Walmart has not completed its purchase of 15 acres of the former Trinity Industries steel fabrication site on Yale St. just south of I-10 and the Heights, but an executive with the Ainbinder Company, which has owned the property for 3 years, has been quoted as saying it is no longer negotiating with any other potential buyers (H-E-B was one), and that the deal should be complete within a few weeks. A site plan obtained by the Chronicle‘s Nancy Sarnoff shows 2 bank-style pad sites and a park-in-front strip center facing Yale, in front of the 152,000-sq.-ft. Walmart’s 664-car parking lot. Also shown in that plan, as part of the proposed development: a sprawlerrific future for the current site of the Heights Plaza Apartments to the northeast of the site, featuring a strip center along Heights Blvd. and a “bank” site just to the north, at the southern edge of White Oak Bayou. Yet another strip center is shown on the back side of the bank site, facing Yale St. to the west.
Ainbinder has the Heights Plaza Apartments at 205 Heights Blvd. under contract. Speaking at a meeting organized by city council member Ed Gonzalez, Michael Ainbinder said he expects to close on that property this fall and include the land in the retail development, bringing its total land area to 24 acres. Nicgk, who took extensive notes on the meeting and included them in his blog, They Are Building a Wal-Mart on My Street, reports that the developers are claiming that the development will not be “a ‘typical suburban’ project.” Nicgk reports an Ainbinder representative noted the
‘warehouse’ type of architecture; they noted the ‘Core’ apartments, and ‘Berger Iron Works’ on the corner plot of land. They intend to keep that type of neighborhood feel to the development
-It was described as a more modern warehouse/urban type of feel . . . Ainbinder assured that the infrastructure of the land, and surrounding, would be brought up to appropriate specs to support.
A couple of views of the future Walmart from Koehler St., to the north of the site:
The leaked site plan (at top) shows the Walmart itself backing up to Bonner St. at the western edge of the property. Kuffner snapped this view showing Downtown from the fence along that side:
And looking south from Bonner across what will likely be the loading-dock end, to the backs of townhomes accessed from Center St.:
At the north end of the site is Berger Iron Works, indicated in the plan as “not a part”:
Here are a couple of views of tiny Bass Ct., taken from Koehler St. and looking north. The street currently dead-ends below I-10, but the site plan shows it connecting to a new eastbound feeder road along the freeway.
Across Bonner St. from the southern edge of the site, Kuffner finds the long-vacant Standard Register building:
- Big Time Meeting with City Councilman Ed Gonzalez, and Ainbinder … [They Are Building a Wal-Mart on My Street]
- A view of the “Heights” Wal-Mart site [Off the Kuff]
- Previously on Swamplot: Only a Little Off Target: Walmart Heading Right Between Washington Ave and the Heights
Photos: Charles Kuffner