A building permit filed recently on the Central Square Plaza complex that takes up the block of Travis St. between Gray and Webster reveals Kraftsmen Coffee as the latest restaurant slated for the renovated tower’s empty ground floor. Work to install plumbing for the 1,768-sq.-ft. space that the owners of coffee shop plan to take over began last year.
The photo at top views the west portion of the building’s ground floor, which sits about halfway down the block on Gray St. and faces Milam. A parking garage is off-camera to the right. Around the corner — on the building’s north side — a TABC flyer for Malawi’s Pizza still hangs in the window of the empty storefront on Gray where it was originally posted back in 2016:
Claremont Property Group got started with renovations on the property — including glassing over its facades — soon after former owner Alfred J. Antonini unloaded it in 2013. Antonini had been battling the city in court after officials ordered him to repair portions of the complex in 2009. By the time he listed it, the space was vacant. Now, despite vacancies in the building’s street level, a handful of tenants have already moved into the upper floors of the 300,000-sq.-ft. tower.
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