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Old 04-29-2015, 04:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Looks like we have plenty of demand for the floors in the tower that are not going to be Frost.

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More people and more jobs have pushed demand for office space in San Antonio to new heights.
Reaching levels that haven't been seen since the second quarter of 2007, the amount of absorption for the first quarter of this year is already nearly half of the annual absorption in all of 2014. According to the latest CBRE Marketflash report, the city's office market had record-breaking demand in the first quarter of 2015, absorbing more than 426,400 square feet, the highest for any first quarter in market history.
Record-breaking demand for office product in San Antonio - San Antonio Business Journal
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:24 PM
 
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More changes are coming to downtown SA.

GrayStreet Makes Major Downtown Real Estate Play

The SA Business Journal reported today, there's more coming.

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Old 04-30-2015, 12:07 PM
 
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If HDRC doesn't screw things up (as they always seem to), we'll also soon be seeing the demise of the Solo Serve building.

Marriott wants to bring their 'AC' branding to San Antonio and along with that a younger, more hip hotel. We could use a lot more of these properties, instead of yet another extended-stay.

I do also hope the design for the Chris Hill-built hotel next to The Esquire is approved and moves forward as depicted. It's got an interesting, somewhat mid-century aesthetic. It would really help that block visually, as now it's mainly a breeding ground for VIA transients.
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:22 AM
 
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They need to wipe the graffiti first
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:49 AM
 
Location: South Texas
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More changes are coming to downtown SA.

GrayStreet Makes Major Downtown Real Estate Play

The SA Business Journal reported today, there's more coming.

Great news but about 2 decades behind.
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:51 AM
 
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based on our city's history re: architectural design downtown, i'm not holding my breath for anything that looks new or exciting. although new and old can live together, SA has always imposed blend with the old. that is, but for the SA public library and they took a ton of heat for that 1.
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:53 AM
 
Location: South Texas
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based on our city's history re: architectural design downtown, i'm not holding my breath for anything that looks new or exciting. although new and old can live together, SA has always imposed blend with the old. that is, but for the SA public library and they took a ton of heat for that 1.
At least the Pearl area is doing something right. Thatís the direction to follow.
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:35 AM
 
Location: The "original 36" of SA
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If HDRC doesn't screw things up (as they always seem to), we'll also soon be seeing the demise of the Solo Serve building.

Marriott wants to bring their 'AC' branding to San Antonio and along with that a younger, more hip hotel. We could use a lot more of these properties, instead of yet another extended-stay.

I do also hope the design for the Chris Hill-built hotel next to The Esquire is approved and moves forward as depicted. It's got an interesting, somewhat mid-century aesthetic. It would really help that block visually, as now it's mainly a breeding ground for VIA transients.
Examples, please. Only one I can think of is Joske's, but you have to admit that the first design was
pretty bad, so I consider the HDRC's hesitation a great win. I believe (no proof) that there were other forces at work to delay the second design.

I think the HDRC gets unfairly blamed for things beyond their control. Yes, they have made some mistakes in my opinion, but the real blame for the boring designs belongs with the developers and their out of town "commodity" architects.

In recent years, the HDRC has approved the Tobin Center, the Esquire, the hotel on Houston Street (though I disagree with the cut through), and the many modern apartments and homes in the Pearl and Lavaca areas. The recent, brown & beige designs are all hotels by out of town interests. Their concerns with the Solo Serve project were valid and so reasonable that they were easily worked out.

In my dealings with the HDRC, I have found that good design (be it modern or historic) is always approved (unfortunately, sometimes bad design is approved as well). It comes down to the people with the pocketbooks and what they want to see. Frost and Weston have indicated that they want something "iconic", so I have no doubt that "iconic" is what we will end up seeing.
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:05 PM
 
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Examples, please. Only one I can think of is Joske's, but you have to admit that the first design was
pretty bad, so I consider the HDRC's hesitation a great win. I believe (no proof) that there were other forces at work to delay the second design.

I think the HDRC gets unfairly blamed for things beyond their control. Yes, they have made some mistakes in my opinion, but the real blame for the boring designs belongs with the developers and their out of town "commodity" architects.

In recent years, the HDRC has approved the Tobin Center, the Esquire, the hotel on Houston Street (though I disagree with the cut through), and the many modern apartments and homes in the Pearl and Lavaca areas. The recent, brown & beige designs are all hotels by out of town interests. Their concerns with the Solo Serve project were valid and so reasonable that they were easily worked out.

In my dealings with the HDRC, I have found that good design (be it modern or historic) is always approved (unfortunately, sometimes bad design is approved as well). It comes down to the people with the pocketbooks and what they want to see. Frost and Weston have indicated that they want something "iconic", so I have no doubt that "iconic" is what we will end up seeing.
Hope you are right. It was a terrible indicator for SA that prime real estate, such as Solo Serve, could sit empty for 20 years.
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Old 05-13-2015, 04:15 PM
 
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@ jwebtx, a lot of stems from demand. The demand wasn't there years ago until recently. There is many projects in the works for downtown SA.

To find out more go to skyscraperpage.com or pm me and I can send you the link.
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