Local firms ford, powell & carson, WestEast Design Group, and landscape architects Rialto Studio spearheaded the design of the new headquarters campus.
Over the last few years, the sense of purpose and nobility in historic preservation has become increasingly tarnished by battles over infill.
Board and commission appointees serve as community representatives and advisors to both council members and the mayor on specific topics.
The City’s Historic and Design Review Commission unanimously approved a revised design for an apartment complex next to Mission Concepción.
A move three years in the making, the former bar was lifted from its original spot for foundation repairs in December 2014.
Some neighborhood residents think the project will enhance the blighted seminary campus while others see it as an example of gentrification.
The complex includes 327 apartment units and a five-and-half-story parking garage.
Staff did not recommend final approval of the submitted designs as several characteristics strayed from those of other historic homes in the district.
A large canopy from the front door to the gas pumps and a covered outdoor seating area represent improvement from the initial designs, commissioners said.
Commissioners suggested a few “nitpicky” changes that would create a more vibrant pedestrian experience on the street level.