A planned CVS Pharmacy would replace several commercial buildings and about five houses on Beckley at Illinois.
The company is asking the City of Dallas to combine several lots into one plat for a new store. The buildings there now include a 1940s stone warehouse, an Old West-style commercial building, a donut shop and the five homes on Seevers Avenue.
The homes aren’t architecturally significant, says Alicia Quintans, an architect and preservationist who lives in Beckley Club Estates. But the store would destroy the neighborhood atmosphere on Seevers, where unmolested homes would front a CVS parking lot, she says.
More important, replatting the block would set a standard for big-box developers along Beckley, she says. It’s a case of a retail corporation encroaching on the neighborhood.
“They’re letting this creep into this neighborhood that’s already established,” she says.
The City Plan Commission is expected to consider CVS’s request in its meeting Thursday. Quintans says she plans to attend the meeting and speak against the replat, arguing that it would encroach on the neighborhood and set a dangerous standard for big-box development.