A double-decker strip center appears to be planned for 307 Westheimer Rd., which for just shy of 5 decades has been home to Avondale Italian restaurant and house-with-a-tree-in-it Michaelangelo’s. Michaelangelo’s, Inc., sold the property in March to an entity tied to the CEO of Habitat Construction, and a 2,000-sq.-ft. space in the proposed replacement building is currently for lease. Renderings for the strip label the over-the-edge top floor as set aside for a fitness business, and call for a restaurant to take over most of the street level (noting that another tenant has already staked out a small section of the ground floor floorplan):
Most of the parking for the strip looks to be slated for the back — though a few spaces are shown helping to fill in some of the 25-ft. setback out front. The space is advertised as a mere 404 yards away from the not-yet-built Midtown Whole Foods. (Not prominently touted: its position right across Westheimer from perennially up-for-lease Montrose nightclub Numbers.)
- 307 Westheimer Rd. [LoopNet]
Images: NewQuest Properties (rendering and siteplan); Michaelangelo’s (photo)
Strips centers with 2 floors and creative crazy architecture are rare..and goofy-looking is welcome too.
Now that is pretty fugly ….
A design like this won’t be confused with something in Katy, but I think they can do much better with the design concept.
Is it me or did they conveniently hide the back stair in that rendering? Is anyone else seeing what I’m seeing here?
So sad to see my Favorite Italian place disappear. Have loved since the first day I went. Having been to Italy, it’s The Most authentic Italian food in Houston.
What about the currently dining-room-embraced tree? Are in for another swamplot-post-worth arboreal murder non-mystery?
dudes were bonging hard when they came up with that one no doubt
There is no need to make use of vertical floor space in such a manner if the pull the building closer to the street. Ch. 42-154 allows for significant reductions to the building line (0-5′) if they chose to opt in.
Wow that’s Fugly. And what would we do without those 4 parking spaces squeezed in the front. Oh Houston…