4 thoughts on “Developer Proposes Rezoning for Mixed-Use Complex Near Alamo Heights

  1. I’ll give credit to Embrey for this approach. It appears they’ve observed the hot-button issues of other high profile developments and preemptively addressed them. This contrasts with, for example, DeanSteel, where the developer’s attorney’s approach was ‘foggy,’ with stated options to come back to various City boards at a later date to request changes.

    Embrey appears to use existing, understood code rather than IDZ. The provided plan-view renderings use photographs to demonstrate how the project fits into the existing, real-world conditions rather than inaccurate and idealized sketches. The website claims they have already done traffic analysis. Proposed sidewalks and walkability look better than currently extant. It also already has an anchor tenant for the commercial property.

    $3000-$4000 per month seems crazy for rent, but you are getting Alamo Heights ISD in the 78209 zipcode.

    But here’s a question for Richard Sparr: as a property owner, why haven’t you replaced the fence? Why are the sidewalks cracked? Are the railings unsafe? Why is your property “falling down?” As a landlord, do you not have an obligation to provide your tenants with safe, secure housing in exchange for their rent? In that context, isn’t this property just a variation of the Soap Factory?

  2. This is a great redevelopment, but as said in the article, it will raise property values in the area. This may be great for some, but remember that high property values mean the Bexar CAD will raise taxes on the area they see as affected by the change. This is the part of our problem that needs to be solved. The taxes on houses in the area should not be raised because some happens across the street. These are still single-family residences. If a developer gets agreement from five of these single-family residents to sell their property, AND the developer gets permission to rezone to a higher use, AND he builds the project, THEN this parcel should be reassessed at a new tax rate, BUT NOT THE SURROUNDING AREA.

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