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Hearing For Univision Building Destruction Pushed To Tuesday

Joey Palacios
TPR News
Supporters trying to save the Univision building sit the court of Judge Richard Price.

There will be another day of court next week to resolve the dispute over the original building that housed KWEX-TV Univision in San Antonio. Much of the Univision building is already destroyed, but preservationists are hoping to save what they call the heart and soul of the structure.

Lawyers for the Westside Preservation Alliance,the San Antonio Conservation Society, Greystar, and the city met in court on Friday at the request of Greystar to remove a temporary restraining order. The Alliance obtained the restraining order on Monday earlier this week as the development company attempted to demolish the 60-year-old building.

In the days following, the San Antonio Conservation Society filed a second restraining order. Judge Richard Price, who heard the case, is combining the two for another hearing.

Amy Kastley, the attorney for the plaintiffs, said the hope is to save the remaining structure.

"What remains standing in good structural security is the soul of the building," Kastley said. "It’s the studio, the engineering room, and the control room. It’s important that that be preserved, it’s a vital part of the history of Mexican-Americans in San Antonio."

Greystar lawyers said the hold up to build a 350-unit apartment complex on the land was costing the company thousands of dollars and was requesting the Alliance be made to pay the economic damages in the event Graystar wins the case.

The judge, however, limited that maximum to just $250 dollars. Both sides will be back in court on Tuesday until then restraining order on the demolition remains in effect.

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules