SAGE - Grow

Economic Development Strategy

SAGE was awarded $500,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration to develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Promise Zone. In addition to the plan, there were to other deliverablesOn-line property inventory to assist developersPotential development scenarios for 9 sites in the Promise Zone.SAGE convened a Strategy Committee of local stakeholders to outline the scope of the plan. SAGE contracted with HR&A Advisors to develop the plan basics, 4 Community meetings were held throughout the process to get community input and feedback. The Final report including the CEDS and all deliverables were submitted to and accepted by EDA in July 2016.

Economic Development Strategy Plan (pdf)

Authentic transformation of the Eastside neighborhoods begins with a genuine understanding of the characteristics that make them unique: the places, the people, the institutions, the culture, and the economic and demographic realities that lay over them.

Eastside Redevelopment Plan

In August 2014, San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE), received a $500,000 federal grant to create a redevelopment plan for the area.

The process includes several public meetings to make sure the entire community is on board with ideas drawn up by consultants.

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1A- 526 E Crockett St.

Robert Thompson Transit Center Area

Development of market rate residential housing is an important step in developing a strong economic base for commercial development throughout the East Side. This diagram proposes to redevelop existing public surface parking as a market-rate housing structure that envelops a parking garage within. Excess capacity could be provided within the garage to supplant the original surface lot alongside new residential needs to serve ground floor convenience retail, downtown commuters, and event overflow demands. Surrounded by new and upcomming residential development, this site also offers the opportunity to serve the surrounding residents with a public-facing ground floor amenity subsidized by the substantial development above.

1A-526 E Crockett St.

1B- N Swiss St.

Robert Thompson Transit Center Area

The currently undeveloped AME site at Center and Mesquite presents nearly a block for redevelopment within walking distance of Sunset Station and St. Paul Square. This site offers an excellent opportunity for blended senior-living and market rate townhomes. The development would also include an integrated community center for both public and private use programmed in coordination with the adjacent church. This would help provide a strong community connection for both the development and current landowner. Displaced parking could be provided for through a variety of strategies including the creation of a district- wide shared parking network, sunday van shuttling service, or nearby parking agreement.

1B- N Swiss St.

1C- 223 S Cherry St.

Robert Thompson Transit Center Area

The current Amtrak station is located to the west of the tracks to take advantage of the existing rail siding. This proposal sites the new transportation hub above the rail line to take advantage of the City-owned redevelopment site to the west of the tracks and avoid acquisition of additional right of way for siding modifications. This new facility will have a strong impact on public perception of rail travel in celebrating the importance of the station as a gateway to San Antonio. The redevelopment of this site would allow for residential and commercial program to be created in coordination with the new station as a truly transit- oriented mixed-use development. Additionally, there is further TOD opportunity present through integration with the Thompson Transit Center RFQ.

1C- 223 S Cherry St.

2A- East Point Office Development

Near East Side

This proposal presents a diverse development opportunity on an aggregation of smaller available and underutilized sites at a critical juncture in the New Braunfels corridor. The
project is located at a high-visibility intersection for motorists headed from Government Hill south across the New Braunfels bridge to serve as a gateway into the community and a beacon of corridor improvements to come. The East Point office development would do well to house SAGE’s new office, a Café Commerce-type program and co-work office space to help pull the creative class into the neighborhood. The office building could be developed in conjunction with new live-work units to create a vibrant neighborhood hub that utilizes shared-parking to minimize surface lot space counts and maintain an appropriate neighborhood scale.

2A- East Point Office Development

2B- Adaptive Reuse

Near East Side

Again, minimum parking requirements play a critical role in the redevelopment potential of sites on neighborhood-scale commercial corridors throughout the near east side. This proposal demonstrates the ability to mix compatible uses within a single development to minimize parking requirements and maximize development potential. The historic buildings are adapted for creative office space to pull in a strong neighborhood base and help support some small corner retail. Live- work units are also located on the site to create a clustering of creative-class professionals that could begin to seed a larger progressive growth. These redevelopment sites are also at a critical gateway to the new Choice Neighborhood development formerly known as Wheatley Courts to the east.
This project would help meaningfully connect their community by symbolizing the growing network of opportunity throughout the district.

2B- Adaptive Reuse

2C- Urban Infill

Near East Side

St. Phillips College is an important anchor centering the East Side and has expressed strong interest in their Commerce St presence for the connectivity to downtown and the city beyond. This site on Walters and Commerce is ideally located to make a statement for St. Phillips and UIW while also testing the viability of a new building typology in this area. Retail use on the site could have great potential as a family- operated community-oriented restaurant such as Pancake Joes to help tie the adjacent student populations in with other surrounding community patrons. This use could be combined with a small amount of student housing to incubate the idea of non-commuting students and help minimize the amount of parking required for the development.

2C- Urban Infill

3A- Neighborhood Commercial Center

Near East Side

Although smaller than the other sites identified within this sub-area, the site presents a very straight-forward development opportunity along IH10 between the city center and East Side communities. Ideal programming for this type of site would include a medium-scaled community market in combination with a flagship credit union. Both of these typologies would help improve under-served community access to high-quality services

3A- Neighborhood Commercial Center

3B- Large Scale Commercial Center

Near East Side

This site is located at a highly-trafficked intersection of Houston & IH-10 and offers
a premium large-scale retail development opportunity. With 50+ acres of land located on a primary highway corridor into the city, this would be an ideal candidate for development at the nexus of downtown, the surrounding neighborhood and rural users. A small-scale, carefully curated theater could help anchor the center and provide a community hub.

3A- Neighborhood Commercial Center

3C- Large Scale Mixed Use Development

Near East Side

A substantial amount of greenfield development area is present between Loop 410 and nearby commercial corridors. These areas are also located at the mouth of the ever-expanding IH35 corridor which serves as a critical entry point to San Antonio from a range of nearby cities to the North. With the expansive development opportunity comes a range of possible programs with likely candidates in retail, single-family residential and multi-family communities. The project could be easily phased to include a first wave of residential development to create a strong base for phase-2 retail.

3A- Neighborhood Commercial Center