New Downtown Development Gets the Blues

A new, mixed-use development planned for the east side of downtown has signed-on its first marquee tenant, the initial building block of what local leaders hope will be a vibrant addition to the city's central business district.

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The Houston Pavilions development will take up three city blocks near the George R. Brown Convention Center and include luxury condos and lofts, high-end retail shops, office space and restaurants like House of Blues, the first high profile tenant to committ to the project. Houston Pavilions Managing General Partner Geoffrey Jones says the project means good things for downtown Houston.

Parking lots where the development will be built

"It will generate a tremendous amount of tax value for both the city of Houston and Harris County. It will re-energize the convention business, and by extension, the hotel industry here in the central business district. By its very nature it will redefine the urban core of the nation's fourth largest city."

The $200 million project is just the latest addition to a revitalized east side of downtown, an area that has seen the construction of two new sports venues, the city's largest hotel and dozens of residential projects just within the past few years. Central Houston President Bob Eury says Houston Pavilions is a welcome addition to downtown.

"It's on a convention corridor from our hotels on the west over to the George R. Brown area on the east. It's at a light rail station on Main and it's across the street from Foleys, soon to be Macy's, so it's a perfect location."

The project should begin in May of this year and be complete in late 2007.

Photo: Parking lots where the development will be built.

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