A new project is looking to revitalize the long-neglected Lone Star Brewery in San Antonio. The old brewery, found in Southtown between Lone Star Boulevard and Steves Avenue, hasn't been in operation since 1996. The revitalization project, headed by Aqualand Development and CBL & Associates Properties, looks to transform the brewery's relics into a state-of-the-art mixed-use development with an emphasis on condos, food, shopping, entertainment, and of course, beer.
The new development, scheduled to open in late 2018, is currently known as the "Lone Star Brewery District." Over $300 million is budgeted for the project, which aims to be the go-to cultural gathering spot in Southtown.
Lone Star Brewing District Development Details
While many aspects of the development have yet to be determined, general site plans have been released to the public. The developers of the Lone Star Brewery District seek to revive the legacy created by the original Lone Star Brewery by maintaining many of the rustic, industrial architectural aspects of the current brewery, and maintaining links to the brewery and community's history. The developers are currently in discussions with Lone Star Brewing to bring a microbrewery to the site of the new development.
At present, plans for the Lone Star Brewery District include:
The Cannery District: featuring retail and office space
The Brewery District: featuring retail, restaurants, entertainment, and offices
The Market Exchange: featuring restaurants, entertainment, and a food hall
Lake District: central lake surrounded by restaurant and retail space
Cinema: A dine-in movie theater complex
Residences: Three residences with 700 multi-family units
Hotel: Major brand-name hotel with 135 rooms
Other outdoor entertainment and gathering spaces
The developers seek to attract a healthy mix of local, regional, and national brands to their retail and dining spaces. There will be a large focus on the district's entertainment spaces, which could possibly include a bowling alley, a 1,200-seat live music hall, a new Texas Music Hall of Fame, and more. At the new Lone Star Brewery District, you can expect to find concerts, holiday celebrations, exhibitions, film festivals, community events, and more, which should make the district one of San Antonio's go-to nightlife destinations.
Lone Star Brewery District Condos
The initial project plans forecast the development of over 700 Lone Star Brewery District condos. The development will feature three separate five-story residential developments with 220-250 units each.
Each building, respectively located at the northeast, southeast, and southwest corners of the development, will feature a covered parking garage, as well as an outdoor pool as part of a central courtyard. These condos will offer views of the San Antonio River, as well as the amphitheater and the lake found at the center of the development.
Around the Lone Star Brewery District
The Lone Star Brewery District is set along the San Antonio River, located only 1.5 miles south of downtown San Antonio. The district is found directly across from Roosevelt Park, which features a swimming pool, community center, picnic areas, a basketball court, and a playground. The district lies to the north of the Interstate 10 highway, and offers convenient access to I-35 and I-37 as well. The Southtown area, where the brewery is found, has seen a recent surge of business development, as well as galleries, restaurants, trails, and parks.
The developers have cited San Antonio's fast-growing millennial population as one of the driving factors of the development. These younger home buyers and renters tend to seek out multi-family developments near major shopping and entertainment centers, making the Lone Star Brewery District the perfect fit for this growing niche of buyers.