The apartment complex the Richdale Group is planning to put in place of the just-vacated Houston Ballet building at 1916 West Gray will indeed have retail space on the ground floor — if you count the facility’s leasing office, that is. Also right in front on the first floor: 2 apartments and 4 head-in parking spaces, for potential tenants only. The parking garage will go in back, accessed from Bell St. A plan for the development, labeled the Graybelle subdivision, was submitted as part of a variance request for this Thursday’s planning commission meeting. The developers are requesting a 15-ft. setback along West Gray in place of the usual 25 ft. requirement. The lot is directly west of Randall Davis’s gargoyle-festooned Metropolis condo building.
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The former clothing factory on the site had been the home of the Houston Ballet since 1984. The organization sold the property to Atlanta-based Novare Group in 2009. The Ballet’s brand-new digs are Downtown.
- Graybelle Subdivision Variance Request Form [Scribd, via Prime Property]
- Previously on Swamplot: Peeking into the New Houston Ballet Center for Dance Downtown, Places, Everyone! Houston Ballet Center for Dance Starts Digging in Downtown, Dance, Building, Dance: Houston Ballet Makes a Downtown Debut, New Houston Ballet Building: Maybe Not