Planned for the Midtown block surrounded by Main, Travis, Francis, and Holman streets: a new 90,000-sq.-ft. multi-tenant performing arts center that might look something like this. And after a city-hall vote this week, it seems more likely to be built: Council approved the sale of the property at 3400 Main St., currently a surface parking lot for the soon-to-be-former city permit office one block to the north, for $2.5 million.
The buyer and developer of the new building is the Independent Arts Collaborative, a consortium of local arts organizations — including Fotofest, Diverseworks, the Houston Arts Alliance, Musiqa, Suchu Dance, Opera Vista, Catastrophic Theater, Nameless Sound, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and Main St. Theater. Also part of the deal: Another one of those 380 revenue-sharing agreements: This one will allow the developer to receive up to $6 million in reimbursements from increases in tax revenue resulting from the project.
Details of the building — as well as plans for several projects proposed nearby — were included in a study produced last year for the Houston-Galveston Area Council:
Those plans show a 3-story building with a front door at the corner of Holman and Main St., across from the Ensemble/HCC Metro station. It includes 3 separate theater spaces reached from a second-floor lobby, a 10,000-sq.-ft. shared exhibit space on the ground floor along Holman, and 2 smaller gallery spaces along Main St. Plus: rehearsal, classroom, office, and flex spaces, and a rooftop plaza.
The Chronicle‘s Purva Patel reports that the IAC intends to deed the building to the city once it’s complete. It would then be managed by the recently created government corporation that now runs the George R. Brown convention center, Houston First.
- Arts group plans to call Midtown home with city’s help [Houston Chronicle]
- IAC Economic Development Agreement – City of Houston [Scribd]
- Planning Studies: City of Houston/Midtown [HGAC]
- Government corporation to run Houston’s convention, arts venues [Houston Chronicle]
Images: Houston-Galveston Area Council Livable Centers Study