Revive’s Monica Danna confirmed the company recently closed on the sale of the former RJ’s Boot Shop at 34th Street and Ella Boulevard. As the building was structurally unsound, demolition started last week.
Bootmaker Rocky Carroll, who crafted boots for U.S. Presidents including George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, along with Houston legends Denton Cooley and Red Duke, died in June 2017.
Danna said Revive is still deciding how to best utilize the property. Options include extending the medical building already planned for phase two of the Ella Oaks development or building a standalone structure.
Arabic Immersion Magnet School leaving Heights
Houston ISD recently announced that its Arabic Immersion Magnet School will relocate this summer to the former campus of Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts — a move the district says is designed to accommodate the school’s growing student population and transformation to a PK-8 campus.
The new location, located at 4001 Stanford St., is seven miles south of the original AIMS campus on West 28th Street in the Heights. The new building has space for the school to expand, including areas for fine arts, physical education and a growing pre-kindergarten program.
The Arabic Immersion Magnet School opened in August 2015 as the nation’s first public Arabic language immersion school. The school started with just 132 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students and has since doubled in size, steadily growing by one grade level per year. The school plans to ultimately serve students through the eighth grade.
No plans have been announced about new usage for the Heights campus.
Urban Jungle moves to 18th Street
A longtime Yale Street business, Urban Jungle Self Defense & Fitness is moving to a warehouse at 1035 W. 18th St.
Owned by Heights residents Tony and Michelle Torres-Aponte since 1997, Urban Jungle started in a converted lube shop. Now the immediate area around their soon-to-be-vacated location at 707 Yale St. is booming, thanks to the Heights Mercantile and other new developments.
The new Urban Jungle location is expected to open by the end of this month.
New tenants for Sawyer Yards
Lovett Commercial has announced four new tenants for its Sawyer Yards development at 1201 Oliver St., according to bisnow.com.
The new arrivals will be City Orchard, an urban cidery with a tasting room and an outdoor deck; Fainmous BBQ, which will serve Tennessee-style barbecue; Urban Axes, an indoor recreational axe-throwing facility; and Urban South Brewery, which is opening its first location outside of New Orleans.
Sawyer Yards got off the ground in 2005 with the conversion of a 75,000 square foot warehouse surrounded by a rail yard. The renovated building debuted as Winter Street Studios and received the first art studio ordinance granted in Houston. Now hundreds of artists have their studios at Sawyer Yards. They are joined by a variety of other businesses, restaurants and fitness facilities.
First tenants announced at M-T-K
In addition to the Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market, which The Leader reported last week was moving into the upcoming M-K-T development at 600 N. Shepherd Dr. in the Heights, the Houston Chronicle reported that Honeychild’s Sweet Creams also has signed a lease at M-K-T. Both plan to open late summer or early fall of 2020.
The Chronicle also reported a Heights-based yoga studio has plans for a 70-foot yoga lawn in the development and that a local clothing boutique, a coffee shop, and several retail and beauty users will soon be announced.