Gator Wash to close ahead of Fort Worth Avenue development


The Gator Wash carwash on Fort Worth Avenue is closing.

Cienda Partners bought the property in January and gave the car wash’s owners notice that its lease would not be renewed. The business has until March 17 to move out, according to a newsletter from City Councilman Scott Griggs, who says some neighbors have “considered it a neighborhood eyesore.”

Gator Wash, at 2500 Fort Worth Ave., is adjacent to the 18-acre site of the former Colorado Place apartment complex, which was demolished in 2009. Redevelopment plans for that site began in 2008, before the real estate crash, when a developer wanted to build condos, apartments and shops there. Since then, the land has changed hands a few times. Investment group Cienda bought it a few years ago and has been waiting for just the right developer.

Cienda also owns and plans to redevelop the site of the former Oak Farms Dairy and Burnett Field near East Jefferson and East Colorado.

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  • Elsewhere in Oak Cliff? They’re about to start on their Hall St store in Old East Dallas, which is just blocks away from their Cityplace store, so they’ve been known to make strategic plays like this.

  • I think it’s the perfect spot for HEB to test their brand in Dallas. Central Market already caters to the Park Cities. Kessler Park isn’t large or wealthy enough for a Whole Foods or CM, but HEB would serve this area well due to its proximity to some affluent households and a very large support base of middle- and working-class Hispanic households that HEB does so well with in San Antonio.

  • The “right developer” for this site is HEB. They need to open their first Dallas store here in Oak Cliff.

  • The “right developer” for this site is HEB. They need to open their first Dallas store here in Oak Cliff.

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