Function Illustration: Notion layout of the historic Continental Lodge (3-story at heart-suitable) and the 15-story residence tower and parking garage, as it would appear from Commerce Road and the San Pedro Creek linear park. Graphic: BKV Group.

Posted: 7-20-2021

by Adolfo Pesquera

San Antonio (Bexar County) — The style crew for the Continental Lodge, Arana Setting up and new 15-tale residence tower goes in advance of the city’s design review fee Wednesday for approval of their notion for redevelopment of  the 300 block of West Commerce Street.

The situation appears on the agenda as a put together consent merchandise, an indication that the Historic and Style Assessment Fee is previously anticipating approving the thought site program the Style Evaluate Committee of the HDRC most lately reviewed the undertaking with the architects on July 13. Committee users agreed that the latest layout presented appropriate answers in regards to existing historic methods and goals for the San Pedro Creek linear park, which abuts the property’s east boundary.

Strategy site plan for the 15-story infill tower, Continental Lodge and Arana Making by San Pedro Creek.

There are five big components of the block’s redevelopment that the design and style group wants deemed. Irby Hightower of Alamo Architects is representing the developer, Weston City. The challenges up for thought include authorization to:

  • Perform rehabilitative scopes of perform to the 3-tale Continental Lodge, which includes the restoration of the historic storefront technique set up a new canopy procedure to match the primary restore the wood windows cleansing of the historic masonry façade and eliminate an present rear addition.
  • Perform rehabilitative scope of get the job done to the two-story Arana Creating, such as the mend of the historic storefront method switch non-first aluminum windows with new windows clear the masonry restore the street canopy and eliminate an present rear addition.
  • Complete rehabilitative scopes of work to the de la Garza House, such as the restoration of the structure’s peak above grade restore the partitions, windows, doorways, porch and roof. The de la Garza Property will continue being at its present locale.
  • Assemble a 15-story residential framework between the Continental Resort and the Arana Constructing. The creating will have around 255 residential units over a parking composition for 342 cars.

Street level look at of the foyer-lease office at the corner of Laredo and Dolorosa streets, with the Arana Making and residence tower in the background.

The tower will integrate each the Continental Resort and Arana Building–both industrial structures crafted in the early 20th century–into its pedestrian circulation plan. Weston City has sited the new design to outline active areas, give pedestrian connections between web sites, animate the avenue scene and outline road edges.

The control slash for vehicular obtain to the home tower will be onto Laredo Street, which is the block’s western boundary. An artwork panel screening principle has been proposed for a part of the garage that continues to be exposed on the San Pedro Creek facet.

The metropolis is demanding that the job be integrated into the county-financed San Pedro Creek Enhancements Project by putting in a collection of connected and related gardens, plazas and patios. The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) was tasked with the design and redevelopment of San Pedro Creek as a result of downtown, and the development group is necessary to coordinate with SARA on the landscape site program, such as upkeep boundaries and storm h2o regulate measures, prior to their request for a Certification of Appropriateness.

Among the metropolis staff’s quite a few tips for acceptance of the principle system are stipulations that parking decks be absolutely screened where ever obvious from the creek linear park and that detailed architectural and web page lighting plans be submitted for evaluate when returning for final acceptance.

There are two architect teams on this task. Alamo Architects is responsible for the rehabilitation of the historic buildings–the Continental Resort at 332 W. Commerce, the Arana Building at 601 Dolorosa, and the de la Garza House–constructed circa 1850 on the present web page. The historic O’Henry Home at the corner of Laredo and Dolorosa will be relocated off-web site, and a 4,476 square-foot lobby and leasing place of work will just take its area.

The Dallas business of BKV Group is liable for structure of the new home tower. In addition, Weston City retained the solutions of Put up Oak Preservation Methods to tackle preservation setting up and surveys of the historic constructions.

View of the circa 1850 de la Garza House, as seen from Laredo Avenue.

BKV Group’s Undertaking Summary:

Amount 6 consists of a club area, amenity deck with pool, and health center.

“The web-site is to be made into a combined-use group that presents a new household making nestled inside of the current material of two historic properties. The new construction (258 household units) will consist of a 10-story partially prefabricated gentle gauge metal creating sitting on a five-tale cast in position concrete garage (351 parking spaces) that blends seamlessly with the Continental Lodge and Arana properties, which will be renovated into professional, place of work, and crative lofts.

“This growth seeks to assistance enliven the San Pedro Creek redevelopment which borders on the east aspect with residential models lining the parking composition and integrate the Zona Cultural District bounded on the other edges with complimentary types and components.”

VBX documented in this June 16, 2021 write-up that Weston Urban is securing funding for the venture by moving into a Memorandum of Knowing with Bexar County Commissioners Court docket to have their community facility company take title to the land as section of a lease-again offer. Even though Weston City is responsible for obtaining funding, the arrangement will make the property tax exempt, thus making it possible for Weston City to retain about 50 percent of the household models at under market place rent costs.

VBX Task ID 2015-152D


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