1221 Broadway is a transformative adaptive reuse development that has become the catalyst for revitalization in downtown San Antonio. Since 2004, a vacant and heavily vandalized building shell occupied a high-profile site on one of the primary thoroughfares in San Antonio. The neglected property was eventually auctioned on the courthouse steps, and new owners and design team identified potential for these three city blocks to become a revitalized hub for San Antonio’s downtown living. The team went on to creatively adapt the existing superstructure to this new vision.
The transformation of 19 relatively inflexible buildings took shape in two phases. Phase one renovated the existing 300 apartments and five courtyards and re-skinned the existing buildings, making windows larger to allow more natural daylight into the apartments. The floor plans of 28 different unit types were completely modified from the previous site’s plans. The fastest lease up in city history, phase one was 99 percent leased within four months of completion. Exterior courtyards link urban living with nature, providing community gathering spaces.
Driven by a successful phase one, phase two renovated retail, office and living space along Broadway Avenue. A five-story parking garage was finished out and retail and restaurant space on the street was restored to help revitalize Broadway as a new pedestrian corridor. All circulation for the complex is outdoors on single-loaded cantilevered walkways linked by bridges and alleys to the garage.
1221 has become a catalyst for nearby urban redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization. Located on the edge of downtown along the beautiful San Antonio River, with an underserved residential and commercial district to the north, 1221 Broadway reconnected these disparate parts of the city and brought residential life to the downtown area. 1221 has ignited the neighborhood around, inspiring over 1,000 new apartment units, condominiums, restaurants, retail and numerous commercial projects, all likely unattainable had the hulking frame of an incomplete project continued to pollute the skyline.