Anticipation has been building for the Heights Waterworks project between two of the Heights’ main streets since its introduction to the community last year. And it should be rewarded by the end of the year as the project nears completion according to officials with Braun Enterprises, while at least one tenant opening date has been confirmed.
Original timelines relayed to The Leader had indicated hopes of finishing construction by the second quarter of 2018, but currently unknown factors appeared to push that back to a late 2018 finish, and Zach Wolf with Braun said the project is on schedule to be finished before the end of this year. Braun Enterprises purchased the waterworks property which sits on 2.1 acres at the northeast corner of 19th and Nicholson from Phoenix-based Alliance Residential in September 2017 with the intent to turn it into a collection of restaurants.
“We should be complete within the next 6-8 weeks with development; but the tenants have their own schedules,” Wolf said, though he told The Leader earlier this year he expects most tenants to open by the end of 2018.
Among tenants already confirmed for the development include Common Bond, Ripe Cuisine, Hopdoddy’s, Jinya Ramen Bar, and Floyd’s 99 Barbershop – which told The Leader that they will open their doors early next year.
Opening dates for other tenants remain unconfirmed.
“Floyd’s 99 is always excited to bring its line of services and products to a new market. With our continued success in our Austin and Dallas, it seemed natural to explore opportunities to expand to Houston,” Floyd’s 99 co-founder Rob O’Brien said. “We love that the Heights area embraces a multitude of diverse brands, personalities, cultures, and industries – which is perfectly aligned with our vision as a company and resonates with our clients. Its strong history and character adds to its charm, and the with it being one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Houston, its appeal to many young professional and families was an ideal fit for us.”
Wolf also said Braun is in the closing stages for another tenant, though the potential suitor could not be disclosed due to ongoing negotiations.
Once fully complete, re-development of the historic site will be Braun’s 25th project in the Heights area, following popular attractions such as Bernie’s Burger Bus and Harold’s, re-development of Jimmy’s Icehouse and more.
As of press time, only space in the Reservoir Building (Building D) – the real gem of the project according to Wolf – remains available. Braun is working in conjunction with several different groups about revitalizing the building into event space, food hall or wine bar and restaurant — complete with a beautiful oak tree in the back that can serve as a covered patio.
“The goal is to embrace the old buildings while making the site feel like the overall neighborhood meeting spot. This truly is going to be something special,” he told The Leader in a 2017 interview. “This will be a great place for people in the Heights to enjoy the outside grass lawn with their family.”