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.