Mab Posted December 1, 2015 Share Posted December 1, 2015 A proposed new Town Center in La Porte would come with an official licensing agreement from country music legend Mickey Gilley to open a new Gilley's-branded restaurant, bar and music venue. It’s not quite the expansive honky-tonk that Gilley ran with Sherwood Cryer in the ‘70s and ‘80s in Pasadena but it would at least incorporate the singer-songwriter’s name and include some of the accouterments that fans of the Gilley’s brand know and love. Pasadena locals would have liked the development, still possibly years from opening, to stay in the city where the original Gilley’s was but it seems that the city of La Porte won out. Gilley himself has said that nearby churches weren’t too fond of a nightclub of this scale in that area. he new project, to be named the La Porte Town Center, is headed up David Miles with Turfway FEC. Miles and Gilley himself spoke at a La Porte Planning and Zoning meeting held Nov. 19 where renderings where released of what the project could one day look like. The general plan was approved at the meeting; a vote for a special conditional use permit is scheduled for Dec. 17 with a potential final approval vote from the City Council on January. A report this week in the Pasadena Citizen set the price tag of the complex at $55 million. The 20-acre tract is located off Highway 146, just north of Wharton Weems Boulevard, near the Bay Forest Golf Club. This would include the 50,000 square-foot entertainment venue, a conference center, a theater, and a space for a museum. Brownstone town homes, a 114-room hotel, and retail and office space would also be included, not to mention up to eight restaurants and hike and bike trails. The future for development seems pretty wide open with a variety of options to serve the community. It would bring in a possible 900 jobs into the area, along with millions in revenue, if all goes to plan. The newest Gilley’s licensed venue would be nestled inside it all, joining locations in Las Vegas, Reno, Dallas, and Oklahoma. It would also be family-friendly, a far cry from the place locals saw in 1980’s “Urban Cowboy” with ex-cons manning a mechanical bull and Lone Star beer flowing like water. The project still has a few more hurdles to jump before the La Porte City Council before it’s fully approved. Miles said Tuesday that they hope to break ground sometime in May or June 2016 with a projected opening date coming in 2017. As for Gilley, who turns 80 years old this coming March, he plays his last show in Branson, Missouri’s entertainment district on Wednesday, according to a rep. He’s looking to spend more time on the road, he’s announced. http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bayarea/business/article/New-Gilley-s-dance-hall-included-in-proposed-La-6668057.php#photo-9043666 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.