Southside San Antonio has been adding new jobs, as well as important amenities, on its way to becoming an even more dynamic and fast-growing area of town. Now, it’s about to get even more employment and lifestyle opportunities with the announcement that TJX Companies is looking to build a distribution center on the Southside, just outside master-planned community Mission del Lago.
“TJX, a Fortune 100 firm that oversees T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, HomeGoods and Sierra Trading Post, is thinking of securing a 200-acre tract near Mission Espada,” said Bexar Witness. “Officials with the city and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation say the project could create 1,000 jobs in the coming years and provide for a development buffer around Mission Espada.”
Tied into the project is “the connection of more than 30 miles of hike and bike trails” as well as land for a new facility in the Southside Independent School District (SISD). “This partnership has potential to support additional agreements on the 1,000-acre Espada tract, aside from a possible future SISD facility. Southside ISD voters recently passed a bond meant to address area population growth,” they said. “There could be a donation of more than three linear miles of land to the city for a bike and pedestrian route, Espada Trail Connection, which will link 13 miles on the Medina River Greenway to 14 miles along the San Antonio River. This would result in a seamless trail 31 miles in length, as San Antonio strives to connect its greenways and trails citywide.”
Of the development, District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran said in a news release, “The prospect of 1,000 new jobs that provide eligible full-time employees access to benefits is critical to raising strong, healthy families in San Antonio. I am pleased that a global company with the financial strength and corporate brand of TJX is investing in our communities and creating opportunities for our workforce.”
This bodes well for growing Southside San Antonio, which has surged in popularity with businesses and homebuyers over the past few years thanks to: the development of Brooks City Base; increased recreation including the redevelopment of the southern leg of the San Antonio River and the new Medina River Trailhead, which is located at the Mission del Lago Golf Course clubhouse; the important designation of the missions as World Heritage sites; and growing employment opportunities.
“The distribution center would bolster the economic portfolio of South San Antonio,” they said. “Air Force bases-turned-business parks Port San Antonio and Brooks City-Base are booming with activity, and institutions and corporations such as Toyota and Texas A&M-San Antonio continue to lure more commerce and residents to the area.”
The location of the new TJX distribution center is on Highway 281 near the entrance of the Mission del Lago community and golf course. Mission del Lago is the fastest-growing community in South San Antonio again this year, according to MetroStudy. The 800-acre masterplanned community offers new homes from DR Horton and Lennar ranging from 1,600 to more 3,000 square feet, with amenities including an expansive swimming pool and pool deck for family gatherings, a Community Clubhouse that owners can rent for private parties, playgrounds, the golf course, and a dog park.