The Historic and Design Review Commission approved on Jan. 15 the conversion of a historic building into an open-air concept. It also approved plans for H-E-B LP’s headquarters campus, the former Liberty Bar’s move near Pearl and a new location for a Mexican restaurant chain.
Open-air space coming next to Texas Public Radio development
The HDRC unanimously approved Overland Partners Inc.’s proposed modifications to 337 West Commerce St. to allow for a walkway and seating area between West Commerce and the Texas Public Radio Plaza, north of the property.
Developers plan to create the storefront system at the property and remove the roof structure to create the open space.
H-E-B headquarters tech center expansion
Commissioners also unanimously approved H-E-B LP’s initial plans for the 170,000 square-foot tech center at its local headquarters. The HDRC documents show conceptual designs of phase one of its campus expansion, indicating the five-story project now includes 170,000 square feet — 20,000 more than was initially announced in August. Construction is scheduled for summer this year and is tentatively set for completion by summer 2022.
Expanded plans for former Liberty Bar’s move to Pearl
Also winning unanimous approval were the plans to expand and move the former home of the Liberty Bar near Pearl.
The modification approved Jan. 15 by the HDRC maintains previously-approved plans to move but with two significant changes — adding an open-air pavilion between the two buildings and raising the wood-frame Boehler’s House 6 to 7 feet on a stone plinth.
New location for Nicha’s Comida Mexicana in Mission District
Finally, the HDRC unanimously approved plans to build a Nicha’s Comida Mexicana restaurant on a 2.7-acre property at 3331 Roosevelt Ave. in the Mission District, with an added stipulation that the developer consider a neighborhood request to replace a proposed wall west of the property with landscaping.