Blue Star Phase 2 (Big Tex) had its groundbreaking ceremony on May 30 to kick off the construction portion of the project, which will include 336 apartments, wrapped around a parking garage, and 8,000 square feet of retail space. Currently the developer is looking to divide the retail space into two units, a restaurant and a coffee shop. The project should be completed by spring 2016.

Across the street at Probandt and Cevallos Streets, “The Slab” received zoning for a 190-unit apartment complex, wrapped around a tenant parking garage. This project is not zoned with any “overlay zoning” so there will not be a public process regarding the design.
Across from the SAHA offices, at the Corner of S. Flores and Guadalupe Streets, behind the small commercial building, the property just received a zoning change to allow for multi-family housing to be constructed. According to the developer, the units will look similar to the row houses located at 1117 S. Presa Street.

Finally, all the construction for the railroad silent crossing has been completed and the City has submitted an application to the Federal Railroad Administration and Union Pacific Railroad for approval. This will take an estimated six months for the entities to review. I was reminded by city staff that once the silence crossings are approved, if a train engineer feels there is a danger on or adjacent to the railroad tracks, the engineer still has the legal right to blow the train's horn.

- Cherise Bell