Detours, scaffolding, and jackhammers, it seems, are the new sights and sounds of progress in San Antonio’s urban core. With three years to go, the “Decade of Downtown” is topping out along nearly every square mile of center city.

If it feels like all of downtown San Antonio is under construction – from streets and creeks to schools and skyscrapers – don’t look now, because several major projects are only in the beginning stages of development.

“There’s a lot in the pipeline as well,” said Ramiro Gonzales, interim assistant director of San Antonio’s Center City Development Office. “We also have any number of projects for which we have incentive agreements plotted on the map.”

Much of the work going on now, such as the Frio Street project, is the result of the $596 million 2012 bond program, and other construction is private-sector development, such as hotels and apartments. When voters approved the 2017 Municipal Bond, another $850 million was put on the books for 180 projects across the city. City staff and the private contractors they oversee will have five years to complete them.

“There’s also just a resurgence of interest in living downtown, so there’s a huge investment [in developer incentives] from the City in downtown in recent years,” Gonzales said. “And every dollar invested in downtown returns $10 to $15 in additional tax revenue we can use to support efforts across the city.

“We do have our hands full, but it’s a good problem,” he said.

For those who live and work downtown, construction can be a hassle.

“You’re probably seeing all the construction downtown, and it’s only going to ramp up because of the bond,” Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1) said during Wednesday’s “Ask Ron” broadcast with Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “We want to be sure that downtown is accessible to everyone as we begin these construction projects. We need to be thoughtful about access to downtown, access to neighborhood streets, and what all those impacts are going to mean to those going to work and visiting San Antonio.”

Planning your route? We plotted on this map some of the bigger projects you might come across while downtown in the coming months, and when they’re set to be completed.

CAST Tech High School

Freshmen gather in front of the entrance to CAST Tech on their first day of school. Freshmen gather in front of the entrance to CAST Tech on their first day of school.
Freshmen gather in front of the entrance to CAST Tech on their first day of school. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

CAST Tech High School is an SAISD charter school moving into two unused buildings on the Fox Tech High School campus for the coming school year. The first building is complete and the second will be finished in time for the first junior-senior classes.

Developer: San Antonio Independent School District

Cost: $5 million

Estimated Completion: 2019

San Pedro Creek Development

San Pedro Creek is under construction.
San Pedro Creek is under construction. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

The San Pedro Creek Improvements Project will revamp the two-mile drainage ditch into a linear park with historical and cultural amenities to connect pedestrians to both the new Frost Bank Tower and a community amphitheater behind the Alameda.

Developer: City of San Antonio, Bexar County

Cost: $175 million

Estimated completion: Phase I, May 2018

Frost Tower

A large crane extends high above the job site of Frost Tower.
A crane extends high above the project site of the new Frost Bank Tower. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

A 23-story tower on West Houston Street with 250,000 sq. ft. of office space for Frost Bank employees and another 150,000 sq. ft. for other tenants.

Developer: Weston Urban, KDC, TRT Holdings Inc.

Cost: $142 million

Estimated Completion: Late 2018 or January 2019

Hilton Canopy Hotel

Hilton Canopy Hotel is under construction.
Hilton Canopy Hotel is under construction. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

The 24-story, 197-room Canopy by Hilton hotel is slated for the corner of North St. Mary’s and Commerce streets and will restore and use part of the existing Sullivan Bank and adjacent buildings.

Developer: Crockett Urban Ventures

Cost: $60 million

Estimated completion: Spring 2018

CPS Headquarters

The future CPS Energy Headquarters.
The future CPS Energy Headquarters. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

The former AT&T buildings on McCullough are being renovated for CPS Energy, the City-owned utility, to move its headquarters and consolidate operations on the 5.3-acre property. Plans also call for the construction of a new parking garage with space for more than 1,000 cars.

Developer: CPS Energy

Cost: $100 million budget

Estimated completion: End of 2019

120 Ninth Street Apartments

120 Ninth Street Apartments are under construction.
120 Ninth Street Apartments are under construction. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

The 220-unit residential development borders the River Walk and will offer renters a parking structure, elevators, a clubhouse, dog park, and fitness center.

Developer: SC Bodner Company

Cost: $40 million

Estimated completion: Summer 2018

Jones & Rio Apartments

Jones & Rio apartments are nearly done construction.
Jones & Rio apartments are nearly done construction. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

The 191-unit residential development on the River Walk includes 1,500 sq. ft. of retail space on the street level of West Jones Street.

Developer: Alamo Manhattan

Cost $40 million

Estimated completion: 2017

Hemisfair Civic Park

Hemisfair Civic Park is under construction.
Hemisfair Civic Park is under construction. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Civic Park’s great lawn, water features, and shady promenades are under construction, but the eight-acre park site won’t be fully completed for another three years.

Developer: Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC)

Cost: $58 million

Estimated completion: 2020

Hemisfair Acequia Lofts

The Area Foundation Development is under construction.
The Hemisfair Acequia Lofts are under construction. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Site preparation has begun on this residential project that also will offer a 418-car parking garage and restaurant spaces facing Yanaguana Garden.

Developer: AREA Real Estate

Cost: $28 million

Estimated completion: 2019

Main, Navarro, & San Pedro Roundabout

Main, Navarro, and San Pedro Roundabout is under construction.
Main, Navarro, and San Pedro Roundabout is under construction. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

The Main, Navarro, & San Pedro Roundabout project is part of the 2012-2017 Bond Program and includes full reconstruction of the intersection of San Pedro and North Main avenues. The reconstruction will include raised medians, 10-foot-wide “shared-use” paths to improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, curbs and gutters, reconstruction of existing driveway approaches, landscaping, pedestrian lighting, and other amenities. This project will include a public art component.

Developer: City of San Antonio

Cost: $6 million

Estimated completion: December 2017

Main / Soledad Streets

Construction on Soledad Street. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Main and Soledad streets are being completely reconstructed to convert them from one-way to two-way traffic. Additional improvements will include bicycle lanes, curbs, sidewalks, ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps, left-hand turn lanes on Soledad, and streetscape amenities to promote pedestrian activity. In addition, Merritt Development Group and Vista Host are building a nine-story hotel with a River Walk restaurant and street-level retail space in place of the long-vacant Solo Serve building on Soledad.

Developer: City of San Antonio

Cost: $9.5 million budget

Estimated completion: December 2017

Frio Street Project

Construction is taking place to expand Frio Street.
Construction is taking place to expand Frio Street. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Curbs, sidewalks, driveway approaches, and drainage is being added to Frio Street between Cesar Chavez and Houston streets as part of the 2012 bond program.

Developer: City of San Antonio

Cost: $5 million

Estimated completion: October 2017

Alamodome Facelift

Alamodome under construction. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

The Alamodome is currently undergoing renovations in preparation for the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball Final Four.

Developer: City of San Antonio

Cost: $9 million

Estimated completion: December 2017

McCullough Avenue Area Drainage

Construction to improve drainage is taking place near the intersection of McCullough Street and I-35.
Construction to improve drainage is taking place near the intersection of McCullough Street and I-35. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

This project will provide drain systems that affect the roadways in the McCullough Avenue area and reduce stormwater runoff to the lower level of Interstate 35.

Developer: City of San Antonio

Cost: $15 million

Estimated completion: December 2017

Pearl Office Towers

The Pearl is under construction. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Two office towers will occupy the entire block between Broadway Street and Avenue B, and bring a total of about 344,000 sq. ft. of commercial office space to the Pearl. The 10- and six-story towers will wrap around a 950-space parking garage.

Developer: Silver Ventures

Cost: Not disclosed

Estimated completion: 2019

Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Building at 116 East Houston Street. Photo by Scott Ball.
The Savoy Building at 116 East Houston Street. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Weston Urban purchased the vacant Savoy Building at Houston and Soledad streets in 2016 and renovated the upper three floors to meet the needs of venture equity firm Scaleworks. The street level is being developed for retail food and beverage, and the stone façade restoration won’t be complete until later this year.

Developer: Weston Urban

Cost: Undisclosed

Estimated completion: September 2017

Encore SoFlo

A rendering of the proposed Encore Riverwalk. Credit: Courtesy / Encore Multi-Family LLC

Encore SoFlo will feature 339 rental units, consisting of one and two bedroom units. The development also features a structured parking garage with 420 spaces. Amenities include a dog park, pool and spa.

Developer: Encore Enterprises

Cost: $62 million

Estimated completion: Fall 2018

Hilton Garden Inn

The back sides of the Maverick apartment building (left) and Hilton Garden Inn (right). The first occurred between them on the fourth floor.
The back sides of the Maverick apartment building (left) and Hilton Garden Inn (right) were damaged after a fire occurred between them on the fourth floor. Credit: Iris Dimmick / San Antonio Report

Three buildings were demolished on the 400 block of E. Houston Street for a Hilton Garden Inn, a 10-story hotel soon under construction by Baywood Hotels.

Developer: Hilton

Cost: Undisclosed

Estimated completion: November 2017

Light Project

The restoration project of the Light building will include replacing the windows, re-roofing, plaster and paint restoration, and more.
The restoration project of the Light building will include replacing the windows, re-roofing, plaster and paint restoration, and more. Credit: Hannah Whisenant / San Antonio Report

The long-vacant San Antonio Light campus, a 1931 Spanish Colonial Revival building, is being transformed into a mixed-use office and retail complex. The building was home to Hearst Corporation’s 112-year-old newspaper until it closed in 1993. “The Light Project,” as GrayStreet is calling it, will bring 60,000 sq. ft. of new class A office space to downtown San Antonio.

Developer: GrayStreet Partners

Cost: Undisclosed

Estimated completion: Spring 2018

Correction: A previous version of this article listed “the Heart Corporation” as the previous owner of the Light building. This has been corrected to the company’s correct name, the Hearst Corporation. 

Shari Biediger

Shari Biediger is the business beat reporter at the San Antonio Report.