The Alamo Colleges District is preparing to sell this property at 811 W. Houston St. Rados | SAHeron

The University of Texas at San Antonio and the nonprofit Alamo Community Group have placed bids—one significantly larger than the other—on a small cluster of office buildings and parking lots at 811 W. Houston St. that's owned by the Alamo Colleges District.

UTSA, which a month ago announced plans for a $229 million expansion of its downtown campus, placed a bid of $400,000, while Alamo Community Group, a nonprofit developer and manager of affordable housing in San Antonio, offered up $2.8 million.

The ACD is gauging interest in the 1.5-acre property, home to its IT services and accounts payable departments, as it prepares to consolidate administrative offices into a new building at 2222 N. Alamo St., the former site of Playland Park.

The district expects to formerly open its new headquarters early next year.

The Houston Street property is west of the Interstate 35-Interstate 10 underpass and includes older and modern structures, and smaller parking lots.

No buyer has been selected, said Kristi Wyatt, ACD's Associate Vice Chancellor of Communications & Engagement, who declined to offer a timetable for the sale.

"The properties have been publicly declared surplus effective the date that the new building will have been completed and administrative staff relocated," Wyatt wrote in an email.

UTSA acknowledged its interest in the property.

"As you know, President (Taylor) Eighmy has an ambitious plan for the Downtown Campus and we are looking at what property options might be available and how to potentially align them to our master planning process," Joe Izbrand, UTSA's Associate Vice President for Communications & Marketing, wrote in an email. "There is no specific use for the property identified at this early stage, should we acquire it."

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On Thursday, the City Council is expected to approve the sale of properties at 506 and 702 Dolorosa to the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System that will serve as the future homes of UTSA's School of Data Science and its National Security Collaboration Center, respectively.

The West Houston Street property is a block north of UTSA's Cattleman's Square parking lot, where the university wants to build a 10- to 15-story, 1,500-bed student housing tower, though it's still in the process of finding a private developer to partner with. Read about UTSA's historic expansion plans here.

Alamo Community Group's Executive Director Jennifer Gonzalez said the nonprofit hasn't developed any plans for the West Houston Street property, should it acquire it. The developer has been working on the 94-unit Museum Reach Lofts on the southeast corner of North St. Mary's Street and Jones Avenue—a rare multifamily development that's truly affordable. Eighty six of its 94 units will be priced for households making between 30 and 60 percent of the median wage.

Previously published
» UTSA downtown campus to expand east of the interstate
» Affordable housing near Pearl obtains crucial funding, land

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