Cafe Adobe in Montrose to be developed into mid-rise apartment building


Plans are in the works to build a mid-rise apartment building right where Cafe Adobe currently sits at the corner of Westheimer and Shepherd.

The parking lot and the restaurant across the street will be replaced by 215 apartment units. But not everyone's happy about it.

Cafe Adobe has become a neighborhood institution, but its impending demolition and rebirth as an upscale apartment community has nearby neighbor Stephanie Mays very upset.

"The traffic's insane, it is everywhere in our city, and it's not going to get any better, and the city keeps approving things that are not going to get any better," Mays said.

She and others say traffic is already hectic in their small neighborhood just south of Westheimer, and that adding 215 apartments would only make it worse.

"Something's going to go in there. Might as well be houses, I don't know," said Sammie Burks.

Hines, the international company developing the complex, would not talk on camera, but released a statement saying, "The upscale multi-family project we are working on will have ample, on-site parking for its residents and visitors. It will likely be far less disruptive to the neighborhood than the existing busy Mexican restaurant."

But Mays says Cafe Adobe has been a good neighbor and she hopes Hines will reach out to its new neighbors soon.

"There's no way to stop it, there's no way stop it. We are hoping the developer will accommodate the needs of the community, while the constructing," said Mays.

Hines says it will start construction in July and in its statement, promises to be a good neighbor.

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