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Sustainable Design: Montrose Market HEB, Houston

Not near the usual high-speed highway or major cross street, the HEB grocery complex that sits on Houston's West Alabama Street had an auspicious if controversial beginning. There was initial criticism of the project stemming from its location on the former site of a beloved but dilapidated apartment complex deep in the city's Montrose neighborhood. The community was also concerned over increased traffic in the area and the possible loss of large trees. So from the beginning, HEB treated the project as an extension of the neighborhood. In an effort to build community engagement, Lake|Flato Architects, HEB’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Design William Triplett, AIA,…