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Old Posted Nov 14, 2018, 2:43 PM
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Local firm selected to design park in downtown Houston

By Olivia Pulsinelli – Senior web editor, Houston Business Journal
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Houston’s Downtown Redevelopment Authority has selected local firm Lauren Griffith Associates to lead the design of a new park.

The previously announced park will occupy three-fourths of a block bounded by Bell, San Jacinto, Leeland and Fannin streets in the southern portion of downtown Houston. The property currently houses a Goodyear Auto Service Center, at 1519 Fannin St., and is about three blocks northwest of the Toyota Center and two blocks southwest of the mixed-used development GreenStreet. The remaining one-fourth of the block currently serves as a surface parking area for faculty and staff of South Texas College of Law, which owns that portion of the lot.

Proposed features for the new park include sustainable plantings, safe pedestrian and bicycle connections, interactive water features, functional art and on-site food service, according to a Nov. 13 press release.

The design phase is expected to begin later this month and last through July. In addition to Lauren Griffith Associates, other companies working on the park include Gensler providing architectural services for the fast-casual restaurant, storage building and other structures; Gandy2 Lighting Design providing lighting services; Kuo & Associates providing civil engineering; and Waterscape Consultants providing water feature engineering, per the release.

Additionally, Houston-based A’La Carte Foodservice Consulting Group is consulting on the park’s café component, and a request for proposals for a café operator will be released in January.

The park is expected to open in October 2020 and will be managed and programmed by the Downtown District, per the release.
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