About 100 people showed up to that Saturday protest on the former site of the Wilshire Village Apartments, organized by a group calling itself the Montrose Land Defense Coalition. Organizers had originally expressed a desire to have the 7.68-acre site at the southwest corner of West Alabama and Dunlavy be turned into a park. Protesters told reporters they wanted the property’s trees preserved. But the organization’s website now features this clarification:
The aim of our campaign is not to alienate or place our Coalition in direct opposition to any one entity seeking to develop the land. We are concerned with the degree to which communities have a say in the development of land directly adjacent to their places of residence.
Specifically, organizer Maria-Elisa Heg tells Swamplot,
We are still fighting for a green space, a public commons, and we need to show HEB that they need to be mindful of smart urban planning.
And . . . uh, they have some plans for the site to present — shown to them by an unnamed “group of architects”:
(West Alabama appears to be at the far left, Dunlavy near the top in the drawing.)
It includes space for a permanent, covered market, boardwalks and outdoor spaces for restaurants and cafes, all within the philosophy of preserving the integrity of the lot as a positive outdoor commons for the residents of Montrose. The proposal seeks also to achieve LEED platinum certification for all buildings, and we are researching the potential to also satisfy LEED ND (Neighborhood Development) standards using the framework of this plan. LEED Neighborhood Development standards emphasize the use of “mixed use development[s]” that “encourage walking, bicycling, and public transportation for daily errands and commuting.”
- Not a walk in the park [River Oaks Examiner]
- To clarify our goals. and Proposed Development Plan [Montrose Land Defense Coalition]
- Wilshire Village coverage [Swamplot]