As of December 1, Galleria tenants and workers who park in the Blue Garage fronting Westheimer (labeled “Construction Zone” in the above site plan) will have to find another place to stash their rides. Explains an official “communiqué from the management office” of Unilev, operators of Galleria Tower II: “This relocation is to due to impending construction by Simon Properties of a free-standing retail structure that will be erected on the surface lot directly above the Blue Garage.” That structure will be going on the 14,000-sq.-ft. pad site in front of the portals to the Cheesecake Factory; it’ll be known colloquially as the “luxury jewel box.” Simon Properties intends the building to house up to 3 high-end retailers.
A user going by the name of JJ18 posted these renderings of the proposed structure to HAIF back in March:
Whereas most mall parking lot pad sites play host to the likes of Chili’s or Olive Garden — and even the Galleria’s lot is famously adorned with a (separately owned) Zone D’Erotica — that is not the future Simon envisions for the LJB.
Crafting the jewel box is expected to take 8 months. according to the Unilev communiqué. A separate notice from garage operator AmeriPark indicates that “parking ambassadors” deployed onsite for the first 10 days will convey exiled motorists to replacement parking structures. The LJB is part of a much larger Galleria revamp project announced last year.
- From Galleria III rubble, new luxury retail to rise [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: A Grander Galleria: More Retail, More Restaurants, More Revenue — And a Residential Highrise Too?
Site plan: AmeriPark. Renderings: HAIF user JJ18.