Sabot Development pitches condo high-rise for Pearl district 

Planning 15-story building with grocery store and coworking space

Sabot Plots Condo Building Near San Antonio’s Pearl
Sabot Development’s Jim Young with development site at 1316 Austin Street (Sabot Development, Google Maps, Getty)

Sabot Development is adding to the development boom surrounding San Antonio’s Pearl district with a residential project.

The Austin-based firm plans to construct a 15-story condo building that could include a small grocery store and coworking space, at 1312 and 1316 Austin Street, in the Government Hill neighborhood, the Express-News reported

Specific details have not been disclosed, but the building will comprise one, two- and three-bedroom units, with prices starting in the $300,000s. The project will also feature four levels of parking with 96 spaces. 

The development site, just a few blocks from the Pearl, spans nearly half an acre and is zoned for commercial use. Sabot Development’s principal Pawel Hardej and architect Sofia Maritza Ramos presented plans at a recent Government Hill Alliance Neighborhood Association meeting. 

Designed to reflect the neighborhood’s character, the building will feature brick materials and arches reminiscent of Pearl’s architecture. The ground-level grocery store, described as “community-oriented,” aims to address the scarcity of options in the area, a common complaint among residents.

Before submitting a rezoning request, the developers are seeking input and support from local residents. The proposal has garnered positive feedback, with attendees inquiring about pricing and construction timelines. If approved, construction could begin by the end of next year and take approximately three years to complete.

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This development is part of a broader trend of urban renewal in the area. Nearby, Fulcrum Development and GrayStreet Partners are spearheading Broadway East, a mixed-use project that’s slated for housing, restaurants, retail and a hotel. Other projects, such as McCombs Enterprises’ mixed-use development next to the San Antonio Museum of Art, and Oxbow Development Group’s Pearl district expansion, are also underway.

Sabot’s condo building would add to San Antonio’s limited supply of high-end condos, which have historically seen minimal demand due to an overwhelming preference for single-family homes with yards. However, condo demand is relatively strong in the city’s urban core, driven by an influx of young professionals moving to the area, said Andrea Wollenzin, a real estate agent at Jason Glast Group.

“Where we have historically seen yards and school districts be the priority, now we are seeing more interest in proximity to culture, restaurants and entertainment,” she told the outlet.

—Quinn Donoghue 

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