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Montrose Developer Unhappy About Parking Requirements

Developer Fred Sharifi of SFT Investments is planning a $20 million, 60,000-square-foot mixed-use development for the corner of Genesee Street and Fairview—the current site of nightclub Meteor and a small apartment complex—that will include retail, office, and restaurant space, as well as six to eight loft-style apartments.

But because of the city’s onerous parking requirements, the project’s tallest structure will be a six-story parking garage.

Architect Peter Merwin told the Houston Business Journal that he will be forced to provide eight to ten parking spaces per 1,000 square feet of development. Merwin said he hopes Houston will change its approach to parking: “I think the city is starting to see that if you let engineers optimize everything for the automobile, you’re going to have a city optimized for the automobile and not the pedestrian.”

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HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT TO BE HONORED WITH “CALL 2 COURAGE” AWARD BY LGBT COMMUNITY

The 2015 FACE Awards presents the "Call To Courage" Award

(HOUSTON, TX) – The 2015 F.A.C.E. Awards set for Monday, December 7, 2015 will honor four Houston Police officers with the 2015 “CALL 2 COURAGE” Award presented the Houston Police Department’s Chief of Police; Charles McCellend. The award category honors the officers with the Houston Police Department that have provided a service, protected a cause, or have some how promoted equality to the LGBT community or an ally.

Confirmed presenters include; Representative Sylvester Turner, Sen. John Whitmire, Mark Boyle of KPRC, Foti Kallergis of ABC, Harris County Democratic Chair, Lane Lewis, Criminal Court Judge Jaclanel McFarland, Special K of KRBE, and Craig Henderson, founder of the Gay USofA pageants. Also presenting is Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan and Mr. Chalres McCellend, Chief of the Houston Police Department. We are excited to have the legendary voice of the Houston Rockets; Mr. John Paul Stevenson, the awesome Roseann Rogers, and Joey Guerra of the Houston Chronicle.

[First Achievers in Community Excellence] celebrates the L.G.B.T. community and its ally’s work hard in pursuit of special causes. Each year a volunteer works hard, a politician gets a law passed; a new business opens its doors to the community. Maybe it’s a photographer, a drag performer, a bartender, or a hair stylist – they are all doing their part in Houston seeking equality for all. The F.A.C.E Awards puts a face to that person and makes sure they are honored. They become someone to look up to, and it lets others praise their achievements. It allows our youth an opportunity to see that hard work and dedication pays off, that doing the right thing gets you rewarded.

Hosted by Houston award winning Lauren Kelly of Mix96.5FM and Sarah Pepper of Houston’s HOT 97.5 FM. New to the award show this year is the “RWB Pre Award Show | L’Auberge Casino Red Carpet Arrival Ceremony” hosted by Chad Pitt of MIX 96.5FM and Wendy Taylor of American Idol.

CITY OF HOUSTON PROCLAIMS MONDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 2015 AS F.A.C.E. AWARDS DAY

(HOUSTON, TX) -Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston has officially proclaimed that on December 7, 2015 L.G.B.T. Heroes’ and Icons’ will be honored; proclaiming F.A.C.E. Awards Day.

[First Achievers in Community Excellence]. Each year the L.G.B.T. community and its allies work hard in pursuit of special causes. Each year a volunteer works hard, a politician gets a law passed; a new business opens its doors to the community. Maybe it’s a photographer, a drag performer, a bartender, or a hair stylist – they are all doing their part in Houston seeking equality for all. The F.A.C.E Awards puts a face to that person and makes sure they are honored. They become someone to look up to, and it lets others praise their achievements. It allows our youth an opportunity to see that hard work and dedication pays off, that doing the right thing gets you rewarded.City-of-houston-FACE-Awards-195x300 CITY OF HOUSTON PROCLAIMS MONDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 2015 AS F.A.C.E. AWARDS DAY

“On December 7 we also remember the Heroes’ and Icons’ before us. The ever so many that fought with blood and tears for a cause, for a human right.” Stated FACE Awards director Cade Michals. “We remember our fallen L.G.B.T. community members, that were our friends, neighbors, everyone we lost this past year. They are honored as our Heroes’ and Icons.”

Houston based RWB Vodka, and L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles will sponsors the 2015 FACE Awards will be held in Montrose on Monday, December 7, 2015 at South Beach the nightclub.

Hosted by Houston award winning Lauren Kelly of Mix96.5FM and Sarah Pepper of Houston’s HOT 97.5 FM. New to the award show this year is the “RWB Pre Award Show | L’Auberge Casino Red Carpet Arrival Ceremony” hosted by Chad Pitt of MIX 96.5FM and Wendy Taylor of American Idol.

“RWB Vodka is delighted to take part in the 2015 F.A.C.E. Awards,” said Aristocrat Group Corp. CEO Robert Federowicz. “This is a prestigious and worthy event that honors significant achievement. We support such excellence and want to thank and recognize the many volunteers, activists, business leaders and everyone else who have come together to advance the community and make this a true success.”

The award show this year takes a new turn in its four-year history. The venue is much larger. The red carpet show is new. Two jumbo screens will allow for video, the lighting and the sound will provide for more energy.

Popular Gay Bar ‘Meteor’ Property Sold And Will Be Demolished For New Development In 2016

A new proposed development in Montrose recently announced includes an impressive lower Fairview revitalization set to break ground in the late summer of 2016.

The news also brings to light the property where the popular LGBT bar Meteor is located. The proposal released; places a six story parking garage at 2302-2308 Genesee, the current home of Meteor. But the developer admits ‘things could change closer’ to ground breaking.

“We finalized the sale of the property in late October” Charles Armstrong; owner of Meteor explains to About News.

“Meteor was not sold, just the property.”

Meteor will lease the property until construction is set to start. It is not uncommon for a bar owner to lease property. It’s more common for a bar to lease than to purchase the property.

“Matter of fact, it’s business as usual.” Armstrong says “We have events planned all the way through the Spring of 2016.”

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New Redevelopment Project Planned for East Montrose (Red Area Is Currently Meteor)

Armstong informed employees of the changes coming, in a staff meeting late Wednesday afternoon and clarified any rumors.

The massive project includes redeveloping a number of nearby commercial properties with new retail, office parking space.

The new structures in the new concept will run east and west through the  of Fairview, with the center running north/south streets of Morgan, Taft, Mason and Genesee.

If you know Gratifi, Cuchara and Max’s Wine Dive and the property Where Common Bond is located; then you know Fred Sharifi, the developer of the new project.