RFI: State of Texas wants partner to redevelop historic building site in San Antonio

Officials in Texas are looking for a private redeveloper to partner with the state to rehabilitate the G.J. Sutton complex near the Alamodome in San Antonio, and possibly add a mixed-use component.

The Texas Facilities Commission is soliciting Request for Information (RFI) responses from developers for the purpose of constructing a new building of at least 260,000 square feet at the 6-acre site of the historic GJ Sutton Building Complex on the Eastside of San Antonio.

The project would mark the first time that the state of Texas has partnered with a private builder on a project (public-private partnership).

The G.J. Sutton building has been vacant since 2014, when state employees vacated the 6-acre complex because of a crumbling foundation, and houses a significant bat population. The complex, which dates to 1912, is named after Garlington Jerome Sutton, the first African American state representative from San Antonio..

According to the RFI, the state wants 260,000 square feet of office space and 840 parking spots on the site, which is currently occupied by a 110,000-square-foot building and a surface parking lot. It states that there could be land left over for private development.

The project would cost between $100 million and $120 million, but the state could save about $3.5 million a year in rent by moving its employees back into the complex.

Responses are due April 24, 2017 by 3 p.m.

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See Texas Facilities Commission website.

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