San Antonio developer Weston Urban buys Koehler House with plans for hotel, restaurant

Weston Urban added another item to its collection of iconic San Antonio landmarks. The developer behind downtown’s Frost Tower purchased the Koehler House from Alamo College District on Tuesday, February 22. While details on the developer’s plans for the 121-year-old house are limited, Weston Urban’s San Antonio projects show that the plans could be ambitious.  

The Koehler House at 310 West Ashby Place sold for $2.03 million at Tuesday’s meeting, with approval from Alamo College’s board members. The board previously designated the 12,655-square-foot house and the 1.9-acre property as surplus in September 2021. 



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Weston Urban was the highest among two bidders, according to agenda documents. Led by Rackspace Technology Co-founder Graham Weston, Weston Urban says the property will be used for a hotel, restaurant and entertainment space. 

San Antonio College president Robert Vela sent a letter to the Tobin Hill Community Association on Monday, February 21, saying the property will “become an asset for the neighborhood with all amenities open/available for use by guests and walk-in customers,” the Express-News reported.

Here is a look at some of Weston Urban’s past and upcoming projects to give a sense of what the developer could do with the historic property.

Rand Building

Weston Urban purchased the 100-year-old Rand Building from Frost Bank. It now hosts coworking space Geekdom and Pabst Brewing Company.

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Weston Urban bought the historic Rand Building in 2013 and underwent a complete interior and exterior renovation to make way for coworking space company Geekdom. 

Pabst Brewing Company would later move its headquarters into the building in 2020. 

Milam Building

Weston Urban bought the Milam Building in San Antonio in 2016.

Weston Urban bought the Milam Building in San Antonio in 2016.

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Weston Urban purchased this historic 21-story building at 115 E Travis Street in 2016. Randy Smith, president and CEO of Weston Urban, says the Chicago Gothic revival building would be mostly commercial and office space. Weston Urban’s website says the project is still “under construction.”

The Park

Weston Urban unveiled a 1.2-acre park  in November 2020 on the west side of downtown San Antonio near Frost Tower that is also home to Pinkerton's barbecue. 

Weston Urban unveiled a 1.2-acre park  in November 2020 on the west side of downtown San Antonio near Frost Tower that is also home to Pinkerton’s barbecue. 

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In November 2020, Weston Urban unveiled its 1.2-acre green space at 210 N Flores Street near Frost Tower with a short walking trail and plenty of lawn space. It is also home to Pinkerton’s barbecue.

The Continental Hotel

Weston Urban was the only firm to bid on the historic Continental Hotel building.

Weston Urban was the only firm to bid on the historic Continental Hotel building.

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The city sold the old Continental Hotel building to Weston Urban in June 2020 for $4.7 million. The developer has big plans for the old building — 15 stories bigger to be exact. 

Frost Tower

You can't mention Weston Urban now a day without mentioning its crown jewel, the Frost Tower.

You can’t mention Weston Urban now a day without mentioning its crown jewel, the Frost Tower.

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This is Weston Urban’s crown jewel of San Antonio. The 24-story Frost Tower that opened in 2019 looks like a glass palace among San Antonio’s more historic skyscrapers. It is the headquarters to Frost Bank, which intends to stay there even if it’s sold. 

305 Soledad

San Antonio developer Weston Urban plans to build a 32-story tower at 305 Soledad St.

San Antonio developer Weston Urban plans to build a 32-story tower at 305 Soledad St.

Illustration courtesy of Weston Urban

After opening the Frost Tower, Weston Urban made a huge push into the residential market with its plans for a 32-story tower with 351 market rate apartments. Construction is expected to start in mid-2022. 



 

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