What’s the latest on those plans to demolish the interior of the Alabama Theater at West Alabama and Shepherd — you know, the plans already put out to bid to subcontractors but that owner Weingarten Realty can’t quite seem to verify are its own?
A spokesperson under contract to Weingarten tells Swamplot that the company won’t act on them before a lease agreement with a new tenant is signed:
I now have the okay to post based on your last blog entry to reassure your readers that WRI has no intention undertaking any pre-buildout of the interior prior to any lease agreement. And, there is no agreement currently and no buildout plan.
“Buildout,” of course, is the correct term for the interior demolition here. Because the demolition plans out to bid show that Weingarten intends to permanently encase the theater’s extensive sloped floor in concrete, like this:
Here’s the “before” view, showing the wood-floor platform inserts used to convert the space into the Alabama Bookstop bookstore back in 1984:
The bid package included plans for a prototype Staples store. A Weingarten representative says the company has no agreement in place to lease the space to the office-supply retailer. But it sure looks like they’re working on it.
Update, 4:36 pm.: The Weingarten spokesperson adds:
The statement is still accurate. Weingarten is not initiating nor undertaking any pre-leasing construction inside the Alabama Theater. Furthermore, no plans have been “issued for permit.”
- Alabama Theater coverage [Swamplot]
View of portion of cover sheet and section views from demolition plan for Alabama Theater: Heights Venture Architects