Street Lights Residential completed its purchase of a strip of land on the east side of the Chelsea Market shopping center (behind the buildings shown at left) on Chelsea Blvd. east of Montrose Blvd. just last month; the 3 small retail buildings there, which used to house the Blue Mambo hair salon, Nolan-Rankin Galleries, the ELS language center, and Just Wax It, were themselves waxed off the site in April. Chelsea Market owner David K. Gibbs sold the property, which extends from Chelsea Blvd. to the edge of the Southwest Fwy., to allow a larger footprint for the development of the 20-story Chelsea Montrose highrise planned next door at 4 Chelsea Blvd. (pictured at top).
The resulting parking shortage at Chelsea Market is to blame for Main Street Theater’s exit from the space in the shopping center it had rented since 1996, according to the theater’s managers and its landlord. The theater group, which was renting 4617 Montrose Blvd. on a month-to-month basis for its Theater for Youth program, had also hoped to use it to stage 3 productions next season during the renovation of its Rice Village location on Times Blvd., which is scheduled to begin in November.
Main Street still plans to move into the new MATCH building in Midtown when that new building for multiple arts groups opens, but it didn’t expect to be losing its Chelsea Market spot before then. “The untimely loss of this valuable performance space, just as the season is beginning, is a blow to MST’s well-being,” marketing director Shannon Emerick wrote in an email to subscribers, “especially in a year when it is working to transition to two new performing venues.”
With weeks to go before beginning work on its 2014-2015 season, the theater company decided to cut 3 scheduled productions. And yesterday, it announced that that its Theater for Youth productions would take place in the Talento Bilingue de Houston theater on Jensen Dr. in the Second Ward. It’s still looking for a place to hold youth classes and camps. Main Street Theater is scripted to exit the Chelsea Market stage by the end of August.
- Main Street Theater announces important changes for 2014-15 season [Your Houston News]
- Main Street Theater Gets a Shock — Booted From Chelsea Market Location [Art Attack]
- Main Street Theater slashes upcoming season after losing venue [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Here’s Chelsea Montrose, Another 20-Story Apartment Tower for the Museum District; Construction Starts Next Week on Main St. MATCH Arts Complex in Midtown; Main Street Theater Reaches the Renovation Stage
Images: Street Lights Residential (Chelsea Montrose rendering); LoopNet (Chelsea Market)