Alamo Manhattan update: New design is better, Zoli’s to close

West Seventh, looking east; notice the stepped-back facades

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Developer Alamo Manhattan’s revised design for apartments and retail in the Bishop Arts District received positive nods from the panel of architects tasked with critiquing it.

Members of the city’s Urban Design Peer Review Panel agreed last week that the developer’s new design is much better than its original plans for boxy, block-busting five-story buildings on Zang at Davis. The new plan, with its cake-tiered facades and mix of styles is more in tune with the neighborhood, they said. But it still needs work.

In the meantime, the developer is moving forward with plans for the project, which includes about 200 apartments with retail on the ground floor. The developer has said demolition of the Sonic Drive-In, the Zoli’s NY Pizza building and the adjacent collision-repair shop could begin as soon as this coming summer.

So Zoli’s owner Jay Jerrier told the Dallas Morning News this week that he plans to close the pizza shop as soon as this coming spring. He said he might consider reopening somewhere else, but not in Oak Cliff.

Jerrier told  Guide Live: “For Zoli’s, we really want to find a place with more neighborhood traffic so it can be a neighborhood pizzeria.”

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  • Haha NONE of this would go over on any of those streets. That’s Kidd Springs Park Neighborhood Association. But I get what you mean. It’s frustrating to see underused or vacant real estate that no one cares about but then the bulldozer comes for existing businesses.

  • I don’t get why they are hell-bent on shoehorning this into these small lots. There are plenty of empty lots, run down and vacant buildings on Elsbeth, Neely, Canty, etc. that would not have caused the uproar this has.

  • Jay worked very hard to make Zoli’s work. Despite the locations legacy of failures he created a destination. Only he knows for sure, however if I am allowed a guess I’d say he would like to go straight to selling pizza. Not building another slow grow destination place. He is one like others that brought the game to BAD. Doubt he’s slamming anything, just overwhelmed with the lack of reward. Labors reward is too often more labor….

  • I’m sure Jay’s comment wasn’t meant as a jab at North Oak Cliff, but it sure sounded like it. Ironically, he is lamenting the lack of foot traffic, which is what Alamo Manhattan and other new developers of 5-story buildings will bring to the neighborhood.

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