San Antonio developer planning housing, retail near Toyota Field

Local developer Bitterblue bought nearly 100 acres of vacant land across Wurzbach Parkway from Morgan’s Wonderland and Toyota Field.

A partnership led by San Antonio developer Bitterblue is making moves on nearly 100 acres of land it bought two years ago near Morgan’s Wonderland and Toyota Field on the city’s Northeast Side.

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The partnership, in which Bitterblue is the only general partner, bought 97 acres that span Wurzbach Parkway and Interstate 35 on both sides of Thousand Oaks Drive in 2017.

Bitterblue — co-owned by Gene Powell, former chairman of the University of Texas System — plans to build multifamily housing along with some commercial and retail space on the land, spokeswoman Trish DeBerry said Tuesday. She did not say how many residential units or how much commercial space the development will have.

On Tuesday, the city Zoning Commission unanimously approved a zoning change to 25 of the 97 acres that the partnership owns to allow for entertainment, sports and tourism purposes.

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The property sits on part of the defunct Longhorn Quarry, across Wurzbach Parkway from where Gordon Hartman built Toyota Field soccer field and Morgan’s Wonderland, an amusement park for children with disabilities.

The land is also near the Upton at Longhorn Quarry apartment complex developed by Cleveland firm NRP Group.

Joshua Fechter is a San Antonio-based staff writer covering retail and tourism. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jfechter@express-news.net | Twitter: @JFReports

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