So You Think You Can Drag hit the stage at South Beach last night — a permanent move for the event in the wake of Wednesday‘s permanent closure of Meteor Lounge at 2306 Genesee St. The bar and semi-aquatic drag and dance venue had been renting its space back temporarily while developer Fred Sharifi worked on designs and permits for the redevelopment of the East Montrose neighborhood around Fairview Ave. and Mason St.; Adolfo Pesquera noted in early April that the project (under the name Fairview + Mason) had been granted a variance request.
The application for that request included the drawing above of the 6-story parking garage that’s planned to replace Meteor; the exterior, perhaps following Rice University’s lead on parking garage modesty coverings, appears to be artfully encrusted with bicycles, with the words MONT and ROSE emblazoned beneath.
The variance request asked the city for permission to cross some building setback lines and to add some canopies along 2 different blocks on Fairview — the site plan below points them out, catty-cornered between the block holding the Mason St. electrical substation and the block holding Max’s Wine Dive, Cuchara, and Flow:
The planned parking garage is shaded in blue above; the grayed-out Building A on the far left is Sharifi’s about-to-close Gratifi. A clearer 3D view of what those planned structures could look like came via the Montrose Management District last fall:
The variance request also included a look at plans for parts of the streetscape — here’s a look at the back of tiny Building C from Mason St., with Building F visible across Fairview to the south:
Here’s the cross section of what Genesee St. could look like with the parking garage in place, next to some landscaped sidewalks:
And here’s the view up Mason, next to the electrical substation:
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Images: Montrose Management District (3D overview rendering); Houston Planning Commission via Virtual Builders Exchange (all other renderings), Meteor Lounge (photo)