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I have seen a lot of activity at the warehouse on the north side of the Dowling-Polk intersection. They have replaced all of the windows and the upper level has been given a new stucco exterior finish with green-toned paint. Looks like it could be highrise lofts or something like that. Anyone know for sure?

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I have seen a lot of activity at the warehouse on the north side of the Dowling-Polk intersection. They have replaced all of the windows and the upper level has been given a new stucco exterior finish with green-toned paint. Looks like it could be highrise lofts or something like that. Anyone know for sure?

Was originally planned as condos, but I forget whether it was being developed by Caspian Enterprises or another entity. It's nice to see progress again.

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That building was once owned by the Houston Chronicle, built as a small distribution center for the paper. It was rumored, mostly by Houston Post employees across that street, that the only reason the Chronicle operated out of that building was so they could keep an eye on the comings and goings at the Post.

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I have seen a lot of activity at the warehouse on the north side of the Dowling-Polk intersection. They have replaced all of the windows and the upper level has been given a new stucco exterior finish with green-toned paint. Looks like it could be highrise lofts or something like that. Anyone know for sure?

That project started about 5 years ago. It's sure been open to the elements for a long time.

For a while, they were competition with Live Oak Lofts, nearby. I was told that Live Oak was marketed to investors from the east and west coasts but most of the units then went into foreclosure.

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An article about the Lovett Commercial redevelopment of the former Houston Post building at 2410 Polk ( Polk & Dowling in EaDo ):
 


First Sign of a Post Journalism Future for an East Downtown Double Block


A number of readers have sent in pics of the sign just posted by Lovett Commercial in front of the former Houston Post building (the earlier one, not this one seeing a Chronicle redo) at the corner of Polk and Dowling in East Downtown. A company connected to Lovett owner Frank Liu purchased the former newspaper facility from the Houston Chronicle a year and a half ago. It encompasses the entire double block bounded by Polk, Dowling, Bell, and St. Charles streets. The signs advertise a restaurant-and-shopping rehab for the facility at the 2410 Polk St. address, which sits on 3.32 acres...

http://swamplot.com/first-sign-of-a-post-journalism-future-for-an-east-downtown-double-block/2015-05-12/


Photos from Swamplot:

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Past discussion about this on the board:


From the Ivy Lofts thread:
 

On 11/19/2015 at 11:47 AM, Sanjorade said:

The large building bound by Polk, Dowling, Bell, and St. Charles owned by Lovett Commercial. From what I've been told, there are several operators interested in developing that site for a grocery store.



From the downtown post office / Post HTX thread:
 

On 7/6/2015 at 11:22 PM, LS27 said:

The potential redevelopment of the warehouse at Polk/Dowling also looks promising, though cant say fantastic until it comes to fruition, if the execution is good. I wouldn't imagine Liu would try to recreate a Sawyer/Washington "Heights" type spot here, I think it would be at least a few notches above that.

 

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A rendering of the Lovett Commercial project at 2410 Polk ( Polk & Dowling in EaDo ). This is the former Houston Post building being redeveloped into a mixed-use ( restaurants, retail, entertainment, possible grocery store, and possible offices) by Frank Liu.

Historic Houston Post Building

 

 Historic Houston Post Building - Polk St @ Dowling St

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I think we're going to learn more about this re-adaptive mixed-use of the former Houston Post building (2410 Polk) next year. Frank Liu of Lovett Commercial established Polk Dowling, Ltd. last week.

Also mods @Montrose1100 @Subdude @Urbannizer can you please merge this topic into this this one, please? Thanks!

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I read on NextDoor that Sprouts might be opening here. Can anybody confirm that or know anything else?

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On 12/28/2016 at 7:08 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:

I think we're going to learn more about this re-adaptive mixed-use of the former Houston Post building (2410 Polk) next year. Frank Liu of Lovett Commercial established Polk Dowling, Ltd. last week.

Also mods @Montrose1100 @Subdude @Urbannizer can you please merge this topic into this this one, please? Thanks!

 

 

On 1/17/2017 at 0:55 PM, intencity77 said:

I read on NextDoor that Sprouts might be opening here. Can anybody confirm that or know anything else?


 


I was right. Lovett Commercial recently created a page and marketing materials for Polk & Dowling, the historic Houston Post building at 2410 Polk. The East End is getting a Sprouts! A Trader Joe's would have been better, but Sprouts is fine. There's a CVS listed on the siteplan too.

http://www.lovettcommercial.com/Detail.aspx?idwebarea=1&webid=333


PROPERTY INFO:
• Adaptive re-use of 115,500 sf historic Houston Post and Houston
  Chronicle building
• Full bock in the heart of the East Downtown District (EaDo)
• Easy access to and from Downtown
• Retail, office and entertainment spaces available
• Pedestrian-friendly area



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Just a note of caution... as we've seen many times, a retailer's name appearing on a developer's site plan does not necessarily mean much.  Note that the Lovett flyer says they have "retail, office and entertainment spaces available" but the site plan does not appear to show any available retail (or entertainment) space. It only shows the space labeled Sprouts and CVS.  Also, the rendering (which is labeled "Option 2") does not seem to match up with the site plan.

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sprouts, trader joes, aldi, lidl whatever other small grocer. I don't care who comes in. some grocery competition in the area is needed. Randalls in midtown and Kroger in the east end are it, and both have some big downsides that make me wish for more competition.

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This developer owns the pad of the CVS by the coffee plant and many others like Waught so it's for sure. Sprouts has been in negotiations forever.

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Someone on Nextdoor spoke with Liz Jacobs of Lovett Commercial and they were told that the Sprouts and CVS deal fell through. Looks like this side of town will continue to be a food desert.

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4 minutes ago, Eastdwntwn said:

Someone on Nextdoor spoke with Liz Jacobs of Lovett Commercial and they were told that the Sprouts and CVS deal fell through. Looks like this side of town will continue to be a food desert.

 

I heard that CVS was still in, but Sprouts was not.

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7 hours ago, Eastdwntwn said:

Someone on Nextdoor spoke with Liz Jacobs of Lovett Commercial and they were told that the Sprouts and CVS deal fell through. Looks like this side of town will continue to be a food desert.

There's still Kombat Kroger and Phoenicia in close distance. Not exactly a food desert.

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8 hours ago, Eastdwntwn said:

Someone on Nextdoor spoke with Liz Jacobs of Lovett Commercial and they were told that the Sprouts and CVS deal fell through. Looks like this side of town will continue to be a food desert.

That's a pretty big blow to the area.

 

I hear there are plenty of grocers looking, but these things take a long time to come together.

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http://www.khou.com/article/news/local/east-end-kroger-management-admits-to-rodent-problem/285-530515356

 

This area needs a another grocery store in the worst way. There has been a lot of activity here the last few weeks. The attached photo was taken from next door. The truck is Arc Abatement, and from a quick google search, they specialize in asbestos abatement. They also have had crews taking off all of the graffiti on the emancipation side of the building. Not sure what any of this means, but some activity is better than none.

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From Nextdoor:

 

"I just spoke to Mr. Clay Mealy with Lovett Commercial, one of the agents on the listing brochure for this property. He confirmed to me that there is currently no tenant for the building. He said that they had talked to Sprouts a while back but nothing came of it, and have presented the plans to other grocers. He said the asbestos abatement was something the owner knows has to be done anyway, so they are just getting it over with. The site plan appears to anticipate some sort of parking structure on Charles street so I imagine that is what the variance request is for. Any commercial use at that location will have parking issues so a parking garage would be a necessity. He was very nice and I thanked him for his continued efforts in presenting the property to potential tenants so that we can have some more options on the east side."

 

 

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23 hours ago, Eastdwntwn said:

From Nextdoor:

 

"I just spoke to Mr. Clay Mealy with Lovett Commercial, one of the agents on the listing brochure for this property. He confirmed to me that there is currently no tenant for the building. He said that they had talked to Sprouts a while back but nothing came of it, and have presented the plans to other grocers. He said the asbestos abatement was something the owner knows has to be done anyway, so they are just getting it over with. The site plan appears to anticipate some sort of parking structure on Charles street so I imagine that is what the variance request is for. Any commercial use at that location will have parking issues so a parking garage would be a necessity. He was very nice and I thanked him for his continued efforts in presenting the property to potential tenants so that we can have some more options on the east side."

 

 

Well at least they're prepping the building for a tenant. 

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I blame Lovett. IMO, they seem fairly inadequate and inexperienced in securing any big name national retail tenants for their projects, especially for any of their hoards of empty and derelict properties they own in the East End & EaDo.  I shudder at the thought of their purchase of the former downtown post office complex. That project could have been so much more had a bigger, more experienced developer won the bid. It will likely remain empty for years or at the very most, be a very mediocre development in the end....a lot like this once promising project is heading toward. 

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3 hours ago, intencity77 said:

I blame Lovett. IMO, they seem fairly inadequate and inexperienced in securing any big name national retail tenants for their projects, especially for any of their hoards of empty and derelict properties they own in the East End & EaDo.  I shudder at the thought of their purchase of the former downtown post office complex. That project could have been so much more had a bigger, more experienced developer won the bid. It will likely remain empty for years or at the very most, be a very mediocre development in the end....a lot like this once promising project is heading toward. 

Even with more people living in the area, there's no chance that Sprouts, or any other grocer of any size, would put in a store at this location. There just aren't enough potential customers to justify a store.

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5 hours ago, Eastdwntwn said:


Great. Another failed project to be. This breaks my spirit. Isn't Lovett Commercial about repurposing old buildings?

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On ‎7‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 10:03 PM, CrockpotandGravel said:


Great. Another failed project to be. This breaks my spirit. Isn't Lovett Commercial about repurposing old buildings?

 

This worries me about all the other lots they have in the east side, like the old Frankel's.

 

Is there anything we can do to stop this stupid parking lot from being built? This is a serious question.

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There are too many large open spaces for a grocer to move into: 

- Navigation and Jensen

- East River

- Waco and Navigation

 

I dont think a grocer would want to move into a historic building when they could build a whole new one. 

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Perhaps the parking spots being carved out on the first floor will eventually be used for a grocery store? A grocery need a wide open space, so this could be step one towards that happening...? 

 

Wishful thinking, perhaps? 

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This is a very disappointing use of this lot. The amount of parking is overkill for the type of tenants they indicate may occupy the development.

 

Maybe they should just stick to building townhouses in 100-year flood zones?

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Um....I don’t think you are referring to Eado...it’s not in a flood zone...appreciate the snark, tho

 

Looks like they knocked out a sizable wall portion on Emancipation. I’ll be happy for any retail at this point.

 

 

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replaced 'Eado' with "Emancipation"

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On 8/11/2018 at 11:00 AM, felt38 said:

Um....I don’t think you are referring to Eado...it’s not in a flood zone...appreciate the snark, tho

 

That was a reference to the Stanley Park development near Timbergrove, from the same company responsible for the rather lackluster redevelopment of this property.

 

https://abc13.com/neighbors-recovering-from-harvey-fight-new-development/3633572/

 

Agree about EaDo/the East End doing well in terms of flooding. It helps being close to where the Bayou opens up into the Ship Channel.

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On 8/16/2018 at 2:17 PM, Sanjorade said:

Drove by today. Quite a bit of demo is going on. 

 

A few months late:

 

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wish I could sneak in there to take pictures while the graffiti is still on the columns, it looks like it should be in Detroit.

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From Lovett Commercial's website on the homepage (archive link), this site and the proposed readaptive use of the warehouses and Frankel's Costumes in East Downtown or EaDo will be part of the Polk District.

The Polk District includes the block with 2901 Polk St and 2801 Polk St in the Warehouse District of Houston.
  This is the proposed mixed-use presented to city planning last year (posted about here and here). The thread about those buildings are here.

And according to Lovett Commerical's updated listing (archive link), Polk and Dowling ( Emancipation Ave ), the old Post newspaper building at 2410 Polk St proposed for a mixed-use then a Sprouts grocery store (thread about it here), is also part of Polk District.

Previously, the development on the Lovett Commerical homepage and listing did not include the proposed changes to the warehouses and Frankel's Costumes. The homepage and listing only included the former Post newspaper building and was labeled Polk and Dowling. I think this change took place earlier this year, may in January or February. The renderings for the warehouses and the Frankel's Costume building weren't added to the listing until recently.


Here's the listing title for the development updated recently on the Lovett Commerical homepage:

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More on the Polk District from Lovett Commercial. The proposed readaptive use of the warehouses and Frankel's Costumes in East Downtown or EaDo will be part of the Polk District.

From Bisnow Houston:

(Trust Bisnow with a grain of salt. I noticed Bisnow FREQUENTLY publishes wrong details or outdated details as if it's new (when details have changed). I emailed them a few times on several reports of theirs, providing sources or recent article from trusted publications proving what they reported is wrong. Instead of correcting the articles, they refused to update and left the misinformation. Bisnow includes Sprouts as part of The Polk District, but those plans have changed.)



The Polk District


 

Lovett Commercial will rehab the former Houston Post building at Polk Street and Emancipation Avenue into Polk District, which will feature a grocery store, a pharmacy and a café, per marketing material.  
 

A new 30K SF building is proposed that will include a Sprouts Farmers Market and office space, according to the marketing material. The existing three-story structure will be converted into a CVS, which will include a pharmacy and drive-thru. 
 

The redevelopment includes additional space for retail, office and entertainment concepts. It will also have ample parking options and be pedestrian-friendly, per the marketing material. 
 

Lovett Commercial did not provide any project updates by press time. 

https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/neighborhood/5-projects-planned-for-eado-and-east-end-98989

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There hasn't been any meaningful activity at this site in months. Looks like Lovett is content to just sit on this property for an extended period of time with absolutely no progress, much like they’re doing with Post HTX and several other sites around town. I guess it’s their M.O.

 

15 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Trust Bisnow with a grain of salt. I noticed Bisnow FREQUENTLY publishes wrong details or outdated details as if it's new (when details have changed).

 

You're not joking. The Sprouts rumor was dismissed well over a year ago. I can understand still mentioning it if the change in plans was a recent development (say, within the last month), but to still mention it now is a glaring oversight for a source that is presumably up-to-date on commercial real estate development news.

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On 5/17/2019 at 8:51 AM, thedistrict84 said:

 

You're not joking. The Sprouts rumor was dismissed well over a year ago. I can understand still mentioning it if the change in plans was a recent development (say, within the last month), but to still mention it now is a glaring oversight for a source that is presumably up-to-date on commercial real estate development news.



Right. I get reporting Sprouts considered expanding to the location, but glossing over the distinction reads differently to their audience that casually follows that type of news.  

But I'd like to know more on Lovett Commercial's Polk District. Will it be a smaller scale of Sawyer Yards? It's close enough to the art studios in the warehouse district to become the Sawyer Yards of the east side.  

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Bisnow's Tierra Smith didn't print a retraction on his previous piece on Polk District, but did backtrack on her coverage of Bisnow's Future of EaDo event.

From last week:

 

Lovett Commercial has a slow-moving infill redevelopment on Polk Street and Emancipation Avenue. The former Houston Post building will feature a convenience store and an entertainment component, Lu told Bisnow. 
 

Previously released marketing material suggested the project would include a grocery store, a pharmacy and a café. After three years of discussion, the retailer pulled out of the deal, saying the area needed more residents, Lu said.  

https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/neighborhood/in-the-shadow-of-the-downtown-houston-skyline-the-rise-and-future-of-eado-99312

 

 

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Does anyone have info on timing of real estate developments? I know Lovett can take years to start and finish an area. Curious where to find estimated completion dates.

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On 6/12/2019 at 8:49 AM, ljchou said:

Does anyone have info on timing of real estate developments? I know Lovett can take years to start and finish an area. Curious where to find estimated completion dates.



I don't. But this is Lovett, so it will be years most likely. 😄

I'd like for Lovett to surprise us and have the first phase of Polk District ready to go by the end of 2020. 

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