Element Illustration: Notion style and design of the historic Continental Lodge (3-tale at centre-appropriate) and the 15-story residence tower and parking garage, as it would show up from Commerce Avenue and the San Pedro Creek linear park. Picture: BKV Team.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The design group for the Continental Resort, Arana Constructing and new 15-tale residence tower goes prior to the city’s design critique fee Wednesday for approval of their notion for redevelopment of the 300 block of West Commerce Street.
The circumstance appears on the agenda as a combined consent merchandise, an indication that the Historic and Design Assessment Fee is previously anticipating approving the principle web site approach the Design and style Assessment Committee of the HDRC most not long ago reviewed the task with the architects on July 13. Committee users agreed that the recent design and style offered proper alternatives in regards to current historic sources and goals for the San Pedro Creek linear park, which abuts the property’s east boundary.
There are five key things of the block’s redevelopment that the design crew desires regarded. Irby Hightower of Alamo Architects is symbolizing the developer, Weston City. The issues up for consideration contain authorization to:
- Execute rehabilitative scopes of get the job done to the a few-tale Continental Hotel, such as the restoration of the historic storefront process set up a new cover system to match the unique restore the wooden home windows cleaning of the historic masonry façade and eliminate an current rear addition.
- Complete rehabilitative scope of get the job done to the two-tale Arana Setting up, which includes the repair of the historic storefront system swap non-primary aluminum windows with new windows clear the masonry restore the street canopy and take away an existing rear addition.
- Conduct rehabilitative scopes of function to the de la Garza Residence, together with the restoration of the structure’s height higher than grade restore the walls, home windows, doorways, porch and roof. The de la Garza Residence will continue being at its current area.
- Build a 15-story residential construction between the Continental Lodge and the Arana Constructing. The making will have close to 255 residential units higher than a parking composition for 342 cars.
The tower will include both of those the Continental Hotel and Arana Building–both commercial constructions constructed in the early 20th century–into its pedestrian circulation approach. Weston Urban has sited the new design to define active spaces, supply pedestrian connections among web pages, animate the street scene and determine street edges.
The control slice for vehicular access to the residence tower will be onto Laredo Avenue, which is the block’s western boundary. An art panel screening notion has been proposed for a part of the garage that stays exposed on the San Pedro Creek facet.
The metropolis is demanding that the venture be integrated into the county-financed San Pedro Creek Enhancements Venture by installing a collection of associated and linked gardens, plazas and patios. The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) was tasked with the design and redevelopment of San Pedro Creek by means of downtown, and the improvement crew is expected to coordinate with SARA on the landscape site prepare, including maintenance boundaries and storm h2o command actions, prior to their ask for for a Certificate of Appropriateness.
Amongst town staff’s quite a few tips for approval of the strategy approach are stipulations that parking decks be completely screened anywhere visible from the creek linear park and that in-depth architectural and website lighting programs be submitted for evaluation when returning for closing acceptance.
There are two architect groups on this undertaking. Alamo Architects is dependable for the rehabilitation of the historic buildings–the Continental Resort at 332 W. Commerce, the Arana Setting up at 601 Dolorosa, and the de la Garza House–constructed circa 1850 on the existing website. The historic O’Henry Property at the corner of Laredo and Dolorosa will be relocated off-web-site, and a 4,476 square-foot lobby and leasing office will choose its place.
The Dallas office of BKV Team is dependable for design and style of the new residence tower. In addition, Weston Urban retained the companies of Publish Oak Preservation Remedies to tackle preservation planning and surveys of the historic structures.
BKV Group’s Venture Summary:
“The site is to be created into a mixed-use group that offers a new residential making nestled within the present fabric of two historic structures. The new design (258 residential models) will consist of a 10-story partially prefabricated light-weight gauge steel building sitting on a 5-tale solid in put concrete garage (351 parking spaces) that blends seamlessly with the Continental Resort and Arana structures, which will be renovated into commercial, office environment, and crative lofts.
“This enhancement seeks to assist enliven the San Pedro Creek redevelopment which borders on the east side with residential units lining the parking composition and integrate the Zona Cultural District bounded on the other edges with complimentary types and materials.”
VBX reported in this June 16, 2021 article that Weston Urban is securing financing for the job by moving into a Memorandum of Knowing with Bexar County Commissioners Court docket to have their community facility corporation just take title to the land as portion of a lease-back deal. Though Weston Urban is accountable for acquiring financing, the arrangement can make the residence tax exempt, hence making it possible for Weston City to retain about half of the residential units at underneath industry lease premiums.