Venezuelan transplant Jose Ocque, a Houston-based realtor with Weichert and the founder of VenHomes, a 7-year-old residential construction and remodeling firm, has begun construction of his inaugural urban development in Houston: Alessia.
Slated for completion in August 2019, Alessia will be a gated development of three, transitional-style single-family townhomes located at 2004 Summer St.
A second project – neighboring Vittoria at 1913 and 1917 Crockett St. – consists of a pair of two-story craftsmen-inspired bungalows. It is anticipated to break ground in fall.
Former Mel’s property available
A LoopNet listing for 2521 N. Durham Dr., the former home of Mel’s Seafood Shack, lists the price for the 720 square-foot bungalow on an 11,378 square-foot lot as $995,575. The listing touts its proximity to the new Heights H-E-B, which opened at the end of January.
“We outgrew the food truck and the next step was to move into a brick-and-mortar building,” Melinda Faust told The Leader in January, “At the present time, we couldn’t take it to the next level. We’d been operating six months out of the year only on weekends. It was time to close.”
While Melinda and sister Melissa Faust initially thought to lease the property for a time, they later decided to sell. Previously, it was under contract to sell to an undisclosed buyer but is available for purchase again. The listing was last updated in early March.
WSS opens at 290 and 34th
Following on the heels of El Rancho Supermercado, a new shoe store has opened in the same shopping center. WSS, formerly known as Warehouse Shoe Sale, is a retail chain of shoe stores headquartered in Los Angeles with 76 retail outlets as of July 2017.
Its parent company is Eurostar, Inc. WSS is a family footwear retailer which primarily serves urban and Latino communities, according to Footwear News.
Who bought Golden Café?
In the fall of 2017, the owner of the building at 1430 W. 19th St., which formerly housed the Golden Café, put up a sign for lease or sale. He said the building is 3,724 square feet and the land, including the hard corner, is 30,188 square feet.
The owner’s asking price then was $65 per square foot.
Now, the curiosity of area residents has been piqued with a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission notice for a mixed-beverage establishment with late hours and a caterer’s permit. A search of the applicant, PBZ Holdings LLC, netted no information. Many casual observers and real estate professionals commented on the amount of work that needed to be done to the property in advance of any opening. Stay tuned.
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