Weston Urban’s latest historic redevelopment project in downtown San Antonio, the Dry Goods Building, is open for business.
Located in the Main and Military Plaza National Register Historic District at 107 N Flores Street, Weston Urban’s CEO Randy Smith calls the Dry Goods Building his “favorite historic space in our portfolio.”
The art deco-style building was built in 1915. Leo M.J. Dielman designed the space for brothers Samuel and Solomon Dalkowitz to house their Dalkowitz Dry Goods Co. until about 1922. Later expanded in 1949, the former Kress Department Store had been neglected until Weston Urban acquired the property.
The Dry Goods Building’s exterior facades have been restored to their original 1915 character with new clerestory windows above the ground floor retail tenant spaces. A new lobby for a prospective second-floor office tenant space welcomes visitors at the rear corner of the building. An existing freight elevator shaft was repurposed into a custom passenger elevator. Hardwood floors buried below three flooring layers were salvaged and refinished to complement the interior’s industrial aesthetic.
Located at the intersection of Flores and Commerce Streets, the Dry Goods Building is across from the soon-to-be-completed new City Hall and City Tower.
The building is within walking distance of amenities, municipal services, and businesses, including City Hall, the Bexar County Courthouse, San Pedro Creek, the Riverwalk, Market Square, Main Plaza, Alameda Theatre, 18th-century Spanish Governor’s Palace, multiple restaurants, and the future home for The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) downtown campus and its School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center.
The Dry Goods Building is at “the confluence between the tech district, the bulk of downtown’s commerce, and our public sector,” Smith said. “The second-story space is amongst the best you’ll find anywhere. Those windows are just plain massive, and the historic floors speak my love language.”
Since launching in 2012, Weston Urban has become one of the city’s most active developers, reviving the northwest quadrant of San Antonio’s central business district. Other downtown projects include the newly built Frost Tower and renovations of the Savoy Building, Milam Building, and the Rand Building.
The office portion of the Dry Goods Building on the second floor offers 11,186 rentable square feet of space with abundant natural light streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows, high exposed ceilings, new restrooms, a private entrance on N. Flores Street, and dedicated parking spaces. Equitable Commercial Realty is marketing the building’s roughly 11,000 square feet of office space.
The ground floor has about 5,300 square feet of retail space currently available for lease on Commerce Street, marketed by Gene Williams and Joe Cukjati of CBRE.
The featured image is of the Dry Goods Building at dusk, photo courtesy of Weston Urban.