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Texas Public Radio
Texas Public Radio's Erik Ketcherside moderates the program, and is joined by San Antonio mayor Ed Garza; San Antonio Express-News columnist Mike Greenberg, developer Dan Parman and University of Texas at San Antonio Woody Sanders.
...Dan F. Parman
is a native of Uvalde, Texas.He is a real estate investor and developer, and is a partner in Parman Consultants Company.He is a consultant to developers of mixed-use land developments.He's
developed a number of mixed-use projects the largest being the 4,380 acre Stone Oak area, located in north central San Antonio outside Loop 1604.He has been a member on boards of several banks and savings institutions.Parman is also an investor in multi-family and retail properties.
Heywood "Woody" Sanders.A nationally recognized urban affairs expert, Woody Sanders, was named to chair the Public Administration Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio
in January of 2002.Prior to that, Sanders was a member of Trinity University
in San Antonio
for eighteen years.He
is often called on by the media to comment about his
research on urban renewal and community development policies.He
is the co-editor of two books, "The Politics of Urban Development" and "Urban Texas: Politics and Development".
Early in the 1980s, Dan ...
Early in the 1980s, Dan Parman, the developer of Stone Oak, took me for a drive far out into the country to the crest of a hill on what is now Stone Oak Boulevard and Hardy Oak, the epicenter of new San Antonio.
That day, Parman drove to a cut in the earth that visibly bears the entire history of that particular place since the Cretaceous Period.He
pointed to a solid band near the base, signifying the beginning of the Ice Age.As his
finger continued its climb, Parman
charted the slow geological changes, some marked in 1/10,000th of an inch.
Last week, Parman
and I repeated the drive to exactly the same cut, which is visibly unchanged.
`Yet in every direction for 10 square miles, the entire landscape has completely changed from rural to urban and Parman's fingerprints are indelibly a part of that change.
Thirty years ago, even Parman
could not have imagined the current corner of U.S. 281 and Loop 1604.
I asked Parman
marketed Stone Oak
to people who like to sample from different cultures.
"I didn't," he
In 30 years, people will drive past that cut and Stone Oak
, which now has more trees than when Parman
started the development in 1980, will look much like the leafy streets of Monte Vista or the upscale areas of Alamo Heights or Olmos Park.
Welcome Home, San Antonio
And, that was the goal of Mr. Dan F. Parman, affectionately referred to as the "grandfather of Stone Oak" when he conceived and developed the concept of Stone Oak as a master planned community within San Antonio.Residents of Stone Oak can easily see the current growth, development and the ever-increasing traffic congestion, but may not take time to realize that the 4300 acres that comprise the original "Stone Oak" were part of a master planned approach to development.
In 1979, Parman
was looking for land on the North side of San Antonio because that is where he
believed the future of San Antonio's growth was moving.He
located four ranches in the rolling Hill Country of Bexar Country that alone where useful only as single, ranching properties, but together was perfectly suited as a planned development.According to Parman
, "Claussen purchased the original ranch properties in the 1850's with a Texas Veteran's Land grant from the Texas Mexican war."The land was developed into a horse and cattle ranch with over 30,000 acres, but was subsequently divided among the remaining heirs.Parman
acquired them in what is known as one of the most complicated real estate transactions in Bexar County involving four joint ventures and 80 partners.Parman
partners originally planned for the development to incorporate as its own city; however, the land fell within the San Antonio Extra Territorial Jurisdiction and was not allowed to incorporate.Next, the partners needed a name for the planned development."We picked about 15 names," explained Parman
discussed the early planning strategies of Stone Oak
, "we liked ,Stone' because it is very permanent and we liked ,Oak' because there is a lot of Oaks."Parman
believes that the success of the Stone Oak development is found in the extensive research conducted prior to the first shovel of dirt being moved on the project.Parman
team looked at the land according to typography, location, growth percentage and direction, environment and all other existing and perceived conditions to develop a detailed Master Plan for the area."We put the plan in place and we stayed with the plan," explained Parman
discussed the massive undertaking that he
explained that no public monies went into the development of Stone Oak
- except for the schools.The streets and infrastructure including the water, power and sewer were developed by the partners, "we did not want any controls," he
continued, pointing out that, he
partners spent $100 million dollars "in 1980 dollars," for roads and infrastructure.As an example he
explained that most of the power lines are buried," you don't see what you see in other parts of San Antonio."
During this time, Parman
team traveled the country to studying developments such as The Woodlands near Houston and Los Colinas near Dallas.They studied the successes and failures of other communities in order to tackle their challenges.In order to maintain a design for the area, yet incorporate a mix of ideas and styles, Parman established Stone Oak, Inc. as the company which provides all necessary infrastructure and continuity for the area and believes the Stone Oak Homeowner's Association is a "big advantage" for maintaining the integrity of the community.
According to Buz Buckley, manager of the Stone Oak Property Owners Association
, the association is responsible for "what is to be done and how it is to be done," according to "land use" category of the Master Plan.
The original 4300 acres of Stone Oak
currently consist of 40+ subdivisions with a population of approximately 15,000 residents.However, for many living north of US 1604 between Bulverde Road and Blanco, the area has become know as the Stone Oak area and Parman
believes the population will grow to approximately 40,000 and at completion 10% the population of San Antonio.
In this case, Parman
team were first and the people, businesses and development followed.
...According to Dan F. Parman, the original developer and author (along with his associates) of the Stone Oak Master Plan, believes the area will grow to approximately 40,000 residents and at completion 10% of the population of San Antonio.
So, what is coming up next for the Stone Oak area and what do all of the signs and bulldozers mean for the current residents and businesses?Many business owners say the climate is right for success with the explosion of residential development, commercial, medical and retail.
The most recent announcement and visible addition is the 400,000 sq. ft. Washington Mutual complex opening in a portion of the former MCI complex off of Stone Oak Parkway near the intersection of US 281.According to Parman
, the Washington Mutual headquarters is expected to have 3,000 employees and will eventually comprise a 1 million square foot complex.An additional building of approximately 600,000 sq. ft. is expected to be constructed in the near future.In addition, Parman
explained that the Clear Channel Worldwide campus which in located on the southeastern side of Stone Oak Parkway is expected to break ground on additional buildings in the near future which will add employees to the 24 hour 7 days a week operation.Currently, he
adds that there are several townhome and apartment complexes under construction on the eastern section of Stone Oak
after Evans/Golf Canyon road.Parman
and his son Brad Parman, also added that the Gordon Hartman Family YMCA which is expected to break ground in spring, 2006 will be a wonderful addition to the community and is expected to be modeled after the YMCA in The Woodlands, Texas.
...By Dan Parman
Antonio businessman Dan F. Parman
.The 4,380-acre Sonterra
and Stone Oak
wereconceived as a logical and pivotal catalyst to launch San Antonio growth anddevelopment into the twenty-first century.Perceiving the rapid growth San Antoniosustained in the late 1970's, coupled with the strain on municipalities' resources toprovide vital utility and planning services, Parman
sought to fashion a developmentconcept which would provide the homes, schools, businesses and offices needed tomeet growth demand and at the same time mitigate the pressures communities oftenface in periods of rapid growth.
The first requirement was a suitable property.Parman
located four adjacent ranchesin the rocky Hill Country north of San Antonio, which he
believed were located in thepath of San Antonio's primary growth direction.
design made sense within the boundaries of the development, Parman
was insistent itmust also make sense for the world around Sonterra
and Stone Oak
contendedmany subdivisions were designed haphazardly with little or no context to the regionaldevelopment.In keeping with his
commitment to develop a planned city as a growthmodel for San Antonio, Parman
realized a vigorous mix of many ideas was needed tomake Stone Oak
a distinctive place to live and work.He
understood that one prevailingphilosophy often results in a boring, predictable pattern of home and business design.Consequently he
established Stone Oak, Inc.
as the company which would provide all
...In 1982, the partnership of Stone Oak, Inc. was formed by Dan Parman, Paul Markey,
Construction of the new District 9 ...
Construction of the new District 9 branch is expected to start the end of this year.Spanning 15,000 square feet, the $7.8 million Parman Public Library will be built on 10 acres of land donated by Stone Oak's original developer, Dan Parman.
Stone Oak master planner Dan ...
Stone Oak master planner Dan Parman (from left), San Antonio Public Library board Trustee Loyce Ince, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, and City Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her daughter Nikola cut a vine during Saturday's grand opening of Parman Library at Stone Oak. Photo: Photo By Edmond Ortiz / SA
Stone Oak master planner Dan Parman (from left), San Antonio Public Library board Trustee Loyce Ince, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, and City Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her daughter Nikola cut a vine during Saturday's grand opening of Parman Library at Stone Oak.
Stone Oak master planner Dan Parman
(from left), San Antonio...
Mr. (Dan) Parman's generosity set the example and contributions followed," she
said, referring to the businessman who led the master planning of Stone Oak.
Parman's family donated land and money toward the new library's initial establishment.
"Years ago when I began this community, I knew there'd be schools, shopping centers, homes and a branch library.
For awhile there was a hole in my heart because there was no branch library," Parman