In December, UTSA began expanding its downtown presence with the construction of a six-story building on Dolorosa that will house its new School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center.
UTSA expects to complete the $90 million School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center on Dolorosa by 2022.
Weston Urban plans to build 274 apartments behind the old Continental Hotel on West Commerce Street.
Weston Urban is obligated to build at least 265 housing units on nearby properties it purchased, or will purchase, from the city and Frost Bank. Its housing production in west downtown will “far exceed that.”
UTSA is preparing to open a resource center on the West Side, a walk-in-type space scheduled to open this fall as an element of its downtown campus expansion.
Some West Side community members are concerned about the potential for mass displacement caused by rising property values, predatory practices by investors and code violation enforcements in a part of San Antonio many people consider the cultural heartbeat of the city.
The UTSA downtown campus would connect to the near West Side via a pedestrian bridge and elevated park along the Buena Vista Street bridge, according to the latest expansion plan.
Weston Urban’s strategy for its many west downtown properties is to create a “tight-knit fabric” with UTSA’s expansion.
In mid-September, the University of Texas at San Antonio announced plans to quadruple its downtown campus with new buildings east of the highway, into downtown proper, but also westward toward the historic West Side.
On Thursday morning, the City Council approved the sale of 4½ acres of Dolorosa street for the multimillion expansion of the University of Texas at San Antonio’s downtown campus on the near West Side.