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The Express-News Downtown Blog
by Benjamin Olivio

Below are the latest posts from the San Antonio Express-News blog on downtown. Click on the title to view the full post on the Express-News site.

Police arrest homeless woman taken in by Starbucks

Oct 24, 2014 07:52pm
San Antonio police arrested Mrs. G. yesterday. Few people who live and work downtown know her full name. Some people call her “Ms. G.” Or, “Ms. Erma.” Her actual name is Erma Jean Grant, 71. She’s a petite woman who’s been camping on Houston Street near the Starbucks at St. Mary’s Street for the past […]

Maverick apartments hearing rescheduled for Oct. 2

Sep 16, 2014 04:44pm
The ownership of the historic Maverick apartment building could be decided in court. A hearing this morning to determine whether the current lender of the nine-story Maverick building, 400 E. Houston St., can proceed with foreclosure was rescheduled for Oct. 2. Kopplow-McManus Properties Inc. purchased the building’s debt in August and tried to foreclose on […]

A look at Hemisfair’s civic park; your chance to weigh in

Sep 15, 2014 05:14pm
Today is the last day to take Hemisfair’s survey concerning its civic park — the 15-acre northwest section that’s seen as the gateway from central downtown to the rest of the park and beyond to its connecting neighborhoods. Take the survey, which contains a link to a version of a presentation Seattle firm Gustafson Gurthrie […]

Some details edited out of Weston Urban proposal

Aug 19, 2014 07:46pm
The city has made available Weston Urban’s complex land proposal that would yield an office tower in west downtown, but, from it, certain financial details have been redacted. Click here to download the proposal. In June, the city announced it had received an unsolicited proposal from Weston Urban, the real estate company formed by Rackspace […]

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September, 2012

Centro Partnership CEO has grand plans for downtown

Sep 14, 2012

It’s taken roughly two years for Centro Partnership San Antonio to appoint a leader.

But downtown stakeholders believe the organization’s new CEO, Pat DiGiovanni, can help bring monumental change to the center city.

August, 2012

City enticing Sigma to move

Aug 31, 2012

San Antonio-based Sigma Solutions Inc. is close to a deal to relocate its headquarters to the city's core.

City Council approved an ordinance Thursday that awarded Sigma Solutions a $500,000 economic development grant to move downtown. The incentive comes as the city works to reinvigorate the urban core by getting more companies to locate in the area.

Centro Partnership Announces Hiring of Deputy City Manager

Aug 23, 2012

SAN ANTONIO - Centro Partnership, the new entity comprised of local leadership from both the public and private sectors and tasked with downtown San Antonio redevelopment, announced today that Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni has been hired as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer.

Broadway changes take area in a new direction

Aug 16, 2012

From Rudy Ramirez's nearly 100-year-old bungalow along North Alamo Street, the sights and sounds of investment along Broadway near the Pearl Brewery are unavoidable.

From his front porch, he can see the 1800 Broadway luxury development take shape. He's accustomed to the sounds of banging hammers and grinding machinery that have become background noise.

“I see the development, and I think it's great,” he said. “It'll probably help the value of this property.”

More apartments are slated for San Antonio downtown

Aug 6, 2012

San Antonio’s plan to offer more financial incentives to spur the development of urban housing is attracting new investors.

The latest is A.A. Seeligson Jr. River North Ltd., a partnership including San Antonio’s Hixon Properties, which has acquired prime real estate across from the San Antonio Museum of Art and plans to transform the site into a new riverfront residential complex.

July, 2012

Businesses are link to renaissance downtown

Jul 26, 2012

Mayor Julián Castro wants to make downtown more exciting.

I'd like to see him succeed, for reasons both selfish and selfless.

First, I was born here and raised near downtown. To put it mildly, when I left in 1997, I didn't see any vibrant metropolis receding in my rearview mirror.

Now I'm back, living closer to downtown than before. And I'm planning to stay.

Destination Downtown: San Antonio’s growth surge

Jul 9, 2012
Our city is growing in many directions, but one aspect of the growth is not so obvious -- unless you spend a lot of time in and around Downtown. Living spaces Downtown are filling up as quickly as they can be built. As News 4 WOAI's Michael Garofalo reports, it's this internal growth that's making Downtown a destination not just for tourists anymore.
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June, 2012

Council backs incentives policy on housing

Jun 14, 2012
After a months-long debate, a revamped incentives policy for multifamily projects, intended to help add 7,500 housing units downtown by 2020, has gained the consensus of the City Council.

City of San Antonio Construction and Maintenance on Houston St.

Jun 12, 2012
Between June 13 and July 2, the City of San Antonio’s Department of Public Works will be completing pedestrian ramp construction at the intersection of Houston St. and Losoya St. and bridge maintenance on the Houston St. bridge between St. Mary’s St. and Soledad St. The table below details the construction and traffic control plans for the planned work as well as contact information for City of San Antonio staff who can answer any questions or address any concerns before, during, or after this project’s construction.

Lexington business group learns how San Antonio changed

Jun 6, 2012
On Monday, the 185 Kentuckians visiting San Antonio with Commerce Lexington heard about what this city is doing to transform itself. On Tuesday, they heard more about how it is being done.