BROADWAY-HILDEBRAND CONSTRUCTION NEAR COMPLETION
Of course, one cannot think of that corner without wondering what’s happening at Broadway and Hildebrand intersection — GOOD NEWS! A target completion date has been posted. The Broadway-Hildebrand project began in January 2013 with plans to improve drainage and traffic and prevent street flooding in the area. Projected opening is scheduled for next month. According to a press release sent by Gretchen Brice at the PR Boutique, “The Broadway, a 20-story one-of-a-kind luxury residential high-rise that sits at the southeast corner of Broadway and Hildebrand, released a rendering showing residents and San Antonio drivers what to expect at the newly refurbished intersection. The renderings indicate free-flowing traffic and a dramatically improved aesthetic. The $15.5 million Broadway-Hildebrand project will provide a drainage system designed to uphold a 100-year storm event (a storm that has a 1 percent chance of occurring in a given year) across Broadway Street, improving driving conditions and safety along Broadway Street and Hildebrand Avenue. “Significant aesthetic improvements from the project include reconstruction of the two major roads with curbs, ADA-accessible sidewalks, hidden power lines and modern street signage. Motorists will benefit from new and expanded turn lanes from all directions. In addition, this project plans to enhance and beautify the important Broadway corridor to downtown. The extensive construction will also improve the city’s water quality, as plans include creating less runoff into the San Antonio River. “
CUSTOMIZE YOUR CONDO AT BROADWAY RESIDENCES
Moving right around the corner, I got a notice that the Broadway Residences, the 20-story one-of-a-kind luxury residential high-rise on Broadway and Hildebrand, unveiled 14 newly appointed condominiums that will include customization with purchase. According to Jenifer Brown, vice president of residential sales and marketing, each of the select units will include the choice of flooring, paint colors and backsplash to fit your personal style. Offering luxurious low-maintenance resort-style living, the Broadway provides unique views from floor-to-ceiling windows and open floor plans and is conveniently located right in the heart of ’09 close to the San Antonio Country Club, with access to 281, Central Market and shops along Broadway.
HERE’S TO CHAIR-ITY
Looking for a fun event to attend? The Ronald McDonald House is hosting Chair-ity, its fourth annual fundraiser, Thursday, July 17, at the Old San Francisco Steak House, featuring silent and live auctions of unique chairs designed and decorated by local artists, celebrities and supporters. Artists from ‘09 include interior designer Ashley Voss, Cinco Vodka owner Kim Azar and long-time ‘09er Leslie Baker. The chairs are one-of-a-kind and sure to be collectors’ items. Tickets are available at www.ronaldmcdonaldhouse-sa.org or (210) 614-2554.
EL MACHITO OPENS
It’s hot. That’s all there is to it, but there’s a lot of hot happenings right here in ’09. It’s about time the corner of Basse and Jones Maltsberger found a new tenant. And not just anyone, but chef Johnny Hernandez has opened El Machito in the old Stonewerks corner in the Quarry. Family-style servings of mesquite-grilled meats, Mexican sausages prepared by hand in house, and the chef’s signature dish — priced at $58.00, locally sourced cabrito asado — will delight those with carnivorous appetites. It’s sizzling hot here!
VISIT LA PANADERíA AT QUARRY FARMERS MARKET
Across the street from El Machito, in front of Whole Foods, you’ll find the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market every Sunday morning. Thirty-plus vendors offer local and regional foods, entertainment and, of course, you’re bound to run into your neighbors. Mexico City-based brothers Jose and David Cacerés of opened La Panaderia at 8305 Broadway last spring. You may recall their delicious breads from the market — so popular they expanded; and keep an eye out, they are looking to expand again. And who doesn’t indulge in palmeritas dipped in chocolate, fluffy conchas, flaky orejas, almond croissants, and don’t skip out on bolillo-style baguettes and sweets like cheesecakes and tres leches.