Today I had the pleasure of touring the St. Benedict’s redevelopment project with Jessica Gonzales, the Leasing Agent. The property is located at 1115 S. Alamo in the heart of the King William neighborhood and Southtown area. The Blue Trolley line stops in front of the complex and Casbeers at the Church is located directly across the street.
The project has three sections – a five-story building with one- and two-bedroom rental housing units; townhouse live/work rental units; and a building which will be the new home of the Liberty Bar restaurant. Residents have already moved into the south side of the five-story building. The north side of the building is nearing completion.
The three-acre property contains 66 one- and two-bedroom housing units. Monthly rental rates range from $1,075 to $2,111. Live/Work, Townhouse, and Penthouse units are also available with rents ranging from $1,064 to $3,072 per month. The property includes a pool, fitness center and covered parking. Pets are permitted with restrictions. I saw two happy dogs on my tour of the property. Jessica said that the ages of residents range from 20’s to early 40’s.
Apartment interiors were designed by architect Davis Sprinkle. The apartments feel like lofts with concrete floors, exposed beams and brick walls. Kitchens are white and bathrooms feature tile and glass tub and shower enclosures.
Apartments in the south building face a shady outdoor courtyard. Three units on the first floor have small patios in the courtyard.
The fitness center will be operated by Mind, Body & Soul which has a center at 5025 Broadway. I didn’t see the fitness center since it was still under construction. The owners plan to offer memberships for the pool and fitness center to neighborhood residents.
The swimming pool and lounge area is located in the center of the property. Jessica said that an artist is creating a sail-inspired shade covering for the pool. Pool side dining and drinks will be provided by the Liberty Bar team.
The live/work townhouse bulding and the Liberty Bar are located next to each other on the north side of the property. The buildings will be open to the public. Locked gates separate these two buildings from the apartment building. The live/work building is scheduled to be completed in October. Jessica is hoping that art galleries will rent space in the new building and attract people to the complex to shop and eat.
The Boerne Benedictine Sisters operated St. Benedict Hospital and Nursing Home on the property from 1926 to 1984. The property has been vacant since the Sisters sold it in 1985. Given the age and use of the buildings I wondered if the property was haunted. Jessica said that she had not seen or heard any ghosts. However, she had heard about a few mysterious activities. She said the night security guard saw a dark figure in an upper window of the vacant building. He also saw a child’s figure in the doorway of the convent building. And recently a resident complained that his shoes were mysteriously moving around in his apartment.