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Does a CVS developer have plans for Bishop Arts?

An Alabama-based developer has something in the works for the 4.5-acres on Zang at Beckley that include El Corazon de Tejas restaurant.

Orange Development LLC of Birmingham has requested to create one lot out of the tract, bounded by Davis, Zang, Beckley and Seventh. The “replat” request is a sign that some big development is in the planning stages there.

Not much information is available about this developer, but in 2012, they tore down a 50-year-old hotel near Auburn University and replaced it with a CVS-anchored development called The Shoppes at the Heart of Auburn. CVS recently opened a suburban-style store on a prime West Dallas corner, Singleton at Sylvan. CVS tore down old stone-facade warehouses on Beckley and a roadside relic in the city of Cockrell Hill last year, also for suburban-style stores.

The City Plan Commission today approved Orange Development’s request for the replat. The item was on the commission’s consent agenda, which means it was approved without discussion. The properties are zoned “community retail” and could be redeveloped with building heights of up to four stories.

We’ve contacted the owners of El Corazon for comment but haven’t yet heard back. That building originally was constructed in 1940 as a supermarket, Wyatt Food Store. It later became a Wyatt’s cafeteria, then El Chico, then Tejano Restaurant. The Cuellar family transformed it into El Corazon de Tejas in 2013.

The 4.5-acre tract also includes a 6,550-square-foot shopping strip facing Zang at Davis.

Massive apartment/retail developments from Crescent and Alamo Manhattan currently are under construction on the other three corners of Zang and Davis.

By |2017-04-06T13:42:04-05:00April 6th, 2017|Development, News|10 Comments

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10 Comments

  1. […] Alabama-based Orange Development LLC plans to tear down the former Corazon de Tejas restaurant on West Davis at Beckley sometime within in the next eight weeks to build a suburban-style CVS store. […]

  2. […] broke the news a couple of weeks ago that redevelopment plans were underway for the building, which was constructed in 1940 and now sits on one of the most valuable and […]

  3. JG Vargas April 14, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Another CVS that brings druggies and people harassing customers like in many other locations? no thanks!

  4. Mark Evans April 13, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Like we need yet another CVS or Walgreens. El Corazon is a weekly staple in our diet and would be sorely missed.

  5. […] reported last week that redevelopment plans appear to be underway for a 4.5-acre tract that includes El Corazon de Tejas […]

  6. downtownworker April 6, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    It sure looks like this building isn’t even in the demolition delay overlay, so they can basically knock it down overnight. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bab05194ce98ca868b9cfea594cab7aef05d43a3a1fc80dcbc62562dec097cea.png

  7. Ryan Behring April 6, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Contact:
    Orange Development
    Jason Price
    jprice@orangedevinc.com
    (205) 909-3791

    Greg Griffith
    ggriffith@orangedevinc.com

  8. CC April 6, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Really, a CVS? A good restaurant for a lousy drugstore. Good grief, I hope not.

  9. Mike April 6, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    CVS also demolished a small early 20th century glass block building in my hometown of Harlingen, TX several years ago. There was a petition to save the building for historic value, but the developer decided bulldoze it ahead of its scheduled demo, which was the deadline to get the petition paperwork filed.

  10. downtownworker April 6, 2017 at 12:17 PM

    For F’s sake, if they can turn an LA movie theater into a CVS surely they can retrofit El Chico. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/607f0f0f886b25a9eef7ff42cb01914b98df4aa30a5e46118897b07b3b38dc1a.jpg

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