Is the park-in-back strip center now a certifiable thing in Houston? Here’s the latest rendering of the small shopping center designed by Ziegler Cooper Architects for the corner of W. Alabama St. and Mandell St. in Montrose, across the street from the Menil Collection parking lot. Like the smaller center at the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy now home to the Common Bond bakery and the slightly larger one developed by Braun Enterprises at 20th St. and Rutland in the Heights, Alabama Row scoots up just about as close to the main drag as the city’s development rules will let it. And it looks like the building’s south face, fronting West Alabama, is meant to be seen as its front:
A sign advertising the new development went up on the site earlier this month:
Edge Realty Partners, which leased the 1706 Westheimer spot to Common Bond and Space, is marketing this venture as well. An earlier design for the location — also called Alabama Row — included a much larger building on the 26,123-sq.-ft. site, with parking above on 2 upper levels.