The University of Texas System issued a request for proposals June 9 for the redevelopment of its 14.7-acre tract where the Institute of Texan Cultures sits at Hemisfair. The UT System first sent out a request for qualifications in 2016 regarding its long-term plan to relocate the ITC. The move would accommodate further redevelopment of Hemisfair. Since that first RFQ, the University of Texas at San Antonio, responsible for the ITC, has revised its scope and basic vision for the property.
Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation, the agency behind the redevelopment of the entire Hemisfair Park, envisions a public park surrounded by residential and retail space and a new neighborhood street grid once the institute relocates. Hemisfair replaced a decades-old residential neighborhood to accommodate the 1968 World’s Fair. The new Hemisfair will see new public and green spaces and mixed uses. It already is the site of the Yanaguana Garden playscape and a handful of businesses.
In its 2016 RFQ, the UT System indicated a desire for a minimum of 125,000 square feet to hold the relocated ITC. According to the San Antonio Express-News and Virtual Builders Exchange, the existing ITC building has significant architectural features, but would be expensive to renovate.
Aug. 2 is the deadline for developers to answer the current RFP.