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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.














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La Porte dignitaries and citizens gathered for a groundbreaking celebration on July 4th as construction of the first phase of La Porte Town Center began. The project is the future home of the rebirth of Houston's iconic Gilley's. A full-service resort hotel and spa (brand to be announced) will serve as a key anchor for the project. Tenants have committed to about 60% of the space, with active conversations and interest rapidly increasing. The project’s developer, Western Spherical Developers' David Miles, grew up in the region and is excited to bring new economic development opportunities to La Porte and East Harris County.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/retail/la-porte-town-center-breaks-ground-62318?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser



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Construction kicked off this week on a new project planned for 95 acres in La Porte that city leaders and developers hope will provide a spark to the town with entertainment, restaurants, office, hotels and the famous honky-tonk brand Gilley's.


Phase I of the project, slated for completion by fall 2017, will include the new Gilley's-branded entertainment center, a conference center and hotel and a collection townhomes and restaurants. Some of the tenants will include Gilley's Family Entertainment Center, Locked and Loaded Arms, Hamburgers by Gourmet, McCardell's Pub, Fashion District, Golf World, Gilley's Texas Roasters.

Future plans include office space and more residential.

The first phase of the project will begin with clearing 20 acres. The project is located on the frontage road of Texas 146 North between Wharton-Weems and West Fairmont Parkway, adjacent to the Bay Forest Golf Course.




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On 6/8/2017 at 2:09 PM, uscats35 said:

 Phase 1 was supposed to be completed by this fall is there any update as to if this project is on track to make his timeline for the first phase ?


The financial backers pulled out. The project fell apart. 

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