San Antonio: 70,000-square-foot cinema on the northwest side to be razed for 300-unit luxury apartment project
Characteristic illustration: Level one of a conceptual site plan for a luxury apartment complex to be located on the site of the former Fiesta Trails cineplex. Source: WRI.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) – The owner of a former 68,651-square-foot movie theater got new zoning on Tuesday that sets the stage for demolition and the construction of a 300-unit luxury apartment complex.
Real estate investors Weingarten, owner of the former Regal Fiesta Trails 16-screen Cineplex originally proposed this project in February 2020. They have since been in negotiations with the Huntington Homeowners Association and the District 8 Council Member’s office.
James griffin, the owner’s lawyer, told commissioners the original plan was for a 400-unit apartment development, but the building’s size continued to shrink due to community pressure.
“It went down to 350, then it went down to 330,” Griffin said. Finally, the day before the May 18 meeting, it was reduced to 300 units. Due to this last-minute change to get consensus, the presented sitemap has not been updated and shows a configuration for 330 units, he said.
The new complex is described as a four story luxury class multi-family complex. It will include a dog park next to the entrance to Vance Jackson Road, several courtyards, two of which will have resort-style pools, and other amenities. Surface parking surrounds the complex on all four sides.
The decision to demolish the cineplex preceded the pandemic and was made because it was underperforming and Weingarten felt they could make better use of the 10.4 acres.
Griffin noted that approximately one-third (3.24 acres of the lot) is within the recharge zone of the Edward Aquifer. The site in its current state has 94% waterproof coverage, largely thanks to massive parking. The proposed apartment project would reduce the waterproof coverage to 74% overall, but the waterproof coverage on the charging area portion would be less than 60% due to the way the site would be laid out.
From the start, Huntington HOA officers took advantage of the proposal to ask Weingarten to agree to traffic improvements on Vance Jackson Road.
A stipulation related to the general commercial zoning change to MF-33 (multi-family at 33 units per acre) is that a new traffic light will be installed at the Vance Jackon / Newoak Park intersection, and the median west of this The crossing will be extended to the northwest to discourage drivers from turning around near the intersection.
Weingarten will not be leading the construction. The company has entered into a contract with Koontz Corporation. act as a developer / builder.
VBX made a first report on the Weingarten project in this article from February 13, 2020. See also VBX Project ID 2020-1491.