Nueva Street Infill

The Nueva Street Infill site encompasses four adjacent surface parking lots totaling approximately 3.5 acres located along East Nueva Street between South Saint Mary’s Street and Main Plaza Street. Portions of the site are also immediately adjacent to the San Antonio Riverwalk. All are currently used as public, hourly-paid parking serving the Bexar County Courthouse, Hemisfair, and other nearby destinations.

Alamodome Parking Lots

The Alamodome Parking Lots site includes approximately 27 acres of surface parking located south and east of the Alamodome between South Cherry Street, East Cesar Chavez Boulevard, Montana Street, and IH-37. The site, bisected by the Union Pacific railroad tracks, has been the focus of several previous studies and planning efforts. Approximately 2,600 parking spots are on the site, which is also used for tailgating, carnivals, music events, and community events.

Introduction

The two catalytic sites were selected by the Planning Team for more detailed concept design work to inspire change at these specific locations and to illustrate how similar sites around the Downtown Area Regional Center can also be conceptualized and developed. They each show one scenario of what future development could be like in the area, how it could both serve the community and also complement the vision for the Downtown Area.

The locations were selected, in part, because of their underutilization as surface parking lots and due to their proximity to existing destinations and amenities such as Hemisfair, the San Antonio River Walk, and the Alamodome. Additionally, their adjacency to potential high-quality, frequent, and reliable transit service lend the sites to supporting transit investments and reducing reliance on personal automobiles in Downtown and the surrounding areas.

Catalytic Projects Recommendations

Initiate collaboration with local property owners to create a development/redevelopment plan to implement the Nueva Street Infill site.
Identify the entitlements and incentives available to implement the vision for the Alamodome Parking Lots catalytic site.
Collaborate with local firms and leaders fluent in design justice principles to create appropriate design processes for public projects. Design justice rethinks design processes, centers people who are normally marginalized by design, and uses collaborative, creative practices to address the deepest challenges our communities face.

Catalytic Project #1

Nueva Street Infill

Nueva Street Existente
Nueva Street Infill Conceptual

El sitio de Nueva Street consta de aproximadamente 3.5 acres de estacionamientos en superficies comerciales, con un total de aproximadamente 525 espacios de estacionamiento, que sirven a personas que van a destinos cercanos como el Palacio de Justicia del Condado de Bexar y La Villita. Tres de las cuatro parcelas de suelo se encuentran a lo largo del lado norte al este de Nueva Street, mientras que la cuarta y más grande parcela está en el lado sur. Nueva Street, aunque tiene menos de una milla de longitud total, se conecta directamente con el UTSA Downtown Campus, a aproximadamente media milla al oeste, y Hemisfair, a menos de un cuarto de milla al este del sitio. Tres de las cuatro parcelas adyacentes con San Antonio River y las cuatro tienen fácil acceso a River Walk. Además, South St. Mary’s Street corre a lo largo del límite este del sitio y ofrece una oportunidad para el futuro servicio de tránsito frecuente.

Los estacionamientos en superficie se reinventan como nuevos edificios de uso mixto que respaldan la necesidad de más viviendas del Área del Downtown, incluidas las unidades por debajo del precio de mercado, y las tiendas y servicios que apoyan a los residentes. Una tienda ancla nacional proporcionará productos que actualmente no están disponibles en el Área del Downtown. El concepto de diseño creará un paisaje urbano más acogedor con aceras mucho más anchas, árboles en calles que brindan sombra y agradables espacios peatonales, como plazas con vegetación y oportunidades de arte. El concepto incluye espacios públicos verticales que atienden a los residentes y usuarios de oficinas en forma de cubiertas de servicios, áreas de ubicación y plataformas de observación para disfrutar de la vista en San Antonio River y del downtown. El diseño también explora la cuenca Tower Life Building desde áreas hacia el sur mediante la ubicación de edificios diseñados con plazas y porciones más cortas cerca de la intersección al este de Nueva Street y Jack White Way, mientras que las porciones más altas se retrasan.

La visión de Repoblación en Nueva Street no integra ningún estacionamiento fuera de la vía pública e ilustra cómo el nuevo desarrollo en el downtown no debería depender de los vehículos, sino más bien, priorizar la experiencia peatonal al proporcionar un amplio espacio en la acera, carriles para bicicletas protegidos y servicio de tránsito de alta calidad, frecuente y confiable en forma de autobús de tránsito rápido (BRT). La ilustración muestra la suma de carriles BRT dedicados en Navarro Street y St. Mary’s Street, como lo propone la planificación del Corredor De Tránsito Rápido de VIA, y una estación de tránsito estaría a pocos pasos de distancia.

 

Catalytic Project #2

Alamodome Parking Lots

alamodome parking lots looking west
Alamodome proposed

The vision for the Alamodome Parking Lots is a mixed-income community with a variety of housing types, mixed-use buildings, and green spaces for parks and active recreation. Mindful that the existing parking lots serve the arena, the vision seeks to replace inefficient surface parking with integrated parking structures that accommodate both Alamodome visitors and residential parking, resulting in a more intentional and effective use of essentially vacant land. The parking structures are positioned so as to be screened from view of the neighborhoods to the east, and wrapped or located behind mixed-use buildings of equal or greater height. Multiple, separate parking structures allow for the creation of a partial street-grid within the site, reduce the overall mass of the buildings, and will allow for more efficient traffic ingress and egress during events.

The city-owned surface parking lots total approximately 27 acres and 2,600 parking spots on two tracts of land bisected by the Union Pacific railroad tracks. The larger tract, Lots B and C, is about 19 acres in size, with 1,700 parking spots, and is physically separated from the Alamodome by the railroad tracks, with access to the arena consisting of a single pedestrian underpass. The smaller tract, Lot A, is approximately 7 acres and is located immediately south of the arena. This tract also features a small warehouse and a small historic structure, the Roatzsch-Griesenbeck-Arciniega house, which hosts a “peek-in art gallery” known as the Jewelbox Project. In addition to parking for the up to 64,000 seat area, the site is periodically used for tailgating, carnivals, music, and community events.

Most affected by any future development on this site, by virtue of its proximity to the east across Cherry Street, is the Alamodome Gardens neighborhood, consisting of single-family homes one or two stories tall and a few low slung commercial properties fronting on to Cherry Street. To the north, the St. Paul Square Historic District is a revitalizing commercial and entertainment district connected to Downtown and the Eastside by Commerce Street. Additionally, VIA’s Robert Thompson Transit Station, located immediately north of the Alamodome, is the subject of a potential joint redevelopment effort by VIA to create an active mixed-use, multi-modal transportation hub with station facilities, retail space, and residential space. West of the site, on the other side of IH-37, is Hemisfair, home to the Tower of the Americas, Institute for Texan Cultures, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and planned office, residential, and commercial developments as well as a future world-class urban park.

The vision for the Alamodome Parking Lots is a mixed-income community with a variety of housing types, mixed-use buildings, and green spaces for parks and active recreation. Mindful that the existing parking lots serve the arena, the vision seeks to replace inefficient surface parking with integrated parking structures that accommodate both Alamodome visitors and residential parking, resulting in a more intentional and effective use of essentially vacant land. The parking structures are positioned so as to be screened from view of the neighborhoods to the east, and wrapped or located behind mixed-use buildings of equal or greater height. Multiple, separate parking structures allow for the creation of a partial street-grid within the site, reduce the overall mass of the buildings, and will allow for more efficient traffic ingress and egress during events.

Additionally, on the “Lot A” tract the concept provides public green space for parks and athletic fields on top of underground parking structures, maintaining a smaller area of surface parking, positioned close to the highway and away from the residential area, that is well planted with trees and can be flexibly employed for community events, tailgating and fan space. Accessible recreational spaces and parks are an acute need in this area of the near Eastside, as was repeatedly articulated throughout the planning process.

The vision for the Alamodome Parking Lots creates a mixed-income, mixed-use community with desirable retail and restaurant space integrated within multi-family buildings. This concept includes a concentration of commercial uses around shared pedestrian spaces that lead to the Alamodome. The vision includes not just market-rate units but dwelling units affordable for people living on the near Eastside today.

The design concept illustrates how residential buildings should interact with the street to create a dynamic and pedestrian-friendly streetscape with wider sidewalks, street trees to give shade, and separation from vehicles traveling on Cherry Street. The concept also illustrates how buildings along Cherry Street should be sensitively scaled to respect the existing adjacent neighborhoods to the east.