The news that Houston-based Revive Development has purchased three acres at 1225 34th Street at 34th and Alba, with the intention of creating a space that caters to families with retail and plenty of green space, has resonated with Leader readers. Revive is calling the project “Stomping Ground,” alluding to the idea that the development will be a gathering space for the community.
“Reminds me of grandma’s backyard get-togethers,” wrote one. “Love the idea and can’t wait to visit often.”
Since 2009, attorney Troy Blakeney owned the property which he used for his law practice. It included four buildings, one of which was torn down prior to the sale.
The renderings for the new concept feature one of the existing warehouses. The other main structure will be a new build. Both will include plenty of windows and access onto 15 feet deep patios fronting the center lawn. The 8,000 square-foot shared green space between the two structures is the centerpiece.
Revive emphasized their commitment to preservation in its press release and says that the “personality” of the space guides the design process. Existing structures will be repurposed “to honor the history and character of the surrounding neighborhoods, and to breathe new life into the existing buildings.” The preservation of green space, and trees is also key, according to the release.
“We’ve already begun scheduling neighborhood events and activities for 2018 including farmer’s markets, music events, and festivals,” said Monica Danna, Director of Community Outreach at Revive, in a press release. “As a resident of Garden Oaks, I’m reaching out to neighbors to hear what’s most important in dining, retail, and recreation.”
Neighbors are already chiming in on their wishes.
“Would love to see a small enclosed dog park for that space…to be able to have a beer and let my critters off leash to play,” wrote Cathy White on the OFHA Facebook page.
Siobhan Cassin wrote in a vote to The Leader for Dessert Gallery and Sweet Tomatoes.
“We always look for innovative ways to add familiar elements to our projects that complement the unique personalities of our neighborhoods,” said Bryan Danna, Principal at Revive. “As a resident of this area, I’m even more conscious of the needs and desires of the residents, business owners and families who live and work here. This is a very personal project to me.”
In the fall of 2016, HCAD had the property under the 1227 W. 34rd address and listed the valuation for its 107,759 square feet at $1,939,170. The 2017 evaluation had increased to $2,520,000.
The September 2016 Loop Net listing for 1225 34th Street had the property’s asking price considerably higher at $4,954,950, which was confirmed at the time by Blakeney. No details are known about the purchase price.
The property had been under contract twice before for what Blakeney told The Leader he considered a good price.
Stomping Grounds will break ground this month and is expected to be completed by Labor Day 2018.