Demolition will begin ‘in a few months’ to prepare Katherine Court apartments in Alamo Heights

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The developer of a controversial Alamo Heights apartment project says construction of the three-story complex near Incarnate Word will begin in the coming months.

Ridgemont Properties, which operates several multi-family complexes in the area through a company called Alamo Heights Apartments, is working to build a 27-unit apartment complex with 51 off-street parking spaces.

Area residents pushed back on the project for months, even filing a lawsuit against the city and its council of adjustment in a project-related case, but the developer got a boost from the Alamo City Council Heights this week.

The redevelopment of the 44,500 square foot lot on Katherine Court in Alamo Heights will mean the demolition of four structures currently on the property, a decision the city council passed in September.

C. Trebes Sasser Jr., vice president of Ridgemont Properties, said demolition will occur “in a few months” and construction will begin “soon after.”

Sasser initially sought to create a 35-unit complex, which is more than would have been allowed for the size of the lot, but in February the Board of Adjustment denied a waiver request that would have allowed this. The neighbors were happy with the denial as they had objected to allowing more units than the code allowed for the lot size.

Plaintiff Joan Cunningham, who lives next to the project site, said she and other neighbors would be willing to drop their lawsuit if more space was added between the apartment complex’s driveway and the driveway of his triplex. She worries that having only a few centimeters of space in between could make it dangerous for drivers trying to enter and exit properties and for pedestrians trying to cross.

Sasser said he is willing to work with residents to resolve this and other concerns residents have. He doesn’t expect the changes to be significant enough to trigger any kind of additional scrutiny from entities such as the Adjustment Board.

“I consider the revisions to be ‘good neighbor’ adjustments to the plan,” he said in an email.

megan.rodriguez@express-news.net


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