Tobin Lofts to begin leasing Nov. 1

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Office will match roommates for the fall 2013 semester.

By ALMA LINDA MANZANARES

amanzanares6@student.alamo.edu 

Applications to live on campus when Tobin Lofts opens in August will be accepted beginning Nov. 1 in a leasing office in Building 19 of the continuing education annex, 309 W. Dewey Place.

Tobin Lofts is a four-story, public-private partnership at the northwest corner of North Main Avenue and East Laurel Street, which includes residential space, commercial space and a parking garage.

Groundbreaking for the lofts will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Lot 26 at Evergreen Street and Main. The lot will be closed from Oct. 24-25 for the event. West Evergreen street will be closed between Howard and Main beginning today for construction of the lofts.

A banner advertising the residential housing availability will be displayed on campus Thursday, general manager Renee Cavazos said.

The public/private partnership was first proposed at a Building, Grounds and Sites Selection Committee meeting Feb. 16, 2010.

Room rates and the application fee have not been determined, Cavazos said.

However, David Mrizek, vice president of college services, told The Ranger April 25, 2011, that apartments are estimated to be $925 for a one bedroom, one bath; $1,400 for a two bedroom, two bath; and $2,000 for a four bedroom, four bath.

At Pizza with the President Sept. 13, President Robert Zeigler said apartments are estimated to be $600 to $700 per month.

The lofts will provide 552 beds in furnished apartments and with all bills paid, Cavazos said.

At the June 12 Buildings, Grounds and Site Selection Committee, Jim Plummer, a partner in Fulbright and Jaworski LLP, said the Tobin Lofts is a 225-unit residential development for students, faculty and staff.

Cavazos said 65 beds will be available for families and faculty and staff in a building connected to the parking garage that will be constructed in Lot 26 at Evergreen Street and Main.

Each unit in the student area contains four beds, so if students do not have roommates, the leasing office will match roommates based on a questionnaire, Cavazos said.

“You’d fill out a questionnaire and we’d match somebody who we feel will closely match to you, and they will be your roommate,” she said.

At the June 12 committee meeting, Plummer said the commercial frontage at the lofts will include a fitness room; leasing center; study and entertainment areas; theater room; meeting space for the Tobin Hill Community Association; and 12,000 square feet of leasable space, with Luther’s Restaurant as anchor tenant. The lofts also will have a café with a “continental breakfast” set-up with self-service snacks and drinks, such as Starbucks coffee, chips and granola bars, Cavazos said.

Students from the University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Incarnate Word and Trinity University can rent apartments in Tobin Lofts, she said.

A model of a full-size bed, sofa, dresser, desk and office chair will be available to see Nov. 1 in the leasing office, she said. Leasing office hours are to be determined, Cavazos said.

For more information, call Cavazos at 512-484-7316, email at rcavazos@livetobinlofts.com or visit www.facebook.com/tobinlofts.

Ivie Okungbowa contributed to this story.

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