Castroville families rally to save its downtown

CASTROVILLE, Texas – Editor’s note: This story was published through a partnership between KSAT and the San Antonio Business Journal.

More than 30 families with deep ties to Castroville have formed a group and are pooling funds to create a destination district in the city’s downtown area that embraces the community’s Alsatian roots and architecture and draws more complementary entrepreneurs and visitors before San Antonio’s westward growth engulfs its history.

Those involved in the Castroville Downtown Redevelopment Fund have moved quickly to craft a plan and secure key assets.

“It came together remarkably quickly. I would say within a matter of about less than three months from when we start talking about it,” said Josh Kempf, a former investment banker with Goldman Sachs and one of the group’s founders.