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Groundbreaking ceremony kicks off Tobin Lofts

The president sees the project as integrating the college and neighborhood.

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Updated: Sunday, October 28, 2012 20:10

groundbreaking 10-25-12 by Alma LInda Manzanares

Alma LInda Manzanares

District and college administrators and elected officials break ground Thursday for Tobin Lofts in Lot 26 at Evergreen and Main. Tobin Lofts will be the result of a public-public partnership. It will be built at the northwest corner of North Main and East Laurel and will include residential space, commercial space and a parking garage.

groundbreaking 2 by Alma Linda Manzanares

Alma Linda Manzanares

Daniel Markson, senior vice president of development for the NRP Group LCC, says that Crockett Park and Main, near the site where Tobin Lofts will be built, was historically intended to be at the heart of of the city during the groundbreaking Thursday in Lot 26 at Evergreen Street and Main.

President Robert Zeigler noted the noise of moving tractors in Lot 31 during today’s groundbreaking ceremony for Tobin Lofts in Lot 26 at North Main Avenue and West Evergreen Street.

“I want you to excuse all of the activity behind us. We don’t stop progress for anything,” he told a crowd of about 100.

Upon completion in fall 2013, Tobin Lofts, a public-private partnership, located at the northwest corner of North Main Avenue and East Laurel Street, will include a 225-unit residential space, a 961-space parking garage and 12,000 square feet of commercial space, with Luther’s Café as anchor tenant.

The project includes construction on the north and south sides of West Evergreen.

Participants in the groundbreaking include Zeigler; David Mrizek, vice president of college services; Chancellor Bruce Leslie, District 1 trustee Joe Alderete Jr.; District 4 trustee Marcelo Casillas; District 8 trustee Gary Beitzel; District 9 trustee James Rindfuss, chair of the Alamo Colleges board of trustees; Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas; state Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio; Shaun Kennedy, president of Broadway Bank; and Daniel Markson, senior vice president of development for NRP Group, LLC.

The lofts will provide 552 beds with all bills paid and furnished apartments.

A model of a full-size bed, sofa, dresser, office chair and desk will be available to see Nov. 1 in the leasing office in Building 19 of the continuing education annex, 309 W. Dewey Place.

General manager Renee Cavazos said potential tenants may complete leasing applications online at

According to a chart sent today in an email from Cavazos, prices range from $875-1,050 for a one bedroom, one bath apartment; $1,350-1,550 for a two bedroom, two bath; $2,100 for a four bedroom, two bath; and $2,300 for a four bedroom, four bath. Cavazos said 12-month leasing agreements will be available.

“I see this as a wonderful opportunity for students who can get affordable housing close to the college with very nice amenities, and this gives them just great opportunity,” Zeigler said during the ceremony.

“We can then get them (students) integrated into college life. We know that kind of integration enhances success, so we see it as a real plus for the students aside from just living here. And, we think of this as our way of integrating the college more into the neighborhood.”

The partnership between the college and Tobin Hill Neighborhood Association was first proposed during a Building, Grounds and Site Selection Committee meeting Feb. 16, 2010.

“We think this project is going to add that extra piece to the equation that will help foster new jobs, help the entire future even beyond our borders, help our economy,” Rindfuss said. “God bless this project.”

Leslie said during the ceremony, “Here is a perfect example where the public sector, the private sector and the community have come together to make something happen.”

For more information, call Cavazos at 512-484-7316, email at or visit

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