An empty lot at the corner of Sepulvado Avenue and Sahuarita Street is the scene of the Sepulvesan Palace complex.
It has long been used as a parking lot for visitors, but a few years ago, the lot was razed to make way for the Separasan palace.
Now, there are no longer any cars or trucks on the lot.
That means there are not cars, no pedestrians, no cars to walk across the street.
That’s where the new building material for the palace is made, says John Riggs, the director of the city’s Landscape Architecture and Design Center.
In the past, he says, it would have been a huge investment.
Now the city just wants to get the materials into the palace so it can be reused.
This project is being funded by the Separate Development Authority, or SDAA.
In addition to the palace, the site includes the city-owned city hall, the San Antonio Police Department, and a park.
But the new materials are not just for the city building.
They’re for all of San Antonio.
They were developed by a company called Advanced Construction Technology, or ACT.
In fact, ACT specializes in building materials that are used in construction.
They’ve built more than 20 buildings in San Antonio, says Riggs.
They used to build everything from homes for people to storage units for cars.
But after the collapse of the oil industry, the market for building materials tanked.
So in 2013, the city started buying up land from private developers.
Now it’s building a $40 million mixed-use project in the city.
Riggs says the city will spend $15 million on the site, but the actual cost of the project could be $50 million or more.
“The idea here is to get it into the hands of the community and make sure that it’s reused,” he says.
“So that the people who live there will have a chance to enjoy the palace and the city of San Antonios, and not have to go to a landfill and have to take their materials out and be out in the cold for months on end.”
It’s a bold plan, but it’s also one that has made a lot of sense for Riggs and his team.
He says the project is part of the overall city strategy to revitalize the area around the San Marcos Aquatic Park, which is being rebuilt as part of a broader effort to make San Antonio more attractive to developers.
“We’re working very hard to try to get our city into a sustainable mode,” he said.
“It’s been one of the most successful urban policies in San Antonias history.”
Riggs hopes the new palace materials will be useful for people who work in the area, including some of the people working in the building.
For example, the materials are also being used to make the city park’s outdoor benches.
It’s been a long time coming, says Chris Johnson, the president of the San Antonians Neighborhood Association.
“I think for a long, long time, San Antonio has been the most overlooked city in the country, and I think that’s kind of the case here.
And it’s a good thing that the city is finally making some moves to make it a little more accessible.”
In the coming years, Riggs plans to use the materials for the park, as well as other projects.
He hopes to open a new public park at the site next year, but says he won’t be taking the materials out.