Apartment developer Marvy Finger tells Nancy Sarnoff that he’s the developer who’s buying the Fiesta Food Mart on the corner of West Alabama and Dunlavy — and planning to build a 6-to-8-story complex in its place. Finger says the closing is scheduled for February, and that he’s looking to fit 390 apartments onto the 3.68-acre site. Finger has charged architects Wallace Garcia Wilson with designing something “Mediterranean” — presumably a structure dressed up in that style will fit the neighborhood better than Lake Flato’s new H-E-B Montrose Market across the street, the modern Menil Collection campus nearby, the many bungalows and brick homes surrounding the site in Lancaster Place, and the occasional new gallery along West Alabama. “We’re going to try to create something really beautiful,” he tells Sarnoff.
Sadly, renderings of Finger’s proposed model development aren’t available yet. There’s plenty of time: A spokesperson for Fiesta says its lease for the property runs through 2015. Fiesta has occupied the building since 1994.
Absent from Finger’s announcement: any mention of retail. Earlier rumors had suggested the apartment building would include shops and restaurants on the ground floor at least, similar to West Ave.
- Apartments to replace Montrose Fiesta [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Montrose Fiesta Building Owners: That Variance Is for Future Generations, The Montrose Fiesta Is Over: Here Comes Lancaster Square, West Ave-Style Apartments and Retail Planned for Dunlavy Fiesta Site?
Photo: Candace Garcia