The demolition of a nearly 3-acre shopping center at the corner of Montrose Boulevard and Westheimer Road is underway as international developer Skanska prepares the site for a potential mixed-use project.

Demolition permits for the site at 1001 Westheimer Road, Houston, were secured March 26, according to city of Houston records.

The shopping center formerly held a longtime Half Price Books location, a Spec's liquor store and Chinese restaurant 369 Oriental Bistro, among other tenants. A SignatureCare Emergency Center located there has relocated to 3209 Montrose Blvd., Houston.

The adjacent Kroger shopping center at 3300 Montrose Blvd., Houston,was shuttered in November. The site was purchased by a Georgia-based developer, according to Realty News Report, and may also be due for a demolition.

Skanska has not announced detailed plans for the Westheimer shopping center site.