HEB: 1948 deed will not affect Main St. closure

U.S. government specified South Main be for 'public use'

After being reviewed by both HEB and the city of San Antonio, a deed in Bexar County records dating back to 1948 that specified South Main be for “public use” will not affect plans to close South Main, according to HEB spokeswoman Dya Campos.

HEB has proposed closing South Main between Arsenal and Cesar Chavez Boulevard for its planned expansion of its corporate headquarters.

Campos said, “It is our understanding that the grantor’s rights were acquired by HEB as part of the Arsenal property when it was purchased in 1982.”

James Rodriguez, spokesman for the Main Access Coalition who found the deed, said the U.S. government that operated the arsenal now housing HEB considered the street to be surplus property.

Rodriguez said the federal government deeded over the street to the city for $1, giving it the right of way.

“Not only that, but if the street were ever abandoned or ever not used for the public, then it would automatically revert back to the federal government’s ownership,” Rodriguez said.

But he also said his group did not want to jeopardize the deal bound for the Planning Commission and the City Council by the end of the year.

“We believe the city of San Antonio and HEB have the community’s best interest at heart when they’re talking about putting in a grocery store here downtown,” Rodriguez said.

Campos said, “We do not believe that any action or approval by the federal government is required for the closing of Main Avenue, the expansion of the HEB campus or the construction of a downtown grocery store.”

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