The Alamo Heights City Council voted 3-2 late Monday night in favor of a motion to modify plans for the controversial Alamo Heights Gateway Project.
After the Alamo Heights Planning and Zoning committee rejected the developer Alamo Manhattan's request for a special use permit last week, the developer and its architectural team modified the design to fit the city character better.
It reduced the building's height, number of apartments, and increased the size of the park.
An email to KSAT late Monday night stated the developer is reviewing the decision and will then determine next steps.
Close to 100 people packed an auditorium at Cambridge Elementary Monday night to find out if the city council would allow a five-story multifamily project with commercial space to be built on over an acre of trapezoid shape space on Broadway and Austin Highway.
Many Alamo Heights residents like Patricia Celis did not want to see a project that large go up in her neighborhood.
"We're really not opposed to development or revitalization, it's just the size of the project that really has us concerned." said Celis.
Lead architect on the project, Rick Archer, believes this project is the start to revitalizing downtown Alamo Heights.
"What we have done is reduced the number of units from originally 244 to 165, so significant reduction about a 33 percent reduction in the number of units on the site," said Archer.
While a handful of residents came to Monday night's City Council meeting undecided, most had already made up their minds on what should be done.
"The size is still too high and it is still too dense, and if they're willing to take it down a little bit more, then we would probably be in favor of it," said Celis.