A little brown box is now in place about where the gray and blue boxes of the Alabama Row retail strip are supposed to go, a reader notes. The construction trailer recently popped up inside the newish construction fencing now framing the long-empty lot along Mandell St. (across W. Alabama from the block holding the Menil Collection’s parking lot, and part of its bungalow herd). The new strip would sit just west of the 2-story brick house now holding cat spa and boarding facility Fat Cat Flats.
So far Alabama Row looks like it may be bookended by Vietnamese and burger joints, with room for some non-food offerings in the middle — that’s W. Alabama toward the bottom in the preliminary site plan below, with the strip’s parking tucked in back:
- Previously on Swamplot: New Modern Shopping Center Wants To Cozy Up to the Corner of West Alabama and Mandell
Images: Swamplot inbox (photo), Edge Realty (rendering and preliminary site plan)
This is the site of the old Public News (alternative music newspaper ) bungalow location. The memories I have of that building.