Months after San Antonio City Council approved changes to a development agreement for the $340 million revitalization of the downtown site of the 1968 World’s Fair, Hemisfair has unveiled a look at the planned 17-story hotel. Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation submitted plans and designs to the Historic Design and Review Commission, giving San Antonio a first look at what is planned for Hemisfair Hotel.
The 200-room hotel planned for 222 S Alamo St., San Antonio, TX 78205, will overlook the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation’s ongoing Civic Park project, according to HDRC agenda documents. Plans show the ground floor of the Hemisfair Hotel will have space for a restaurant facing the Civic Park and and five shell spaces for retail.
The second floor will have space for up to six conference rooms and a large ballroom for events. Plans show “wellness” and fitness centers on the third floor and a rooftop pool deck with a bar and cabana areas. The top level will have another event space and bar on the roof.
A project schedule submitted with the agenda says Hemisfair PARC plans to begin construction sometime in December with completion and a soft opening planned for January 2025 and a grand opening set for late February 2025. MySA reached out for comment.
The hotel is part of a complete overhaul of Hemisfair, which includes other retail and residential projects as well as an ambitious Civic Park project. Zachry Hospitality, the project lead on the hotel and residential portions, was set to be closing out projects last year, according to the original development agreement. But the company had yet to pay rent to Hemisfair PARC to build on the property.
The city approved a new development agreement with Zachry in April, allowing the company to pay less rent to Hemisfair PARC but pay the bill for the parking garage.
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