Over the weekend, variance signs were posted at the dead-ends of Sul Ross and Branard St. near the Menil Collection and in front of the bank of antique shops facing Dunlavy. The notices are the clearest indication yet that some big new development is being planned to replace the Fiesta Food Mart at the corner of Dunlavy and West Alabama in Lancaster Place. Last month, Swamplot posted a reader’s report that the property had been sold and that a 6-or-7-story “West Ave-style” mixed-use project was planned for the 3.68-acre site.
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The signs announce a new project, called Lancaster Square. The wording on the sign indicates the requested variance would allow the developers to skirt a city requirement that new developments cap dead-end streets with cul-de-sacs. A similar variance was requested by — and granted to — H-E-B for a different section of the same two streets behind the former Wilshire Village Apartments last year. The scheduled hearing date for Lancaster Square is December 15th, but the planning commission hasn’t posted a detailed agenda for that meeting yet.
- Previously on Swamplot: West Ave-Style Apartments and Retail Planned for Dunlavy Fiesta Site?, The Dead Ends of Wilshire Village: No Montrose H-E-B Without a Variance?
- Wilshire Village coverage [Swamplot]
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