The operators of Fitzgerald’s and the Free Press Summer Fest are planning a large multi-venue development on N. Main St. on the east side of I-45. Renderings of 2 of the buildings, designed by a firm run locally by Rice architecture professor Troy Schaum, show a separate concert building with at least 2 separate stages inside and a freestanding ice house, which would be adjacent to a separate outdoor stage at the corner of N. Main and North St. The southern portion of the site (outlined in yellow in the map above) where those 2 structures would sit backs up to Little White Oak Bayou.
Pegstar Concerts’ lease at Fitzgerald’s on the corner of White Oak and Studewood ends in September 2015; the organizers of the unnamed new complex say they’re aiming for a late-2015 opening at 2915 N. Main, but that plans are “still in progress.” But the new concert building, the outdoor performance spot, and the icehouse aren’t all they’re planning. Additional adjacent sites would be used for parking, a farmer’s market, and storage, Pegstar’s Jagi Katial tells the Chronicle‘s Craig Hlavaty. But a reader who attended a neighborhood meeting about the proposed project provides Swamplot with additional detail:
The 51,000-sq.-ft. property outlined in black on the site map (on the northeast side of N. Main St., across the street from the concert venue) would be used for parking, along with the 52,000-sq.-ft. property outlined on North St. outlined in orangish-yellow. Altogether, there would be room for 500 cars. A new traffic light on N. Main St. would help visitors to cross the street after parking. The developers are also reportedly working with the city to explore the feasibility of putting in a pedestrian or road bridge across Little White Oak Bayou to connect with Ideal St. on the south side; the bridge would go between the sites outlined in yellow and blue. The properties marked in red and blue may house additional components such as outdoor stages or parks. Between the 2 indoor and one outdoor concert venue already planned, the entire complex would have a capacity for 1500 people, according to the reader’s report.
- FPSF organizers moving on from Fitzgerald’s partnership to open new three-stage venue [Houston Chronicle]
Renderings: Schaum/Shieh Architects Houston