The Historic and Design Review Commission on Wednesday approved supporting the Texas Historical Commission’s nomination of the St. John’s Seminary property to the National Register of Historic Places.
A hotel would be more profitable and create an opportunity to bring a novel edge to the city’s hotel landscape, the building’s owner said.
The City’s Historic and Design Review Commission unanimously approved a revised design for an apartment complex next to Mission Concepción.
The proposed design features various buildings throughout the complex that would be one to 11 feet taller than what the overlay allows.
Some neighborhood residents think the project will enhance the blighted seminary campus while others see it as an example of gentrification.
The Historic and Design Review Commission considered several large projects on Wednesday, but the 210 Development Group’s plan to build a 240-unit apartment complex right behind Mission Concepción was not one of them.
With World Heritage inscription ceremonies completed, City Councilmember Rebecca Viagran (D3) has organized and will host a World Heritage Symposium on Saturday to explore how the designation will guide San Antonio’s future preservation and presentation of the Alamo, the four Missions, and Rancho de las Cabras.
The six-story office building that is home to the historic Aztec Theatre will be converted to apartments, adding another venue to the slowly growing list of residential options in the heart of downtown San Antonio. The 1926-era theater, the last surviving example of a Mayan Revival theater in Texas, will continue to operate as a live music venue.
If all goes as the Archdiocese of San Antonio and 210 Development Group plan, some 200-230 apartments will be built a stone’s throw away from Mission Concepción, redeveloping the site of the old St.
The recent World Heritage site designation has brought national attention to the Alamo and the four other Spanish colonial Missions in San Antonio.