Is the corner of West Alabama and Dunlavy the busiest intersection in Inner Loop real estate right now? Two months after the opening of the new H-E-B Montrose Market on the former site of the Wilshire Village Apartments on the southwest corner of that intersection, and just a week after developer Marvy Finger’s official announcement of his plans to replace the Fiesta Food Mart on the southeast corner with a 6-to-8-story “Mediterranean” apartment building, there is a report that the 2 apartment complexes on the northeast corner may be next to fall. It may be a bit more than a rumor: While taking these photos yesterday, Swamplot’s Candace Garcia came across workers who appeared to be surveying the site. For what?
Here’s what’s been communicated to Swamplot: A developer has expressed interest in demolishing the 62-year-old West Alabama Place Apartments at 1648 West Alabama with its grandfathered row of head-in parking spaces along the front:
as well as its Mansard-roof neighbor on the corner at 1660 West Alabama:
The complexes would be replaced with an office building — or a combined office building and bank. At a little more than a half-acre, the combined land area of the 2 apartment properties is considerably smaller than either the H-E-B or the Fiesta property. Together, the 2 lots stretch 215 ft. east along West Alabama, but they don’t back up to Marshall St. on the north: They’re only 150 ft. deep.
Photos: Candace Garcia