USAA gained conceptual approval on Wednesday for a parking garage expansion at its downtown building at One Riverwalk Place, 700 N. St. Mary’s St., which will result in more parking during non-business hours for people visiting downtown.
The garage will be open to the public, with the public parking starting after 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, after 6 p.m. on Friday, as well as on the weekends and during holidays. The expansion will be a stone's throw west of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
The addition to the six-level garage will add nearly 200 parking spaces, according to USAA’s application to the Historic and Design Review Commission. The total number of spaces would be 475, according to Samira Bitar, executive director of marketing for USAA Real Estate Company.
Currently, the company has more than 200 employees in the building, according to USAA spokesman Matt Hartwig. Earlier this year, USAA announced it would move another 700 employees to its mid-rise building by first quarter 2019. Those employees will be largely focussed in the tech field.
The local company plans to eventually move 2,000 employees into the building, which it bought in 2014.
Renderings submitted to the HDRC show that the expansion will erase Hangar Arc, an obscure downtown mini-street that flanks One Riverwalk Place and the River Walk and that makes a T with Navarro Street at Hotel Havana.
Rendering Courtesy USAA