Crockett Lofts to Bring More Residents, Opportunity to Eastside

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A rendering of the Crockett Lofts at Sunset Station at 239 Center St.

In a few years, the Eastside will be home to the Crockett Lofts at Sunset Station, a multi-family housing development in the St. Paul Square area that will add to the neighborhood’s robust revitalization efforts.

On Tuesday morning, officials broke ground on the structure, which will be located at 239 Center St. and feature 271 housing units, 136 of which will be designated as workforce housing intended for professionals such as teachers and police officers. The complex will feature amenities such as a dog park, club house, swimming pool, fitness center, barbecue courtyard, and a 503-car parking garage for tenants and neighborhood patrons.

The addition of the Crockett Lofts to the Eastside was made possible by a unique public-private partnership between the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Housing TrustZachry Realty, and The NRP Group, the contractor in charge of the project. As part of the Center City Housing Incentive Program, the City will contribute San Antonio Water System (SAWS) impact fee waivers as well as $619,000 in incentives to the area’s redevelopment.

A rendering of the Crockett at Sunset Station Lofts at 239 Center St. (2). Courtesy of the City of San Antonio Center City Development & Operations Department.

A rendering of the Crockett Lofts at Sunset Station Lofts at 239 Center St. (2). Courtesy of the City of San Antonio Center City Development & Operations Department.

It was a difficult and time-consuming task to get the Crockett Lofts plan off the ground, said NRP Group Senior Vice President Dan Markson, who praised the initiative and cooperation from the organizations involved.

“People ask why it took a while for this to happen here,” he said. “I tell them it’s just like a boat with a lot of oars. It’s like a Roman galley.”

Councilman Alan Warrick (D2) said that the project serves as a pioneer in development for the Eastside and downtown.

“We can’t do anything on the Eastside without affordable housing,” Warrick said. “The market-based projects are going to come based on this project. This is leading the way for all the Pearl-type and Southtown-type projects to come here. The opportunity is here.”

The Crockett Lofts will bring more residents to the area, he added, and in turn help change the perception of downtown from a tourist spot to a local environment.

Newly-elected State Rep. Laura Thompson (D-120) said that the project presents an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together and contribute to a historic neighborhood.

“I can’t wait to see this building turn into a building full of vibrant people that love San Antonio,” she said.

Assistant City Manager Lori Houston said that project partners have their focus set on the community aspect of the undertaking rather than the financial gain. Downtown development, she added, rarely produces a quick profit.

“Downtown development is extremely hard,” Houston explained. “People don’t do it just to make money. You don’t make a lot of money at first. It really takes a lot of risk and a lot of passion.”

City of San Antonio, NRP Group, and Zachry Realty employees prepare to overturn soil at the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo Courtesy of the City of San Antonio Center City Development & Operations Department

City of San Antonio, NRP Group, and Zachry Realty employees prepare to overturn soil at the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo courtesy of the City of San Antonio Center City Development & Operations Department

After the groundbreaking, Warrick expressed his enthusiasm for the project and the unique partnership that made it possible to the Rivard Report.

“This is what it takes to do downtown development when we haven’t proven the market yet,” Warrick said. “There’s no more incentives going in for the Pearl because we don’t need them anymore. For this side of town, just because we’re across the freeway, it’s harder for banks to find and investors to see.”

Visionaries will also recognize St. Paul Square’s proximity to the Alamo, the newly-expanded Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and the Alamodome, Warrick added, as well as the development opportunities awaiting them. More developments on the Eastside will benefit from this type of public-private partnership, Warrick said, which will be nothing but beneficial for the Eastside community.

 

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Top image: A rendering of the Crockett at Sunset Station Lofts at 239 Center St. (1). Courtesy of the City of San Antonio Center City Development & Operations Department. 

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4 thoughts on “Crockett Lofts to Bring More Residents, Opportunity to Eastside

  1. Good to see this type of development coming to the near Eastside. The added density will hopefully begin to drive and create the demand for much needed retail commerce in the area as additional housing development takes hold.

  2. As a democrat, I feel that this type of growth is good for the east side of Downtown San Antonio. This revision to the east side will bring about real estate growth and possible commercial growth, such as retail shopping, lodging, and dining options.

  3. Looks like a great project and hopefully it will be a catalyst for “pearl-style” development. One thing that makes the Pearl great is the presence of open lawns and plazas where people can gather, and that aren’t next to busy streets but rather safe for children to walk between. Are there plans to add open green space to St Paul square or reduce road widths and speeds in the area?
    Also sad to see we still build more places for cars (503) than people (271) and call that progress.

  4. Im not sure its wise to compare this complex to the Pearl. The Pearl was a private endeavor that wasn’t hamstrung by city politics. Just because an apartment complex springs up doesn’t mean “pearl like” growth will happen. The Pearl developers knew what they were doing, it is yet to be seen if the city can do the same.

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