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Weston Urban kicks off refurbishment of downtown buildings

SAN ANTONIO – Downtown developer Weston Urban has started construction on a 16-story apartment building on the central business district’s western side.

The Continental Development encompasses the renovation of three vacant buildings. Two-hundred ninety mixed-income apartments, a five-level parking garage, and 22,000 sf of retail and office space will be built out of what is currently the vacant Continental Hotel and Arana buildings.

On both buildings, the firm said it would remove “non-historic additions.” The De La Garza House, a 19th century Spanish colonial home, will be restored and turned over to the county on completion.

The project is a partnership between Weston Urban and the county’s public facility corporation. The partnership gives the county a 75-year ground lease of the property while the firm is required to offer at least 116 of the apartments at 80 percent median income or lower.

Weston Urban acquired the land from the city for $4.7 million in 2020.

Minneapolis-based BKV Group is the architect for the apartment tower, Alamo architects will design the historic portions, and Troy M. Jesse Construction is the general contractor for the historic renovations. Rogers-O’Brien is the contractor for the tower.​


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