Lowell Street Market, Radom Capital’s new development at W. 18th St. just before Hunky Dory and Bernadine’s, is making progress both in its build out and occupancy.
Steve Radom with Radom Capital says there are now five signed tenants for the property. Three have not yet made announcements but two have. Smoosh Cookies will have their first brick and mortar location in the Heights. And Snooze Eatery will have its second location in Houston in the project. Their first is on Montrose, one block south of Westheimer.
Smoosh makes custom ice-cream cookie sandwiches which they currently sell from a food truck. They also provide catering services and have recently started to do a number of weddings. Snooze Eatery was founded by brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel, in Denver, Colorado in 2006. Their website says they “serve creative twists on America’s favorite breakfast classics in a casual, friendly and vibrant atmosphere.”
John Garza with Purvey Realty was the broker for Smoosh owners JayR Reyes and Brad Nguyen when looking for a brick and mortar spot and says that the Heights was a location they were partial to because of everything else going on there.
“It’s always what someone is looking for,” said Garza, who also noted that his clients were influenced by the renderings which show more green space than other developments.
“I’ve had other clients ask me if there’s anything else like this, and I tell them not a lot in Houston,” said Garza.
Garza said the brick and mortar location became necessary for the owners because it offered more inventory control as they grow the business.
Radom talked to The Leader last fall about the responsibility of developers in the area to make their spaces more pedestrian friendly. For Lowell Market, that started with having parking in the back and orienting the three main structures to 18th Street.
Before the renovation which is currently underway, there was 21,000 square feet of buildings. The plans call for that to be pared down to 10,000 square feet to accommodate city requirements for parking and to enhance the green space.
“The courtyard will be the nucleus of the development and it will have outdoor seating, landscape elements, bike racks and trees,” said Radom.
The two end buildings will be reskinned in a darker wooden patina inspired by modern Japanese barns – “earthly with a modern punch.” The middle structure, adjacent to the courtyard, will be a new 3,000 square foot building designed out of glass and weathered metal panels that architect Troy Schaum of Schaum/Shieh intended to complement the transitional character of the area.
Although the initial target date for completion was the first quarter of 2017, the time table has now been pushed back a bit according to Radom’s Barton Kelly.
“We anticipate completing base buildings in late 2Q of this year with tenants opening for business in late summer or early fall,” said Kelly.
Garza said that Smoosh is looking for a summer opening.