Parking & Transportation

In October 2014, KWA created a joint ad hoc committee with the Lavaca Neighborhood Association and area business owners to address parking and transportation issues in Southtown.  We were specifically tasked with obtaining a city study with city-sponsored solutions.  We are not advocating for one solution over another with the exception of one priority – safety. 

We have been meeting with city staff, elected officials and others as we continue our quest to obtain a parking survey.  In each of these forums, the committee continues to stress its number one priority – safety.

Per the KWA Strategic Plan, adopted by the Board in August 2014, one strategic initiative is “Quality of life issues: First Friday, parking, noise, traffic and crime.” The metric or goal that corresponds is the “completion of a traffic and parking study.” KWA members can see the complete Strategic Plan on the KWA website under “member portal.” If you are not a member, come by the KWA office to review the document.

In October 2014, the KWA board authorized the creation of an ad hoc committee to work with the City of San Antonio’s Transportation and Capital Improvements Department to study parking and transportation issues within the King William and Lavaca Historic Districts (LNA). The committee is chaired by me, and includes the following members: KWA President Harry Shafer, board member Christine Viña, executive director Cherise Bell, KWA member Tom Hoog, and LNA member Michael Berrier.

King William Association staff was informed by VIA that a new style bus shelter was chosen for downtown. Installation of the bus shelters is to occur at each corner of the intersection of S. Saint Mary’s St. and Cesar Chavez Blvd. This corner includes the Pedro Huizar Park, an important gateway into the King William Historic District.

Modern bus shelterAt the September 19, 2013 regularly scheduled KWA Board meeting staff presented the proposed VIA bus shelter which was to be installed at Pedro Huizar Park. The KWA board voted against the modern bus shelter as they felt it was inappropriate for this gateway. As directed by the board, staff wrote a letter to VIA with copies to our Councilman, Historic Preservation Officer, and Parks and Recreation Director notifying VIA of KWA’s concern over this very modern bus shelter proposed for the park. Because of our letter, VIA pulled the replacement of the bus shelter.

Based on conversations between KWA and VIA, the current downtown bus shelters ,designed by the architectural firm of Fisher Heck, will be recycled and installed at Pedro Huizar Park.

In March, KWA staff was informed by VIA that the downtown bus shelters would be extending into the King William area. At the April 16 regularly-scheduled KWA Board meeting, the board reviewed the proposed bus shelters and once again agreed that they were inappropriate for our Historic District, and King William bus shelters should maintain a separate identity from downtown. KWA has been working with VIA staff and again proposed to VIA that the Fisher Heck bus shelters be recycled and relocated to the King William neighborhood. As of April 24, KWA does not have a list or map of the bus stops that are slated by VIA to receive a bus shelter, nor a commitment from VIA to recycle the Fisher Heck bus shelters.

- Cherise Bell

Many streets of King William are used during the week by downtown commuters looking for free parking. However, nowhere is the problem worse than on Arsenal Street and City Street next to H-E-B’s headquarters. Despite H-E-B discouraging its employees and vendors from parking on these residential streets, many of them continue to do so. In addition, employees of other nearby businesses and city offices also park on Arsenal and City during the day.

With the impending closure of S. Main Avenue, the Center City Development Office (CCDO) conducted a two-day traffic study of S. Main, S. Flores and Arsenal. The CCDO reported that, according to their study, the closure of S. Main will result in less commuter traffic on Arsenal. Paradoxically, however, the CCDO believes that the commuter parking situation on Arsenal will worsen. Because of this, the CCDO is proposing a year-long pilot Residential Permit Parking (RPP) Program for the residents of Arsenal as well as a portion of City Street.

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