That retail task force that Mayor Parker put together about the same time that Macy’s announced it was closing the Downtown store came through with its first report yesterday, recommending that Dallas St. between Milam and La Branch — or between the hotels on the west side of Downtown and the hotels, Discovery Green, and George R. Brown Convention Center on the east — be prettied up into a kind of retail promenade. And the task force recommends that it happen sooner rather than later, in time to capitalize on the disposable incomes of the hordes coming to town for the NCAA Final Four in 2016 and the Super Bowl in 2017.
The rendering above, included in the report, shows a Kardashian body double strolling through the intersection of Main St. and Dallas; the Sakowitz building,
catty-corner across from the to-be-demolished-in-a-week Macy’s, would pair with GreenStreet to anchor the linear district and provide similar photo opportunities. It appears that the task force hopes to lure national retailers and rally existing tenants and landowers, like Hilcorp, to the cause with tax breaks and other incentives, including waiving the city ordinance requiring that signage Downtown be no taller than 42.5 ft.
That map shows the area in the task force has in mind.
Additionally, the report recommends
widening redesigning one-way Dallas down to 3 lanes, widening the sidewalks and planting lots of greenery, creating bike lanes, increasing lighting and wayfinding signage, ramping up police presence, and reducing the presence of the homeless. (You can read the full 44-page report here.)
Here’s a view of what the 1100 block of Dallas might look like:
- Envisioning a Vibrant Shopping District [Downtown Houston]
- Big plans emerge for downtown Houston’s retail scene [Houston Business Journal]
- Plan calls for tax dollars to help create downtown retail district [Houston Chronicle ($)
- Previously on Swamplot: Metro Taking Cover Now that Macy’s Implosion’s Impending, Taking Chunks Out of the Downtown Macy’s, Hilcorp Shows Employees the 20-Story Tower Replacing the Downtown Macy’s, New Convention Center Hotel Seems a Done Deal, GreenStreet, Frame by Frame: Previewing the Upcoming Houston Pavilions Remake, Apartments in Old Humble Oil Building Downtown To Go the Way of Its Hotel Neighbors, A Few Last Looks at Macy’s, Macy’s Downtown: While Supplies Last!, Mayor Parker Announces the Death Sentence for Downtown Macy’s Building, Macy’s Announces It Will Close Downtown Houston Store, The Mostly Glass Building That Won’t Be Replacing the Downtown Macy’s, A Texas Island on the Next Convention Center Hotel
Images: Downtown District