Construction Costs Shrink Snider Plaza Project

Underground parking gone, building reduced to two stories

The developer has abandoned plans for underground parking and reduced the scope of the building proposed for the southeast corner of Snider Plaza, where Peggy Sue BBQ used to be. 

The new plan calls for a two-story building instead of three and nine new surface parking spaces behind the building as opposed to an underground parking garage.

The revised project is 17,640 square feet, about half the size of a previously approved plan. 

“The lower level will be at street grades with restaurant uses containing 11,940 square feet. The upper level will be used for office space of 5,700 square feet and feature a wraparound porch. The building will be constructed primarily of stucco finishes and concrete tile roof,” according to an application filed with the city.

A developer proposes a new two-story building for the site. RENDERINGS: Richmond Group Architecture & Planning.

The University Park Planning and Zoning Commission greenlit the new plan on July 12, but it still needs city council approval. 

Council members greenlit a previous site plan in September 2021, and the southeast corner buildings, built in the 1940s, were demolished in January.

Demolition came after legal maneuverings between developer Jim Strode, University Park city officials, and the Snider Plaza Alliance, a neighborhood group opposed to the redevelopment.

However, many businesses formerly at that corner of the plaza remain in the shopping center. 

Lane Florist moved near Nekter Juice Bar, Logos bookstore moved near Gemma Collection, Arman Jewelry moved near The Toy Store, and the tailor moved near Food From Galilee. 

Adam Richey, who spoke on behalf of the developers during the July 12 planning and zoning meeting, said they redid the plan primarily because of the cost of adding an underground parking garage.

“When we took our originally approved project and went to market to bid it, because of the underground parking … the bids came back just astronomical,” Richey said. “So really pretty much economically, [the cost] made the project not feasible.”

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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, former deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order.

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