Remodeling along the lines of what’s depicted here is now underway on Amherst St. between Kelvin St. and Kirby Dr., according to a Rice Village District rep. A couple of newly released drawings shown here fill in details to some of the previously mentioned changes planned for the south side of Amherst, including the conversion of part of the roadway itself into more walking and sitting room behind some protective planters. And that narrow passageway in the building, running between Amherst and University Blvd., appears to be getting its own signage labeling it as The Alley (complete with light-up arrow directing shoppers inside).
The plans also call for some rooftop greenery and the chopping off of some pointy brick pediments — a swap which the District says will make all that 2-hours-free rooftop parking more visible, in the wake of the recent parking scheme changes:
As far as which retailers may move into the remodeled storefronts — Shake Shack’s confirmed spot on the Kirby corner doesn’t appear to be in this version of the picture (at least not in its latest rendered form, as seen below), but is purportedly still shooting for a November opening.
Most of the rest of the depicted storefronts are filled in with names vaguely evocative of actual brands, like “TAP,” “St. Vincent,” “Bordeaux,”, “Bristol & Rye,” “Tabique,”, and “Entablature.” The label for “Paper Co.” could be another of these (if it’s not an intentional reference to Paper Co. Cafe).
A small sign tucked away between logos for “Suit & Tie” and “Surrey & Essex,” also points pedestrians to Everything but Water (which already has a space on Kelvin), Sunglass Hut (which already has a space on University) and Australian skincare chain Aesop — which is opening a store on Westheimer Rd., but doesn’t currently have a Rice Village outpost.
- Previously on Swamplot: Rice Village La Madeleine Will Shut Down Sunday for Shake Shack-ification; Parking Meters Sprout in Rice Village for February Switchup; Owls, Giant Aluminum Owl Origami Now Stationed Watchfully by Rice Village Parking Garage Entrance; Your Chance To Read Into the New Rice Village Mural on Morningside; Before-ish and After Views of the Rice Village Design Overhaul Now Underway on University Blvd.; Shake Shack Will Take Over La Madeleine’s Rice Village Space; Bricks Turn White in the Rice Village as Arcade Makeover Unfolds; How Rice University Might Mix Up Its Rice Village Properties
Images: Rice Village District