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Last year, Houston Business Journal had an article about renovations coming to 1919 Washington Avenue. The renovation is a joint venture between Baker Katz  and Braun Enterprises. Do anyone know more about this?

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From HBJ:

The developer (Braun Enterprises) also closed on a historic building at 1919 Washington Ave. in a joint venture with Houston's Baker Katz earlier this week, too. The owners will renovate the building, which is home to Julep, a popular cocktail bar and Gulf Coast seafood eatery, before any additional tenants move in. The property contains 17,000 square feet of commercial space, of which 12,905 square feet is available.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2016/09/23/exclusive-fast-growing-retail-developer-scoops-up.html

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More from Houston Business Journal about Baker Katz and Braun Enterprises' redevelopment of 1919 Washington Avenue:

 

A joint venture between two Houston-based retail developers – Braun Enterprises and Baker Katz LLC – recently scooped up a two-story building located at 1919 Washington Ave. The companies opted to partner together on the acquisition rather than compete for it.
 

"We found out we were pursuing the same asset," Jason Baker with Baker Katz told the Houston Business Journal. Baker and Dan Braun, president of Braun Enterprises, have been close friends for the past 15 or 20 years, they said, and this is the first property they've purchased together.
 

The building, which is 17,000 square feet, contains 12,905 square feet of available space. One of the building's two tenants is Julep, a popular cocktail bar. Before any leasing begins, though, the building's interiors will be renovated. Baker envisions a restaurant on the ground floor of the building, and a high-end non-traditional retail user on the second floor, such as a salon. The space could also be used for a boutique firm or architect's office, he said.
 

"Frankly, with the building being the age that it is, it needs a lot of TLC, particularly on the second floor," Baker said. "We love the idea of adaptive reuse and preservation. There are places around the country where these buildings are really sought after, and Houston, unfortunately, has a reputation for tearing down and rebuilding a new product."
 

For Braun Enterprises, this further solidifies its commitment to the Washing Avenue and Heights areas. The developer has acquired roughly 20 properties in the area, Braun said, including a 1.2-acre tract of land at 2401 N. Shepherd Dr. just last week.
 

"This is our fourth project on Washington Avenue, and for us, it’s more about the belief in East Washington and its proximity to downtown, the Heights and Montrose," Braun said. "There's a kind of uniqueness and coolness – this 'cool factor' – of being in that east Washington corridor. I just love the feel of that area."
 

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2016/09/26/houston-developers-talk-next-steps-for-historic.html

 

 

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From Houston Business Journal this morning:
 

A little over a year ago, two Houston-area developers scooped up an historic property on Washington Avenue with plans to renovate. Though the property's vacant space hasn't been leased yet, more details on the developers' plans for the building were revealed.
 

The second floor of the historic, 17,000-square-foot property at 1919 Washington Avenue will likely contain co-working space, Jason Baker and Kenneth Katz of Baker Katz shared with the Houston Business Journal. It would be one of the first co-working concepts in the Heights and Washington Avenue corridor. So far, most of Houston's newest co-working concepts have been concentrated in the city's downtown core or sprinkled throughout the suburbs.

More behind the paywall: https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/11/10/exclusive-new-washington-ave-redevelopment-to.html

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From Houston Business Journal last week:

 

The tenant for the Washington Avenue corridor's first dedicated coworking space has been revealed.
 

Washington Office Co. signed a seven-year lease for just over 8,000 square feet at 1919 Washington Ave., according to previous HBJ reporting and building permits filed with the city of Houston. Washington Office Co. will open at 1919 Washington Ave. by February 2019...


https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/12/28/washington-ave-coworking-tenant-above-julep.html

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More on Washington Office Co., the co-working space opening on the second floor of 1919 Washington Ave.


From Houston Business Journal in January:
 

Washington Avenue's first coworking space is scheduled to open in February and, in typical Houston fashion, is being opened by a former oil and gas professional.
 

Matt Arceneaux, alongside Ian Clemons, will open Washington Office Co. at 1923 Washington Ave., right above the Washington Gym and the cocktail bar Julep. The property at 1919 Washington Ave. is being redeveloped by Houston-based firms Baker Katz LLC and Braun Enterprises, and has been under renovation since 2016.
 

The project has been in the works for around three years, Arceneaux said, and was born from the needs he had as an energy employee working around Houston.


https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2019/01/04/meet-the-former-houston-energy-professional-behind.html


 

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Buildout and renovation progress photos of  Washington Office Co. This is the co-working space at 1923 Washington Ave. It's opening on the second floor of 1919 Washington Ave in Houston.


Frame work from December

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From March:
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From early May

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this is about done. Their signage was approved last month, so I am betting it is installed by July 1.

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