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San Antonio landmark demolition approved, making way for food truck park

The building was damaged in a fire earlier this year.


UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. Thursday, September 22: The Historic and Design Review Commission unanimously approved the demolition of the Achtzehn House at the corner of Delaware Street and Hoefgen Avenue. The demolition will clear the way for the developer's plans for a food truck park.

The demolition was approved without discussion. However, commissioners also approved stipulations saying the developer must submit a salvage and reuse plan for any materials that can be salvaged. The developer must also return to HDRC with a detailed architectural plan for the food truck park.

Original story follows below.

A historic landmark home on Eastside San Antonio could be demolished to make way for a food truck park. Thomas Glendenning Bright Lakes Real Estate will appear before the Historic and Design Review Commission on Wednesday, September 21, to ask for permission to demolish the historic home.

The home at 509 Delaware St., also known Achtzehn House, sits on a 2.9-acre lot at the corner of Delaware and Hoefgen Avenue that was once home to Classic Paving Trends Inc., according to a quick Google search and an old property brochure from the company that previously owned the lot. Glendenning intends to replace the structure with a food truck on a smaller portion of the lot, according to HDRC agenda documents.

The Achtzehn House was built in 1896 for Oswald Achtzehn and is on the 1912 Sanborn map. It was designated as a historical landmark by San Antonio City Council in 1987, according to agenda documents. Now the developer says the home qualifies for demolition because it was "heavily damaged" by a fire sometime in March this year.

Photos in agenda documents show the roof of the Acthzehn House has collapsed inward and appears to have not been cleaned up since the home caught fire.

A site plan included in the agenda documents show that the food truck park will have space for seven or possibly more food trucks and what looks like a wooden patio with seating. HDRC will consider the demolition request on Wednesday.
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