Now gunning for Fast Traffic Auto Workshop’s garage and adjoining apartment on Austin St.: Next Level, Houston’s second planned but not-yet-open eSports venue. Following the auto shop owner’s retirement, the competitive videogaming hub has plans to stock the place with virtual reality gaming rigs, 40 PC setups, and a dozen or more gaming consoles — all of which will plug in somewhere between a planned competition stage, full bar, and “custom tabletop gaming tables” for lower-tech games.
The photo at top views the corner of the garage from McIlhenny St. It occupies the northeast spot on the Austin St. block where a foursome of bars plans to move in, next to the strip building at 2404 that CORE Church Midtown recently departed:
So far, Next Level’s owners — who describe themselves as “lifelong gamers with regular day jobs” — have scrounged up $275,000 for the redo, reports the HBJ‘s Cara Smith. A crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo is targeting $65,000 more, although its current yield is down at $610.
The entrance to the garage is on McIlhenny:
Its west wall opens onto a fenced-off lot of about 8 parking spaces . . .
fronting the same northern street.
The rest of the building includes a 2-story apartment:
Its front door neighbors CORE church’s abandoned parking lot on Austin:
The upstairs is mostly empty:
Except for this office . . .
and break room:
- 2402 Austin St. [LoopNet]
- Next Level E-Sports [Indiegogo]
- Esports arena to open in Midtown in Houston [HBJ]
- Previously on Swamplot: Core Church Midtown Flees Its Austin St. Strip Center in Advance of Syn Hospitality’s Bar Quartet; America Gardens, Small Bouquet of Other Upstate Restaurants To Be Planted in Midtown