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File #: 15-1154   
Type: Public Hearing
In control: Historic and Design Review Commission
On agenda: 1/21/2015
Posting Language: Address/Description: 155-161 E COMMERCE ST Landmark Name: Esquire Bar RIO District: RIO-3 Downtown Business District: Yes Applicant: David Lake Request: Demolition and construction of a hotel tower
Attachments: 1. Case_23_155-161_E_Commerce
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HISTORIC AND DESIGN REVIEW COMMISSION
January 21, 2015
Agenda Item No: 23

HDRC CASE NO: 2015-024
ADDRESS: 155 - 161 E COMMERCE ST
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: NCB 106 BLK LOT 32
ZONING: D HS RIO-3
CITY COUNCIL DIST.:|913|
LANDMARK: Fishmarket / Sullivan Building / Alamo Savings
APPLICANT: David Lake
OWNER: Chilton Restoration, LLC
TYPE OF WORK: Demolition with conceptual approval of a hotel tower
REQUEST:
The applicant is requesting conceptual approval to:

1. Demolish the structure at 161 E Commerce commonly known as the Sullivan Building, the Alamo Savings Building
and the MIC Building The applicant claims that retaining the structure
will result in an unreasonable economic hardship on the owner of the property as well as make the property
undevelopable; and

2. Construct a new 18 story hotel tower at the corner of E Commerce and N St. Mary's Street that retains the building at
155 E Commerce, commonly known as the Fishmarket Building. At approximately 200' in
height with 114,767 square feet, the hotel will feature 197 rooms and approximately 7,600 square feet of restaurant and
retail space.
APPLICABLE CITATIONS:
UDC Section 35-614. - Demolition

Demolition of a historic landmark constitutes an irreplaceable loss to the quality and character of the City of San Antonio. Accordingly, these procedures provide criteria to prevent unnecessary damage to the quality and character of the city's historic districts and character while, at the same time, balancing these interests against the property rights of landowners.

(a)Applicability. The provisions of this section apply to any application for demolition of a historic landmark (including those previously designated as historic exceptional or historic significant) or a historic district.
(3)Property Located in Historic District and Contributing to District Although Not Designated a Landmark. No
certificate shall be issued for property located in ...

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