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Old Posted Sep 19, 2005, 5:40 PM
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I meant the land value of the parcels that are now parking lots. The land will be more valuable for a potential developer to build on.
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I'm actually surprised there hasn't been more development around the river already. I can't imagine what developer wouldn't want to take part in having a property border the riverwalk. And I agree Jack, and do hope more development will come to those parking lots. The area around there is pretty quiet around the Robert E. Lee Apartments and the Milam Building. San Antonio's downtown has SO much potential. I'd love to see more projects like this one that draw more people to other parts of downtown other than just the Alamo, tower, convention center and Rivercenter Mall.
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I think it would be cool to see more retail down there, like big names, such as H-E-B, lol, but there's nothing else that comes to mind... well like box stores such as Best-Buy, but again, I guess that belongs in suburbia.
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The reason there hasn't been a lot of development along the River is because other than the Riverwalk, it's just a small creek (none of the riverwalk is really a river) but once the expanison is complete, you'll see tons of developments popup downtown along the new expended Riverwalk.
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I think it would be cool to see more retail down there, like big names, such as H-E-B, lol, but there's nothing else that comes to mind... well like box stores such as Best-Buy, but again, I guess that belongs in suburbia.
I don't think the store itself or the name brand belongs in suburbia, but the big box design does.

I'd love it if thet built compact and high (2-3 levels) somewhere downtown.
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I think it would be cool to see more retail down there, like big names, such as H-E-B, lol, but there's nothing else that comes to mind... well like box stores such as Best-Buy, but again, I guess that belongs in suburbia.
Stores like that ussually need a population of at least 10,000 in a five mile radius to open in the area.
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I think it would be cool to see more retail down there, like big names, such as H-E-B, lol, but there's nothing else that comes to mind... well like box stores such as Best-Buy, but again, I guess that belongs in suburbia.
Stores like that ussually need a population of at least 10,000 in a five mile radius to open in the area.
Will a population of 100,000 in a five mile radius work?
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San Antonio has always had a nice downtown, and I've always thought that if for some reason I were to move back I'd want to live downtown. Now I think a lot of people will be moving there.
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I know as soon as I graduate college, get a firm steady job, my goal is to move downtown. I could fall asleep to all the noise that goes on down there, not unless its like...blairingly loud, but would still be awesome.
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I think it would be cool to see more retail down there, like big names, such as H-E-B, lol, but there's nothing else that comes to mind... well like box stores such as Best-Buy, but again, I guess that belongs in suburbia.
Stores like that ussually need a population of at least 10,000 in a five mile radius to open in the area.
Will a population of 100,000 in a five mile radius work?
There might be 100,000 people within a five mile radius, but much of that population, not all mind you, is low to middle class. I should know because i grew up about a mile from DT.

As for living downtown, I'm convincing my wife more and more everyday to move DT. She comes from one of these suburban is better families. The only thing keeping me from moving DT is that we only make about 55,000 a year right now which means be proabably couldn't afford a condo, but after I graduate and get a job there shouldn't be a problem. Good thing is though we could probably rent something in Southtown for now. I was lookin at the new townhomes by the bluestar.
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Nice!!! This is going to look so sweet along the Paseo del Rio.
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I was downtown today and noticed that the BankOne sign on top of the bank one building has already been removed, I guess they are preparing it for renovation. I'm kind of sad to see it go, it's been there all my life. However, i heard that they were going to redo the thermometer up there, like the way it used to be.
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S.A forumers when is this puppy scheduled to be completed?


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and you didn't know that because?
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Honestly I didn't.I knew it was going to take a couple years. This will dramtically change San Antonio's skyline.
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I drove by the other day, and they had a portable crane out there, so its getting goin, Ill take pictures once there is a dramatic change in the site. Right now, it looks as though they are doing pre-excavation surveying and staking. They also had racks of iron piping out there. I would think that actual digging should begin within the next couple of weeks.
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I was downtown today and noticed that the BankOne sign on top of the bank one building has already been removed, I guess they are preparing it for renovation. I'm kind of sad to see it go, it's been there all my life. However, i heard that they were going to redo the thermometer up there, like the way it used to be.
Could this be a result of the BankOne-Chase merger? Will Chase hold onto this tower?... all BAnkOnes that remain after the merge is complete will become Chase.
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Actually, The Bank One building was bought by a developer along with the aztec theater across the street, both the theater and the building are being renovated. however, the building is going to be transformed into a hotel. bank one will continue to have a branch there but on the bottom floor (thats what i heard), but all of the office space will be converted.
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I was downtown today and noticed that the BankOne sign on top of the bank one building has already been removed, I guess they are preparing it for renovation. I'm kind of sad to see it go, it's been there all my life. However, i heard that they were going to redo the thermometer up there, like the way it used to be.
That also changes the profile of the building greatly. That sign was 63 feet tall, taking the overall height of the building to 341 feet tall.

I'm sad to see it go as well. I remember seeing the sign for the first time and being shocked at how large it was.

And on the convention center hotel construction time table. Typically buildings that are over say 300 feet tall take around 2 years to complete. Of course this depends on their footprint size ultimately. Anything below 200 feet generally only takes around a year or so. Buildings up around 1,000 feet usually take 3 to 4 years to complete.
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