Area Profile

An Extraordinary Redevelopment Opportunity

I-10 and Loop 410

San Antonio Central

Today, some 75 years after its founding as an independent city, Balcones Heights maintains its proud tradition of “small town” with ease in permitting, zoning, and code compliance.  Several of the City’s most prosperous and prestigious enterprises are located in this less-than-one-square mile municipality, simply because of the ease of permitting, and the ability to speak directly to the City Administrator, Economic Development Director, and Community Development Director.  Each of them is only one phone call away. Balcones Heights’ spectacular location, at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Loop 410, midway between downtown San Antonio and the South Texas Medical Center, is another reason to consider this small, nonetheless, bustling area for your future development plans.

When considering Balcones Heights, it is important to note the surrounding demographics and convenient location of this incorporated city.   With Inspiration Hills and Sunshine Estates directly to the west, the booming Jefferson Heights to the south, Oak Hills and South Texas Medical Center to the north, Balcones Heights is ideally located to answer San Antonio’s need for new housing, expanded medical services, and much, much more as Texas and regional economies continue to grow at amazing rates.

Minutes from San Antonio International Airport and Port San Antonio, with major transit options, including VIA’s Primo Bus Rapid Transit pilot route, a dynamic Park and Ride, and the convenience of Fredericksburg Road, Balcones Heights is ideally situated to leverage multi-modal transit into redevelopment success.

Balcones Heights has grown into a natural extension of the South Texas Medical Center.  In addition to Methodist Hospital Texsan, Wonderland of the Americas’ Medical Center is home to 5 Veterans Administration (VA) Clinics, a 40,000 square-foot University Health Systems Center, UT Health Emergency Services training, and multiple independent medical and dental providers. Located directly across I-10 from Methodist Hospital Texsan are the Center for Health Care Services, South Texas Blood and Tissue, and other medical services. A multitude of ancillary health and medical services are located throughout Balcones Heights.

For its size, Balcones Heights has an extraordinary array of retail and entertainment options.  Dave and Busters, AR’s Entertainment Hub, the Wonder Theater (formerly the Woodlawn Community Theater).  Major retailers include Target, WSS Shoes, Hobby Lobby, Ross Dress for Less, Cowtown Boots, and Burlington. Specialty retailers include Adriana’s  Wedding & Formal Apparel, Image Ave Clothiers, Nelson Fashion Group, Pacoy Jewelers, Perfect Love and Perfect Trust, Float Wellness Spa, and Abba Father’s Christian Store.

In addition to a incredible list of convenience dining (Chick-fil-A, Denny’s, Whataburger, Luby’s, Jack in the Box, Babe’s) Balcones Heights is also home to the renowned Simi's Indian Cuisine, La Tequilla Jalisco, and El Chivito.

One other plus, the controversial red light traffic safety cameras will disappear in early 2024.

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Lorenzo Nastasi, Executive Director
Balcones Heights Economic Development Corporation   210.957.2991

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