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Club-goers walk across the street to Luther’s Cafe at 1503 N. Main Sept. 30. Psychology sophmore and Tobin Lofts resident Asia Thompson said she has seen an increase of incidents since Luther’s moved to that corner. David Mendelson, a manager for Luther’s Cafe, said the establishment has been on North Main since 1976 and would not have caused an increase in crime. Photo by Kyle R. Cotton

Club-goers walk across the street to Luther’s Cafe at 1503 N. Main Sept. 30. Psychology sophmore and Tobin Lofts resident Asia Thompson said she has seen an increase of incidents since Luther’s moved to that corner. David Mendelson, a manager for Luther’s Cafe, said the establishment has been on North Main since 1976 and would not have caused an increase in crime. Photo by Kyle R. Cotton

Luther’s moved into the Tobin complex May 19.

By Kyle Cotton

kcotton11@student.alamo.edu

Dan Markson, senior vice president of development for the NRP group, has a personal interest in the Tobin Lofts development.

He lives a few minutes north of Tobin Lofts, a project of his firm.

Markson has helped develop properties including Cevallos Lofts at 301 E. Cevallos St., San Juan Square at 1938 S. Zarzamora St., The Landings at Brooks City-Base Apartments at 7803 S. New Braunfels Ave., and Big Tex at 201 Blue Star Road, which is under development.

“I had spent the day at the building (Tobin Lofts) and talked to a bunch of residents and nobody had any issues there.”

Markson said the area prior to the Tobin Lofts construction was “an absolute ghost town between the area of Main and San Pedro, and now it’s one of the densest populated areas in the city.”

Two students walk past Luther’s Cafe at 1503 N. Main Sept. 30. Psychology sophomore and Tobin Lofts resident Asia Thompson said she’s seen an increase of incidents since Luther’s Cafe moved to the corner. Photo by Kyle R. Cotton

Two students walk past Luther’s Cafe at 1503 N. Main Sept. 30. Psychology sophomore and Tobin Lofts resident Asia Thompson said she’s seen an increase of incidents since Luther’s Cafe moved to the corner. Photo by Kyle R. Cotton

“It doesn’t surprise me that there are calls because two years ago there would have been no calls except from the bars,” Markson said. “It was not a safe neighborhood to walk between the bars between Main and San Pedro.”

According to Markson, the eyes-on-the-street aspect has greatly improved the area, and highlighted Crockett Park as an example.

“That park is a great success story that it’s now a great place to be,” Markson said. “I wouldn’t cross that park in the daytime a couple of years ago, and now it’s very well utilized.”

Markson said the park used to have vagrants sleeping there, drug deals and prostitution.

He drives by the park every day on his way home from work, considers it part of his neighborhood and has noticed a huge difference since the lofts were built.

Markson said he was unaware of the incidents reported by student residents.

Markson said the NRP group works closely with Campus Advantage.

“If students don’t feel like they are getting the answers they need, the NRP group and I, especially, stand behind what we do, so I’m available to talk to anybody and I want to know what’s going on,” Markson said.

For Campus Advantage, call 512-472-6222. For Markson, call 210-487-7878.

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