Like the looks of the conceptual drawing above, showing one of the possible ways to dress up HBDi’s Palm Center on Griggs Rd.? Or think you’ve got a better idea, and the real estate connections to pull it off? Adolfo Pesquera notes a current call for proposals from developers interested in redoing the site — you’ve got until early October to submit your own plan.
The changes wouldn’t happen all at once: HBDi’s documents show that it hopes to split up the work into a few different phases, dependent on how the economy looks. The first order of business would be to pretty up the old buildings on the site; the next phase would include adding a plaza and some office space, followed by the addition of whatever mix of office, retail, residential, and medical space is eventually selected. Though most of the images included with the proposal guidelines are speculative, HBDi’s conceptual drawings do show some of the more concrete plans for the site, which is the last stop on Metro’s Purple Line:
To get you started, HBDi’s proposal documents include 3 different sample maps of how to divvy up the center (all shown with Griggs Rd. flipped around to the bottom of the image, and the looping pathways of the Park at Palm Center on the far left). All 3 seems to show the majority of the existing strip center footprint intact (labeled as parcels 2 and 5, respectively); all 3 also include a green corridor, and a plaza space along Griggs. And 2 of the conceptual maps tag part of the Harris County Precinct 7 offices and courtrooms as an events space and workforce development hub (highlighted in purple). Orange footprints show hypothetical residential developments, blue shows office space, and dark green shows medical tenant space:
Here’s an aerial of the center as is, marked up with some of its new and future neighbors, including the Alice McKean Young Neighborhood Library (which will move out of its current home within the shopping center and jump across the intersection to the under-construction new facility catty-corner to the Houston Texans YMCA):
The collection of 1950s buildings (which architect Keiji Asakura called “the first of its kind that we know today as a shopping center”) was bought by the city in the 1980s; city nonprofit HBDi took over the center’s redevelopment after an early-90s partnership with a different city business development agency resulted in law suits and questions about appropriate use of funds.
- Previously on Swamplot: Library Branch Outgrows Palm Center, Will Move Across Street, and Double in Size; Daily Demolition Report: Palms Down; Where Training Will Begin: The Houston Texans YMCA at Palm Center