Panel to decide future of Continental Hotel and apartment tower

A 19th-century, block-long building built the same year as the red sandstone Bexar County Courthouse is about to help usher in one of the first new residential properties along the San Pedro Creek Culture Park.

The Historic and Design Review Commission on Wednesday will review plans by downtown developers Weston Urban to restore the former Continental Hotel on West Commerce Street and the Arana Building on Dolorosa Street, in the Main/Military Plaza Historic District, as part of its aim to build a residential tower within the same block.

The developer has requested a certificate of appropriateness to construct a 16-story apartment building located between the two buildings and facing South Laredo Street. The building adjacent to San Pedro Creek will feature 255 units and garage parking for 432 vehicles, according to design documents.

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