Work to improve the creek channel began in late March.
The commission’s decision gives final approval to landscaping, wayfinding signage, and site elements, including lighting and pedestrian access elements, such as railings and stair and terrace detailing.
According to City staff, Muñoz & Co. proposed a landscape program that involves “generous areas of aquatic, riparian, and upland plantings to improve water quality and habitat and to provide shade.”
Nobody at the HDRC meeting spoke on this matter prior to the commission’s vote.
Bexar County Commissioners Court in May tapped local artists Adriana Garcia, Katie Pell, Alex Rubio, and Joe Lopez to create tile murals for the part of the creek that extends from a tunnel inlet close to Fox Tech to Houston Street.
This segment of the creek improvement is slated for completion in May 2018.
HDRC also gave final approval for designs on a 7-Eleven gas station and convenience store to replace the historic Malt House at 115 S. Zarzamora St.
The designs gained preliminary approval from the commission in April.
The final design will incorporate original features of the 1940s Malt House, including some of its signage, canopies, and community gathering areas.
Many Westside residents and local preservationists first fought to prevent demolition of the former restaurant, saying it was landmark dining and communal place in the neighborhood.
But City staff found that preserving the present structure would be an economic hardship on the property owner. HDRC granted conceptual demolition approval in October.
Since then, residents rallied to compel 7-Eleven to at least preserve some of iconic exterior parts of the Malt House into its new gas station/convenience store.
City staff did ask for the canopy design be simplified and that the sloped roof edge be eliminated. City staff also emphasized the importance of 7-Eleven installing a painted sidewalk on the apron of its proposed new curb along South Zarzamora Street.
7-Eleven will return with a separate request for final approval of a signage package, including new freestanding, wall-mounted, and window signage.
No one spoke for or against the final designs at Wednesday’s meeting. A timetable for demolition of the Malt House has yet to be announced.