After announcing the Market at Houston Heights, a 30,000-square-foot lifestyle destination for dining, plus specialty retail and services at 1533 N. Shepherd back in December, Capital Retail Properties has another project in its pipeline – this one two blocks away at 802 W. 18th Street.
Currently housing two homes beyond repair, the 10,000 square foot lot will feature a 3,000-square-foot retail project, dubbed 18th Street Bungalows, according to a recent press release.
Capital Retail Properties is working with Gensler to design the space, which will accommodate two tenants. Nearby businesses include Snooze and Balls Out Burger, as well as Ford Fry’s Superica, which will take over the space formerly occupied by Bernadine’s and Hunky Dory. Dallas-based Flying Fish restaurant is also opening a location at 19th and Durham.
Capital Retail Properties’ Connor Lynch and Jacob Weersing are overseeing leasing of the 18th Street Bungalows.
Capital Retail Properties Partner Anderson Smith, who is also a Heights resident, said that the goal is to secure a food and beverage tenant plus a specialty medical tenant to occupy the two spaces.
Slated to begin construction in late 2018, 18th Street Bungalows will be a “unique twist on the area’s Victorian vernacular with a modern industrial take on a vintage bungalow…the classic craftsmen silhouette, including front porch, is being reimagined with specialty signage, large storefront windows, exposed wood and ribbed sheet metal in two shades of gray, delineating the functionality of the space.”
Design collaborators Dick Lew and Jim Ou said that their goal was “to honor the historic aesthetic of the neighborhood while embracing its youthful spirit and vibrancy.”
Smith said that to create a more urban feel, there will be a reduced setback to orient the building closer to the street, which will be further enhanced with the entrance off Durham. Bike racks are also planned for the site.
“We’re excited to bring a whimsical and dynamic piece of architecture to Durham, just as it is poised to begin absorbing overflow retail demand from Shepherd,” said Smith. “Tenants will not only benefit from heavy car and growing foot traffic, but also enjoy terrific street presence in a new landmark.”
The nearby Market is in for city permits, according to Smith, and Capital Retail Properties is working through pre-leasing. He anticipates construction on that development to start before the end of this year.
The 18th Street Bungalows is actually the second bungalow type concept for Capital in the Heights. The Bungalows on 22nd Street, a boutique retail destination under construction at 715 W. 22, between Shepherd and Durham, is close to Kraftsmen Baking and the future H-E-B.
That project is being co-developed by Randy Wile of Wile Interests, Inc. Capital Retail Properties is overseeing leasing.
Crew Fitness, a row studio concept based in Mobile, Alabama, will occupy the entirety of one of the two structures that will eventually occupy the 10,000-square-foot site, with front and rear parking options. Husband and wife team Dan and Marcia Strange will own and operate Crew Fitness. The gym will offer monthly memberships as well as class package options. An initial staff of six employees in The Heights is anticipated to grow over the first year.