QueQue: H-E-B expanding downtown, Fear of Southtown loafing (times infinity), ICMA nods at SA, Casa Maldonado not so wretched?
Published: July 27, 2011
H-E-B expanding downtown
The Brothers of Fallen Heroes were supposed to be providing a military salute at a fellow veteran’s funeral Tuesday night; it’s one of the principal duties of the four-year San Antonio nonprofit organization: free, respectful military send-offs, frequently including pall-bearer duties. Instead, Founder and President Bert Hernandez, served with an eviction notice earlier this month, was busily moving the South Flores office to a rented temporary building on his property north of Calaveras Lake. Yes, San Antonio: downtown is (perhaps) a step closer to getting its H-E-B.
Tenants of the Radio Jalapeño building (KEDA 1540AM), at 512 South Flores, were given 30 days to vacate by KEDA President Albert Davila due to a pending sale to H-E-B. “He caught us off guard. We’d been all over doing the July Fourth parades and all that stuff,” Hernandez said. “It kind of upset me when I got there and saw that paper there. From seeing it, it’s not even 30 days. It’s twenty-something days.”
Art at the Jalapeño, a monthly arts event organization now incorporating as a nonprofit, was celebrating their two-year anniversary when they got their notice, said Marketing Director Angel Ayala. “It was quite deflating to be thinking, ‘Hey we actually made it to two years,’ and then see that eviction notice.”
Assisted by sponsor Blue Moon beer, Art at the Jalapeño hopes to be relocated to the Tobin Hill area by this fall. Fallen Heroes aren’t so sure what the future holds.
“[Davila] had told me they weren’t going to do this until the end of the year. I said we’ll do a big event and we’ll have money to move out. Right now, all we have is $110 in the bank.”
While Davila did not respond to an emailed interview request, a station employee (who also promised to forward Que2’s message) said the radio station has more than 30 days to vacate. Or maybe they won’t have to at all. Despite the evictions, H-E-B spokesperson Dya Campos told the QueQue the sale hasn’t even gone through yet. “If we do acquire the property it will become an extension of our Corporate Headquarters,” she wrote in an email. Hernandez says the only thing stalling the sale is his exit.
The building sits beside the historic Commander’s House Park and just over the treeline from H-E-B’s corporate offices. Unfortunately, H-E-B officials would not return calls to either organization, which had been hoping for a chance to plead their cases for relocation assistance.
Fear of Southtown loafing (times infinity)