The Heights sees heightening surge in retail, restaurant development
HOUSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL
Among its grid-like numbered streets and lavish Victorian-style homes, the Heights area is seeing escalating development this year with new retail and dining options.
Real estate speculators Oscar Martin Carter and Daniel Denton Cooley founded the Heights in 1891, and many of its original structures still stand today. Developers are focused on trying to preserve the area’s historic feel while still stacking up new projects that appeal to several age groups. Read more about other Heights-area projects in the works at houstonbusinessjournal.com.
Here’s just some developments that recently opened or are in the works in the core area of the Heights north of Interstate 10:
- In the former iconic clothing store Harolds on 19th Street — known for its distinctive logo signage, pictured — Houston-based Braun Enterprises is planning to open The Heights General Store this summer. The store will be an upscale neighborhood gourmet food market that will also have general merchandise to serve the community’s desire to shop local.
Braun Enterprises purchased the property from the family of Harold Wiesenthalin September 2011, following the closing of Harolds, after 61 years of business. Next door, the developer is also planning Houston’s third Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos as a tenant.
The Baptist Temple Church on 19th Street recently finalized the sale of a portion of its unused space on the west side of the complex to Braun Enterprises, which plans to demolish the downtrodden buildings and transform the area into a place for retail and restaurants.
“Given the (Heights’) residential growth, there’s a lack of retail product in the area and there is significant demand for the development and redevelopment of new retail,” said Dan Braun, president of Braun Entrprises.
Meanwhile, the church is planning a $3 million renovation of a 65,000-square-foot portion of its remaining structure, which was built in the 1950s as a fall-out shelter. A new 300-seat sanctuary will be constructed, along with other modifications that will bring the space up to city codes.
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