All 3 designs by San Antonio architects Lake Flato for the new H-E-B Market on the former site of the Wilshire Village Apartments — released by the grocery company in advance of a Neartown Association meeting this weekend — appear to share the same footprint and site plan. H-E-B Houston region president Scott McClelland had promised neighborhood residents would have an opportunity to vote for one of the 3 designs, but the options appear to be limited to the building’s roof shape and exterior detailing. All 3 designs feature a single-story structure that backs up to West Alabama, with the main entrance facing a parking lot on the southern portion of the site. But McClelland tells the Chronicle‘s Mike Morris that the company will be asking for input on other design issues at the meeting, including pedestrian access. Current plans call for a new center lane on Dunlavy, and new sidewalks and bike racks for the store.
McClelland says that drawings for a 2-story store — with parking underneath, allowing for a smaller footprint and a 2-acre park on the site — will be discussed and presented at the meeting. However, attendees won’t get to vote for it. “Until I know we can build it, it isn’t a viable option,” he tells Swamplot. He says the company is still short $800K of the additional $2 million a 2-story store would cost. “I’ve made numerous calls to others in an attempt to find addt’l funds….so far without success. Similarly, the [Montrose Land Development Coalition] hasn’t had success either.” Putting a park on the site is not a high priority for the city parks department because there are other parks nearby, McClelland says. If the money can be found within 45 days, he tells Swamplot, a 2-story option would be “considered.”
What do the 3 single-story Lake Flato designs look like? A set of renderings labeled “The Sawtooth” shows a store similar to the firm’s recent design for the H-E-B at Buffalo Speedway and Bissonnet, but adds an additional jag to the roof overhang on the south-facing entrance — and several north-facing clerestory windows:
“The Wave” features a roof shaped into 3 soft barrel vaults and quieter blank walls facing West Alabama and Dunlavy:
“The Pavilion” has a tall flat-looking roof at the entrance, and alternating brightly colored wall segments facing the street sides:
McClelland says Trees for Houston will oversee the replacement — either on the site or elsewhere in Montrose — of all trees removed from the site. Though the 2-story design features significantly less concrete around them, it and all the 3 single-story options preserve the same number of existing trees.
- Upcoming Oct 30 Neartown Development Forum III [Neartown Association]
- Residents to vote on H-E-B designs on Oct. 30 [Ultimate Montrose]
- H-E-B going extra mile on new Montrose store [Houston Chronicle]
- Wilshire Village coverage [Swamplot]
Images: Lake Flato Architects