Design of Airport Gas Station, Burger King Pending Council Approval

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The gas station would be located just beyond (and to the left of) this main signage and entry point for the San Antonio International Airpot. Image via Google Maps.

The gas station would be located just beyond (and to the left of) this main signage and entry point for the San Antonio International Airpot. Image via Google Maps.

A contract with Northwest Petroleum LP to construct and operate a gas station, convenience store and Burger King chain restaurant at the Airport Boulevard entrance to the San Antonio International Airport was approved by City Council on Thursday, but the final design of the structures will need final Council approval before the company can begin construction.

City Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1) pulled the item off of the consent agenda on Thursday to highlight concerns he had about the design and the impact the project would have on the aesthetics of the airport’s entrance.

“I have no issue with the concept of this,” Treviño said, acknowledging the need for a gas station, “but I believe the Council has a right to understand the design of this … it should be done in a more thoughtful and purposeful manner.”

The airport is a key part of the visitor experience, he said, so it’s worth it to “take a deeper dive into this. … (the developer’s) concern is not our signage, the concern is their signage.”

Maps of the proposed gas station, convenience store, and fast food restaurant provided by the City of San Antonio.

Maps of the proposed gas station, convenience store, and fast food restaurant provided by the City of San Antonio.

He then proposed a motion, which passed, that requires the company to come back to City Council with renderings of the Phillips 66 gas station, Q Mart convenience store and connected Burger King fast-food restaurant that will be located off of northeast Interstate 410 Loop and Airport Boulevard.

Councilman Joe Krier (D9) thanked Treviño for his “eagle eye” on design and architecture matters that come before Council, admitting that he didn’t give the concept or design schematics a second thought until Treviño brought it to his attention. Treviño, by training, is a professional architect.

“What if we all wake up and go, ‘Gosh, that wasn’t so nice?'” Krier said. “I’d rather over-approve on the front end than try to undo on the backend.”

The structures will take up a portion of the existing surface lot, which will continue to serve as a paid parking lot and a free cell phone lot for people to coordinate pickups at the terminal will be added.

Councilman Mike Gallagher (D10) and Assistant City Manager Carlos Contreras were concerned that because designs have to be approved through a lengthy process with the Federal Aviation Administration, further changes to the already-approved designs may delay project completion until during or after the NCAA Final Four games in San Antonio, which will bring thousands of sports fans through the airport in 2018.

“We’ve been working on this for almost three years now,” Contreras said. “There is a sense of urgency.”

Gallagher cast the single vote against requiring the company to submit final designs for review.

Treviño said he expects the delay would be minor and would not impact the City’s Final Four plans.

“We all have to feel good about this. This is our airport,” he said, adding that as he looked over the schematics as they exist today, “I don’t think anybody is going to like it.”

 

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Top image: The gas station would be located just beyond (and to the left of) this main signage and entry point for the San Antonio International Airpot. Image via Google Maps.

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7 thoughts on “Design of Airport Gas Station, Burger King Pending Council Approval

  1. Excellent work. Kudos to Treviño.

    Here’s an idea: make it look like an airplane. Two huge bays with the pumps are “wings,” and the C-store and BK are in the fuselage. Would be an instant landmark and let you know, hey, lost out-of-town guy, you’re at the airport.

  2. Terrible. The place is over-crowded as it is. 1st Impression:”Welcome to SA, enjoy our beautiful gas station & Burger King!”

  3. Does anyone in the city realize that there are no sidewalks to leave the airport and that there are actually signs making it illegal to walk out of the airport? (It’s to favor the Super Shuttle and the taxis.) However with no place to get food in the terminals other than behind security, sidewalks are needed between the terminals and this convenience store/restaurant. It will have the added convenience (with sidewalks) as a place where people can have an alcoholic drink outside of security while waiting for their ride or their fellow passengers to arrive.

  4. I hate when people come onto message boards to complain about what someone is going to build, but in this case concern needs to be made. If this was on the other side of 410 that would be one thing, but this is located behind the sign for the airport. With that, it would make it look like it is part of the airport and makes a big difference. Like the restaurants inside the airport, this should reflect local. Replace the Q-mart with a Corner Store, the P66 gas with Valero, and I guess if it has to be fast food then a Taco Cabana. Like it or not, given its location, we are saying “This is San Antonio”. What do we want to say to people. This would be a chance for something iconic and fresh.

  5. Why is there such a darn rush to get a Burger King installed before the Final Four? There is no logic behind that. This is an absolute disaster. I’m fine with the gas station, if built well, but the Burger King NEEDS to go. We are so lucky to have Treviño and his dedication to making San Antonio reach for better than “just okay”. We are MORE than Burger Kings and Diabetes. Let’s start acting like it!

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