Councilman submits proposal to hold contractors accountable, help businesses impacted by construction
District 1 Councilman Mario Bravo submitted a recommendation to the city council on Monday to help hold contractors accountable, adding to other efforts to help struggling businesses impacted by construction in San Antonio.
Business owners say ongoing construction north of downtown continues depleting revenue
San Antonio has 54 construction projects currently working and city officials say 89% of them are considered on time. Still, many business owners near construction say the limited access to their establishment is driving revenue into the ground.
How to get to the Alamodome for the Spurs game - free parking, bus options and road closures to avoid
This isn’t the same downtown San Antonio from 1973, or even from a decade ago — the boom in development has caused a bevy of road closures in the area. So if you’re one of about 65,000 fans expected at the game, here are some road closures and traffic solutions to help you navigate downtown San Antonio on Friday night.
‘People are going to lose jobs’: North St. Mary’s business owners express construction project concerns
Officials with San Antonio’s Public Works office addressed local stakeholders’ concerns about the ongoing construction project on North St. Mary's Street. Business owners say it's costing their bottom line.
San Antonio limits construction noise with ‘goodnight, goodnight construction site’ ordinance
The San Antonio City Council amended the city’s noise ordinances on Thursday to limit the hours during which construction crews can do any exterior building construction work, including demolition and excavation. The council also approved more stringent penalties for violations.
What are the benefits of hiring licensed contractors when doing home improvements?
The contractor tells you it’s not important, don’t worry, they have vast experience and can save you a bundle. “Hiring a licensing contractor should give you more protection. It generally means you’re hiring someone that’s educated in the task that you want to have done, and experienced in what the job is,” Hicks said. AdIn addition to potentially getting a more experienced pro, hiring a licensed contractor can also help to avoid some costly situations. “In some states, having a license also requires having workers comp insurance, and that’s protection for you, the homeowner.
Flood control project in San Antonio neighborhood is causing traffic detours
SAN ANTONIO – It’s a case of short-term pain for long-term gain as a flood control project in one San Antonio neighborhood is causing some traffic detours. McCullough Avenue is closed between Oblate Drive and Shannon Lee Street for the next few months. Crews started work on phase two of the Barbara Drive drainage project on Jan. 4. The work is more intensive than the first phase, which means that stretch of McCullough Avenue has to close. The $8 million project is being paid for with proceeds from the 2017 bond program approved by voters.
Chicagoans aid Central American hurricane victims
Construction for Vista Tower topped out April 26, 2019, as concrete for the 101st floor was poured. Here's a look at what is soon to be the city's third-highest skyscraper. Sales of its condo units, cost between $1 million to $17 million.chicagotribune.com
Full closure of SH 151 planned for this weekend in West San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – Drivers — you may need to adjust your route this weekend. The Texas Department of Transportation will close parts of SH 151 in west San Antonio, beginning at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16 until 5 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19. The closure will include SH 151 main lanes just west of I-410 to just east of I-410 and a full closure of SH 151 eastbound to westbound turnaround, according to TxDOT. Officials said the closures will allow for the continued construction of the flyover ramps and installation of steel beams in the area. The eastbound SH 151 flyover ramp to northbound I-410 will stay open to traffic during the road closures.
Universal City looks for ways to revitalize area outside Randolph Air Force Base
Universal City – Landlocked Universal City is taking a different approach to attract more revenue, retail and residents. City staff recently informally presented the Aviation District Master Plan to City Council and the community to reveal what their study for the area showed. The city is proposing a revitalization of Pat Booker Road just outside Randolph Airforce Base, between Aviation and National Boulevards. The area is considered to have the oldest homes in the city, and a lower economic base, with a mix of Hispanic and Caucasian residents. “There’s a lot in the air and we don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like," Voeller said.
Major closures on Loop 410 planned for this weekend in West San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – Attention drivers — you may need to adjust your routes this weekend. The Texas Department of Transportation has announced major closures on I-410 in West San Antonio to install steel beams and continue construction on flyover ramps. Drivers that are traveling southbound on Loop 410 will be detoured to the frontage roads before Military Drive. Then, drivers can re-enter the main lanes after the Marbach Road intersection, according to TxDOT. Officials say drivers traveling eastbound will be detoured to the peripheral streets.
The first mass timber mid-rise building in Texas is now complete
SAN ANTONIO – As San Antonio continues to grow you might have noticed a new building on Broadway just north of downtown that looks like it’s made of glass and wood. It’s called The Soto and it is one of the most technologically and ecologically high-end buildings in San Antonio. “It’s Good for the environment, not only in San Antonio but the whole world,” John S. Beauchamp of Hixon Properties said. “When you’re building out of mass timber you’re building out of young farm grown trees, taking carbon dioxide out of the air which is then being stored in the building -- our building actually has a negative carbon footprint,”Beauchamp said. The Timber building is revolutionary for both the city of San Antonio and for the state and will be a boon for the whole Broadway corridor.
San Antonio’s historic City Hall building renovations are nearing the homestretch, but not without delays
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio city staff and the city council are expected to move into a renovated historic City Hall building by December 2020. The city council approved a budget of $38 million for the project. “We’re going to spend another $950,000 in upgrading the security to the building to make it safe for everybody,” Sanchez said. “There’s gonna be a grand staircase from the second floor going way to the fourth floor,” Sanchez said. The third and fourth floors will be occupied by the city council and staff members.
$23 million land bridge in San Antonio nearing completion
SAN ANTONIO – It’s set to be a unique feature for the City of San Antonio, and it’s almost complete. Tobin Land Bridge that will connect Phil Hardberger Park east and west is scheduled to be completed this fall, likely by the end of October. The $23 million project was paid with $13 million approved by San Antonio voters and another $10 million raised by the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy. Tobin Land Bridge. RELATED: Aerial images show progress of new land bridge at Hardberger Park
Watch: Crews begin dismantling famous bandstand at Alamo Plaza
SAN ANTONIO – Within an hour, an Alamo Plaza icon was gone. The hat of the famous bandstand in front of the Menger Hotel was removed Friday morning and hauled to its relocation site. Last week, crews began dismantling the city-owned bandstand — a gathering place for both locals and tourists — as the city plans to restore and redesign the plaza. A camera showing updates on construction on Alamo Plaza will be shown online. The relocation of the bandstand is in line with a plan to redesign and restore the Alamo Plaza, which has garnered controversy in recent years.
Iconic bandstand at Alamo Plaza to be dismantled before relocation near Hays Street Bridge
Starting this week, crews will begin dismantling the city-owned bandstand in front of the Menger Hotel. A camera showing updates on construction on Alamo Plaza will be shown online. The roof consists of two separate parts: the upper top roof, or hat, and the surrounding lower canopy, according to The Alamo’s website. But since its erection in 1976, it has seen excessive water damage, The Alamo’s website states. The relocation of the bandstand is in line with a plan to redesign and restore the Alamo Plaza, which has garnered controversy in recent years.
Ready to tackle home improvement projects now that you finally have some time? 5 tips
More time at home has turned into more of an opportunity to do various home improvement projects, although that sometimes can be dangerous. Scott Frankel, co-president of Frankel Building Group in Texas, offered five tips for those who are currently attempting or about to start home renovation projects while quarantined. They aren’t things that are going to necessarily wow your neighbor, but they need to be done.”Don’t bring in outside workers. It’s a real easy way to throw your back out or slip off of a ladder.”Clean out items you don’t need anymore. “When you go to a professional and you say that this is what you want to do, your ideas are organized,” Frankel said.
Construction projects continue around the Alamo City amid coronavirus pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – If you leave your house, you may notice some construction is still underway. There are certain professions and operations that are exempt from the county’s “Stay Home, Work Safe” orders, and that includes construction projects ranging from housing to streets and drainage. Assistant City Manager Rod Sanchez said it crucial for certain projects to continue for not only now, but for the future of the city. Explained: San Antonio, Bexar County issue ‘Stay Home, Work Safe’ orders. With so many people staying home, Sanchez said it is actually the perfect time to work on construction projects.
Soto building on Broadway is the first of its kind in SA
SAN ANTONIO – It seems like you can't turn a corner without seeing construction. And it's really one I think we're the fourth mass timber building of this size in the united states. SOTO Broadway image 2 (KSAT)If you drive down Broadway, you’ve probably passed it hundreds of times, and you may have noticed the glass walls, or the timber wood. “We love the aesthetics and we know there's a lot of competition being built in San Antonio right now. And for today's workforce, that young talent wants to know that they're in a sustainable building,” Beauchamp said.
SA getting 2nd EVO entertainment complex with dine-in auditoriums, bowling alley
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio has something to look forward to in early 2021: a new entertainment complex for movies and bowling. EVO Entertainment is building its second location in the San Antonio area on the far West Side, the company announced Tuesday morning. San Antonio movie theater adds Big Red and barbacoa to concession menuThe company said the San Antonio game room will be the largest among the EVO locations. EVO Entertainment will be built at the intersection of Highway 151 and Military Drive in the Escala development. (EVO Entertainment Group)The first EVO complex in this area is located in Schertz, at 18658 Interstate 35.
Roadwork could affect traffic at The Rim for a month
Visitors at The Rim may find a bigger traffic snarl than usual over the next month. That’s because San Antonio’s Transportation & Capital Improvements will be working to replace the street pavers at an intersection within the shopping center. Get latest traffic conditionsThe work will be done on La Cantera Parkway, between the I-10 access road and Vance Jackson Road. The project will start Wednesday and is expected to continue through Feb. 15. A spokesperson with TCI said all businesses within The Rim will still be accessible during the project.
Weekend traffic warning: Avoid stretch of I-10 between Northwest SA and Boerne, TxDOT officials say
SAN ANTONIO – A major closure is scheduled for this weekend at the stretch of I-10 between Northwest SA and Boerne, traffic officials said Thursday. We’ll copy and paste from TxDOT’s release:Saturday, Dec. 14 until Sunday, Dec. 15 -- 6 p.m. until 12 p.m: Full eastbound main lane closure at Boerne Stage Road for bridge work. * DETOUR : Traffic diverted to Ralph Fair Road exit onto Frontage Road, through the Ralph Fair Road intersection (Ralph Fair Road is closed in both directions over I-10) then through Boerne Stage Road intersection (as Boerne Stage Road is closed in both directions under I-10) and re-enter main lanes through the entrance ramp east of Boerne Stage Road. Saturday, Dec. 14 until Sunday, Dec. 15 -- 9 p.m. until 12 p.m: Full westbound Frontage Road closure at Boerne Stage Road (including turnaround) for bridge work. *DETOUR: Westbound traffic is diverted to I-10 westbound Frontage Road to the Old Fredericksburg turnaround to the I-10 eastbound main lanes; eastbound traffic is diverted to I-10 eastbound Frontage Road, continue through the Boerne Stage Road intersection (Boerne Stage Road is closed in both directions under I-10) to the Dominion Drive turnaround.
Texas construction worker buried alive, dies after trench collapse
GREGORY, Texas – One construction worker is dead and two others are injured following a trench collapse around noon on Tuesday at a construction site in Gregory. Workers were digging using a backhoe when the collapse occurred, burying a 36-year-old man alive, according to KRIS. A second man was partially buried by the collapse and a third man was injured after jumping in to rescue the two workers that were trapped. Map details where hate groups are in TexasThe worker who was partially trapped and the worker who jumped in to help him are expected to be OK.Gregory police chief Tony Cano told KRIS the man who died went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead after being taken to the Northshore Emergency Center in Portland, near Corpus Christi.