Katherine Feser has the inside scoop on how the $7 million strip center portrayed above — but loaded with a Dunkin’ Donuts, a dry cleaner, and — yes, a mattress store — is coming to land in its rightful place along the south side of Memorial Dr. just east of Westcott, 2 doors down from the MFAH’s Bayou Bend Collection. Developer Amir Taghdisi tells Feser he and his brother Alan chose not to build a 3- or 4-story office building with below-grade parking on the site “because it would have been an outdated format from the beginning.” Instead, the 10,000-sq.-ft. strip center is now under construction at the back of the three-quarters-of-an-acre lot, with rows of parking facing Memorial Dr. and Knox St.
Why think so small? “I had all the big names wanting to do a 30-story high-rise for lease,” Taghdisi tells Feser. But he says the homeowners association of Bayou Bend Towers, directly to the south, wouldn’t let him.
The Taghdisis’ Rama Companies bought the land at 5801 Memorial Dr. — formerly the site of the Golden Hunan Chinese restaurant (later La Mia) and a fan repair shop — from 3 separate owners. The condo tower’s HOA owned the third parcel, but would only agree to sell to the Taghdisis, he says, if they put a 70-ft. height restriction in place on the entire block between Birdsall and Knox streets. The restriction will last 30 years.
The towers on the ends of the new strip center will rise 38 ft. tall. Also coming to the center, now under construction and due to open in August: Express Rolls and a restaurant called Piada Italian Street Food.
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Rendering and site plan: Rama Companies/Edge Realty Partners