The city of San Antonio has been reviewing plans that, if approved by the City Council would result in the construction of a multi-story apartment complex and parking lot to cover a whole city block. BRT River Walk LLC, the owner of the property, and Encore Multi-Family LLC, the applicant, were to appear before the Historic and Design Review Commission last week with a request for a certificate of appropriateness. The project partners want to build a 338-unit, five-story multi-family community around a six-story, 422-space parking garage in the 300 block of South Flores Street and the 400 block of South Main Avenue. The ground floor of the community is envisioned to possibly include space for retail/commercial use.
Planned amenities include a pool courtyard, a second courtyard, and recreational facilities. The new city block will cover 3.3 acres. The partners behind the Encore Riverwalk project also have been working with Bexar County to obtain a tax abatement agreement. City staff recommended approval of the proposal with stipulations:
* If possible, alignment or existing structural stone elements of the area acquia be incorporated into the development design.
* As the project proceeds, and when parking is not an impediment to construction activities, backhoe trenching be required in the southern parking lot to locate and determine if the acequia extant throughout the property.
* To facilitate the development of this project footprint, archaeological monitoring will be required for preservation of cultural resources in the construction site.
Dallas firms JHP Architecture and MESA Design Group did the conceptual designs. Dallas-based Encore Enterprises, a real estate development company, created BRT River Walk as a limited liability firm. Encore has experience in management and construction in the hospitality, retail, and multi-family market segments. Encore developed Encore 281, a 228-unit apartment complex that opened in far North Central San Antonio in 2015.