Devin Buck Benson Benson says if a developer can obtain rights to an existing well, the water can be used for construction.

SAN ANTONIO—Between 2016 and 2017, the city’s population grew by 24,208 residents, more than any other city of 50,000 or more in the nation. It is now the seventh-largest US city with more than 1.5 million residents, and another 1.1 million are expected to be added in the next 25 years, according to the US Census Bureau.

“It’s a good time to be a commercial developer in the Alamo City,” Devin “Buck” Benson, partner at Barton Benson Jones PLLC, tells in this exclusive. “You will play a major role in accommodating the coming growth, and in many cases, you’re going to have to head to the farmlands to do that. Therein lies a significant opportunity.”

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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