Our second category in the 2009 Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate has its official slate of candidates!
As the nominees are announced, voting can begin. You can cast your vote by entering a comment below or by sending Swamplot a private message indicating your preferences. This year you can also cast an extra vote from your Twitter account. More details about voting rules for the awards are available here.
The nominees for Best Vacancy are . . .
1. Mosaic and Montage. “Bankruptcy, mass foreclosures, and a bank failure — all just this year. What more vacancy excitement could you want? The lights on in these buildings at night still make up a somewhat empty mosaic. If the twin towers of 288 don’t win this year, they’ll probably still be deserted enough next year to try again.â€
2. Houston Pavilions retail. “Yes, those three stories of brightly colored walls were supposed to be filled with stores. There’s some action in the restaurants and clubs, but most of them don’t face into the dead-and-narrow mall courtyards. Good thing new office tenants NRG Texas and Reliant will be sucking up a lot of the shoulda-been-retail flex space.”
4. Alabama Theater. “The Alabama Bookstop was a perfect use for the old theater, had a cool ambience, and was a great historical save. Now it’s gone. What happens to this place next?â€
5. Randall Davis. “Can I nominate Randall Davis for being ‘vacant’ from the local real estate scene this year? How long will Houston be able to survive without any more new dressup-playing themed condo buildings?”
6. 2727 Kirby. “It’s a great looking building (just a little out of place) and will shape the Upper Kirby skyline forever. But what a miss on the pricing and demand estimation. Maybe sometime soon a foreclosure proceeding or a distressed sale/auction will fill it up. But for now the place looks mostly empty.”
7. Villas at the Heights, 114 Heights Blvd. “How about that townhome on Heights Blvd. that was built right next to the railroad tracks? Iâ€™m sure itâ€™s still vacant and will be for some time to come.â€
8. Tower Theatre. Doing time, until recently, as the now-shuttered Hollywood Video on Westheimer. “This place was Houston at its gritty core. I actually hated to see it as a video rental store.”
So . . . what’ll it be? Which one of these nominees earns your vote for Best Vacancy?
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Photos (top to bottom): Matthew Rutledge (Mosaic and Montage; license), Flickr user cameraman1006 (Houston Pavilions), HAR (2552 County Road 59, Manvel), Chris Adams (Alabama Theater), Ziegler Cooper (Sonoma and 2727 Kirby), Chris Adams (Tower Theatre). Video: Dave McC