H-E-B Ceremony Marks Pivotal Moment in ‘Decade of Downtown’

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Mayor Julián Castro announces beginning of South Flores Street Construction. Photo by Page Graham.

Mayor Julián Castro and H-E-B Executive Vice President, Todd Piland at South Flores Street Construction Kick Off on June 27. Photo taken by Page Graham.

Mayor Julián Castro and H-E-B Executive Vice President Todd Piland at South Flores Street Construction Kick Off on June 27.
Photo taken by Page Graham.

When Mayor Julián Castro removed a section of chain link separating the Commander’s House from South Flores Street on Friday, it marked the symbolic start of construction of the $100 million expansion of the H-E-B corporate headquarters at the historic Arsenal.

“This is the ‘Decade of Downtown’, the decade when downtown San Antonio comes back to life,” Mayor Castro said at Friday’s press conference. Castro said the combined private-public investment in the project will total $140 million.

Construction will start later this year on the Flores Market grocery store and adjacent gas station set to open in 2015. H-E-B will add an estimated 1,600 new employees at its expanded campus by 2020. The company will open Whitley and Dwyer Streets, create ADA-friendly walking paths, preserve an existing bike route and pedestrian paths on South Main Avenue, arrange VIA transportation to the Commander’s House, and create a 30-foot pedestrian and bike amenity zone. A culinary center and cooking school is under construction now and there are plans for a  multi-story office building, and parking garage.

A construction plan shows pedestrian and bike crossings between Commander's House property and the new H-E-B campus. Courtesy image.

A construction plan shows pedestrian and bike crossings between Commander’s House property and the new H-E-B campus. Courtesy image.

 

“This means for San Antonians, wherever they live – in the North side, the South side, the West side or the East side – our downtown is where it’s at,” Castro said. “This is the downtown for you, it has everything, including, in the summer of 2015, a downtown grocery store.”

A downtown grocery story was a key item on Castro’ agenda when he first took office as mayor in 2009.

*Featured/top: Mayor Julián Castro announces beginning of South Flores Street Construction on June 27. Photo by Page Graham.

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8 thoughts on “H-E-B Ceremony Marks Pivotal Moment in ‘Decade of Downtown’

  1. Yes the MAYOR doesn’t live in the area. That’s 1600 more cars for the congested area. A small grocery store and gas station only add to the traffic. They’re closing the bike routes on S. Flores because it’s dangerous. HEB headquarters could expand on the outskirts of the downtown area where space IS available. We are all SO looking forward to this mess!!!!! The mayor is certainly leaving his “footprint” before he leaves.

  2. In addition to the grocery store/gas station there is a Hotel/Inn being built on the NW corner of S. Flores & Chavez..The date for the closure of S. Main/Chavez is scheduled for August. Those of us who live here will have to drastically cut our route out of the fray..a mess indeed!

  3. How this makes downtown the place to be for people in other parts of town is completely beyond me.

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