There sure have been some conflicting reports coming in lately about Gramercy Place. Since the old apartments on the 200 block of Portland St. behind the Museum Tower were sold last month to an LLC controlled by Hungry’s Cafe and Bistro owner Fred Sharifi, we first heard that they’d be torn down and replaced by 2 midrise residential towers. Around that same time, it seems, a real estate agent was sending a letter to Gramercy Place tenants claiming something similar and offering to help everyone find a new place to live.
That letter, though, was soon followed up with “an urgent message,” it reads, “to calm any panic I may have caused.” It goes on to backtrack and claim that the agent had never been in touch with Sharifi and didn’t know what was going to happen and was only trying to be helpful. (The agent refused to confirm the dates of these letters.)
On April 24, one of the tenants told Swamplot that Sharifi “seemed adamant” that nothing would happen to the apartments anytime soon. This was reiterated by Sharifi himself, whose property manager wrote in an email that the one-time Preservation Houston Good Brick Award recipient had no plans “at [that] time” to develop the properties, and that even if he had, it’d be townhomes, not midrises.
How quickly things change: This week, another resident says that Sharifi has since stated that the 238/240 Portland St. building will be torn down this September, and that townhomes will replace it. Attempts to contact Sharifi haven’t been returned. We’ll update with details as we have them.
- Previously on Swamplot: No Plans to Redevelop Gramercy Place Apartments, Says New Owner, Tenant: Gramercy Place Apartments To Remain Rental Units, A Pair of Backups To Fill In Behind the Museum Tower?
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