Situated at the doorstep of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, this new 600-acre master planned community will offer a dynamic combination of housing, entertainment, and recreation to San Antonio. VIDA, meaning life, will bring a spirit of learning, growing, and thriving to all who visit, work or call it home.
On November 7th, 2019, SouthStar Communities gained unanimous approval by San Antonio City Council to buy and develop the land from the Verano Group, literally bringing VIDA to life. The achievement is a significant milestone for San Antonio and for Texas A&M University-San Antonio, as plans for development in the area have been in the works for over a decade.
Recognized as one of four emerging activity centers in the City by SA Tomorrow, the Texas A&M-San Antonio Area Regional Center, where VIDA sits, is positioned to be a major catalyst for development. With two major economic assets located in the center – the Toyota manufacturing complex and Texas A&M University-San Antonio – the area is indicating significant demand for a vibrant mixed-use district. However, less than 1% of area workers currently call the center home. RVi’s role is to create a design that will not only bring people together and facilitate the anticipated growth, but will also foster physical and social energy.
VIDA will consist of over 5,700 residential units offering a mix of single-family homes, townhomes, apartments, along with student housing options providing a place to thrive through all stages of life. Walkability and connectivity are spearheading the design, offering residents internal connections as well as regional connections to Texas A&M University-San Antonio, future commercial districts, and eventually to San Antonio’s Mission Trail. The overall vision includes a community core, open space, plus a town center which will introduce new office space, shopping, dining, and event space to the area providing residents, students, university personnel, and area workers an easily accessible entertainment destination.
In building VIDA, we are creating a community of life, a community identity that taps into the unique culture and ecology of San Antonio. We are forging a symbiotic relationship and integrating the community both culturally and physically. We see a community that lives for students, professors, families and generations to come. We see a vibrant, colorful district built on the past, and looking to the future. VIDA is Life.
We are excited to be working with SouthStar Communities and the rest of the master plan design team, including Overland Partners, KW Engineers, and Studio 8 Architects.