Shadowy Retail Block by Heights H-E-B Will Go Off the Grid, Hide Parking Behind and On Top

Renderings of 2401 N. Shepherd, Houston Heights, Houston, 77008

Renderings of 2401 N. Shepherd, Houston Heights, Houston, 77008The skewed look of the retail center planned by Braun Enterprises for 2401 N. Shepherd Dr. comes in large part from the misaligned footprints of the upper and lower stories of the eastern building, each twisted in opposite directions off of the right angles of the Heights street grid (though the lower layer appears to get mashed flat up against a setback line on the north side). Renderings of the site posted recently by Tipps Architecture show the twisty building paired with another single-story structure stretching west along W. 24th St., with some hangout space wedged between the 2. Some bent vertical strips and boxcutter window angles add that sat-on-the-delivery-box touch to the upper story of the eastern building, tentatively labeled with spots for retail, a café, and an upstairs fitness studio. 

How does one stray from the straight-and-narrow of classic Houston strip mall design while still fitting in all those required parking spots? Braun’s leasing flier shows a parking lot behind the 2 buildings, some angled-in street parking along W. 24th, and — perhaps taking a hint from the double-decker design of the H-E-B planned catty-corner across N. Shepherd — an additional level of parking tucked away on the roof:

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Renderings of 2401 N. Shepherd, Houston Heights, Houston, 77008

Renderings of 2401 N. Shepherd, Houston Heights, Houston, 77008 

Another rendering peeks into the pie-slice of patio space between the 2 buildings:

Renderings of 2401 N. Shepherd, Houston Heights, Houston, 77008

Renderings of 2401 N. Shepherd, Houston Heights, Houston, 77008

Additional angled parking is shown down W. 24th, where the center picks up a more straight-laced look:

Renderings of 2401 N. Shepherd, Houston Heights, Houston, 77008

The site plan is shown on top of the building once occupied by Auto Electric Service (which moved over Near Northside by early 2015) and on top of Miller’s Auto & Body Repair (which sold its land to Braun early last fall). The stripped-down-and-rebuilt former Texas Cafeteria, which may eventually host the second link in the planned Krisp Bird & Batter chain, is straight across N. Shepherd from the site:

Renderings of 2401 N. Shepherd, Houston Heights, Houston, 77008

Images: Tipps Architecture (renderings), Braun Enterprises (leasing fliers)

Rising Above on N. Shepherd

5 Comment

  • WTF? How will Pablo sell tires out of that thing?

  • Will Shady Acres get it’s first Bork?

  • That is so much nicer than the concrete monstrosity that will be the bastard Heights HEB. As far as HEB goes, all the good architecture was saved for the no-longer-secret Heights HEB on Washington.

  • Nice design. Does anyone have any idea when the current Body Shop will be closing?

  • Dang, does this mean I need to find another place to strip cars, ummmm, I mean,…. remove paint from cars? Next thing you know Mi amigos at the Mexican tire shop will sell out and I won’t have a place to get cheap recapped tires.

    This whole development of North Shepard and Shady Acres has got to stop. Before you know it all the character that made this part of town so special will be replaced with free range tofu gelato bars and Hatha Yoga nail salons.

    Get wit it homies. What’s that song,…they paved a crack pipe put up a parking lot….or something like that.

    Say it loud, say it proud….”Keep the Shady in Shady Acres.”