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Redeveloped Jones Plaza To ‘Capture Spirit’ Of Houston’s Theater District

The new plaza design is meant to attract more Theater District visitors

Jones Plaza will breathe new life into Houston’s Theater District.

At least that’s what officials from the City and Houston First envision for the square’s newest redevelopment.

Jones Plaza is nestled in the heart of Houston’s Theater District and connects the Alley Theatre, Jones Hall and Bayou Place with the AMC movie theater.

Currently it’s a concrete square with a stage and some sun covers, and Houston First board chair David Mincberg said it has been underused.

“Between the underutilization, the accessibility and the desire of our partners on this side of town, particularly City Hall and the Theater District folks, there was a real need to reimagine Jones Plaza,” he said.

The redeveloped plaza will have green space, places to sit down and a restaurant.

It will also provide an opportunity to highlight the surrounding performance halls.

“So when they’re doing productions, we can feature those,” Mincberg said. “We have small plays going on at the same time and we can really take advantage of that.”

The construction will cost an estimated $25 million, with the Downtown Redevelopment Authority contributing $5 million and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and his wife Whitney leading a fundraising effort for the remaining $20 million, including $1 million out of their own pockets.

“I believe what Discovery Green has done for the east side of downtown, with its great diversity of performances and public art, the redesign of Jones Plaza will do for the Theater District and the west side of downtown,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “It will be a game changer.”

Groundbreaking is slated for next year with an estimated completion around Thanksgiving of 2020.

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