San Antonio Street historical buildings to be demolished

Three buildings on San Antonio Street were cleared by the city to be demolished. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Three buildings on San Antonio Street were cleared by the city to be demolished. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

Three buildings on San Antonio Street were cleared by the city to be demolished. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

Three buildings, located at 173, 189 and 207 E. San Antonio St. have been cleared by the city for demolition to make space for new developments, which are planned to include retail and commercial spaces, in addition to a parking garage.

The Historic Landmark Commission previously decreed that only one building could be bulldozed. The other two were restricted to partial demolitions that Woolsey Design Build said would drastically limit the site’s potential uses.

At the Feb. 10 City Council meeting, Woolsey Design Build won its appeal against the commission’s decision and is now permitted to level all three structures to make way for planned two-story buildings with retail on their first floor and commercial space on the second, according to Woolsey Design Build.

The vote was unanimous despite several community members and council members voicing concerns about precedents and the historical value of the buildings.

Demolition also had vocal support from both sides of the dais.


Materials salvaged from the demolition might be reused in new structures, according to Woolsey Design Build President Eli Woolsey.



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