The group that completed the purchase of a 15-acre agglomeration of tracts at the southwest corner of I-10 and Studemont this week says it’s planning a mixed-use development for the site, including an apartment complex. Most of the land was owned by Grocers Supply, which has operated a 232,352-sq.-ft. produce warehouse and big-rig parking lot there for 42 years. The facility at 3000 Hicks St. is yet another chunk in the
First Sixth Ward-area once-industrial swath south of the Heights that’s been turning to big-box-flavored retail bit by bit over the last decade, and now stretches from Target on the east near Sawyer to Walmart just west of Yale St. Here’s an aerial view of that district from 1990, when it was still entirely industrial (you can see the western edges of Downtown in the background):
Under the deal, Grocers Supply will have 2 years to wind up operations on the site and establish a new distribution center on a chunk of land elsewhere that it currently has under contract. In the meantime, Capcor Partners and multifamily operators and developers Kaplan Management say they are planning a combination of uses for the site, including approximately 400 apartments.
Capcor is run by real-estate developers Josh Aruh and Avi Ron. “Aruh said he has already discussed possibilities for the property with grocers, cinemas, restaurants and several big box retailers,” writes the Chronicle’s Erin Mulvaney. “The developers are also working with the city to expand a street to split the property and reduce traffic, he said.”
The Olivewood Cemetery sits directly north of the site; diagrams on the property’s sales flyer indicate that a request has been made for the city to abandon the segment of Court St. that stretches from Hicks St. to just south of the cemetery.
- Upscale apartments to go on warehouse site near downtown [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- Land for Sale [UCR Realty]
- Previously on Swamplot: Studemont Kroger Would Break on Through to the Still Industrial Side, Olivewood Cemetery’s Grave Situation: Not Washed Down to the Bayou Yet
Photos: UCR Realty