Weingarten’s Planning Commission victory earlier this month doesn’t resolve everything for the westernmost of two replacement retail buildings now under construction at the River Oaks Shopping Center. First, reports Mary Ann Acevedo in the Houston Business Journal, that last-minute compromise left a few neighbors grumbling:
. . . some of the neighbors are not pleased that they didn’t have an opportunity to review the final agreement after Weingarten’s most recent changes prior to the Jan. 8 hearing with the Planning Commission.
According to [neighbor Janet] Moore, Weingarten had told the group it would deliver an advance copy for their review.
“They presented us a signed, unmarked copy at the hearing and had no one available authorized to negotiate changes to the agreement,” Moore says. “Some of the neighbors are disappointed with a few of the changes in the agreement.”
On, Jan. 13, Weingarten presented the neighbors with a revised agreement that Moore says does address some of those concerns, although the parties continue to work out the details.
Next, that Vallone restaurant planned for the building’s second floor and balcony — which at one point was referred to in Weingarten’s marketing materials as Il Tavolo (and is labeled Adagio Vino in the renderings) — may not be a done deal yet:
The latest dispute does call into question whether the Vallones will move forward with the planned restaurant. . . .
Meanwhile, Weingarten spokeswoman Andrea Dahlke says that in light of the recent changes, the company “needs to go back to each of its tenants on how (the new variance) will affect restaurants or retailers” in the center.
“At this point, nothing has changed,” she says. “But they need to have discussions with Mr. Vallone and everyone else about the changes being made.”
- Retail ruckus returns to River Oaks [Houston Business Journal]
- The Great River Oaks Shopping Center Compromise of 2009 [Swamplot]
- River Oaks Shopping Center Replacement: Vallone at the Top [Swamplot]
Rendering of River Oaks Shopping Center on Shepherd Dr. at W. Gray: Weingarten Realty