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I thought I saw a thread about this last year. I searched by address, adjacent street name, and the convenience store, but I saw nothing. If this is a duplicate, please merge mods.


The property at Bissonnet and Shepherd,  2132 Bissonnet, will be demo'd. 

It's a convenient store. 

Photos from Swamplot

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Photo from Platform Group:

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From Swamplot:

The land at the northeast corner of Shepherd Dr. and Bissonnet St. (not far down the street from closing-this-weekend Kay’s Lounge) has been sold to an entity using the La Porte corporate address of traditionally freeway-hugging Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen.

http://swamplot.com/boulevard-oaks-4949-to-be-86d-by-gringos-mexican-kitchens-owner/2016-09-02/

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What's replacing the convenient store at 2132 Bissonnet.


From Swamplot last year:
 

Here are a couple renderings from the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture in Austin of the new 3-story building the firm is designing for the corner spot at 2132 Bissonnet St. in Boulevard Oaks. A representative of the Platform Group, the building’s developer, tells Swamplot an “all-day cafe/coffee shop” is being planned for the ground floor, and that the upper 2 floors will contain “boutique office space.” The cafe won’t be a Gringo’s Tex-Mex, but the developers do have a connection to that restaurant chain: The Platform Group is headed by a son and daughter-in-law of Gringo’s owner Russell Ybarra.
 

In the top rendering, the 11,300-sq.-ft. building is shown lining Shepherd Dr., with an L-shaped parking lot wrapping around it. A patio with outdoor seating will go in front of the structure along Bissonnet St. The Houston office of SWA Group is designing the landscape.

http://swamplot.com/a-first-look-at-the-3-story-cafe-and-office-building-going-up-on-the-corner-of-bissonnet-and-shepherd-after-the-4949-convenience-store-gets-wacked/2017-09-27/


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More information on the new 2132 Bissonnet development:


From Loopnet (archive link)
 

Boutique new construction, mixed-use development designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and developed by the Platform Investment Group, LLC, is now leasing office space on the second and third floors. The space features quality design, high ceilings, exposed structure, expansive views of surrounding treescape, and access to exterior balconies. Ground floor will have an all-day cafe.



Leasing brochure (archive link)

 

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Leasing and building information on the new 2132 Bissonnet development.


Leasing brochure (archive link)

Office Entry:

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PARKING
27 on-site, shared parking spaces
125+ street parking spaces within
Bike parking available

ACCESS
Vehicular access from both Shepherd Drive and Bissonnet Street.
65 & 27 METRO bus stops at corner



Second floor:
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The second floor can be occupied by a single tenant or is easily divisible into two suites. This level has access to a planted balcony along Shepherd Drive and expansive windows looking into the surrounding tree canopy.

AREA
5,470 rentable square feet
If divided into 2 suites,
~2,800 rsf & 2,670 rsf per suite

FEATURES
~13 '  floor to ceiling
~12 ' clear height
Two shared restrooms


Third floor:
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The third floor can be occupied by a single tenant or is easily divisible into two suites. This level has access to a balcony overlooking Bissonnet Street and expansive windows overlooking the surrounding tree canopy.

AREA
3,670 leasable square feet 
If divided into 2 suites,
~2,475 rsf & 1,195 rsf per suite

FEATURES
~13 '  floor to ceiling
~12 ' clear height
Two shared restrooms
Exterior planted balcony

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More information on the development at 2132 Bissonnet from Platform Group's website (Archive link):


 

2132 Bissonnet is an 11,500 sf ground-up mixed-use development in the Boulevard Oaks neighborhood of Houston. Set to open in late 2018, the building is located at Shepherd Drive and Bissonnet Street, the site of a former gas station and convenience store. The development will feature an all-day cafe on the ground floor and two floors of boutique office space above.

Platform Group

Owner, Development, Leasing, Property Management

Design Architect
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture


Architect of Record
SWA Group
 

Landscape Architect
Big Red Dog Engineering
 

Civil Engineer
Burton Construction
 

Contractor
FÖDA
 

Exterior Signage, Graphics and Wayfinding

Collaborations

All-Day Cafe
Moving Right Along

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26 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

A representative of the Platform Group, the building’s developer, tells Swamplot an “all-day cafe/coffee shop” is being planned for the ground floor, and that the upper 2 floors will contain “boutique office space.” The cafe won’t be a Gringo’s Tex-Mex, but the developers do have a connection to that restaurant chain: The Platform Group is headed by a son and daughter-in-law of Gringo’s owner Russell Ybarra.



More on the all day cafe at the 2132 Bissonnet development:

Set to open in 2018, this corner cafe will offer coffee, drinks, and a diverse all-day menu. The concept draws inspiration from the lush tree canopy and landscaping of the surrounding historic neighborhood as well as Houston’s rich Latin food culture. The restaurant will include approximately 55 interior and 35 outdoor seats, a full kitchen, and featured coffee and bar areas.

 

Owner, Concept Collaborator
Platform Group

Operator, Concept Collaborator
Greenway Coffee

 

Interior Design
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture



http://www.platformgroup.com/project/all-day-cafe/ (archive link)


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Glad to see that it's situated close to the streets, and that the developer thoughtfully included that it's accessible by bicycle and METRO.

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6 hours ago, dbigtex56 said:

Glad to see that it's situated close to the streets, and that the developer thoughtfully included that it's accessible by bicycle and METRO.


Parking will be a nightmare.

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14 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:


Parking will be a nightmare.

 

Then you should bike there or take the bus

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14 minutes ago, cspwal said:

 

Then you should bike there or take the bus


Wouldn't that be ideal? Except not everyone who would have a need to go here for work (the offices being built here) or pleasure (the cafe and coffee shop) live close enough to bike, or take a bus there. Taking a Metro bus would take anywhere from an hour or two to three hours to get there depending on if there is a bus stop near someone's neighborhood (suburbs included), or depending on where they live (west Houston, east Houston, southwest Houston, southeast Houston, north Houston, and so on). So how would biking or taking the bus there be an option for people who want to go here? C'mon now.

This is why Houston needs to invest in better public transportation like sky rail and light rail that connects all parts of Houston to major city centers. This is why there is a need for Houston or an etrepenuer to consider building parking structures that hold a high volume of vehicles every few blocks in high traffic commercial areas. People could park there and walk the couple or several blocks to whatever business or retail they needed to go. The high volume parking garages would accommodate people who travel from other parts of Houston and the suburbs, and decrease parking in neighborhoods with narrow street or that have signs prohibiting parking, that limit parking in those areas.

 

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3 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

This is why Houston needs to invest in better public transportation like sky rail and light rail that connects all parts of Houston to major city centers. This is why there is a need for Houston or an etrepenuer to consider building parking structures that hold a high volume of vehicles every few blocks in high traffic commercial areas. People could park there and walk the couple or several blocks to whatever business or retail they needed to go. The high volume parking garages would accommodate people who travel from other parts of Houston and the suburbs, and decrease parking in neighborhoods with narrow street or that have signs prohibiting parking, that limit parking in those areas.

 

My comment was supposed to be a little tongue in cheek, but this right there is what we need.  We need more infrastructure in what we want to be walkable areas to actually make them walkable.  We need garages to park in that can replace surface lots, and we need public transit that cuts travel times to no more than 30 minutes for most areas inside the loop.

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I live a few blocks away. As an inside the Looper, I take great offense to this being in the Uptown/Galleria section. 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, KinkaidAlum said:

I live a few blocks away. As an inside the Looper, I take great offense to this being in the Uptown/Galleria section. 

 

 

 

Ha, I wondered about that as well. It really should be in the "Museum District" section.

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2 hours ago, KinkaidAlum said:

I live a few blocks away. As an inside the Looper, I take great offense to this being in the Uptown/Galleria section. 

 

 

 

 

16 minutes ago, urbanize713 said:

Ha, I wondered about that as well. It really should be in the "Museum District" section.


Take your offense up with the forum's admin.

I posted it here because though it's close to Montrose, The Museum District, Upper Kirby, Bellaire, it's not in any of those neighborhoods. It's more West U, close to the West Loop. AND THERE IS NOT A FORUM DESIGNATED FOR WEST U, Rice, and Bellaire as there needs to be. There is also a need for a Third Ward forum, a forum for southwest Houston that would include the NRG area, and more. There has been support for a West U, Rice forum as far as 2007, the admin won't create one for it and other areas. Topics like this are posted in other threads where a specific forum for it, such as West U, would fit better, or are regulated to the catch all forum, Other Neighborhoods.

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4 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

 


Take your offense up with the forum's admin.

I posted it here because though it's close to Montrose, The Museum District, Upper Kirby, Bellaire, it's not in any of those neighborhoods. It's more West U, close to the West Loop. AND THERE IS NOT A FORUM DESIGNATED FOR WEST U, Rice, and Bellaire as there needs to be. There is also a need for a Third Ward forum, a forum for southwest Houston that would include the NRG area, and more. There has been support for a West U, Rice forum as far as 2007, the admin won't create one for it and other areas. Topics like this are posted in other threads where a specific forum for it, such as West U, would fit better, or are regulated to the catch all forum, Other Neighborhoods.

I've started putting the neighborhood name first then the address/development for topics that don't have a forum.

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The "coffee cafe" mentioned above is going to Cavo and Cleo Roasting?

 

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Upper Kirby caffeine destination Cavo Coffee is opening a second location at 2132 Bissonnet Street, within a newly revamped co-working space called Local Office, reports Swamplot. In a doubly exciting move, the coffee shop will be opening its own bean operations, Cleo Roasting Company, next door to its new West U space.

https://houston.eater.com/2018/6/21/17489658/cavo-coffee-fort-bend-roasters-expansion

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Cladding is on and windows are starting to go in.  Brick looks nice.  Again, photographed from a moving bus:

 

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I still need to take an updated photo of this, because exterior construction is virtually complete, but I saw there is now a TABC permit application sign on a first floor window.

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Updated photos as promised.  As before, taken from a moving bus so framing isn't ideal, but it should suffice:

 

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3 hours ago, rechlin said:

Updated photos as promised.  As before, taken from a moving bus so framing isn't ideal, but it should suffice:

 

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No THAT is good infill!!!!!

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One of my favorite small building infills this build cycle. Interesting play with materials, like how it uses the forms to frame views, and it sits on this site as best as one could have done it given the restrictions.

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Update on 2132 Bissonnet from Houston Chronicle today:


For their company’s first commercial real estate project, husband-and-wife developers Steve and Hilary Zaic Ybarra turned to some of the top designers in the state. They hired Michael Hsu to design the building and SWA to landscape the site. Branding firm FÖDA Studio designed a sculptural address marker that was inspired by the historic blue tile signs on Houston’s oldest streets.

...The 11,500-square-foot building replaced a convenience store and one-time gas station that had occupied the 15,500-square-foot site for decades.

...Later this year, the Ybarras, both 35, plan to move Platform's offices to the third floor of the Bissonnet building.

Westlake Dermatology, a dermatology and plastic surgery group with multiple locations in Austin, signed a lease for the second floor for its first Houston outpost. It is expected to open this fall.



https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Boulevard-Oaks-convenience-store-site-transformed-13768045.php5.php

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On 4/19/2018 at 4:07 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:



More on the all day cafe at the 2132 Bissonnet development:

Set to open in 2018, this corner cafe will offer coffee, drinks, and a diverse all-day menu. The concept draws inspiration from the lush tree canopy and landscaping of the surrounding historic neighborhood as well as Houston’s rich Latin food culture. The restaurant will include approximately 55 interior and 35 outdoor seats, a full kitchen, and featured coffee and bar areas.

 

Owner, Concept Collaborator
Platform Group

Operator, Concept Collaborator
Greenway Coffee

 

Interior Design
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture



http://www.platformgroup.com/project/all-day-cafe/ (archive link)


Renderings

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Update on 2132 Bissonnet from Houston Chronicle today. Cafe is named Tropicales or  Tropicales Cafe y Comida .

 

The principals of the three-year-old Platform Investment Group are preparing to open the retail and office development at 2132 Bissonnet with their first tenant: a cafe and bar called Tropicales.
 

The Ybarras, who live in this neighborhood just north of Rice University, decided a restaurant with an outdoor patio would be an amenity residents would embrace.

“The goal was to have something to have something in the neighborhood they could walk to,” Hilary Ybarra said.
 

The restaurant, in which the couple has a stake, is a concept from Houston’s David Bueher, owner of Greenway Coffee. It will open May 5 and serve Latin- and Gulf Coast-inspired items with a specialty cocktail menu.



https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Boulevard-Oaks-convenience-store-site-transformed-1376804




 

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