The Hays Street Bridge Restoration group files suit against city

Suit: City breached contract by pursuing brewery plans

SAN ANTONIO - The Hays Street Bridge Restoration group filed a lawsuit against the city on Thursday, saying that the city has breached its contract with the group by pursuing plans to build a brewery.

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The Alamo Beer Company had been working with the city to create a rooftop beer garden and restaurant that can host large events.

However, on Thursday, the Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group, who had also been working with the city to restore the bridge, held a rally, calling on the city to not build the brewery and to invest in a park instead.

"The bridge is for the people that want to come out and enjoy the view of downtown," said Patrice Valadez, who lives adjacent to the bridge. "The park is for the children to walk on the bridge and to enjoy it also with their families. We need the park that was promised to us."

"The city breached the contract," said Amy Kastely, an attorney for the group. "They breached it by failing to commit the land that was solicited by the restoration group."

On Thursday, the Alamo Beer Company released a statement saying that they are disappointed that the group filed a lawsuit:

"The Alamo Beer Company is disappointed to learn that a small group intends to file a lawsuit against the City of San Antonio. This legal action will undoubtedly waste taxpayer resources to answer charges that have been repeatedly scrutinized and conclusively dismissed during the public process pertaining to the proposed brewery development. It is unfortunate for this community and those that advocate for Eastside development that a few individuals will go to extreme and counterproductive lengths to slow a major redevelopment project that is widely supported and embraced by nearby residents and businesses following a year-long community outreach effort. Alamo Beer continues to proceed with its plans and looks forward to a successful project."

City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor on Thursday responded, releasing this this statement:

"The City Attorney has advised that no agreements have been violated by the Alamo Brewery Plan at the Hays Street Bridge. For almost three years, we have been focused on economic development, investment and revitalization in East San Antonio. This seven million dollar project is a welcome step forward. A year of dialogue and negotiation on this project occurred before the Esperanza Center got involved. The affected neighborhood association has endorsed the plan and we intend to move forward."


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