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

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Aerial view with the tile plant area highlighted in yellow.
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.


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17 comments
Jay Francis
Jay Francis

As I've commented time and time again, the owners have the option of just building another shopping venue that no one needs. OR. They can create a park and donate it to the city in which case, their name will be on the park and people will remember their kindness for a century or more. If Ainbinder had done something similar with what is now, just an ugly Walmart shopping center, the Ainbinder name would have been remembered positively for the next 100 years. Greed versus philanthropy.

Ade Tracy
Ade Tracy

A couple of bars that will be closed within 9 months.

Tyson Scott Malek
Tyson Scott Malek

That's a Signature Kroger just to the left. I doubt HEB builds next door. My vote is Schlitterbahn or a theme park for completely unselfish reasons. However, anything other than the world's largest farmers market is going to piss the locals off.

Mikey Seals
Mikey Seals

HEB would be good but they may not since just building the one in Montrose. There were originally bidding against Walmart for the location on Yale. They should have held out for this instead of building in Montose. Though I enjoy it being around the corner now.

Julie Lundgren
Julie Lundgren

My father used to work at this tile plant over a decade ago before he was laid off. So glad it's finally going!

Römër Vëntürä
Römër Vëntürä

more douche places for bros to gather and talk about their tanning and workout routines......?

Jeff Berlat
Jeff Berlat

There is already a WM on Yale. how about a large HEB?

jberlat1
jberlat1

our town is still cheaper than most of the east coast/west coast cities. 

Louie Lou
Louie Lou

Homes for the needy. Lol no foreal, probably a Walmart.

h_e_x
h_e_x

Not to mention some precious restaurant that will be praised before it opens, only to close down two months later.

h_e_x
h_e_x

That didn't stop them from building right across the street from a Fiesta and Rice, instead of an area that actually needs a grocery store.

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