Remember that unusable and really vague tip sent to Swamplot back in January? The one promising that a “major (non-residential) Houston property is about to make a significant change”? And it wasn’t Macy’s? Well, the in-the-know tipster now reports, we can let that cat out of the bag, since the Houston Business Journal and Houston Chronicle already have: The “Houston landmark” the tipster couldn’t tip us off about is the Galleria — which, it was announced yesterday by developer Simon Property Group, will be undergoing extensive renovations and partial demolition to create about 100,000 new sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space.
The plan calls for the Galleria III portion where Saks Fifth Avenue is currently located to be demolished — though the tipster says the Philip Johnson façade will be maintained — to make room for a bumped-out food court (shown in the rendering above). That freed-up Saks space will provide room for 35 new retailers and restaurants. Meanwhile, Saks will be moving into the Macy’s spot on Sage, and that Macy’s will be merging with the other Macy’s on Hidalgo. (Makes sense.) Also, a standalone box will be built in the parking lot for a few tenants who can afford to be more conspicuous to the stop-and-go crowd on Westheimer.
Also mentioned is the possibility of a residential highrise on the corner of W. Alabama and Sage. Writes David Kaplan: “[David Contis, president of Simon Malls] said a 300-unit residential highrise — with an outdoor pool and an indoor connection to the Galleria — is envisioned . . . . He said Simon is still in the planning process, studying infrastructure and construction issues, ‘but we think it can get done.'”
- Major changes planned for Houston’s Galleria mall [Houston Business Journal]
- Galleria project aims to up glam factor [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- Galleria coverage [Swamplot]
- Previously on Swamplot: Yeah, That’s the One, A Terribly Vague Update, Big Vague News You Can’t Use
Renderings: Simon Property Group