SAN ANTONIO -

Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday approved the design team for the San Pedro Creek Improvement Project.

HDR Engineering has been named prime consultant for the project.

The other companies on the design team include: Muñoz & Company, Pape Dawson Engineering, Alamo Architects, and Ford, Powell, & Carson Architects.

TheSan Antonio River Authoritywill serve as Project Manager.

What we anticipate going forward will be a combination of residential as well as corporate type of development,” said SA River Authority General Manager, Suzanne Scott. “It’s a real opportunity to transform [the] San Pedro Creek that exists today into something that would be more of an amenity, an economic development potential for the western part of our city.

The $175 million project would run from approximately West Quincy Street South to  Burbank Street.

Bexar County Commissioner, Paul Elizondo, said the West Side of Downtown is overdue for a revitalization, and the project would go hand-in-hand with the River Walk.

“Synergy is very important,” Elizondo said. “We don’t want to replace any place, we want the entire community to flourish and this is just an opportunity to open up another phase of development.”

Construction costs have been estimated to be approximately $115 million.

An economic feasibility study found that 700 to 1,000 jobs would be created.

Officials estimate the project could also bring in billions of dollars in revenue once completed.

“This is kind of like a rebirth of Latino culture on the west side,” said Mi Tierra Corporation president, Jorge Cortez. “I called [the area] the Ellis Island of San Antonio back then because of all the immigrants. We all worked together side by side. Nobody was rich, but we were all working.

The county has already set aside $125 million for the project.

Officials hope to raise the remaining $50 million through public and private partnerships.

Scott said the design team would move aggressively on the project in order to have a majority of it open to the public by 2018.

“It's going to bring it alive more,” Cortez said. “It’s going to give it more meaning to San Antonio’s [effort] to be a world-class city.”

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