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A Developer Is Donating The Hot Wells Ruins To Bexar County


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Once a flourishing spa that attracted the likes of Will Rogers, Charlie Chaplain and Teddy Roosevelt, the Hot Wells Hotel and Spa — now in ruins — has been the subject of revitalization for years.

In the next few months, that may become a reality.

KSAT 12 reports that a deal between James Lifshutz, who bought the property in 2013, and Bexar County to fix Hot Wells up is nearing completion now that Lifshultz has fixed an underground leak in a sulfur well.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff tells KSAT that in return for the county stabilizing the ruins, Lifshutz will donate the ruins to the county. An announcement on the restoration is 30 to 60 days away, according to KSAT 12's report.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the county would link the ruins to nearby trails and volunteer guides may give tours. Lifshutz will retain ownership of rest of the property — 21 acres — where "he has plans for a development — perhaps a music venue or residences geared toward the 'hike-bike' crowd," the Express-News reports.

The Hot Wells Hotel and Spa began operating in 1893. Over the subsequent years, it fell victim to fires, including blazes in 1894, 1925, 1988 and 1997. The destination was noted for its sulfurous water to pools and baths for "health-inducing" effects.

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