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

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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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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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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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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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I’ve noticed some activity here - tractors, garbage bins, etc. fingers crossed this is the start of something

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Update: August 20, 2019

Precision demolition trucks are on site and removing debris from the roof. 

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Looks like they've started debris removal. The separate thread for Polk District (Frankel's building) shows lots of construction happening in the interior of the building that formerly housed Frankel's.

The commercial brochure still very clearly shows SPROUTS planned onsite. Hoping that comes to fruition. Haven't seen any concrete evidence to clarify either way.

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Burton Construction signage is up at the site. Couldn’t find any project info on their website or fb page. 

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Does anyone have access to the TIRZ minutes? I believe Lovett got some funds for sidewalk improvements for 3-4 of their projects in Eado. 

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Working to demo parts of the interior, security guard said there is a Walgreens and several restaurants to be built.

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On 10/12/2019 at 4:47 PM, hindesky said:

Working to demo parts of the interior, security guard said there is a Walgreens and several restaurants to be built.

 

Restaurants and I believe it's a cvs

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22 minutes ago, iah77 said:

Restaurants and I believe it's a cvs

 

So it's not "mostly parking" anymore (as the Swamplot article linked above states) ?

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