By Sonya Harvey
A historic building is getting a new place in history. In 1928, construction began on the Aurora, one of San Antonio’s grandest hotels, catering to the well-known and the well-to-do of the day, such as former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and Hollywood elite.
Today, however, it is a 105-unit apartment complex at 509 Howard St. included in a list of qualifying properties for the Alamo City’s Section 8 housing.
The building, which is 100 percent occupied, is home to mainly elderly and disabled residents, and there is a waiting list for tenants.
Mitch Meyer, acquisition and development manager for Loopy Ltd., bought the property in late September.
The college district purchased the Park Place office building at Main Avenue and Laurel Sreet from Loopy Ltd.
“I’ve always admired the building,” Meyer said. “I’ve always admired its architecture and location on the park.”
When first entering the 10-story building, gold art deco elevator doors and rows of chandeliers stand out in a large open entryway.
Besides boasting a community room, called the Sun Room, the Aurora also features central air,