2 thoughts on “Construction Ramps Up for Frost Bank Tower

  1. Related to this project and current street closures, I think Houston Street from Laredo to Flores (two blocks / approx. 800 ft) should be planned now as pedestrian while these two blocks are closed to traffic for the next year.

    As the next year will prove, this part of downtown will function fine without two blocks of Houston Street between Laredo and Flores open to traffic. Pedestrianizing these two blocks of Houston Street will be supportive of the new Frost Tower retail planned along Houston Street (next to the existing ‘live oak tree allée’ / promenade) as well as San Pedro Creek and the historic Alameda Theater.

    In contrast, Frost Tower plans for new parallel parking spots on Houston Street west of Flores (removing sidewalk sections and narrowing the historic sidewalk on Houston) are an unnecessary expense that will negatively impact public amenity and safety — worsening sidewalk conditions along what will likely be a high pedestrian activity block of Houston Street due to new walk-up retail, San Pedro Creek path work and possibly Alameda Theater revitalization. Planned new Frost Tower parking on Houston Street also seems to come at the expense of existing VIA service/waiting facilities (currently re-routed).

    San Antonio should take the opportunity of the extended street closures to permanently remove traffic (VIA bus as well as car) from Houston Street along the two blocks between Laredo and Flores. There is copious on-site parking planned with the new Frost Tower (to be accessed from Travis and Camaron) as well as in surrounding lots and on other streets — including new on-street parking planned for Travis.

    San Antonians and visitors want access to pedestrian street segments downtown similar to what they have enjoyed and that have been highly successful in other U.S. cities. Houston Street is one of our best downtown walking streets and it makes sense to pedestrianize sections of Houston that can be easily done and where it is complimentary to do so — such as the two blocks/approx. 800 ft between Laredo and Flores, which will be closed to traffic for the next year and that connect our downtown tech district as well as Children’s Hospital/Milam Park with Alameda Theater and San Pedro Creek

    See Frost Tower site plan and renderings here: https://www.virtualbx.com/construction-preview/24028-san-antonio-frost-tower-gets-conceptual-approval.html

    Here’s a map of Houston Street between Laredo and Flores:
    https://www.google.com/maps/@29.426472,-98.4962628,379m/data=!3m1!1e3

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