Frankel’s Polk St. Costume Shop and Its Cold-Storage Neighbor Line Up for Mixed-Use Makeovers

Lovett Commercial’s latest post-industrial venture in East Downtown will take place just 4 blocks down Polk St. from the one it’s already got going at the former Houston Post building. The target this time: 2 blocks between Delano and Ennis streets now home collectively to more than 99,000 sq.-ft. of buildings — including the one where Frankel’s Costume Shop closed early this year. Most of the existing structures will stay standing with new shops, offices, restaurants, and some kind of art exhibition or creation spaces shoved inside them. The aerial at top shows off the whole thing in not-so-fine detail from the corner of Delano and Polk. And the street-level rendering looks in the opposite direction, depicting a patio-ed and pedestrian-ized eastern block with its western counterpart in the background.

A cold-storage box once home to Freedman Meats takes up the whole eastern block right now, shown below from Polk.:


On the opposite side of the building, along Dallas St., make-believe art space Gallery2901 makes an appearance:

Current conditions at the west block and its former Frankel’s:

And the view of what’s planned for it: a central corridor running between patio seating and an east-side parking lot.

Not pictured: the few extra car spots set to crop up on the north side of the block.

Photos: Swamplox inbox. Renderings: Houston Planning Commission

Polk & Ennis

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