Gulf Coast Commercial Group, a Houston-based firm specializing in retail development, management and leasing, has begun construction on a shopping center at 3201 N. Shepherd Dr. in Garden Oaks.
Gulf Coast acquired the 1.74-acre site just north of Loop 610 from Garden Oaks Baptist Church in 2019 and is constructing a nearly 18,000-square-foot, one-story building. The company said tenant delivery is anticipated by July.
Coined Block 14 at Garden Oaks, the project incorporates up to seven retail spaces, ranging from just over 1,000 to more than 3,000 square feet, for which Gulf Coast and leasing partner Capital Retail Properties are targeting a variety of tenant businesses.
Both endcap spaces have been newly leased, including 3,100 square feet to southern sandwich chain McAlister’s Deli and 2,700 square feet to Houston-based salad shop Salata.
Cisneros Design Studio Architects designed the project. It is responsible for efforts spanning from Upper Kirby’s Kirby Towers buildings and Midtown’s Webster Lofts to Southern Goods – now Squable – in the Heights. A news release from Gulf Coast said that the concept “offers a fresh take on design cues from the neighborhood’s mid-century beginnings.”
Founded in 1999, Gulf Coast and its affiliates have overseen the development of more than 8 million square feet of retail space in 12 states. While traditionally focused on suburban-style endeavors in Houston, the company is enhancing its portfolio with urban infill projects that in addition to Block 14 at Garden Oaks include Lower Heights, a 24-acre mixed use district under construction at the axis of downtown, the Heights and Arts District Houston on the south side of Interstate 10 between Sawyer and Studemont streets.
“After many years of quiet growth in the suburbs, we’re excited to raise our visibility in two of central Houston’s most exciting and rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods,” Gulf Coast president Tom Lile said.