With demolition scheduled in mid-March on the building that the Surfhouse and Houston Panini & Provisions used to call home, the work continues on Revive Development’s overhaul of the southwest corner of 34th Street and Ella.
Original estimates were for construction to be complete by late 2016. Although that is not the case, the build out of the adjacent L-shaped building is making steady progress. As of press time, the only announced tenant was the Surfhouse, an Oak Forest institution.
Across the street, the second phase of demolition on the site for 33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth from Crescere Capital Management is complete. El Rey and the Century Marketing storefront are now gone, revealing the space that Crescere has to work with on the southeast corner of 34th and Ella. In a recent video Crescere posted online, Chris Hotze said that he’s about to start construction on the 2.5-acre retail development designed by Gensler architects Peter Merwin and Ted Rubenstein.
In addition to the 2.5 acres that Hotze has announced plans for, he also owns the nearby Texas Bus Sales lot, as well as vacant lot and two private homes.
In August, Swamplot announced Hotze’s latest acquisition , The Gospel Truth Pentecostal Church, which is on a two-acre site at 1624 W. 34th St. – and a half-block away from 33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth.
Swamplot reports that the church is a 7,000-sq.-ft. structure that could be repurposed for any number of uses – especially any requiring plenty of parking. The website also gave out the information for Crescere’s leasing agent, which seems to indicate that the structure will not be demolished.
Last May, a source told The Leader that Sprouts was looking in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area. According to their website, Sprouts looks for build-to-suit or existing buildings in free-standing or shopping center locations that are approximately 30,000 square feet and have a minimum of 140 parking spaces. No new Houston stores have been announced by the company.
What remains unknown are Hotze’s future plans for the remainder of the properties he owns on 34th. He previously told The Leader that there are no current developments planned beyond the corner 2.5 acres. The Texas Bus Sales property he owns is about 96,000 square feet of land, while the two properties across the street are a combined 35,000 square feet.