Feature Photo: Aerial perspective of the project site for a proposed 780,000 square-foot warehouse south of Loop 1604 and Tradesman. Image: Google Earth/VB Graphic.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — A St. Louis, Missouri-based developer known for rehabilitating brownfields is proposing to construct a 780,000 square-foot warehouse on the North Side.
Commercial Development Company Inc. (CDC) has a zoning request pending that if approved would convert a 92.5-acre site currently zoned General Commercial (C-3) to Commercial (C-2) with a conditional use and specific use authorization for warehousing. The specific use authorization is required because the property is within the Edwards Recharge Zone District.
The project site is located at 14700 Tradesman, which is an undeveloped abandoned quarry. It is south of the Bexar Metro 911 Regional Office, and its boundaries also abut a residential neighborhood to the south and east, and to the west is a middle school and apartment complex.
A San Antonio Water System report observed that the quarry is currently undergoing filling operations. CDC operates Tradesman Quarry, a clean fill disposal service that accepts inert, clean materials only–concrete, asphalt, rock, sand, cinder blocks, brick, clay and uncontaminated soil.
“The site was previously excavated as a quarry and is approximately 60% filled with imported fill material. The southern portion of the subject site remains unfilled and is intended to serve as a flood detention pond,” the SAWS report said.
SAWS recommended that impervious cover from new construction be limited to 48% of the 92.5-acre site, and that no manufacturing or maintenance/repairs of vehicles and machinery be allowed.
Under C-2 zoning, building heights are limited to 25 feet. The zoning case was scheduled to appear before the Zoning Commission’s Nov. 2 meeting, but was continued to Nov. 16. City staff recommended approval:
“Office/Warehouse uses are currently located along Tradesman Drive, including properties directly abutting the subject site. While there are residential single-family neighborhoods to the South and East, the Conditional Use can be utilized to impose any needed restrictions to buffer the residents from the proposed warehouse.”
A preliminary site plan prepared by Pape-Dawson Engineers contains a proposed building that is 600 feet by 1,300 feet (approximately 780,000 square feet). Semi-truck trailer parking is designated along the north and south sides of the building that, combined, represent about 165 spaces. The trailer park rows are parallel to the loading docks.
To the west of the building is an employee parking lot that would accommodate about 138 cars.
Southeast of the facility and parking areas is a proposed retention bain of about 210 acre-feet. There are also undeveloped reserve areas that have been labeled for “additional parking.”
CDC Inc is a privately held, diversified real estate acquisition and development firm that specializes in repositioning and redeveloping underutilized, distressed or environmentally challenged properties. The company portfolio includes over 300 sites in the United States and Canada, and over 85 million square feet under roof.
One example of a CDC Inc. project is its 2017 acquisition of the Janesville Assembly Plant from General Motors in Wisconsin. Once the largest GM factor at 4.8 million square feet on 250 acres, CDC Inc. activities included asbestos abatement, demolition, environmental remediation and redevelopment planning.
CDC Inc. claims the Janesville site “could attract manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics-related development due to existing features such as rail access and 250 acres of development-ready land.”