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San Antonio looks to open historic La Villita to new business opportunities

La Villita

La Villita

San Antonio’s Historic and Design Review Commission approved a redesign of La Villita historic village’s east wall, which critics contend has served as a barrier, isolating the downtown landmark from center city activity and business opportunities.

The $450,000 project will create more access points into La Villita, 371 S Alamo,and better connect the site with Hemisfair, which is undergoing a major transformation.

Felix Padron, executive director of the City of San Antonio’s Department for Culture & Creative Development, which is overseeing the redevelopment of La Villita, said changes to the east wall could be completed by this fall.

“All the pieces are in place to get this done,” he said.

Meanwhile, roughly 10 months after the city launched its revitalization plan for La Villita, the department continues to work to attract new tenants to the artisan village. So far, City Council has approved 12 lease agreements for the more than 20 available spaces. Three additional leases are pending. The department has secured deals with a combination of new and returning tenants.

“We will continue to look at the tenant mix,” Padron said.

The city has held back a couple of lease spaces for potential restaurant operators that could help generate additional activity in La Villita.

Click to read entire article: San Antonio looks to open historic La Villita to new business opportunities (San Antonio Business Journal, 05-12-15)



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