Wholesale changes could be coming to East Montrose next summer, if all goes according to the grand lower-Fairview plans of restaurateur-turned-developer Fred Sharifi. The stated goal for his latest development — planned along 3 blocks of Fairview stretching from Taft to Genesee — is to bring a little more diurnal activity to the area, better known for its narrow, potholed streets and vibrant nightlife. That nightlife seems likely to dim, as the new plans call for the eventual extinguishing of Meteor, a mainstay of Houston’s drag community.
“We are not going to have any bars in the neighborhood,” Sharifi recently told Mark Boyle of KPRC, apparently classifying his own Max’s Wine Dive on Fairview at Taft as either beyond the neighborhood or not a bar. Sharifi’s other nearby holdings on Fairview include Gratifi and Cuchara, the Mexico City-style restaurant with rule cards for kiddos.
A 5- or 6-story parking garage perched atop 10,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space (labeled “E” in the rendering below), is proposed for the Meteor site at 2302-2308 Genesee St.:
Sketches show a 2- or 3-story structure abutting that building to the west, slated for mixed retail and event hosting. Just across Mason St., a small ice-cream parlor or dessert emporium is shoehorned into the parking lot next to Cuchara and Max’s. Sharifi envisions a 2-story structure across Fairview, with 7,450 sq. ft. of retail space tucked beneath 10,500 sq. ft. of offices:
Gensler is designing the buildings; the $20 million project could begin construction as soon as August 2016, with completion anticipated about a year later.
Sharifi is also the owner of Hungry’s Bistro and Cafe in the Rice Village. In 2013, an LLC he controls purchased the remnants of the Depression-era apartment complex Gramercy Place on Portland St. behind the Museum Tower.
- New Redevelopment Project Planned for East Montrose [Montrose Management District]
- New development proposed for Montrose area [KPRC]