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South Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility - 1511 Preston

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Right across Crawford from the ballpark, there's a nondescript three story old white building that I never gave too much thought, but with the cataloguing of old buildings around here lately, I thought I'd look it up.  It is apparently a prison, near as I an tell a private/contract place.

 

Maybe it is a unit that requires some logistically convenient location to get to the courts, but this and the Federal pen on Texas Ave seem to be holding down some pretty valuable real estate.

 

Anyone ever heard anything else about the place?

 

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7582722,-95.3562352,3a,75y,350.2h,78.86t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sfHyg9TIT4jobWKTn3TEXgg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

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I have noticed it before. There is a big sign on the wall. It's probably not a prison as there are no bars, etc. it is most likely a halfway house of some kind.

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I have noticed it before. There is a big sign on the wall. It's probably not a prison as there are no bars, etc. it is most likely a halfway house of some kind.

 

I walked by it yesterday, access is heavily, but discretely, very restricted.  

 

This is the only link I have found:

 

http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/unit_directory/xm.html

 

ISF's are evidently a treatment based short-term (but full-time) place for parole/probation violators.

 

https://www.versustexas.com/criminal/isf/

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I've always wondered about this place but figured it was vacant. I can only imagine that many of these empty lots and smaller buildings will be redeveloped over the next decade with all of the new apartments, hotels, ect going up nearby.

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Driving by this place recently, there is a big construction waste type dumpster in the parking lot.  Would be a great step for the area if this were turned into something that people visited willingly.  

 

EDIT: Found these from August, there were at least plans to close it, but can't find if they actually followed through.

 

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/TDCJ-moves-to-close-downtown-Houston-lockup-9148332.php

 

http://www.ktxs.com/news/texas-department-of-criminal-justice-to-request-budget-cut-exemptions/50768230

 

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"This would free up a site for commercial development that would be more compatible with restaurants and residential development and ballpark that are now its close neighbors," Whitmire said. "The new site is across from the Harris County Jail, a much better location."

 

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The Department of Criminal Justice says those cuts would come in large part from shutting down the 450-bed South Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility in Houston

You have to wonder how the whole downtown block market price dynamic works with the state/county owned property.  Probably corruptly.

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1 hour ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

Demolition permit has been issued.

 

If this was in any other place I would say this should be tried to be restored or remodeled, but with its proximity to the ballpark, and its rough shape it makes sense to Demo it.

 

Do we know if this is for the entire block or just this particular building on the block. Is this more residential?

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1 hour ago, Luminare said:

 

If this was in any other place I would say this should be tried to be restored or remodeled, but with its proximity to the ballpark, and its rough shape it makes sense to Demo it.

 

Do we know if this is for the entire block or just this particular building on the block. Is this more residential?

 

It's the only structure on the block, but the rest of the block looks further divided. It would be interesting to know if there are still separate parcels/owners, or if the divisions are just remnants of old foundations hastily paved over.  The cost of the demolition would take a long time to recoup through parking revenue, I would think, unless there is some other compelling reason to get rid of the structure and parking lot-itize it like Hines briefly did with the Chronicle building block prior to the tower construction.  Apart from 81 five hour chunks of time per year,  that area isn't short of parking options, which makes me hopeful that someone has a plan here, but I know nothing. 

 

To my untrained eye, the building looks to have been designed explicitly to be immemorable; I thought it was someone's storage warehouse for years, turns out it stored officially unsavory people for the State of Texas.  Restoring it to anything interesting would not be faithful history unless it were heavily modified from something else to get to its current state, not that anyone seems to remember or care [edit - see below].  The covered sidewalk on the Preston side is nice for function (and I wish more of downtown had them), but form is pretty basic.

 

This block has 4 adjacent blocks that are surface lots, 2 are part of the MMP grounds and one the back end of 500 Crawford apartments.  Other nearby neighbors include the DeGeorge hotel (a homeless veteran outreach type facility if I remember correctly) The Salvation Army, and a bail bonds place.  

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this building should have been redeveloped. Not torn down. I hate how much this city throws away good architecture.

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11 minutes ago, Avossos said:

this building should have been redeveloped. Not torn down. I hate how much this city throws away good architecture.

 

Do we know that it is being torn down?  I think demolition permits don't necessarily mean the building is being torn down.

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I retract my bit about no one knowing or caring about the history, that is interesting info. 

 

Not that it makes it an interesting building as it sits now to me personally, but to each his own. 

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12 hours ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

Demolition should start next week.

 

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The full thing is coming down?

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5 minutes ago, Avossos said:

 

The full thing is coming down?

 

I believe so. A Cherry represenative said the space will probably used for parking.  He only took a guess though. This would indicate the whole thing is coming down.

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2 hours ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

 

I believe so. A Cherry represenative said the space will probably used for parking.  He only took a guess though. This would indicate the whole thing is coming down.

 

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3 hours ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

 

I believe so. A Cherry represenative said the space will probably used for parking.  He only took a guess though. This would indicate the whole thing is coming down.

 

I could support a parking garage with ground floor retail and top floor bar and/or restaurant.

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If there is no bar/restaurant in whatever building eventually gets built there, I would be very surprised

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If they go vertical here then the Civil courthouse building would probably be blocked from the view inside MMP. (These are the things I think about). 

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11 hours ago, nate4l1f3 said:

If they go vertical here then the Civil courthouse building would probably be blocked from the view inside MMP. (These are the things I think about). 

 

Hopefully, it would also block the view of the county's horrible parking garage.

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On 1/13/2016 at 7:37 AM, UtterlyUrban said:

I have noticed it before. There is a big sign on the wall. It's probably not a prison as there are no bars, etc. it is most likely a halfway house of some kind.

 

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Someone helped me with this photo.  Appreciate it!

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On 12/6/2019 at 11:49 AM, Houston19514 said:

 

Hopefully, it would also block the view of the county's horrible parking garage.

Excellent point. 

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is this simply being demo'd and prepped for sale or has this site been acquired and is being prepped for development? I wouldn't be surprised if this was/is one of the lots Crane and the Astros et al have acquired.

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32 minutes ago, swtsig said:

is this simply being demo'd and prepped for sale or has this site been acquired and is being prepped for development? I wouldn't be surprised if this was/is one of the lots Crane and the Astros et al have acquired.

 

That is a logical theory.  Nothing showing up in the county records so far...

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3 hours ago, swtsig said:

is this simply being demo'd and prepped for sale or has this site been acquired and is being prepped for development? I wouldn't be surprised if this was/is one of the lots Crane and the Astros et al have acquired.

This being one of Cranes lot was my hope. 

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The rest of this block has three different owners, none of them having the Crawford St taxpayer address that signifies one of Crane's properties.

 

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On 12/16/2019 at 11:15 AM, swtsig said:

is this simply being demo'd and prepped for sale or has this site been acquired and is being prepped for development? I wouldn't be surprised if this was/is one of the lots Crane and the Astros et al have acquired.

 

A Cherry representative said Minute Maid is the new owner. I’m not sure if that means the Harris County Houston Sports Authority or Crane and the team.

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First, really good pics and thanks for sharing!\

 

Second, there's actually a thread in the Downtown forum since we still don't know what is going to go up.  

A mod will probably roll this thread into that one. 

 

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I used to walk by this building every day and wondered when it would meet the wrecking crew. Looks like its time has finally come.

 

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On 12/17/2019 at 3:37 PM, Entropete said:

It's been a long time coming but today after a few days of fencing, they have finally started the demo of the South Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility (It also says Southern DRV Company on the front of the building). This frees up a whole block, and I'm excited to see what they put here. Even as an empty lot for now, this eyesore will not be missed. It should be gone within a couple of weeks according to the guys I spoke with this morning.

 

@Entropete Thanks for the pictures, and welcome to the forum.  Keep us posted

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On 12/17/2019 at 12:27 PM, ekdrm2d1 said:

 

A Cherry representative said Minute Maid is the new owner. I’m not sure if that means the Harris County Houston Sports Authority or Crane and the team.


Interesting to see what Crane and the Astros will do here. Maybe more residential with ground floor bar/restaurant space.

 

Reminder: Crane/Astros own Block 161

 

25 minutes ago, tigereye said:

 

Our local media is slow. Culture Map first mentioned Crane owning block 161 back in 2016. 


http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/03-30-16-astros-owner-gives-the-inside-scoop-on-his-two-new-restaurants-near-minute-maid-park/#slide=0


When the MMP lease was renewed in 2018, it was again mentioned as being possibly earmarked for ballpark village plans. 


https://www.chron.com/sports/astros/article/Astros-plans-future-improvements-Minute-Maid-Park-13061261.php

 

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At the rates they charge for parking close to the stadium on game days they might just leave it as parking for a while.

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A couple of years ago, Crane and the Astros bought the old New Hope building on Hamilton. At the time there were rumors of additional parking.

 

"Jim Crane, owner of the Astros, plays a significant role in this plan. Horak-Brown said he purchased the Hamilton and has kept it operating as a dwelling until the Harrisburg building replaces it. “Once Harrisburg is complete in the fall of 2017 (likely November),” said the housing group’s president, “New Hope will relocate its corporate headquarters to its fourth floor, and the eligible residents of Hamilton will move into Harrisburg or another New Hope property. Then, Hamilton will permanently close.”

She said Crane is expected to raze the Hamilton and use the property as part of the Astros ballpark complex, possibly a parking lot. The property, now owned by Crane, is located at 320 Hamilton at Congress Avenue, just west of U.S. Highway 59."

Did anything ever happen at that site? It appears that Crane/Astros are purchasing all the land surrounding the stadium. A lot of professional teams want that sort of real estate leverage for their facilities but are looking for governmental assistance in getting the land. Maybe Crane is a step ahead of everyone else and has something big and special up his sleeve?

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It would make sense for him to make the New Hope property additional premium parking but I think that this site is much more likely to be in his ballpark village plan.

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