Patrick Osborn

Major Plans To Beautify And Enhance Downtown’s Eastend

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A major makeover is in store for  the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston and the areas surrounding it.

Houston, Texas (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty/Thinkstock)

Houston, Texas (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty/Thinkstock)

The plan is to reshape the East end of downtown into a dynamic new focal point by the time Houston hosts the Super Bowl in 2017.

Marie Hoke with WHR  Architects says the goal is to offer people more reasons to visit the area, so more plaza areas, retail shops and restaurants are envisioned.

Hoke says we want to “provide some space for them to kind of linger.  We want people coming out from the suburbs to go to restaurants and also have reason to stay a little bit longer, maybe provide some plaza space they can congregate in.”

Houston City Council member Robert Gallegos’ district includes that area of downtown and he is “thrilled” with the proposals.

Gallegos says “a development like this is just going to encourage more residential development and with that, will encourage to bring in retail into the downtown area.”

The Council member says the improvements will remain long after the Super Bowl game has been played  “once the Super Bowl is gone, its going to be something that Houstonians can enjoy, residents of downtown which those areas are part of my district.”

Hoke says it is an exciting project “we are all very invested in the city, we are all users of Discovery Green and the GRB and we are excited to be part of contributing to the development of that area because we are Houstonians.”

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