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Old Posted Aug 19, 2009, 3:49 PM
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No, not Brack Park, BUT there's an area between 281 and the Brack golf course filled with small old houses that would be ideal for a street grid development with mid-rises and high rises right next to the soon-to-be expanded Riverwalk.

That's the River Road neighborhood, the biggest NIMBY community (in my opinion) in a city renowned for its NIMBYs.
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I havent been in that area since 2006 fall, and I love that area! Good idea!
I'm not even good at sarcasm.

the point was that brackenridge, like TOA, is part of the fabric of the city and is untouchable in development terms.
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Old Posted Aug 19, 2009, 4:07 PM
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And River Road is a fantastic neighborhood that should be maintained as is. There are plenty of crappy lots where high-rises can be built. River Road has character and charm that is so sorely lacking as you get out of DT SA.
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Old Posted Aug 19, 2009, 5:33 PM
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That's the River Road neighborhood, the biggest NIMBY community (in my opinion) in a city renowned for its NIMBYs.
That must be why the 150,000 or so sq ft of office space directly to the north is spread out over a bunch of five story buildings.

And SKW, your sarcasm came through loud and clear to those of us who try just as hard to listen to and comprehend the arguments of others as they do to come up with their own.

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Old Posted Aug 19, 2009, 5:52 PM
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And River Road is a fantastic neighborhood that should be maintained as is. There are plenty of crappy lots where high-rises can be built. River Road has character and charm that is so sorely lacking as you get out of DT SA.
Agreed. There are tons of lots across and around the Pearl Development that will probably see development before there ever is a need to wipe out an entire neighborhood.
Although it is a bit slower than some of us would like, I think that these surrounding neighborhoods are doing a good job at anchoring DT with renovations, restorations, demos where they are need and replacements with townhomes or duplexes. In time, when there is a slight upward demand in housing and prices, we will begin to see new construction of low and mid rises where empty lots or industrial areas used to be. I think it will add the right mix of housing options and density that Center City needs for now. We've got alot of empty lots to go though.
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2009, 1:55 AM
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Agreed. There are tons of lots across and around the Pearl Development that will probably see development before there ever is a need to wipe out an entire neighborhood.
Although it is a bit slower than some of us would like, I think that these surrounding neighborhoods are doing a good job at anchoring DT with renovations, restorations, demos where they are need and replacements with townhomes or duplexes. In time, when there is a slight upward demand in housing and prices, we will begin to see new construction of low and mid rises where empty lots or industrial areas used to be. I think it will add the right mix of housing options and density that Center City needs for now. We've got alot of empty lots to go though.
Why tear down a neighborhood? Just tear down all those ugly parking lots like Houston is currently doing. Looks much better that way. Some of the views outside those buildings (SA) are really ugly because of all those dirty lots.
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I still don't know what the project behind the Fire Station is going to be. I say it is going to be a parking garage. It needs to be. I'm just wondering what the plan is for parking for Embassy, Towneplace, and Indigo. Seems to me like something needs to be done soon; Indigo is set to go live in 3 weeks and Towneplace Suites is not too far behind.

A little inside info; I've been told that a company at One Riverwalk has to lease more spaces at St. Mary's garage because the parking garage next to it is currently full, plus the new tenants at BofA building will take up a few more. This "company" has been hiring at lightning speed. They've hired 300 or so in the last year and are renovating another floor of 1riverwalk to make room for future hires. Now if we could just get more jobs DT.
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I still don't know what the project behind the Fire Station is going to be. I say it is going to be a parking garage. It needs to be. I'm just wondering what the plan is for parking for Embassy, Towneplace, and Indigo. Seems to me like something needs to be done soon; Indigo is set to go live in 3 weeks and Towneplace Suites is not too far behind.

A little inside info; I've been told that a company at One Riverwalk has to lease more spaces at St. Mary's garage because the parking garage next to it is currently full, plus the new tenants at BofA building will take up a few more. This "company" has been hiring at lightning speed. They've hired 300 or so in the last year and are renovating another floor of 1riverwalk to make room for future hires. Now if we could just get more jobs DT.
Wait, what is this "Indigo"? and I believe townplace was where the Dallas was, right? Last I heard that place was not going to open till 2011, dont know why that is so.
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Wait, what is this "Indigo"? and I believe townplace was where the Dallas was, right? Last I heard that place was not going to open till 2011, dont know why that is so.

Indigo is in the Gibbs building. According the HI website the hotels (the Alamo and Riverwalk locations) will not open until October.

http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/in/...as/san-antonio
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Indigo is in the Gibbs building. According the HI website the hotels (the Alamo and Riverwalk locations) will not open until October.

http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/in/...as/san-antonio
Funny, it just goes to show how quickly things change. DTblog had Sept. 8th as opening just 10 days ago. I just called and got Oct. 1st as the earliest date. They must've needed extra time for the C of O for the restaurant/bar.?. A couple of extra windows and some windex and it looks done. Oh well... 1 month won't change much, and this just gets one more unused building out of the way and put to good use.
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Also, the Marriott Courtyard on the river is supposed to open in September
(see the Aug. 14th post: http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblogs/downtown/ )

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For locals it's kind of "So What?" news, but this is a good opportunity to mention that Augie's Barbed Wire Smokehouse is NOT moving into the hotel's River Walk restaurant space. It's a shame because they're local. Just what restaurant is moving in, nobody knows.

At least the sidewalk's open again.

On a side note, the north entrance to the River Walk there at the North St. Mary's Street bridge is closed off because of work being done for the River Walk improvement project.
I always thought it was wierd that a BBQ joint like Augie's was going to set up shop there. My guess is that some franchise type shop will open there now. Is there a restaurant in newer Drury?
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Also, the Marriott Courtyard on the river is supposed to open in September
(see the Aug. 14th post: http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblogs/downtown/ )



I always thought it was wierd that a BBQ joint like Augie's was going to set up shop there. My guess is that some franchise type shop will open there now. Is there a restaurant in newer Drury?
Its been awhile since I hear anything about the Marriott downtown. I think the building is beautiful. It reminds of the a few hotels in NYC, like the Hilton Gardens inn and the Hamton Inn in Manhattan, both next to each other, just more mordern.
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Its been awhile since I hear anything about the Marriott downtown. I think the building is beautiful. It reminds of the a few hotels in NYC, like the Hilton Gardens inn and the Hamton Inn in Manhattan, both next to each other, just more mordern.
Oh, on that note, whoever as pictures of that hotel or is about to take some (I know we have some good picture takers here) post some!
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http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/Pla...nner_city.html
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http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/Pla...nner_city.html
That link didn't work for me. It's here (for now):
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/53865657.html
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Old Posted Aug 21, 2009, 7:48 AM
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I posted that earlier:

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Plans for the Joske's building (formerly occupied by Dillard's) have been stalled.

http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblog...mmer.html#more

Fogo de Chao will open at the end of the month. An unnamed night club (perhaps Blackstone Lounge?) will open beneath it. Plans across from this site will include 3 restaurants (2 new to SA). Construction may begin before years end.
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Forumer LSyd posted a nice photo thread of San Antonio that he did, here:
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Plans for the Joske's building (formerly occupied by Dillard's) have been stalled.

http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblog...mmer.html#more

Fogo de Chao will open at the end of the month. An unnamed night club (perhaps Blackstone Lounge?) will open beneath it. Plans across from this site will include 3 restaurants (2 new to SA). Construction may begin before years end.
Fogo, I'm assuming, had a soft opening or special invite event today.... It was packed in there.
It creates a huge buzz from street level and draws attention to the Mall.

The Aztec is lit up on St. Marys and the corner, brings a little bit of action to the core of Commerce.

Durango Phase of Victoria Commons is looking good. They are on the 4th floor on building 1 and should start on the 2nd floor on building 2. It almost brings a sense of great density on that part of Durango. Either that or I guess I just got used to having an empty lot there.

Expansion of the Justice Center is topped out. 10 floors adds alot to that area. It should fill out nicely once the skeleton gets finished out.

Also in that area, once the Neisner/Towneplace nears completion, it shouldn't be too long before we see the old Ace Mart get reused into a Springhill Suites on Durango/Flores; just to add a little more height/density in that area. They should get started soon, the site says Summer 2010 opening. I've seen dates move, but it still seems within reach.

Took a closer look at Indigo... the marble in the Lobby looks great. They've done a good job with that place.

Embassy Suites is getting ready to pour the 3rd floor. Should be soon, maybe this weekend. I'll be taking pics once they do.

Those 3 (Embassy, Townplace, Indigo) are going to greatly increase the activity on Houston St.

Great things happening DT.

side note: don't know if anybody else caught it, but on the HDRC agenda prior to the current one (early Aug.,) there were new plans for a new "face" to the Market Square. It was the first time I've seen it, so I'm sure we'll see it go through again. From what I saw, it removed the stage and bridge/elevator along Produce Row, opened up the windows along Produce Row and Commerce, and redesigned a new entrance for better recognition by visitors.
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