Welcome To Downtown
San Antonio

The center of our city is full of art, activations, and places that make San Antonians proud of their hometown. It is the vibrant and diverse epicenter of culture and the prosperous business center of the city. Take a look around!

COVID-19 | Resources. Updates.
Ways To Help.

Dear Downtown San Antonians,
Like you, we have been listening, learning and adapting to the facts surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Our colleagues in other cities have been extremely helpful in providing insights and best practices which we are adopting. And, we are working closely with the City and many other partners to stay coordinated, responsive and impactful…

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The ’68 Apartments

The ’68 Apartments are the latest addition to the urban scene in Downtown San Antonio and located in the middle of Hemisfair. These brand-new studios, one, and two bedroom apartments offer sleek kitchens, modern appliances, and unbeatable views of the Tower of Americas. Your front entrance opens straight into Yanaguana Garden! All you runners, joggers, and walkers will have a blast.

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Tobin Lofts Apartments

Tobin Lofts’ apartments are centrally located to a number of high-caliber colleges, universities and businesses. Our fully furnished apartments offer luxurious amenities and individual leases that are ideal for any undergraduate or graduate student, faculty member or professional pursuing continuing education. You won’t compromise location and luxury for our affordable rates here — you’ll have everything you want and need in a downtown apartment!

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Towers At The Majestic Apartments

San Antonio’s premier downtown high-rise apartment community located just off the famed San Antonio Riverwalk, features spacious interiors with expansive windows that command spectacular views of the City.

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120 Ninth Street Apartments

120 Ninth Street features the finest apartment homes in San Antonio. The property is located on the River Walk immediately north of the Ninth Street Bridge and halfway between the Pearl and will boast cutting edge amenities, meticulously-groomed grounds, and high-end finishes. Take a moment to visualize life at 120 Ninth Street, where the door to exciting downtown San Antonio apartment living is always open to you.

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Calcasieu Apartments

Calcasieu is proudly owned by a local non-profit organization, known as Alamo Community Group (ACG). ACG has been providing quality affordable housing since 1990 and is a chartered member of Neighbor Works America, a national network of more than 240 community development and affordable housing organizations.

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Our Ambassadors work tirelessly to ensure that downtown is beautiful and welcoming as the face of our city.
You will find them in their bright yellow shirts helping over 1,700,000 visitors and residents navigate our beautiful, historic civic core.

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

Pop Up Mercado

We are so excited for Market Square’s Pop Up Mercado to officially begin!

To protect the health and safety of visitors and vendors, Market Square had implemented numerous Covid-19 safety protocols. Visitors are screened for Covid-19 symptoms, including a contactless temperature check.
Face coverings are required to enter and social distancing and capacity limits are enforced.

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GO RIO SAN ANTONIO CRUISES

Ride a riverboat! Snag individual tickets or charter a tour for a group. Discount tickets available for locals!

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San Fernando Cathedral

Hundreds of people enter the church daily to pray, visit, light a candle, or follow various devotional traditions. Each person is a part of the story of this magnificent place and a tribute to its enduring presence as the spiritual center of San Antonio. Open to hosting baptisms, weddings, and funerals as well as countless other services.

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City Tribe

Not a corporation but a family owned establishment that is intentionally embracing the family ethos of the New Testament. Seeking to live in an interdependent community like a tribe.

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Revelation Christian Church

Revelation Christian Church is a nondenominational church, and the church is built on the inherent Word of the living God. Revelation Christian Church teaches and preaches that the Word of God is the final authority in every aspect of life and living.

Be in the know

April 24, 2021
Late Night Catechism 3- Till Death Do Us Part
April 23, 2021
Doc Watkins with Strings
April 19, 2021
Texas Cavaliers Fiesta River Parade
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CENTRO ALLIANCE

SAN ANTONIO’S DOWNTOWN COALITION

The Centro Alliance is an advocacy group of over 600 students, young professionals, artists, businesses, property owners, and community advocates standing side-by-side as part of a diverse coalition of volunteers in service of downtown. 

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Where Is Downtown San Antonio?

It’s safe to say you will never experience the same San Antonio twice. Our city’s top attractions are constantly evolving, creating exciting pop-ups, debuting new works and hosting events that attract both locals and visitors alike.

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?

Have questions for our team? Want to message one of our dedicated Ambassadors? Drop us a line, we’d love to chat.

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Priscilla Lopez

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Priscilla or “P.Lo” as her teammates affectionately call her, has 20 years of corporate administrative experience. Priscilla attended The University of San Antonio with a focus on Business Administration. In her role as office “fixer,” she handles everything from communications and relationship management to IT sleuthing. On weekends you can find her enjoying a Truly poolside. She lives the vegan lifestyle and is  a proud member of the Peleton community.

Michael Cirlos

JEDI CAMERAMAN

Michael began his studies and volunteer work at Webster University Thailand with a focus on international relations and Buddhism. After returning to San Antonio and graduating from UTSA, Michael began photographing and telling the stories of people in Downtown San Antonio to help connect and increase awareness of our vibrant urban culture. Michael’s work has appeared in several news media organizations, and has produced digital content for small- and large-scale marketing campaigns for Red Bull, COSA Department of Arts and Culture, World Heritage Office, National Park Service, and others. Michael is a former Pecha Kucha San Antonio Speaker, best-selling author at Trinity University Press, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

JanIe Garza

OFFICE MANAGER

Janie is a native of Corpus Christi, TX and has made San Antonio her home since 2012. Her 15+ years’ experience allows her to serve a broad range of functions that allow the organization to operate efficiently, including, accounts receivable/payable, record management, information technology, office management, and assisting with human resources. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting local art museums, and enjoying a German beer in Southtown.

Chloe Jex

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Chloe graduated from George Washington University with a M.A in Anthropology with a concentration in International Development. Working within the Economic Development and Main Street programs, she uses a (human-centered!) data-driven approach to help understand and support downtown businesses, and a larger downtown ecosystem. Outside of being on the Centro team, Chloe plays competitive rugby, and has played the last three years for teams in the Women’s Premier League. 

Denise Aguilar

MEMBERSHIP + MARKETING COORDINATOR

Denise graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor’s in public relations and minor in Spanish. Denise’s brings 10 years of event experience in corporate and nonprofit realm with a passion for people and her community. She brings her experience to work dual roles in leading membership and joining forces with the marketing team efforts to connect with our various partners, stakeholders, and various people in the public improvement district and San Antonio community. She enjoys spending time with her fur kiddos, family and friends, shopping at small businesses, attending various festivals in and around San Antonio, and exploring the hill country.

Jakob Villareal

STAFF GRANT WRITER

Currently studying for a B.A. in English at A&M San Antonio and Majoring in Writing & Rhetoric, Jakob is a key player in securing additional funding for Centro’s many projects and initiatives. Jakob acts as a matchmaking service for Centro’s projects and Initiatives. Using his intimate knowledge of our goals and ideals, he seeks to find the perfect match of project and potential funding organization. When he’s not busy fundraising Jakob also fills the roll of Game Master, host the team’s various gettogethers and keeping the party going with games galore. He spends his free time painting miniatures, and is an avid Dungeons and Dragons & Table Top RPG enthusiast.

Linda Stone

SENIOR MAIN STREET NAVIGATOR

Linda is dedicated to the success of all downtown businesses. She collaborates with the Centro team and partners with other business support organizations to bring resources and attention to this diverse business ecosystem. Linda loves the Latin culture, speaks Spanish, dances salsa! and co-owns a successful Mexican restaurantHer other passion is planet earth, and she has founded programs benefiting the environment in New Orleans and San Antonio. She studied architecture at U.C. Berkeleyurban planning at the University of New Orleans, and most recently graduated from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. 

Matt Sirgo

DIRECTOR OF STORYTELLING

Matt graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 with a Dual Major in Media Strategies and Honors Arts & Letters with a minor in Italian (Benvenuto a tutti!). After sharing the story of Downtown San Antonio on digital channels, he enjoys creating TikToks about LGBTQ+ media. His mug graces a Fiesta Mural on the St. Mary’s Strip just north of Downtown. You can’t miss it. 

Elizabeth Burt

DIRECTOR OF URBAN ACTIVATION + PLAY

Liz is a passionate underutilized space evangelist known for collaboration matchmaking + play based troublemaking (snow, pumpkins, and Parisian mimes included). She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Public Policy studying Public Administration (#BirdsUp)! More recently, she oversaw the award winning Activate Houston Street Initiative, a placemaking action plan to reinvigorate the historic pedestrian corridor in the heart of Downtown, which is recognized as a Best Practice in Public Space Management by the International Downtown Association, for which she is also a proud Emerging Leader Fellow.

Jacqueline Lucio

DIRECTOR OF PID OPERATIONS

Jacque is a longtime downtowner with a deep passion for community service. She oversees Centro’s Clean & Safe and Homeless Outreach services, which aim to create a more beautiful, welcoming, inclusive, and hospitable downtown. For nearly two decades, Jacque has lived in downtown San Antonio and has been actively involved in the transformation of the urban core. Through her work with nonprofits, local government, and news media, she’s continually focused on championing more sustainable, diverse, and equitable communities. Jacque has led efforts to support asylum seekers, served as communications director for City Council District 5, and served in public affairs role for Clear Channel Outdoor San Antonio. Jacque studied Mass Communications and Mexican-American Studies at UTSA.

Sarah Esserlieu

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Sarah is a passionate urbanist who has spent the majority of her career on downtown revitalization efforts. Downtown is the best part of any city where you can find the finest history, culture, life, and beauty. Sarah has a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of California, San DiegoSarah enjoys visiting small local businesses, enjoying foodie culture, cooking, hiking, and visiting the cities of the world. 

Andi Rodriguez

VICE PRESIDENT OF CULTURAL PLACEMAKING

Andi is a long-time urban champion and leads Centro ‘people projects which tell our stories and bring us joy, such as Centro’s Art Everywhere and Zona Cultural. Serving on the Leadership Council of Urban Land Institute, she is a former city Planning Commissioner, Founding Chair of the Hemisfair Conservancy, Co-founder of Power of Preservation/PROM, former Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and immediate past Chair of Leadership San Antonio. Andi considers herself a servant leader; she has an MS in Architecture/Urban Planning, and enjoys advocating for the unifying power of art, history, and public space.

KANDICE PERKINS

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Kandice is a Sunnyvale, CA native and has made San Antonio her home since 2014She graduated from University of Argosy in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and continued to complete her Master’s in Business Administration from University of Phoenix 2020. She has worked in downtown San Antonio for years, bringing 15+ years of accounting experience to the organization and has been tasked with promoting and developing the city’s urban core. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, managing her family’s businesses, and enjoys cooking and baking.  

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs 

MATT BROWN

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Matt is the lucky guy that gets to lead a team of passionate placemakers who work every day to make downtown San Antonio more beautiful, playful, prosperous, and welcoming. Since starting his career as an attorney, Matt accumulated 25+ years’ worth of experience in the private sector by founding play and creative companies; consulting for start-ups and Fortune 500s in strategy, innovation, and leadership; and serving as president and C-level executive for Scholastic, Klutz and LeapFrog, among others. Directly prior to moving to San Antonio, he was the Economic Development Director and Interim Land Use Director for Santa Fe, NM.  He and his daughter have visited 15 state capitals on their way to all 50!