On Thursday, City Council approved a new agreement with Zachry Hospitality to redevelop the northwest corner of Hemisfair after the company failed to pay rent or meet its construction deadlines in a 2017 deal.
Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corp.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the City Council gave enthusiastic support on Wednesday to the city’s proposal to rewrite a five-year-old agreement with Zachry Hospitality regarding its plan to develop the northwest corner of Hemisfair, a long-delayed project.
Years behind schedule, the construction of Hemisfair’s Civic Park has been delayed in part by Zachry Hospitality’s inability to start construction of its multi-use development.
After a delay of more than two years, the construction of Hemisfair’s Civic Park is finally imminent, it appears. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for sometime in January after the City Council approved last week a $27.9 million construction contract for Skanska USA Building.
The city is at odds with the Hemisfair over its plan to renovate a vacant building near the Tower of the Americas into a headquarters for its Park Police department.
In an effort to allay concerns of Lavaca residents, the San Antonio Housing Authority has greatly reduced the density of housing at its Victoria Commons master community from a plan it proposed last year.
City Council members were by and large supportive of the Hemisfair redevelopment project, which has struggled for years with construction delays, during a presentation Wednesday.
However, there is little hope of Zachry Corp. breaking ground soon on the mixed-use development that will enclose the park.