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Old 06-29-2009, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & San Antonio, TX
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I just heard today that one of the future projects at Pearl is a contemporary arts museum, in part to house Linda Pace's (Kit Goldsbury's deceased ex-wife) art collection. This was not something I'd heard about before, and was an exciting concept given the stirring of the arts community in the Tobin Hill neighborhood surrounding Pearl. I was told it would be 2-3 years before the museum would come online, but I always hesitate to speculate about their development plans.

Pearl owns a huge chunk of land between Grayson, I-35, St. Mary's and Broadway... and they're very open about the fact that they're on a 10-year (or longer) development timeline. The quality level of the restoration work and the vision that is built into each aspect of their projects is incredible. They have the luxury of time in building out the complex, but as each phase rolls out it will have a multiplier effect on development throughout the entire area. For now, the addition of Il Sogno and Sandbar, plus the new coffeehouse I heard was in the works, will certainly bring life into the complex at night. Very exciting.
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Old 06-29-2009, 04:38 AM
 
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If that is true then all we'd need is the ITC to move from Hemisfair to the River North/Pearl area and we'd have a really cool arts and museum district, plus add a street car or light rail line on Broadway to connect with the Witte and McNay!
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:23 AM
 
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I vote to move all the food vendors from First Friday to the back parking lot next to the River. There is absolutely no place to eat or drink along the new section.
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & San Antonio, TX
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LOL - and I guarantee that Pearl's management would never allow that to happen on their watch/property. Completely opposite of their philosophy of quality, sustainability and differentiation. No way are they going to allow Pearl to get junked up by taco carts and carnival food stands, etc.

New development along the river's edge is going to take time, but certainly we will eventually see restaurants, office and retail dotting the path. But seriously, the river just opened up to Pearl less than 30 days ago... you can't expect these things to happen overnight! During the farmer's market on Saturdays there is plenty to eat and drink at Pearl and of course you can always walk down the river to the VFW (VFW Post 76, San Antonio - Home)... I think they have events and even entertainment much of the week.
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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As a relatively new resident of this town, this project really excites me. I hope it will eventually encompass even more residential mixed in.

Also, anyone know of any plans to move a brewery into the brewery? Seems like a no-brainer to me (but I'm from San Diego, where breweries are everywhere... I've noticed it's not the same here in San Antonio).
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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As a relatively new resident of this town, this project really excites me. I hope it will eventually encompass even more residential mixed in.

Also, anyone know of any plans to move a brewery into the brewery? Seems like a no-brainer to me (but I'm from San Diego, where breweries are everywhere... I've noticed it's not the same here in San Antonio).
They are actually putting a CIA (Culinary Institute of America) branch there, which I think is fantastic!
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Old 06-30-2009, 05:25 AM
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They are actually putting a CIA (Culinary Institute of America) branch there, which I think is fantastic!
It's already up and running!

http://www.ciachef.edu/sanantonio/

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