Live Nation to open concert venue in Lovett Commercial's Post Houston development
Lovett Commercial has landed a marquee tenant for its Post Houston redevelopment project downtown in the form of a 90,000-square-foot concert venue operated by Beverly Hills, California-based Live Nation.
Houston-based Lovett said Live Nation’s 5,000-person venue is already under construction and is scheduled to open later this year. The new concert venue has been designed by the New York practice of the OMA architecture firm in collaboration with Houston-based Powers Brown Architecture.
Kirby Liu, director of development for Post Houston, said the venue will anchor Post Houston and establish a major cultural and entertainment hub that complements city-undertaken upgrades to the Theatre District, including the new Lynn Wyatt Plaza and the Bagby Street project.
Tom See, president of venues for U.S. concerts at Live Nation, added, “Houston is an amazing music market, and we’re looking forward to elevating the landscape in coming years.”
Lovett’s negotiations with Live Nation began in 2018. After nearly a year, the two sides inked a lease for space within Post Houston, the one-time site of the historic Barbara Jordan Post Office at 401 Franklin St.
Liu said work on the concert venue suffered several delays last year as a result of Covid-19 outbreaks among construction crews and supply-chain disruptions. But he said despite those delays, it has moved ahead as efficiently as possible.
“We were lucky to be working with Harvey Builders, which has managed the project very safely,” Liu said. “But it wasn’t just Covid that affected construction. Because of the snowpocalypse, we had a number of materials that were tied up in the (Feb. 11) pileup in Fort Worth. In terms of force majeure events, we’ve checked off a few of them.”
Liu said bringing a concert venue to Post Houston was a key part of Lovett’s development plan because the site was once the host site of Day For Night, an immersive art and music festival.
“This has been the goal for a number of years,” Liu said. "We’re happy live music is coming back to the site. It’s something our core customers are very passionate about.”
Liu said in addition to Live Nation's concert venue, Lovett hopes to bring an "immersive experience" to Post Houston. He declined to comment on what that experience might look like.
Lovett, which purchased the Barbara Jordan Post Office in 2015, began to redevelop the 550,000-square-foot building two years ago with the aim of creating downtown Houston’s newest destination area.
Lovett’s plan for Post Houston involves creating three distinct “districts” within the first floor of the building, which will be centered around cultural experiences, food and a coworking space.
The dining district will be modeled on a Tokyo night market, where visitors will have a variety of food options to choose from before they move onto other areas in the building. In December, several restaurants were announced for the 53,000-square-foot food hall, dubbed Post Market, including an Austin-based butcher and boutique grocer.
To offset the three district areas, Lovett’s design called for three atriums to be cut through the building’s second floor and roof. A staircase will run through each atrium, promoting interactions among visitors as they move between floors.
The atriums will be covered by new-to-Houston ETFE roof systems, which are polymer-based structures that allow sunlight to come through.
The building’s second floor will be reserved for office space.
Meanwhile, the building’s roof will feature a nearly 6-acre park with views of the downtown skyline, along with space for restaurants and vendors. In August, Lovett announced the rooftop park, dubbed Skylawn, will include a 6,000-square-foot outdoor event venue that will be capable of accommodating up to 300 guests.