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Old Posted Nov 6, 2008, 5:06 PM
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I hope it is,
Broadway and other streets leading in/out of DT need to look like this
or this
more than this.
downtown arteries and veins need to bleed and feed SA to the "heart" of the city.
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ouch. great little post. painful to see how much work is left to do there.

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At least the power lines are buried in that area of Broadway, unlike what you see farther north
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Complaining about power lines, oldmanshirt?

That is why you are the at-large president of COGSADCAJA!!

Head down to your local Denny's immediately. Get a cup of decaf and make an ugly comment about either politics or "young people".
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Went down to SA last Wed. Came in from Austin, headed west on 410 and exited Nacagdoches Rd and made our way down to Broadway and then finally to D.T. What a beautiful drive it was. Glad we got lost!
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At least the power lines are buried in that area of Broadway, unlike what you see farther north
thats a good start; hopefully the rest fills in and river north brings the proper amount of residents to encourage the appropriate growth that follows.
I wonder if Cavender will get lifts like this to minimize their footprint DT?

I took a look at the progress on River North and its looking good.
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Complaining about power lines, oldmanshirt?

That is why you are the at-large president of COGSADCAJA!!

Head down to your local Denny's immediately. Get a cup of decaf and make an ugly comment about either politics or "young people".
I can't help it, its a big time pet-peeve

At least Alamo Heights voted themselves a tax hike to fix their power lines, so hopefully SA will follow suit on that stretch of Broadway.
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Lifshutz is one step closer to another new Blue Star-area project getting off the ground...

Feds target Big Tex dirt danger
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/Fed...rt_danger.html

Federal crews will begin removing toxic soil Monday from the old Big Tex site, potentially clearing the way for the redevelopment of the rundown collection of industrial buildings on the banks of the San Antonio River.

The cleanup should eliminate the last vestiges of asbestos contamination that has lingered for decades and blocked plans to turn the dilapidated site into an artsy mixed-use development similar to the nearby Blue Star Arts Complex.

Area residents got their first look at the cleanup plan Wednesday night at a meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency, and were happy with what they saw.

Neighbors who live in nearby King William have been lobbying for better testing and cleanup at Big Tex since the San Antonio Express-News first reported in 2005 the link between the site and W.R. Grace & Co., which is known to have shipped millions of tons of asbestos-contaminated ore throughout the country.

“I think they should have done this a long time ago,” resident Ellen Garza said. “The sooner the better.”

EPA crews in full protective gear will begin removing at least 1,100 cubic yards of contaminated soil Monday, scraping off at least 6 inches of ground in multiple areas of the 7.5-acre site. The hazardous soil will be buried at a landfill.

EPA Site Coordinator Eric Delgado said workers will constantly spray the area with water to keep down dust and set up a system of air quality monitors to ensure no airborne asbestos fibers escape the site.

“The minute anyone sees dust, we will stop work. Even if it is just a poof,” he said. “That's just what we have to do. We realize we're not in the middle of nowhere. We're in people's backyards.”

Crews also will decontaminate two buildings on the site that tested positive for asbestos.

Sitting adjacent to the Blue Star Arts Complex and across the river from King William, the Big Tex site is named after the grain company whose logo still can be seen on one of the buildings. But it's the area's link with W.R. Grace that has caused trouble.

The company is known to have sent millions of tons of vermiculite ore from its mine in Libby, Mont., to 200 locations throughout the country despite, according to federal court documents, company officials' knowledge that the ore was tainted with tremolite, or amphibole asbestos.

The San Antonio site was one of the company's largest plants, processing more than 100,000 tons of the tainted ore from 1961 to 1989.Asbestos can cause lung cancer and other deadly illnesses, and the W.R. Grace asbestos is a particularly hazardous form. In Libby, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the rate of deaths from asbestosis, a lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos, was about 60 times higher than the national average.

Delgado said there are no known health problems linked to the San Antonio site, but he said state health officials are attempting to find people who worked at the site. Health officials have said anyone who worked or played near the site when W.R. Grace operated in the area should notify their family physician.

Soil and air testing conducted at Big Tex earlier this year showed asbestos contamination in 26 50-by-50 foot grids, as well as two buildings.

“No asbestos risk was detected offsite,” Delgado said. “That's a good thing.”

The cleanup will cost about $500,000. The EPA initially will pay the costs and then try to collect from any of the site's former or current owners judged responsible.

Owner James Lifshutz, who bought the site long after the asbestos operation shut down, didn't know whether the federal government would judge him responsible for the cleanup.

“That's yet to be worked out,” he said.

Lifshutz still wants to tear down the old facilities and replace them with his planned mixed-use development, but wouldn't hazard a timeline for the project. He was happy with the EPA's cleanup plans.

“I'm pleased that it appears this is finally going to happen, and that when it does happen there will be no questions left about he safety of the site,” Lifshutz said. “That's what I've been asking for all along.”
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Big Tex rendering...



Big Tex
San Antonio, Texas

Under development, owner and developer of this mixed-use residential & retail development on a 7-acre site on the San Antonio River in the Southtown/King William Historic District of San Antonio.

The site adjoins the Blue Star Complex immediately to the north.

source: http://www.lifshutz.com/bigtex.html
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Feds target Big Tex dirt danger

You beat me to it kyle.
from alamoarchitects.com

Looking good on the end of Southtown.
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Looks like work will begin on Monday at the BIG Tex site.
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Does anyone know whats being built over by the old Union Stock Yards?
There is work being done right off Interstate 35 southbound. It used to be an old slaughter house in the corner, and it was demolished, and the land has sat empty for years until now.
Saw the "notice to public," its going to be multi-family housing.
something like this
from planning.org website




From 2006 proposal:
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Our proposed 2020 Vision for the Union
Stockyard District is the creation of a transit-oriented
development zoning overlay that will focus on mixed -
use development and urban housing around a
planned commuter rail. This will function both as a
centerpiece of the district and as an integrated link
with the rest of the community.
The blocks north of Pendelton Street will be
redeveloped to create a pedestrian friendly
neighborhood pattern by provid ing store front retail
with housing above , landscaping and paving
improvements, on-street parking, and a Town Square
at the intersection of Saltillo and Frio City.
The focus of the Town Square is the commuter
rail station and bus transfer which connects this
urban district to Downtown San Antonio, UTSA
Downtown Campus, the San Antonio International
Airport , the Toyota plant, and the City of Austin and
surrounding towns.
Our proposal emphasizes the following objectives:
•Create a monumental gateway at the intersection of
Frio City Road, Laredo Street, and San Marcos
Street.
•Convert Frio City Road and Saltillo into a two - way
street with a commuter rail system running through
the center, as well as providing bicycl e and
pedestrian paths connecting to Apache Creek and
other parts of the district.
•Creat e two to three stories mixed-use buildings that
will contain housing , offices and retail that
compliment the Transit Oriented Development.
•Create a Town Center that combines a transit plaza
for outdoor even ts and accommodates a variety of
uses that include retail and office uses as well as
residential on the second and/or third floor with a
parking structure on the opposite side of the transit
station.
•Create a produce market to serve both the
Stockyard District and the rest of the City of San
Antonio.
•Improve Brazos Street with landscaping, lighting,
and paving to link Collins Garden Park to the Center
as well as to other parts of the district
.



by the looks of the master plan, it looks like the entire development will go up past Laredo St. which will link with Southtown/SoFlo to the East, and includes the area down Frio City Rd. which will hopefully one day make a nice connector to the Kelly Town Center development. I like how the "transit/commuter rail is mentioned quite a few times.
I have the entire pdf and link if someone wants to read through the whole thing.
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Yeah, if you post SA pics on flickr, ydoc14 will find them.
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^Haha, yep, that's at least the 2nd time ydoc14 has posted a forumers flickr photos.
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Yeah, if you post SA pics on flickr, ydoc14 will find them.
Yes, so be careful what you put on there!
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You know its a good thing that those streets are already well connected. I love the description of this revitalization, I hope it comes into full fruition.

Which creek is that one off the top of the render?
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There was an article in the EN about light rail and the comparison made the entire time was Portland.
Is SA ready for light rail?
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By Patrick Driscoll and John Tedesco
- Express-News PORTLAND, Ore. — ...............................
Built for walking

The ability of light rail to shape a neighborhood into a walker's haven has been closely watched at Portland's Orenco Station, which opened in 1977.

The development turned farmland into a town square and light-rail stop surrounded by brownstone condos with shops on the ground floor, cottages, parks, a clubhouse and a grocery store all within a 15-minute walk.

Five years later, 85 percent of residents relied less on cars, according to a Lewis and Clark College study. Many commuters still drove solo to work — three of four — but 69 percent used transit more than they did in their old neighborhoods.

A majority surveyed also said their new community was friendlier and more cohesive.

“We love it,” said John Irving, 68, who moved near Orenco Station four years ago.

He and his wife used to own two cars but downsized to one thanks to light rail. As seniors, they also pay cheaper fares.

“We like being able to get on the light rail, like we're doing now,” Irving said as a MAX train pulled up to Orenco Station. Moments later, he and his family were on their way.

Tedesco reported from Portland.


Now if they can put this idea to the Union Stockyards and show how great this walkable community design is.
In asking people from here; of course most would oppose it, you never really know what you're missing until you've tried it.
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You know its a good thing that those streets are already well connected. I love the description of this revitalization, I hope it comes into full fruition.

Which creek is that one off the top of the render?
If you're talking of the one of the map, then that is Apache Creek; it comes from Elmendorf "Lake" and runs parallel to Laredo St. from Zarzamora to 35.
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