San Antonio City Council has approved plans to redevelop the famed Red Berry estate at Gembler Road near Interstate 10. NRP Group and Casey Development are leading this project at the 84-acre property; the project has an estimated cost of $61.8 million. According to reports from Virtual Builders Exchange and the San Antonio Express-News, plans call for 15-acre, 330-unit apartment complex, which will cost $34.9 million and be available for mixed income rental opportunities. There also will be a 169,000-square-foot commercial building on 10 acres. This will be the new corporate office for RK Group, one of the most renowned local catering and food service companies. RK Group has outgrown its existing headquarters on East Commerce Street near the Alamodome and Sunset Station.
Casey Development will retail an extra 2 acres toward future commercial development along the I-10 frontage road. Additionally, there will be improvements to the Red Berry mansion, and upgrades around an 11-acre man-made lake and along the adjacent Salado Creek hike and bike trail. The Red Berry redevelopment project involves nearly $7.7 million in tax and economic development incentives. The estate once belonged to ex-state Sen. Virgil Edward “Red” Berry, who passed away in 1969. Berry had run gambling venues from 1930s through the 1950s. The chateau-style mansion, which measures more than 12,000 square feet, was sold to another renowned local family in the 1970s. In more recent decades, it was either entirely closed and vacant or the site of special private events, such as weddings and galas.