Crews are already at work (above) removing asbestos from the vacant shopping center at 9714 Buffalo Spdwy., one block up on S. Main St. from the South Loop and a mile and a half west of the Astrodome. Plans have already been made for the 1.26-acre property, as well as for the former America’s Best Value Inn immediately south of it at 9604 S. Main St. An entity controlled by developer Frank Liu bought the motel and its 3.13-acre lot in January, and pre-demolition activities are going on there now too.
A source tells Swamplot a townhome complex is headed for both sites — possibly in a configuration similar to the 5-or-so-year-old Pemberton Crescent across Buffalo Spdwy. The Starbucks directly on the corner of S. Main and Buffalo Spdwy. is not part of the redevelopment.
Photos of 9714 Buffalo Spdwy.: Swamplot inbox