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New hotel, restaurants and apartments to redo downtown San Antonio block

A pair of modern buildings rising along the River Walk will blend the landscape of downtown San Antonio, revitalizing a block near City Hall and injecting more contemporary designs and restaurants into the city’s urban core. city.

The luxury Canopy by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk hotel, located at the corner of East Commerce and North St. Mary’s streets, is scheduled to open this week. Construction of the nearby octagonal Floodgate building is progressing.

The designs for the hotel were conceived in 2015 and those for the Floodgate in 2016.

The East Commerce block was previously occupied by several buildings vacant or housing a hot dog store, payday lender, and convenience store. Some of the existing structures have been razed and others restored. Among them was the Witte building, which Chris Hill, owner of Esquire Tavern and developer of Canopy, renovated.

House of Má and Hugman’s Oasis, a tiki bar and Vietnamese restaurant, will open in the Witte building. Hugman’s is named after Robert HH Hugman, an architect widely regarded as the “Father of the Riverwalk”.

A rendering of The Floodgate in downtown San Antonio.

Courtesy of Keller Henderson

No new hotels had been built downtown since 2018, but the 21-story Canopy is one of four slated to open by the end of this year. Domingo restaurant and Otro bar open in the 195-room hotel.

A 2016 report estimated the cost of the canopy at $55-60 million. Hill declined to comment on the cost of the project.

The new attractions and activities “will be a revitalized start” for the stretch of the River Walk, he said.

Nearby, crews recently began pouring vertical pillars for the 16-story Floodgate after nearly a year of demolishing and installing systems to stabilize the Esquire Tavern and Witte Building, according to the developer Keller Henderson.

Named after a nearby bridge and sluice over the San Antonio River, the upscale Floodgate will feature 60 apartments, three penthouses and 10,000 square feet of dining space. It is expected to be completed in March 2022.

The project is one of the largest residential investments downtown in recent years. Henderson said in a 2017 interview that he decided to increase the building’s height by 10 stories because the downtown multi-family market was expanding.

“As San Antonio’s redevelopment projects from Lower Broadway to the Lone Star neighborhood continue to move forward successfully, I still believe this is the most relevant and dynamic market in the city,” Henderson said. Monday.

He said in 2017 he plans to rent the units at an average price of $4 per square foot, making the $43 million Floodgate the most expensive apartment complex in the city. Henderson said on Monday he plans to rent the apartments at market price.

The building will include a private dining room, fitness center, yoga and cycling studio, swimming pool and pet lawn, among other amenities.

Developer Chris Hill at the Canopy Hotel in downtown San Antonio.

Developer Chris Hill at the Canopy Hotel in downtown San Antonio.

Jerry Lara /San Antonio Express-News

Both developments will receive incentives from the city.

For the Hill’s Canopy project and the restoration of Witte, City Council members approved a $7.4 million package in 2016 for historic restoration and public improvements.

The Floodgate is set to receive about $3.9 million in tax refunds, fee waivers from the city and San Antonio water system, and loans under the downtown housing incentive policy. city ​​(CCHIP).

CCHIP grew out of former Mayor Julián Castro’s Decade of Downtown initiative, which aimed to bring more development to the area.

It worked, triggering a wave of construction of apartments, offices and commercial spaces. But critics argued that much of that housing was out of reach for many townspeople.

In 2018, city council members overhauled the housing incentive and another program then known as the Inner City Reinvestment and Infill Policy (ICRIP).

CCHIP expired in December and there are no plans for renewal, city spokeswoman Kelly Saunders said. ICRIP, now known as the City of San Antonio Fee Waiver Program, is still in effect.

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