4

Sale of Tile Plant Means Expanded Development Between Washington Ave. and the Heights

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

For decades, the area between Houston Avenue, Studemont, Interstate 10 and Washington Avenue was a tangle of warehouse, industrial plants and a smattering of wood-frame homes. It has only been in the past ten or 15 years that the area, which is home to numerous art complexes, began to see significant development as there became more of a desire for urban living. The first such domino to fall was when a Target, something the entire Heights area lacked after Kmart on 19th Street closed its doors (along with all the other Kmarts in Houston), opened. Eventually, a Kroger Signature store followed just west at Studemont. Now, one of the last industrial holdouts is finally clearing out.

Texas Tile Manufacturing, located smack-dab in between Target and Kroger, has finally decided to vacate its huge facility that now represents prime real estate along Interstate 10.

According to a story in the Houston Chronicle, the property has been valued by the Harris County Appraisal District at $14 million, but it is no doubt worth quite a bit more.

This will add to the already exploding development of the Heights and areas along Washington Avenue. The stretch that runs from Houston Avenue west to Heights Boulevard, now on both sides of the freeway, is booming with retail, mixed-use and residential development.

Certainly, the continued growth will be good for those seeking real estate, particularly close to the inner core of the city. Residential property inventories are at or near all-time lows across Houston and the demand continues seemingly unabated. Stories of bids for homes well above asking price and with double digit-bidders within days after the homes are listed are commonplace.

Of course, some of the older residents in the area might not be thrilled with it all. Residents of the Heights, the city's oldest residential neighborhood, threw a fit when Walmart moved into its space along Yale Street. Concerns over congestion and a general downturn in the neighborhood were the primary reasoning. No doubt, driving down Heights or Yale during rush hour is not a pleasant experience and even the expansion along Interstate 10 that just concluded earlier this year can't alleviate the traffic problems caused by the popularity of the area.

Still, Houston has been clamoring for blighted industrial areas to be replaced with modern development for decades. With the closing of the tile plant, it appears that change is going to come and quickly.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.