New apartments get starring role at site of former San Antonio movie theater

Apartments get starring role at former San Antonio movie theater site

Fiesta Trails Apartment Community rendering San Antonio
No cliffhangers here. The former theater site will become home to a 300-unit apartment complex.  Courtesy of Koontz Corporation

The site of the former Regal Fiesta Stadium 16 movie theater on San Antonio’s Northwest Side is getting a sequel.

Just five months after it was confirmed that the theater had closed permanently, San Antonio-based Koontz Corp. is revealing plans to develop a 300-unit apartment complex at the site. Construction on the project — tentatively called the Fiesta Trails Apartment Community — is set to start in early 2022. The site is on Vance Jackson Road near I-10 and De Zavala Road.

The 267,000-square foot project, which will feature two swimming pools and a dog park, will sit on a nearly 10.4-acre parcel that recently was rezoned to accommodate apartments. Completion is on track for sometime in 2024.

Regal Fiesta Stadium 16 shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic and never reopened. The landlord, Houston-based Weingarten Realty, said in February that the 56,000-square-foot discount movie theater had shut down for good.

“We are excited to bring a first-class multifamily residential development to this vibrant area of San Antonio,” Bart Koontz, president and CEO of Koontz Corp., says in a July 14 news release. “Its infill location, with plenty of nearby grocery, retail, and restaurant choices, [makes] it an ideal site. Introducing this residential element will essentially transform it to the kind of mixed-use development that is in high demand today and will have strong appeal for young professionals.”

Koontz Corp. is the project’s developer and general contractor, with Houston-based Garcia + Associates Architect providing design services and San Antonio-based Pape-Dawson Engineers providing engineering services.

“San Antonio is our home and one of the fastest-growing, most exciting cities in the nation,” Koontz says. “It’s a great place to live and work, and anytime we can enrich our community with outstanding residential spaces, we are proud to do so.”