They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.
However, as seniors grow older, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.
Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in Alamo Heights, TX is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of home care available so that they may live happily and independently.
Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs.
The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home care services in Alamo Heights, TX. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.
At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:
If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.
Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible. If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.
Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:
While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?
A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Alamo Heights, TX, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.
Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.
For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.
More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.
With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Alamo Heights, TX gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.
In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.
Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.
At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.
When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.
Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.
At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Alamo Heights,TX understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.
Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.
Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
The Alvin Lady Yellowjackets and Manvel Lady Mavericks both delivered memorable playoff runs in the UIL volleyball playoffs and also combined to land nine selections to the 2022 Blue Bell/Texas Sportswriters Association’s All-State Volleyball teams.Lady Yellowjackets’ senior outside hitter Ana Garza and junior middle blocker Wylie Singleton were each named to the third team in Class 6A, while the Alvin trio of senior outside hitter Mackenzie Strban, junior setter Korrigan Wright and senior libero Coryn Breaux gained honora...
The Alvin Lady Yellowjackets and Manvel Lady Mavericks both delivered memorable playoff runs in the UIL volleyball playoffs and also combined to land nine selections to the 2022 Blue Bell/Texas Sportswriters Association’s All-State Volleyball teams.
Lady Yellowjackets’ senior outside hitter Ana Garza and junior middle blocker Wylie Singleton were each named to the third team in Class 6A, while the Alvin trio of senior outside hitter Mackenzie Strban, junior setter Korrigan Wright and senior libero Coryn Breaux gained honorable mention berths.
Senior outside hitter Devyn Lewis joined senior outside hitter Lyric Jordan, sophomore setter Kenedy Massie and junior libero Bea Angeles as honorable mention picks for the Lady Mavs in Class 5A.
Garza, who signed a collegiate letter of intent with Houston Christian University, drilled a district high 529 kills (4.9 per game) to complement 410 digs, 48 blocks and 39 aces.
Singleton provided 248 kills, 125 digs, 97 blocks and 36 aces, while Strban (who also signed recently with Schreiner University in Kerrville) delivered 343 kills, 469 digs, 39 aces and 35 blocks and Wright dished out 950 assists and 259 digs. Breaux chipped in 472 digs, 44 aces and 48 assists.
The 23-6A third seeded Lady Yellowjackets went 27-15 overall and picked up their first playoff victory in seven years with a 25-23, 27-29, 28-26 and 25-23 four-set bi-district triumph over Clear Creek.
Lewis delivered 512 kills, 404 digs, 107 aces and 35 blocks this season, while Massie provided 1,054 assists, 311 digs and 75 aces and Jordan chipped in 548 kills, 181 digs and 72 blocks. Angeles provided 782 digs and 38 aces
The 18-5A Champion Lady Mavs went 33-11 overall and posted playoff victories over Crosby, Lamar Consolidated and Barbers Hill. Manvel has gone an impressive 70-23 over the last two seasons and advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history in 2021.
TSWA CLASS 6A All-State
COACH OF THE YEAR: Michael Kane, Dripping Springs
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mackenzie Plante, Dripping Springs
Outside hitters: Makenzie Plante, Dripping Springs; Bianna Muoneke, Cypress Ranch; Emma Patmon, Cedar Ridge
Middle blockers: Favor Anyanwu, Sachse; Natalie Arnold, Dripping Springs; Adell Murray, Fort Bend Austin
Setter: Taylor Polivka, Keller
Libero: Molly Tuozzo, The Woodlands
Outside hitters: Henley Anderson, Dripping Springs; Cindy Tchouangwa, Katy Topmpkins; Reagan Sharp, Keller
Middle blockers: Chloe Tuiasosopo, Copperas Cove; Marjorie Johnson, The Woodlands; Ruthie Swain, Atascocita
Setter: Callie Kieffer, Prosper
Libero: Kea Whillock, Keller
Outside hitters: Ayden Ames, Prosper; Emma Halstead, Brandies; Ana Garza, Alvin
Middle blockers: Emily Carranco, Edinburg; Rheanna Dee-Jackson, Atascocita; Wylie Singleton, Alvin
Setter: Claire Dewine, The Woodlands
Libero: Richelle Guerra, Brownsville Rivera
Outside hitters: Tendai Titley, Katy Tompkins; Ella Lewis, The Woodlands; Skylar Skrabanek, Katy Tompkins; Ryan Williams, Fort Bend Travis; Samyah Medford, Mansfield Lake Ridge; Ava Williamson, Dripping Springs; Macy Taylor, Sachse; Julia Hopkins, Round Rock Westwood; Mackenzie Strban, Alvin; Jade Workman, Odessa Permian
Middle blockers: Victoria Burns, Mansfield Lake Ridge; Kennedy Jones, Pearland Dawson; Soniya Garner, Mansfield Lake Ridge
Setters: Korrigan Wright, Alvin; Presley Powell, Katy Tompkins; Hailey Vega, Edinburg
Libero: Cory Breaux, Alvin; Brooklynn Merrell, Katy Tompkins; Lola Fernandez, Round Rock Westwood; Kynzie Lilly, Fort Bend Travis
COACH OF THE YEAR: Josh McKinney, Colleyville Heritage
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Reese Robins, Mansfield Timberview
Outside hitters: Suli Davis, Colleyville Heritage; Lauren Perry, Denton; Lainee Pyles, Fossil Ridge
Middle blockers: Reagen Engler, Colleyville Heritge; Hannah Whittingstall, Alamo Heights; Reese Robins, Mansfield Timberview
Setter: Morgan Howard, Colleyville Heritage
Libero: Ava Martindale, College Station
Outside hitters: Brooke Bentke, Brenham; Ella Busey, Colleyville Heritage; Halle Schroeder, Frisco Reedy
Middle blockers: Lydia Seymour, Northwest; Lillie Johnson, Smithson Valley; Morgan Poulain, Liberty Hill
Setter: McKenna Gildon, Frisco Liberty
Libero: Makenna Dillow, Azle
Outside hitters: Blaire Bayless, Plano West; Emma Wegleitner, Boerne Champion; Payton Woods, Lake Creek
Middle blockers: Olivia Hurnes, Amarillo Caprock; Jakayla Morrow, Longview; Margaret Croft, Flour Bluff
Setter: Carolyn Beckel, Alamo Heights
Libero: Lauren Vickery, Lake Creek
Outside hitters: Devyn Lewis, Manvel; Brianna Converse, Longview; Brayleigh Mitchell, Longview; Thea Carter, Alamo Heights; Lyric Jordan, Manvel; Caroline Cohen, Victoria West; Riley Newton, College Station; Taylor Alston, San Antonio MacArthur; Kenna Buchanan, Midlothian; Gigi Mason, Liberty Hill; Haylee Hurtado, Medina Valley; M.J. McCurdy, Frisco Liberty; Kealy Dirner, Liberty Hill; Olivia Simmons, Hallsville
Middle blockers: Lillian McCoy, Corpus Christi King; Jackie Obyechi, Foster; race Weiler, Victoria West; Kelsey Rogers, Boerne Champion; Natalie Hughes, Flour Bluff; Avery Wilks, Barbers Hill; Jalen Scroggins, Pine Tree; Katherine Holtman, Aryle; Hannah Gonzalez, Lovejoy
Setter: Kennedy Massie, Manvel; Lauren Greene, Lake Creek; Blair Thiebaud, College Station; Grace Cagle, Frisco Reedy; Kayden Clemons, Victoria West; Carmen Chatman, Pine Tree; Caitlyn Ellenburg, Marshall; Libby Flores, Lufkin; Triniti Jackson, Longview; Lauren Pyle, Hallsville
Libero: Bea Angeles, Manvel; Keegan Walton, Liberty Hill; Isabella Emery, Marshall; Piper Mickenheim, Argyle
COACH OF THE YEAR: Haleigh Burns, Canyon Randall
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jordyn Gove, Canyon Randall
Outside hitters: Jordyn Gove, Canyon Randall; Sydney McKay, Bellville; Sydney Garrison, Aubrey
Middle blockers: McKenzie Anderson, Huffman-Hargrve; Nickilah Whatley, Hereford; Annaleise Sevier, Aubrey
Setter: Sidney Soria, Canyon Randall
Libero: Carly Lange, Bellville
Outside hitters: Savannah Wagner, Mabank; Brinklee Dauenhauer, Springtown; Sadie McAda, Pleasanton
Middle blockers: JaKyra Roberts, Carthage; Abby Caron, Spring Hill; Kierstyn Carlton, Stephenville
Setter: Abby Aschenbeck, Bellville
Libero: Tatum Brandt, Canyon Randall
Outside hitters: Baylee Mobley, Godley; Carolann Bowles, Spring Hill; Madison Fritz, La Grange
Middle blockers: Kynadie Hall, Aubrey; Camille Gonzalez, La Grange; Ashlyn Thompson, Mabank
Setter: Erin Drvenkar, Huffman Hargrave
Libero: Kendal Barges, Port Lavaca Calhoun
Outside hitters: Adeline Hundl, El Campo; Carly Schumaker, Sanger; Chloe Smith, Rockport-Fulton; Matti Young, Glen Rose; Linsy London, China Spring; Airianna Pickens, Canton; Reese Rich, Salado; Bella Thompson, Van; Autumn Garza, Calallen; Camryn Blair, Hereford; Kate Bondugen, El Campo; Tori Lowry, Canyon Randal; Brooke Guerrero, Huffman Hargrave; Mikalie Floyd, Pampa; Olivia Anderson, Bullard; Sara Boudreaux, Rusk; Mara Hodges, Carthage
Middle Blockers: Ella Rod, El Campo; Kamryn Kestler, Port Lavaca Calhoun; Alicia Monzon, Van; Carli Manasse, Spring Hill; Mallory Tate, Gilmer; Kayla Vickery, Lindale; Macy Morris, Salado; Jazzy Blankinship, Rusk; Autumn Wilburn, Hereford; Campbell Clark, Bullard; Brooklyn Garcia, West Plains
Setter: Georgia Crayton, Canton; Olivia Starr, Aubrey; Haleigh Wilk, Salado; London Baker, Hereford; Tyhia Mack, Spring Hill
Libero: Maddie Wilson, Canton; Monique Gonzalez, Calallen; Monique Gonzalez, Calallen; Makayla Johnson, Aubrey; Addison Shannon, Huffman Hargrave; Abby Clyburn, Van; Peyton Warren, Gilmer
San Antonians who fondly remember the buttery yeast rolls, spicy jalapeño potato soup, and towering fudgy cupcakes at Joseph’s Storehouse Baking Company need wait no longer to once again taste those favorites.Michele McCurdy-Buonacorsi, founder of the ba...
San Antonians who fondly remember the buttery yeast rolls, spicy jalapeño potato soup, and towering fudgy cupcakes at Joseph’s Storehouse Baking Company need wait no longer to once again taste those favorites.
Michele McCurdy-Buonacorsi, founder of the bakery/restaurant with former husband Patrick McCurdy, has published a cookbook, Joseph’s Storehouse Baking Company: From My Heart to Yours, with all the recipes from the long-closed business, allowing cooks to recreate those dishes and hundreds more in their own kitchens.
She describes the book as “a record of over 40 years of cooking and the culmination of my recipe scrapbook, filled just as I would fill a kitchen journal that I want to pass along to my children as they start their own homes.” It includes all the restaurant’s recipes, plus hundreds more of her personal favorites — some 720 in all. She estimates 40% of the recipes are from Joseph’s Storehouse, the remaining 60% those she’s gathered and savored in her home through the decades.
“I always wanted to write a cookbook,” she says, noting that she and husband Gary Buonacorsi, who she married eight years ago, have nine children and 14 grandchildren between them. “I wanted to leave something for them. I’m not going to be around forever and I wanted to write out these recipes.”
McCurdy-Buonacorsi started out with the goal of devoting 30 minutes a day working on the cookbook. Quickly, she became so engaged by the project that she ended up spending six to eight hours a day for the last three years writing the 475-page book.
The idea for Joseph’s Storehouse Baking Company began in 1987 after Patrick left his position as pastor of Shearer Hills Baptist Church to start the non-denominational River City Fellowship. Pastoring a small, new church meant living on a greatly reduced salary and, with five children, money was tight. After taking a bread-baking class from an Alamo Heights breadbaker, McCurdy-Buonacorsi, a stay-at-home mom, was encouraged by her friend Connie Briscoe to sell the loaves of bread she had been giving away to friends. McCurdy-Buonacorsi was baking the bread using organic Montana wheat that she ground herself.
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Briscoe sold the first loaves at the hair salon she used and both stylists and customers wanted more. Shocked that there was a market for her cooking, McCurdy-Buonacorsi baked more bread and added lunch sandwiches to the mix at her customers’ request. Soon she was being approached by groups to prepare box lunches for business meetings. Since her single oven at home wouldn’t support larger orders, she rented space at a small nearby restaurant and used their three ovens in the evenings. She quickly outgrew that space and, a few months later, rented a space at a wholesale bakery near the airport where she had use of its 10 ovens at night after the bakery closed.
In 1992, business had increased to the point that McCurdy-Buonacorsi and Patrick left the ministry and opened Joseph’s, naming it for the Biblical story told in Genesis in which Joseph stockpiled grain in storehouses in preparation for a great famine.
“When I learned to bake bread, the wheat I used came in 50-pound buckets that we stored in the garage,” McCurdy-Buonacorsi said.
The name based on grain storage was fitting, she says, though it led many to call her ex-husband by the name “Joseph,” thinking the bakery was named after him.
Located at 3420 N. St. Mary’s Street at Mulberry, Joseph's Storehouse Baking Company greeted customers with the aroma of yeasty fresh-baked bread and rolls. In the years McCurdy-Buonacorsi was there, everything was made from scratch, including the bread, mayonnaise, and salad dressings. “We even milled our own flour,” she says.
McCurdy-Buonacorsi left the bakery in 2000 when she and her husband divorced. A single mom of five, McCurdy-Buonacorsi worked in retail and sold cars for Lexus and Mercedes before becoming a real estate broker in 2007. Patrick ran Joseph’s Storehouse Baking Company until 2014 when he sold it. Under new ownership, the restaurant opened a second location on Wagon Wheel but closed a few months later. Patrick is now a hospice minister in Florida. Though divorced, McCurdy-Buonacorsi thanked Patrick in the dedication “for beginning this journey with me and for your hard work, long hours and sleepless nights.”
McCurdy-Buonacorsi self-published the cookbook with hopes that it will be picked up by a publisher. She is currently printing the books through Amazon and selling the black-and-white hardbound cookbooks for $50 and the color hardbound cookbooks for $100.
“The color cookbooks cost me $93 each. I don’t really care to make money,” she says, explaining that she hopes the book helps her family and others create good meals and “gives me the opportunity to teach some cooking classes and opens doors for other food-related opportunities. I don’t have to chase business. I’m at the age now that I can do what I love,” she says.
To order a cookbook, contact McCurdy-Buonacorsi at [email protected]
Karen Haram retired in 2014 after a 34-year career as Food/Taste Editor at the San Antonio Express-News.
Designs for an upcoming Alamo Heights luxury apartment complex were given the nod of approval this week despite months of pushback from residents. Alamo Heights City Council approved the designs on Monday, March 28, for Ridgemont Properties' planned 27-unit apartment complex on Katherine Court.Agenda documents say the three-story complex will also include 51 parking spaces. The designs were approved ...
Designs for an upcoming Alamo Heights luxury apartment complex were given the nod of approval this week despite months of pushback from residents. Alamo Heights City Council approved the designs on Monday, March 28, for Ridgemont Properties' planned 27-unit apartment complex on Katherine Court.
Agenda documents say the three-story complex will also include 51 parking spaces. The designs were approved by four council members with Councilman Lawson Jessee abstaining his vote.
The size and design of the complex have been a point of contention between residents of Katherine Court and the developers ever since the 44,000-square-foot lot was rezoned in September 2021. Since then, Ridgemont Properties has sought variances from the board of adjustment for its design choices in January, which at the time called for a 35-unit complex. That decision was delayed.
Alamo Heights' architectural review board deemed the current townhomes on the lot as "not significant" in September 2021, allowing Ridgemont Properties to demolish them. The townhomes have not yet been demolished, according to the agenda documents.
Katherine Court residents then sued the city's board of adjustment, ordering that the dismissal of their appeal to the board be reversed. Ridgemont Properties was only listed as subject of interest in that lawsuit, and residents hoped the lawsuit earned them a seat at the table for negotiations with developers.
In February, the board of adjustment denied the variances for asking for a 35-unit complex, forcing Ridgemont Properties to change the design. C. Trebes Sasser Jr., vice president of Ridgemont Properties, told the Express-News he was "disappointed" with the decision at the time.
Ridgemont Properties, which manages numerous multifamily developments in Alamo Heights, used CREO Architecture to design the project. A letter from CREO says it met with neighbors and city officials up until the board of adjustment's decision in February.
Now the design will adhere to the allowed 27-unit complex with 51 parking spaces. The three-story apartments will be broken out into four separate buildings connected by covered breezeways.
MySA reached out to Ridgemont Properties for comment.
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The Texas Department of Transportation is working with the City of Alamo Heights on a $27 million plan to turn Broadway into a pedestrian-friendly corridor — and holding it up as an example of how San Antonio might proceed with its own derailed plans to overhaul their portion of road.Both cities originally envisioned grand transformations for Broadway, including reducing lanes to create space for bikes and pedestrians. Those plans were put on hold earlier this year when ...
The Texas Department of Transportation is working with the City of Alamo Heights on a $27 million plan to turn Broadway into a pedestrian-friendly corridor — and holding it up as an example of how San Antonio might proceed with its own derailed plans to overhaul their portion of road.
Both cities originally envisioned grand transformations for Broadway, including reducing lanes to create space for bikes and pedestrians. Those plans were put on hold earlier this year when TxDOT abruptly informed city leaders it was no longer allowing lane reductions on major thoroughfares and moved to reclaim a 2.2-mile section of the road it once sought to turn over to the City of San Antonio.
This month the two cities are forging ahead on very different paths.
On Monday members of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, a group that oversees state and federal transportation funding, voted to remove the term “road diet” from the plan for Alamo Heights’ 0.7-mile stretch of Broadway between Austin Highway and Burr Road. The move came after Alamo Heights’ city council approved a resolution vowing not to reduce the number of lanes earlier this month.
Gina Gallegos, the district engineer for TxDOT’s San Antonio District, told the San Antonio Report on Thursday her agency plans to contribute $4 million to Alamo Heights’ portion of the project and is working to hire a consultant to coordinate its various elements, including roadway reconstruction, landscaping and improved traffic signals.
The overall project will cost in excess of $40 million and will be funded by numerous partners in addition to the City of Alamo Heights. The project will include at least $13 million to address flood and drainage issues along Broadway in Alamo Heights, with a portion of the project paid for with the proceeds of city bonds.
“We didn’t get our lane reduction, but we’re going to have a project that improves our community tremendously with flood reduction, utility burial, landscaping, improvements in sidewalks and pedestrian improvements,” Alamo Heights Councilman Lawson Jessee said of his city’s new vision for Broadway.
Jessee first ran for City Council in 2015 on a plan to make the city a more appealing place for young people to live, and said Alamo Heights’ Broadway project had been his “baby.”
Though he was disappointed with TxDOT’s decision not to allow the lane reductions, he’s pleased with the new arrangement.
“[They’ve] committed to working with us with our own architects,” said Jessee. “Essentially our parameters are: We have to keep seven lanes on Broadway.”
Alamo Heights Mayor Bobby Rosenthal said he and other city leaders meet regularly with TxDOT on the project, which shares many of San Antonio’s goals: increasing walkability and outdoor space in a city that’s currently designed primarily for cars.
“With all of these partners just coming together, we’re going to see some improvements made throughout that area, and in the end, I think it’s going to look really nice,” Gallegos said.
Pointing to the progress Alamo Heights has made since eliminating planned lane reductions, Gallegos said, “I think that’s definitely something that the City of San Antonio could do as well.”
For now, San Antonio’s plans for the project remain on a different trajectory. Voters in San Antonio approved revamping Broadway as part of a $42 million piece of the 2017 municipal bond, and on parts of lower Broadway that still belong to the city, lane reductions already are underway.
“We’ve got to stay true to what the voters approved,” City Manager Erik Walsh told the San Antonio Report. “The property owners, the stakeholders, the MPO, the City Council, the voters … everybody’s envisioned and looked at renderings and preliminary design of a complete street that increases other mobility options along that corridor.”
Walsh and other city leaders last met with TxDOT chair J. Bruce Bugg Jr., a San Antonio banker, and Executive Director Marc Williams in mid-February. Walsh said he’s requested another meeting for himself and Mayor Ron Nirenberg to meet with Bugg and Williams, but the agency has yet to grant that request.
TxDOT says the number of traffic lanes on Broadway isn’t negotiable.
“We have reminded staff there will be no turning back on this project,” Gallegos said of conversations with City of San Antonio officials. “And we also have reminded the City of San Antonio staff that the lanes will not be reduced from six lanes to four lanes. The number of lanes will remain the same. We will not reduce capacity.”
TxDOT is still working on a traffic study Gallegos says will highlight problems with congestion her agency is seeking to avoid by taking a tough stance on the lane reductions.
Walsh said he remains optimistic that TxDOT’s concerns about congestion can be solved while still reducing the number of lanes.
“The issue of congestion or traffic flow does not rely solely on the number of lanes,” said Walsh. “Intersections are where the choke points are at. … As long as you make necessary improvements, turn lanes, timing — that’s how you keep traffic moving.”
As it stands, Broadway is likely to narrow and widen at different points, regardless of TxDOT’s plans.
“A big question mark for me is what happens if you go all of a sudden from something that’s like a highway into something that’s more like an urban corridor,” said San Antonio Councilman Mario Bravo (D1) whose district includes much of the proposed Broadway renovation.
“Our community has really embraced reimagining Broadway, now that we are a big city,” said Bravo. Of Alamo Heights’ decision, he added, “it’s like they’re going backwards.”
SAN ANTONIO — Is it too early to decorate for Christmas?A tree lot in Alamo Heights doesn't think so.Hundreds of fresh green firs are ready for tree toppers and ornaments at the corner of Austin Highway and Broadway. However, this shipment of trees arrived with an unexpected surprise.In Kevin Kiser's 50 years of working the Christmas tree lot, he's never seen anything like it before."It was a real surprise opening up the truck," Kiser said.He's been visiting the lot since he was young boy. I...
SAN ANTONIO — Is it too early to decorate for Christmas?
A tree lot in Alamo Heights doesn't think so.
Hundreds of fresh green firs are ready for tree toppers and ornaments at the corner of Austin Highway and Broadway. However, this shipment of trees arrived with an unexpected surprise.
In Kevin Kiser's 50 years of working the Christmas tree lot, he's never seen anything like it before.
"It was a real surprise opening up the truck," Kiser said.
He's been visiting the lot since he was young boy. It bring up a lot of happy memories for him.
Now, he runs it each year as a member with the Alamo Heights Optimist Club. The organization is dedicated to bringing out the best in kids and raising money for children's charities.
The Optimist Club hosts events throughout the year but the Christmas tree lot is a highlight for Kiser. It's a hundred percent charity lot.
"It wouldn't be Christmas to me without the Christmas tree lot," said Kiser.
The feeling is mutual for Optimist Club members Shane Murnin and Brian Lalley, who also run the lot with Kiser.
"I've been coming down for 15 years. Now my wife and I have a 19-month-old and we can carry on that tradition," said Lalley.
Now the trio has something else to smile about. In a recent tree delivery, letters were tied to the trees. They were all handwritten by first graders in Kennewick, Washington, over 2,000 miles away.
The letter included each child's name, and a note that said, 'I'm excited to see where this tree ends up. Merry Christmas!'.
On the other side of the letter, the students requested a note in return to reveal where the Christmas tree landed. Murnin, who is also an elementary school teacher, is proud to say each student will get a letter back.
He plans to write some himself, assign others to customers and his own students in his homeroom.
"It should be really rewarding for [these Washington students] to get them back," Murnin said.
The Optimist Christmas Tree Lot is closed Thanksgiving. It will reopen on Black Friday at 9 a.m.
A special event 'Fun on the Christmas Tree Lot' will be hosted on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be live music, food and drinks.
All proceeds go to children's charities in Alamo Heights and surrounding communities.
The lot is located on the corner of Austin Highway and Broadway in Alamo Heights.