Friday, July 29, 2011
Supreme Golf Warehouse in Fort Worth to be transformed into mixed-use development
The ground floor has excellent restaurant potential.
In contrast to the somewhat more “posh” feel of Magnolia Avenue in the same district, South Main Urban Village has been slowly but surely coming back to neighborhood life from years of being little more than vacant buildings and industrial facilities by embracing its rough, factories-and-warehouses feel. In the blocks on and near South Main just outside of downtown, where most of the development activity in the village has been concentrated, some early “urban pioneers” (both businesses and residents) have been bootstrapping the comeback of one of the most under-the-radar and most potentially interesting parts of the city.
Developer Eddie Vanston is no stranger to the feel of South Main – he is, in fact, behind many of the redevelopment projects in those near-downtown blocks. Having successfully restored historic apartment buildings in a variety of Near Southside spots (the LaSalle just off Magnolia, the Leuda-May near the Rahr Brewery, and the Markeen just off Jennings near the towering Broadway Baptist Church), Eddie turned his attention to South Main a few years ago, seeing the potential in the area. He started by stripping down and restoring the Sawyer Grocery building complex, two buildings at South Main and Daggett that had been vacant and bricked-up for years. The redevelopment resulted in the buildings re-opening as upstairs apartments and ground-floor retail space, now home to Robert W. Kelly Architects, Trinity Bicycles, Thumbtechs, and more.
Eddie then turned to a nearby factory, the Miller Manufacturing Building. In contrast to the more traditional “apartment”-y styles of the previous buildings, the Miller building lent itself to hardcore industrial-style lofts – and that’s exactly what he built there. The building re-opened as some of the most striking and distinct lofts in the entire city – most “lofts” in Fort Worth tend to get a bit over-done with style and finish-out, but Eddie let the building’s raw industrial nature shine. There’s still a waiting list to this day for units in the newly-rechristened Miller Lofts.
Now, Eddie’s got another project starting up. He’s acquired the Supreme Golf Warehouse building just a couple of blocks away from his other developments, at E. Daggett and S. Calhoun. I took a walk through the Supreme Golf building with Eddie and got the details on his next redevelopment project.
The Supreme Golf Warehouse is a large, three-story red brick warehouse from roughly the same early-19teens era as the Miller Lofts. It’s actually been in active warehouse use until the present, so while it looks rough on the outside, it’s surprisingly clean and well-cared-for inside.
Eddie and his architect, Robert Kelly (who did the designing duties for the Miller Lofts and Sawyer Grocery projects before this), are about to convert the Supreme Golf Warehouse into 22 rental lofts, embracing the building’s industrial character once more by minimally altering the building. There will be some changes, though – most notably, the windows. The windows aren’t tall enough, so Eddie’s worked with the Texas Historical Commission to come up with a plan to enlarge some windows and leave others intact, though all will be upgraded to clear glass. The enlarged windows will be the same width as the originals, but much taller (and fully operable).
The lofts will run a variety of sizes and occupy floors two and three of the building.
So, what’s going on with the ground floor? Something with some very cool potential.
The ground floor features a loading dock and two roll-up doors on the Daggett side. Eddie’s going to convert this into retail space. What really spices this aspect of the project up, though, is the fact that this building-long stretch of Daggett – still paved in its original, unrestored brick – is no longer part of the street network. It’s been closed, and was sold to Eddie with the building. This makes the retail space/loading dock/brick street combo a fantastic opportunity to do something like a beer garden or other such establishment, with a large plaza-like space right in front. The possibilities are really exciting, and Eddie and his partners are actively looking for a budding restauranteur to work with them on a cool project to fill the space.
Inside the building are 12-foot ceilings, big square flared-top concrete columns, and some really interesting details.
Big doors are the norm throughout the building, and they’ll be incorporated into the finished product.
There’s an entire row of these doors on one floor, entries into a series of lockers. Eddie described the plan to use these lockers and doors as part of the units, punching entry doors into their backs and turning them into entry foyers, and perhaps even using a couple for bathrooms.
There are two elevator shafts in the building, and one features a fully-functioning old elevator that will be refurbished and operable for residents. The other no longer has an actual elevator, but plans are to turn it into a staircase leading up to the roof, where Eddie is looking into options for a green roof installation.
The Supreme Golf Warehouse Lofts look to be a really cool project. Eddie’s going to be starting up construction soon, once the remaining goods inside are cleared out. If you’re interested in living there, I’d hit him up at his site, Oldbuilding.com. That goes double if you’re interested in the ground-floor retail space – there’s some really great potential for a very cool, off-the-beaten-path establishment there, especially combined with that block of brick street that goes along with it. Eddie’s planning a “very generous” finish-out for the retail space, so the potential exists for something really cool.
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