Developers of an upscale multi-purpose complex in Alamo Heights have been told it's still too big.
Alamo Manhattan wants to build a 5-story structure with 165 apartments, but the Alamo Heights City Council Monday night approved Special Use Permits for a 4-story complex with no more than 146 residential units on Broadway at Austin Highway.
Lead architect Rick Archer with Overland Partners tells 550 KTSA News the developers have bent over backwards to try to please Alamo Heights residents and they've already downsized their plans significantly.
"In the very beginning it was 85-feet tall rather than 58-feet and it was 244 residential units, so we've reduced the unit count to 165," said Archer.
He believes the Alamo Heights Gateway project would be a catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Alamo Heights.
"It consists of street retail and live-work units on the ground floor where people could live and have small businesses," said Archer.
Matt Segrest and his team at Alamo Manhattan are expressing their gratitude to those who turned out at the meeting Monday night to speak in favor of project.
"We've zeroed in on this property because this is such a great community with an eyesore in the middle of it. The community deserves so much more and we can do something really special here," said Segrest.
Now Segrest and his team will consider the Alamo Heights City Council decision and determine their next steps.