As of December 10 heavy equipment was already on site at the southwest corner of W. Alabama St. and S. Shepherd Dr., where a bevy of venerable-by-Houston-standards small businesses — including quirky jewelers Fly High Little Bunny, laid-back Roeder’s Pub, a cat clinic and stray adoption center, and late-night hang Ruchi’s Taqueria — are eating it to make way for a CVS and a roughly 24,000 sq.-ft. pad site.
Back when news of the development broke, some Swamplot commenters criticized it, site-plan unseen, as overly suburban-looking for its location, just across W. Alabama from the old theater and adjoining strip mall that now houses Trader Joe’s.
And now developers Read-King have released the site plans:
How do these grab ya? Plenty of great parking spots to choose from!
As of 2011, Read-King had hoped to develop a mixed-use development of 250 luxury apartments atop 30,000 sq.-ft. of “high-end” retail at the site, but the CVS plan eventually won out.
- Previously on Swamplot: Shopping Center on Southwest Corner of S. Shepherd and West Alabama Clearing Out To Make Way for Another CVS Pharmacy; The Shops and Apartments Planned for the Block South of the Alabama Theater
Photo: Aditya Balachander
Plans: Read-King [PDF]