Robert Clay — who leads Houston-based Clay Development & Construction Inc. — and his wife, Emily Clay, have committed $10 million to the Memorial Park Conservancy.
The gift will go toward the transformation of Memorial Park, which is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars and take more than a decade to complete.
The Clays pledged the gift on May 30, less than a month after the Houston City Council approved a new public-private funding model for the park's master plan project.
From Houston Business on Railway Heights and Railway Heights Market at 8200 Washington Ave.
...A new food market project — similar to Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia and Chelsea Market in New York City — is planned for the western edge of the 610 Loop.
Railway Heights Market is expected to open in 2019 at 8200 Washington Ave., according to its website and confirmed by a spokesperson for the developer, a Chicago-based company called My Park Easy.
The project will not only have a 40,000-square-foot warehouse filled with vendors selling food, art, jewelry and more, but plans also call for a half-acre of green space and a 13,000-square-food beer garden — and that’s just phase one.
Railway Heights describes its tenants as such: “Many of the Market’s stallholders are themselves producers: the farmer who reared the animal, the fisherman who caught the fish, the baker who baked the bread.” It also states that there will be stalls selling vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, artwork and a wide selection of cuisines. Live music is also expected.
...So far, 25,000 square feet of the two-story, 40,000-square-foot warehouse has been leased to Company of Nomads — which includes the principals behind Silent Theatre Group, Anh Mai and Lian Nguyen’s restaurant group — the spokesperson said. Silent Theatre oversees Prohibition Supperclub & Bar, Conservatory and the upcoming Bravery Chef Food Hall.
About 15,000 square feet on the first floor of the warehouse is still available for lease, the spokesperson said. The brokers — Simon Ha and Daniel Hollek of Houston-based Centric Commercial Real Estate Advisors — and the developer are looking for either restaurant tenants or coworking groups.
...Houston-based Method Architecture is the architect for the first phase, but the general contractor has not been chosen yet, the spokesperson said. So far, the 40,000-square-foot warehouse has been completely stripped, and construction for the remodel is expected to begin within the month.
Plans for phase two are still in the development stage, the spokesperson stressed, but Railway Height’s website shows the potential for container apartments, or micro-units built out of containers. The project is also expected to house a motorized parking garage for 600 cars.
The spokesperson said My Park Easy has owned the land for about seven or eight months.