Making Way for the New H-E-B in Montrose

The familiar contours of a vast supermarket parking lot are already beginning to take shape on the 7.68-acre grounds of the former Wilshire Village Apartments at the southwest corner of Dunlavy and West Alabama. You’ll see the trees that have already disappeared from this site — or more likely, a few of their younger relatives — appearing at various sites around the neighborhood, promises a sign announcing the coming Montrose H-E-B market:


Photos: Candace Garcia

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  • Sigh.
    A parking lot of this size in Montrose?
    Oh well. I’m still interested in seeing hoiw effective the interaction with Alabama will be. A nice wide pedestrian promenade to an outdoor patio with stunning views of an ENORMOUS SUBURBAN PARKING LOT ARGHHHH!!!
    Ahem. Got off track for a moment.

  • From the angle, that’s probably where the building is actually going – the parking lot is mixed in with the trees on the right of the picture.

  • I just couldn’t be more unhappy this is happening in my neighborhood. I genuinely do not believe W. Alabama or Dulavy can handle the traffic load this is going to bring in.

  • I do love HEB – not having one in the Heights sucks – but I am worried about the traffic load on ‘Bama and Dunlavy. Not sure they can handle too much more than they already do.

  • And they most definitely did not keep any meaningful number of the trees :(

  • I am pretty sure that is the foundation for the store in the picture. . The store is going to sit on the south side of Alabama. The parking lot is on the south side of the lot, insterspersed amongst a few trees that will be saved.

    It is too bad that the offer to dedicate part of the parcel to a public park never found the funding. Could have been a great project with a park at one end and a store at the other with underground parking. We can always dream.

  • to those concerned about traffic, aren’t you much more concerned about the metro rail redirecting all the richmond traffic to alabama? Based on the cities push of rail into this area i highly doubt they take traffic as a major concern since this is one of the parts of town where traffic is expected to be the norm.

  • Too bad the new HEB isn’t going to be a highrise. We’d have had angry yellow posters all over the neighborhood, but instead of costuming the proposed building with those menacing eyebrows and a hooked nose, they could have played off the fact that Wilshire Village always looked like it should have been haunted. I’m imagining zombie suburban HEB, arms out, shambling across a huge parking lot and moaning, “Treeeeees!”

  • No im not Joel.

  • The turning lane/speeding lane in the center of West Alabama will be a total clusterfudge at this intersection. The city is going to have to put in a protected left at Dunlavy or at the very least return West Alabama to the way it was before the Spur changed it into a suburban westpark tollway. Such a shame to see a beautiful lot full of mature oaks and magnolias turned into what most of the Katy Prairie now looks like; generic shopping plazas. Always two steps forward fourteen giant leaps back in this city.

  • Admittedly off topic, but Richmond is well below capacity most of the time anyway.

  • Is there a single change you people can be happy with?

    Seriously, it’s a grocery store. It will have a parking lot.

  • Montrose is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Houston, so a large parking lot is always disappointing, particularly when they dangled the promise of something better in front of us.

  • I hope they demolish any sidewalks around the store and setup bear traps to prevent “walking” customers. I don’t want to smell cheese (from the walkers) before I get to the cheese department.

  • Texasota, it may be a “walkable neighborhood” but if I’m buying groceries for two weeks it’s not very practical for me to walk a block when there’s more than I can hold.

  • This is why I have a bike with panniers.

  • More to the point:
    I’m not arguing against parking availability; I’m arguing against a large open lot. I almost wish HEB hadn’t raised the possibility of the more urban-appropriate design.

  • Makes sense considering that allegedly everyone will be walking to and from the Heights Wal-Mart. Can’t walk in two places at the same time.

  • They have started rebuilding Dunlavy between Alabama and Richmond that was partially paid for by HEB from what I gathered at the Winlow meeting.

  • Lake Flato has done several HEB’s. They do a nice job. Anything that replaces the former Wilshire Village is an iimprovement to the neighborhood.

  • Sorry, de, the new HEB is not really an improvement over the old Wilshire Village…

  • From Dom:

    “They have started rebuilding Dunlavy between Alabama and Richmond…”

    Boo. I had been counting on that big drainage ditch having more blue hairs stuck in it than a revolving door at a bingo parlor.

  • Lake Flato has done one other HEB in town. I can’t say that they did a nice job. The parking is terrible. The entire wall of glass faces South and West. The store is at best claustrophobic and warm. I don’t understand how a firm that touts themselves as being so “green” can support the removal of so many trees and the chaotic siting of buildings which defy the basic logic of passive/solar design. I will continue to walk to Whole Foods.

  • Can’t wait, Montrose traffic I am not too concerned with as the area is easy to just walk or bike and at the rate gas prices are heading I am sure others will begin to follow this trend.

  • Can anyone explain the logic of putting this right opposite a Fiesta? Or was it just because the land was available….

  • In Your face! HEWB went way beyond the call and built an epically beautiful store. It’s awesome!