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This was mentioned in another Midtown thread.. but figured a new project needed a new thread.

Swamplot just broke a story on a new Arts Center planned for Midtown, about a block north of the Ensemble Station.

90,000 SF

3 story

Owner/Developer - Independent Arts Collaborative, a consortium of local arts organizations — including Fotofest, Diverseworks, the Houston Arts Alliance, Musiqa, Suchu Dance, Opera Vista, Catastrophic Theater, Nameless Sound, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and Main St. Theater.

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http://www.americantheatre.org/2015/11/04/a-theatre-building-renaissance-in-houston/  

Outer facade is going up on the north side.      

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We’ve been waiting for a long time for a great urban project to take shape along the Main Street rail line, but with the Independent Arts Collaborative’s (IAC) announcement that it is going to build its long-awaited space at 3400 Main (near the Ensemble/HCC rail stop), the wait is finally over.

Or at least it will be by 2015, when the complex is scheduled to open.

As Tyler Rudick reported, the 85,000-square-foot complex will include four or five small performance spaces, a 400-seat theater, exhibition space, classrooms, and office space.

Significant neighborhood development

The IAC complex is sure to inspire, or at least accompany, significant neighborhood development. Developer Bob Schultz, co-owner of the Continental Club and of the colorful boutiques that are the Continental’s neighbors, says he’s planning extensive further developments in the blocks just south of IAC. He’s planning to build housing, a parking garage, and more unique retail. A hotel is also on the drawing board.

Schultz told me, “The hope is that we’ll have a 24/7 city (in the area).”

And just blocks away, HCC Central Campus has already begun a very exciting redevelopment of its historic campus, one that will mend and strengthen the area’s badly torn urban fabric.

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Per Bisnow today...

The Independent Arts Collaborative selected Lake|Flato and Studio RED Architects to design the organization’s new art complex planned at Main and Holman in Midtown, steps from the HCC/Ensemble light rail stop. The multi-tenant performance and exhibition space will be designed with the input of nearly 40 Houston arts groups. The 67k SF complex will feature a 300-seat theater, exhibition space, two rehearsal halls, three black box performance spaces, classrooms, and office space.
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I saw them taking soil samples March 30th, 2013.

 

Word is that they will start construction once they raise $20 Million of the $25.8 Million needed for the complete project.

 

The website shows that $13.2 Million has been raised but I heard at a community meeting last week that $15.8 Million has been raised...

 

http://www.matchouston.org/

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I'm assuming they're the ones that put in the application for the City to abandon Berry Street between this development and Natachee's. Will be interesting to see what's planned for that area.

 

I'm a little confused-- If the  Midtown Arts Center development is the block bounded by Holman, Main, Francis, and Travis streets--  What  will Berry street between Natachees and that parking lot be used for?

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I'm assuming they're the ones that put in the application for the City to abandon Berry Street between this development and Natachee's. Will be interesting to see what's planned for that area.

 

I found this old schematic that shows what is planned for the lot in-between Natachees and The Match

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Yikes. I sure hope that won't happen as it would mean Double Trouble is toast!

 

Double Trouble is at Winbern and Main.  That will remain as well as the other development north of that until Berry Street.  North of Berry Street is an empty block.  North of Holman is the planned site of The Match.

 

There are two parking garages in this rendering.  One north of Winbern (which will go behind Double Trouble, Natachees, etc) and one north of Berry which may include retail in front of it as depicted in the rendering.

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Double Trouble is at Winbern and Main.  That will remain as well as the other development north of that until Berry Street.  North of Berry Street is an empty block.  North of Holman is the planned site of The Match.

 

There are two parking garages in this rendering.  One north of Winbern (which will go behind Double Trouble, Natachees, etc) and one north of Berry which may include retail in front of it as depicted in the rendering.

 

The building depicted at Winbern and Main is not the same building as the one Double Trouble resides in. Unless they intend to build on top of it?

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The building depicted at Winbern and Main is not the same building as the one Double Trouble resides in. Unless they intend to build on top of it?

 

You're definitely right, it's not the same building, but I think it was just a conceptual design.  From what I understand Double Trouble, Natachees, etc, is part of the long term plan.  Not sure if they will keep the same building, build on top of it, etc

 

Is Bob Schultz the owner of the current continental club?  That is who was mentioned in this article as the developer.

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If you look at the render, Double Trouble's building *is* there, it just has a strange second story extension built above it.

 

If I remember correctly, the original plan was to tear down the building, but when the developer actually started clearing it out he decided it was worth keeping.

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Double Trouble is at Winbern and Main.  That will remain as well as the other development north of that until Berry Street.  North of Berry Street is an empty block.  North of Holman is the planned site of The Match.

 

There are two parking garages in this rendering.  One north of Winbern (which will go behind Double Trouble, Natachees, etc) and one north of Berry which may include retail in front of it as depicted in the rendering.

 

(Yes, I'll catch flak for this.) The supreme irony - building parking garages in a burgeoning pedestrian area adjacent to a light rail stop.

 

"Look! It's laying golden eggs! Let's kill it!"

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eh, i would argue that a parking garage with a retail component is actually perfect for the area, especially with the massive apartment building going on south of alabama. Like it or not, parking is necessary, and this seems like the best way to keep parking while still keeping the streetfront along main as pedestrian friendly as possible. it also avoids the various issues developers run into when mixing retail and residential in a single building. 

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Any update on where they are with fundraising?

 

You mean since the April 30 update provided in the article?  Getting a little impatient, aren't you?   ;-)

 

From the linked article:

 

Jill Jewett, acting executive director and consultant to project, said the project is estimated to cost nearly $25 million, but MATCH is working with designers to help bring that number closer to $20 million.

The theater has received support from local businesses and other local funding, such as a $6 million donation from the Houston Endowment and a $750,000 grant from the Fondren Foundation, CultureMap reports.

As of April 30, the campaign has raised more than $14 million.

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Per a recent HBJ aritcle:
 
 
"Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston
 
Developer: Houston-based Independent Arts Collaborative, now known as MATCH
 
Location: a full block defined by Main, Holman, Travis and Francis streets
Start Date: January
Expected Completion Date: April 30, 2015
 
The skinny: Houston City Council approved an ordinance this month, representing the first of two milestones the theater needs to move forward -- the second is scheduled to come in front of Houston First Corp. in late May. The ordinances secure contracts between the developer and the city. Thereafter, the city will lease the center to the developer, MATCH, for 30 years, with an option for a lease extension.
 
Expected price tag: $20 million to $25 million"

 

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The concrete building just north of the proposed Arts center- on the otherside of Francis street. . . . . is it vacant? What's the plan for that building?

In addition to DrLan34's comment:

That's the old city permit bldg, it's been abandoned for about 3-4 years now. Rumor has it that a residential developer is going to do a 5 wrap; in fact I think Bianchi did some prelim renderings for'm.

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Thanks for the info-- There is the tiniest bit of green lawn as part of Trinity property on corner of Francis and Main.I've only seen it used when the "blessings of the animals" takes place.

 I have heard that now there are different ideas being talked about  as to what might be done to enhance that bit of green space.

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Consultant Jill Jewett is optimistic about breaking ground on the long-planned Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston within the first quarter of 2014. Her group has raised $17 million of the project's $25 million goal, and construction can begin once the $20 million mark is hit, she said.

The 59,000-square-foot complex at 3400 Main will be a self-sustaining hub of creative activity for Houston's small- and medium-size cultural organizations. Designed by Lake|Flato and Studio Red Architects, it will have theater and gallery spaces, rehearsal studios and classrooms, offices, and a coffee and wine bar.

Jewett is so confident about moving forward, she plans to begin the search for an executive director in January. "Every time there's an article in the paper, we're inundated with arts organizations wanting to know when they can sign leases," she said.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/arts-theater/article/Local-Art-scene-builds-on-creativity-5096673.php?cmpid=btfpm#/1

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They are looking at a Q1 groundbreaking as fundraising gets close:

 

The Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, known as MATCH, is hoping to break ground on the project in the first quarter of this year at 3400 Main St.

“It is very exciting. There’s no question there’s a need for this kind of facility,” said Emily Todd, president of the MATCH board of directors. “I believe strongly in the mission both from the arts point of view but also the community development piece.”

MATCH has raised nearly $17 million toward its $25 million goal to build the 59,000-square-foot multi-tenant facility, which will include a fixed-seating theater, flexible box theater spaces that can also serve as gallery spaces, a large gallery space, rehearsal and classroom spaces as well as offices and a coffe and wine bar. The building design by Lake Flato Architects Inc. has a central public breezeway and is “intended to engage with the street and its neighbors to create a dynamic urban experience,” according to the MATCH website, matchouston.org.

 

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/west_university/news/match-nearing-goal-to-build-new-arts-venue-in-midtown/article_89a041cc-7e0a-11e3-9d2c-0019bb2963f4.html

 

 

 

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http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/City-to-collect-again-when-Midtown-building-sells-5298648.php Maybe this is part of the overall MATCH complex?

I'm not sure what the status of MATCH but I know Trinity Episcopal is now taking steps to build a walkway from the Center north of their building to the small parking spaces (accessed from Francis street) next to The Bering House to allow staff access to building when the parking lot on Holman in under construction.

So maybe things will start happening soon.

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http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/City-to-collect-again-when-Midtown-building-sells-5298648.php Maybe this is part of the overall MATCH complex?

I'm not sure what the status of MATCH but I know Trinity Episcopal is now taking steps to build a walkway from the Center north of their building to the small parking spaces (accessed from Francis street) next to The Bering House to allow staff access to building when the parking lot on Holman in under construction.

So maybe things will start happening soon.

 

I seem to recall an apartment block design for the old permit building?

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An announcement was made during services that not only was the parking lot along  Francis, Main and, Holman and  unavailable to the congregation for parking due to construction beginning--the small church parking lot Main, Holman and Fannin would also become unavailable and completion of new parking garage might be as soon as six months.

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