Still Golden Social House site to be acquired for Jefferson Bank headquarters

by Ben OlivoDecember 3, 2019
Still Golden Social Club, 1900 Broadway
Still Golden Social House is located at 1900 Broadway. Photo by Ben Olivo | Heron

This post has been updated with the outcome of the Zoning Commission vote.

The property at 1900 Broadway, known by cocktail aficionados as Still Golden Social House, is under contract to be sold and incorporated into the future Jefferson Bank headquarters building, the project's developer confirmed. The sale would mean Milam Real Estate Capital, which is developing the mid-rise office building for Jefferson Bank, would control the entire square block on the northeast corner of Broadway and East Grayson Street (which is also bound by East Josephine and North Alamo streets).

This afternoon, the Zoning Commission unanimously approved rezoning the property so it's consistent with the other parcels on the block. The case now goes to the City Council for consideration at its Thursday meeting.

A site plan included in the rezoning application shows an office building taking up the entire square block (including where Still Golden currently stands). A retail space is planned for the corner currently under review; additional retail will face East Grayson, Broadway, and East Josephine.

Still Golden Social House Jefferson Bank Map December 2019 Before rezoning and sale

Still Golden Social House Jefferson Bank Map December 2019 Before rezoning and sale

Which begs the question: What will happen to Still Golden Social House?

Plack Carr, Milam Real Estate Capital's managing director, and Jeret Peña, Still Golden's owner, declined to comment specifically about the bar's future. Peña emphasized his group still has eight years left on the lease. Carr said he's negotiating with Peña on some kind of solution; it's unclear whether Still Golden will occupy one of the building's retail spots once it's built.

"We are in discussions with Still Golden, and we want them to be part of the project," Carr said. "We are very much pro local businesses. Absolutely."

Still Golden opened in March 2018 as a kind of reincarnation of Stay Golden, Peña and co.'s ice house-ish bar adjacent to the Pearl, which closed to make room for Credit Human's own 10-story headquarters facing Broadway.

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Details on Jefferson Bank's headquarters remain scarce. In a previous interview, Lindsay Armstrong, the bank’s senior vice president and director of marketing, said the building's height could be between 13 to 15 stories. The bank is expected to occupy roughly half the space—between 200 to 300 workers total—while leasing the rest to other tenants.

Carr declined to give the project's cost, as well as a construction start date, but said he hopes to complete it by first quarter 2022.

According to Bexar County property records, a New Mexico-based entity called OT Partners LLC owns the property at 1900 Broadway.

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