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April 19

 
BUSINESS

The Lone Star District's industrial heritage


The second home of the Lone Star Brewery anchors and gives its name to the new district. Image courtesy Wikimedia CommonsThe second home of the Lone Star Brewery anchors and gives its name to the new district. Image courtesy Wikimedia CommonsIt’s had several names – SoFlo, Lone Star, Roosevelt Park, St. Henry’s. But a new designation emerged during the kickoff meeting for a development plan for the area just south of downtown: the Industrial Heritage District. Others have called it Near River South, complementing the previously completed River North plan. Industrial Heritage is typically used to describe a city’s abandoned manufacturing plants and warehouses, so the description of the neighborhoods between downtown and the old Lone Star brewery fits to a tee. But driving its streets, you can see a transformation taking place.

River North was a plan looking for development, but the newly dubbed Lone Star Community Plan is development looking for a plan. New housing and businesses are cropping up throughout the district, which is bounded by IH-10 to the south, IH-35 to the west, IH-37 to the east, and Cesar Chavez and the San Antonio River to the north. Within its boundaries you’ll find the Blue Star Arts Complex, Pioneer Flour Mills, and several abandoned sites, including the brewery, Big Tex, and a decommissioned CPS power plant.


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