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File #: 13-786   
Type: Staff Briefing - With Ordinance
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 10/17/2013
Posting Language: An Ordinance authorizing a restrictive covenant limiting hotel development for the Hemisfair Park site. [Carlos Contreras, Assistant City Manager; Lori Houston, Director, Center City Development]
Attachments: 1. Draft - Hemisfair Hotel Restrictions, 2. Draft Ordinance, 3. Final - Hemisfair Hotel Restrictions, 4. Ordinance 2013-10-17-0711
DEPARTMENT: Center City Development Office




HemisFair Park Redevelopment Hotel Restriction


This ordinance authorizes a land use restriction that limits hotel development on City-owned land in the Hemisfair site. This land use restriction will also apply to other land in the Hemisfair site that the City may acquire in the future. This restrictive covenant will be placed on the Hemisfair site by filing a Declaration of Restrictive Covenants in the Bexar County Public Records. When filed, the restrictive covenant will be binding upon all subsequent owners and lessees of the land.

The restriction may be enforced by the City or by the San Antonio Conservation Society. The hotel restriction will apply to the Hemisfair site in perpetuity, unless the restriction is amended or terminated. The approval of the City and the San Antonio Conservation Society is needed to amend or terminate the restriction, as well as the approval of a majority of any landowners that may acquire a portion of the Hemisfair site in the future.


In September 2009, City Council voted to establish Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation, a Local Government Corporation, in part to develop a plan for re-development of the Hemisfair site and adjacent areas. On February 9, 2012, City Council approved the Framework and Master Plan of the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation as the conceptual strategy for the redevelopment of the original Hemisfair site. The Master Plan envisions balanced land uses within the Hemisfair site, with a policy of mixed-use development throughout the site, with a blend of open space, plazas, courtyards and civic, commercial and residential uses.

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