In mid-November, Allegro Builders broke ground on the company’s first commercial development in the area since 2008. Allegro plans to deliver the nearly 8,400-square-foot, three-story mixed-use project in the third quarter of 2019.
Previous projects in the Heights for Allegro include 1001 Studewood – now home to Maison Pucha bistro with Allegro’s headquarters above it. Their first commercial endeavor in the area was the nearby 933 Studewood, formerly home to Glass Wall restaurant and now the BCK restaurant.
The builders also are responsible for dozens of custom homes and remodels in the Heights.
Leasing of the space at 841 Yale St., intended for both restaurant and office users, is being managed by Chris Williams of Heritage Texas Properties’ recently formed commercial division.
“Community is key to the Heights, and as a company that also shares a longstanding base of operations here, we’re excited to market a property that speaks to the past and future of this unique urban enclave with a scale, finish and functionality that we feel will resonate with discerning residents as well as the distinctive businesses looking to have a presence here,” Williams said in a news release.
Occupying a block halfway between Heights Mercantile and the soon-to-be-completed Heights Central Station, 841 Yale is also within walking distance from the newly announced M-K-T development at the northeast intersection of North Shepherd and 6th Street as well as the Heights Hike and Bike Trail.
Allegro emphasizes a pedestrian-friendly design for their new project with a street-front orientation across the 13,199 square-foot lot and secure parking at the rear, accessed off 9th Street.
“The façade [of 841 Yale] mirrors the evolution of the Heights and our own aesthetic since we began investing in this area 20 years ago,” said Natacha Leonards-La Francesca of Allegro Builders. “We’ve always looked to the history and workmanship of the neighborhood for inspiration when building here, and in the past decade, as we began working in other areas, we’ve often stretched comfortably into a very contemporary vein.”
A rendering of the building shows a juxtaposition of old and new with two stories of craftsmen masonry and brick patterns plus arched metal windows, crowned by a partially cantilevered top floor with dark metal cladding and cut-out balconies with glass railings.
The interiors will be serviced by an elevator and two sets of stairs and allow for customized configuration due to open floor plans, extensive use of floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings throughout.
Allegro promotes the 2,441-square-foot first level for a retail, café or salon tenant with a glass storefront incorporating two entrances, while allocating the 2,460-square-foot second level and 3,478-square-foot third story for medical or creative work space tenants.