall stores, FYE, Sephora, Claires, etc.
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I'm impressed how fast and accurately sirkingwilliam finds information! I'm not sure there has been a public announcement about name change, nor posting of new master plan concept for The Landmark. Good work!
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I'm impressed how fast and accurately sirkingwilliam finds information! I'm not sure there has been a public announcement about name change, nor posting of new master plan concept for The Landmark. Good work!
Theres been a huge ass sign on the property reading "the landmark" for some time now....i think its around the 4th or 5th big ass sign with a different name i've seen on that property now. But of course what counts...dirt turning nothing. They cleared out all those trees way too soon......i'd rather see a bunch of trees for a few more years than barren land...
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Huh?
There hasn't been shit going on, on that piece of land since they cleared out all the trees which was over a year ago. The only new changes have been the frequent signage changes.
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Old Posted Nov 8, 2007, 12:25 PM
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There hasn't been shit going on, on that piece of land since they cleared out all the trees which was over a year ago. The only new changes have been the frequent signage changes.
Actually, site work is beginning as construction of the office buildings will begin in early January. Also, please discontinue the use of the curse words. What are you, 15?
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San Antonio Bizjournal

Randy Lankford

It doesn’t take a gemologist to see the 400 acres at the southeast corner of Interstate Highway 10 West and Loop 1604 on San Antonio’s Northwest Side is a diamond in the rough. But it does take a certain vision to imagine what that diamond is going to look like once it’s been cut and polished.

Brad Galo, chief executive officer of Galo Properties, has that vision.

Surrounded by thousands of rooftops; UTSA; giant employers like USAA and Valero Energy Corp, and at the intersection of two of San Antonio’s most heavily traveled freeways, 98 acres of the site will soon be joining upscale shopping and leisure developments The Rim, The Shops at La Cantera and The Westin La Cantera Resort as part of what is rapidly becoming San Antonio’s entertainment epicenter.

Galo is turning the property into a mixed-use combination of retailers, multi-family housing, offices and hotels to be known as The Landmark.

The development plans for the land were stipulated by the former owners, a family from Mexico doing business as Galleria Ventures Ltd.

“They’ve owned those 400 acres for many years,” says Deborah Bauer, president of Drake Commercial Group, who brokered the deal. “It’s controlled by a group of cousins whose fathers were brothers. They wanted to see the land developed in a spectacular way. They didn’t want to cut it up into pieces and sell it one acre at a time. Now, the cousins want to fulfill that vision. They want to see it developed in a quality way.”

The family had already sold the parcel once. But when Florida-based retail developer Turnberry Associates didn’t follow through on development plans, Bauer was asked to find another - and this time, local - developer.

“So I took it to Brad,” explains Bauer. He has a great reputation here in town. He has the ability to look at a project from a local point of view and see the opportunities.”

Galo, in turn, partnered with Fulcrum Development to purchase the property in June ‘07 in a deal that had to be completed quickly. “When we discussed selling the property the cousins were looking for someone who understands the market and understands this is a prime corner.” Bauer adds. “If we’re going to sell it, let’s sell t to someone local and do it quickly.”

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Walt Busby, president and chief operating officer of Galo Properties, says the speedy deal came at a price. “It wasn’t a wholesale purchase. A lot of time we buy properties in the thousands of acres and end up with a commercial piece about this big but rarely do we buy a site that’s 100 percent commercial,” he explains. “This is a little unusual for us, but it’s such a unique corner, probably one of the preeminent corners in the state that we just couldn’t pass it up.”

Since purchasing the property Galo has been working with numerous firms to create a master site plan to make sure the parcel is developed to its full potential.

“It’s like cutting a diamond,” Busby explains. “If you mess up on that first cut then the values are somewhat impaired after that. We don’t want to do that. We want our first cut to be our best shot at it and to bring the best people to bear on the front end and then have them stay with us throughout the development.”

“It’s going to meet or exceed all the city’s requirements. There are going to be upscale street designs with landscaped medians and a couple of lanes in each direction. There will be sidewalks and jogging trails throughout. It’s going to be a little bit different than what you’re used to seeing.”

“We don’t have a final site plan yet, but we’re able to start preparing for the future by developing the master utility plan so regardless of what goes in there we have a way of serving the needs of that development..”

Galo is planning to break ground on phase one of the project in the third quarter. The site is expected to eventually be home to 1.5 million square feet of office space and 400,000 square feet of retail. Busby is also projecting a 35-acre mixed-use site combing ground floor retail with an upper level of multi-family housing and office.

“San Antonio is a different kind of city to do that in. It works well in high-density downtown locations because you have so many people,” Busby says. “Trying to do it in more suburban locations , you want it to be real instead of just a movie set. You want to have real tenants living there and paying rent. So that’s the challenge, to make it attractive and high-energy and a place people want to live, shop and eat.”

Busby adds that Galo Properties is also talking to several hotel operators about building a 200+ room hotel on the site.
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^^^ Seriously! Where in the world do you get all of your info, sirkingwilliam?
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looks decent, but all of that green space in the aerial shot saddens me, i'm sure it'll be gone in no time. any details on the exact design of the residential portion? seems like it is similar to domain, only without rail access.
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Actually, there's a rail line just east of The Landmark, you can see it in the second rendering. It's at the top right, just right of the future overpass for Vance Jackson. Nothing proposed for it now but in the future you never know. With La Joya being built adjacent to The Landmark and bordering that rail line, it would be logical to have a future site for a light rail station there.

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Old Posted Nov 4, 2007, 8:49 PM
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I think this side of town has enough shopping....what this area needs is urban life...highrise condos restaurants highrise work buildings entertainment......other than shopping
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