Mixed-use Mania!

6 Mixed-Use Developments Transforming Houston

City blocks are changing all over town—here's what you need to know.

By Gwendolyn Knapp April 2, 2021

Feel like mixed-use developments are sprouting up all over Houston? You’re not alone. We can hardly keep up. Here’re six that, as far as we can tell, are transforming city blocks all over town.

Montrose Collective

  • Where: Westheimer and Grant, near Uchi
  • What: 197,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, work, and greenspace
  • Vibe: Totes walkable but still has 600 parking spots
  • Who’s behind it: Radom Capital (of Heights Mercantile fame)
  • Usual Suspects: Michael Hsu Architecture for design, OJB Landscape Architecture for nature
  • Projected Opening: Summer/Fall 2021
  • In the mix: NYC’s Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, a Live Nation office, a living green wall for eco-selfies
  • We’ll go for: The new Montrose branch of Houston Public Library

Levit Green

  • Where: Holcombe and Texas 288 (former Grocery Supply Co. site)
  • What: 53 acres of research facilities, apartments, shops, eateries, and greenspace near the Texas Medical Center
  • Vibe: Scientists working hard, playing hard
  • Who’s behind it: Hines, 2ML
  • Usual Suspects: HOK has designed the first building; Gensler helped with the Master Plan
  • Projected Opening: Construction begins in September 2021
  • In the mix: A $1 billion+ price tag; a name honoring Grocery Supply’s founder, Joe Levit; the potential to make TMC even more impressive
  • We’ll go for: Drinks among our city’s geniuses

Autry Park

  • Where: Allen Parkway (and W. Dallas) at Shepherd
  • What: 1,400+ apartments, offices, and 22 restaurants and stores in a five-tower complex on 14 green acres near River Oaks.
  • Vibe: A bustling mini city on the bayou
  • Who’s behind it: Hanover Company, Lionstone, Rebees
  • Usual Suspects: Michael Hsu created the look, OJB Landscape Architecture made it walkable
  • Projected Opening: Phase I—two residential towers—debuts in late 2021, with two phases to follow
  • In the mix: A stoplight on Allen Parkway, a dedicated bike lane on W. Dallas, a public park
  • We’ll go for: The glass cylinders embedded among a grove of mature live oaks—retail space, natch

Regent Square

  • Where: W. Dallas and Dunlavy (across from Autry Park)
  • What: A sprawling 600-deep apartment compound with room for retail and restaurants on eight acres
  • Vibe: Autry Park’s mysterious young neighbor
  • Who’s behind it: Boston-based GID Development Group
  • Usual Suspects: OJB Landscape Architecture brought the green finger
  • Projected Opening: 2021? Maybe? It broke ground in 2019, seven years after planned
  • In the mix: Activated green spaces, a signature water feature, a pedestrian promenade, and the hopes of this becoming part of a larger 24-acre mixed use compound that stretches to Waugh
  • We’ll go for: Dinner on the roof (of three upcoming restaurants)

Image: M-K-T

M-K-T Heights

  • Where: 600 N. Shepherd
  • What: An industrial park turned shops, cafés, and office space on the Heights hike and bike
  • Vibe: Ultimate Heights hipster-dom
  • Who’s behind it: Radom Capital, Triten Real Estate Partners, Long Wharf Capital
  • Usual Suspects: Designed by, you got it, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
  • Projected Opening: It’s done (as of Oct. 2020)!
  • In the mix: Boutiques Burdlife and Common Assembly, ice cream spot Honeychild’s Sweetcreams; coming in March 2021—Rakkan Ramen and Tight Squeeze Juice Bar
  • We’ll go for: A selfie at interactive installation Flower Vault

East River

  • Where: Between Jensen and Clinton Drive on Buffalo Bayou
  • What: A million square feet of bayou-front shops, eateries, and living near Japhet Creek
  • Vibe: A waterfront CityCentre … in Fifth Ward
  • Who’s behind it: Midway (of CityCentre fame)
  • Usual Suspects: OJB Landscape Architecture designed the nature-focused open spaces
  • Projected Opening: 2023 for Phase 1—360 apartments in The Laura, some shops and offices
  • In the mix: East River Mural, The Moonstruck Drive In Cinema, and functioning beehives, yes beehives, are already in use on site
  • We’ll go for: The sheer scope of it—the size of 60 downtown Houston blocks
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