Life in the East End 2023
#EastEndStrong: New Growth and Prosperity
By Sonia Ramirez
Despite navigating challenging times throughout 2021, the East End community continued to show resilience and a new way of doing business. While many organizations and companies brought workers back to the office and customers again were able to meet face to face for business meetings, it wasn’t without its challenges. Virtual events, Zoom calls, and smaller gatherings seemed to dictate much of the year, but that didn’t stop projects and new developments from continuing to transform the East End into a mecca of growth and future opportunities.
2021 was a year of collaborations as the Chamber celebrated its 30th anniversary serving the needs of the community. During September, they participated in a project called “30 Days for 30 Years,” highlighting social media postings about members and collaborated with Rebuilding Together Houston on one big volunteer project to renovate and repair a home in the East End.
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
Rebuilding Together Houston, a non-profit organization that helps families, veterans, and senior citizens with home repairs, collaborated with the East End Chamber to help Maria Isabel Melo, a long-standing resident of the East End for 38 years, update her 1930s home. Together with a community of staff and volunteers, they worked on a project that included painting, caulking, replacing some siding, fascia, soffit, and yard cleanup, among other updates.
NEW SPACES TO GROW
New developments have already begun popping up along the East River, a 150 acre multi-phased, multi/mixed-use development. Developed by Midway, a privately owned, fully integrated real estate investment and development firm, the area is already seeing commercial and residential spaces along with residential/townhomes in the lower 5th Ward.
Phase 1 will include a 360-unit apartment home complex, two office buildings (both with ground floor retail/hospitality), a free-standing restaurant building, and a parking garage is scheduled to be done in spring 2023. The overall completion will take about 20 years. “Given East River’s size and scope, we believe it will act as a major catalyst to spur additional redevelopment and investment in the 5th and 2nd Ward communities, bringing more employment and business opportunities,” said Executive Vice President of Midway David W. Hightower.
The East End is home to an exciting new venue now open called Ronin Harrisburg. What started as a space for a creative arts agency has blossomed into a chain of Houston’s most unique event venues and the 3rd and largest venue of the Ronin Art House brand, according to Keagan Harley, Ronin creator and managing partner. “The 4,400 square foot venue combines an industrial aesthetic with a sophisticated edge. Ample natural light features and custom lighting panels make the venue the perfect setting for day or evening events.”
Upon first glance, you could even say the all-inclusive spaces are works of art themselves. Inspiration for the chic modern style was taken from the Louvre in Abu Dhabi.
Another exciting new development now open for business is the East End Maker Hub, a 300,000-square-foot industrial incubator developed by Urban Partnerships CDC and TxRX Labs. The industrial incubator opened in 2021, wrapping up construction on phases one and two, according to their website.
“This project provides an opportunity to reclaim our history of innovation in manufacturing and to ensure that the process of innovation is equitable,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement held during the grand opening. New tenants are already coming on board, including Syzygy Plasmonics, who signed a lease for 6,736 square feet in the East End Maker Hub.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
While there are new developments, a few projects are still in the planning stages or nearing completion, such as Little Red Box Grocery Story (LRB). Scheduled to open in late February 2022, LRB is a traditional neighborhood market reimagined to a quaint small store format where customers can purchase fresh foods and pantry essentials you buy most often with convenient online ordering and curbside pick-up. Free cooking and nutrition classes will also be available.
Samuel Newman with LRB said the idea behind the store is to be an access point for providing an assortment of items at affordable prices that can be a challenge to find in the neighborhood. “What we think will set us apart is our desire to be engaged with the community above and beyond food,” Newman said. “That could be anything from health and wellness screenings; it could be voter registration drives, whatever the community doesn’t have access to; we want to provide the ability for organizations to come in and leverage our space.”
There’s also going to be a new Sheriff’s Complex coming to the area in the next few years. Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia shared the following regarding that new development-“The new Harris County Sheriff’s Office building in the East End is a great example of how public facilities and amenities can help our community progress in multiple ways. Our law enforcement partners will get the space and resources they need to keep us safe while the community also gains a space to gather, learn, and grow together while strengthening the relationship with law enforcement. Making this a dual-purpose facility from the beginning is a win-win for everyone involved.”
Coming in late 2022, Shipley Do-Nuts will set up its corporate office at the site of the old Finger Furniture’s flagship showroom. The state-of-the-art facility will feature an interior drive-thru going right through the building providing a behind-the-scenes look into the making of "The World's Greatest Do-Nut,” according to a press release.
The headquarters, named after founder Lawrence Shipley's son, the L.W. "Bud" Shipley Jr. Support Center, replaces Shipley's longtime Houston headquarters on North Main Street showing that East End is the place to be to lay down roots.
The Chamber continues to be the premier catalyst for economic and community development in the area. Our mission to connect businesses to promote economic expansion and investment in the East End is seen in the abundance of growth we are experiencing throughout the region. We encourage you to join us and take advantage of the opportunities to network and create new partnerships. Together we are #EastEndStong.
The East End represents a number of the city’s most historic and culturally significant neighborhoods. Many area residents can trace their ancestors back to some of the area’s early settlers and some of Houston’s original recorded deeds are in the East End.
The homes built in Eastwood were custom homes reflecting the early 20th century fondness for Craftsman, Arts & Crafts, Foursquare and Mission architecture. Today, Eastwood has one of Houston’s largest intact collections of these architectural styles.
Please take a look at the East End's premier neighborhoods:
Twenty-two new residential communities have become a part of the East End landscape bringing new and old together in a fashionable way. In town Homes the newest development in east downtown offers a variety of townhomes and lofts sure to suit your style!
For current residential properties for sale in Houston’s East End please click on the following links:
Arts & Entertainment
East End Entertainment Venues
Part of the vibrant redevelopment of downtown includes entertainment venues located on the eastern side that include Minute Maid Park- home of the Houston Astros, and the Toyota Center- home to the Houston Rockets. Also calling the East End home are the two-time MLS champions, the Houston Dynamo, and the Houston Dash, the National Women's Soccer League.
Houston is second to only New York as a major cultural arts center. More than 200 cultural institutions are dedicated to bringing art to the Houston community. Houston is one of the few U. S. cities that offer world-class year-round resident companies in all of the major performing arts. Visual arts are served with distinction in Houston by the Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Arts Museum, and the Menil Collection. Joining the Menil are several other museums including a wide range of commercial galleries. East End treasures also feature and promote Latino artists and theater groups providing extraordinary imagination and the opportunity to express personal artistic vision through unique public art.
Parks & Greenspace
Enjoy a leisurely stroll along Brays Bayou in Houston’s Historic East End! From hike and bike trails, linear trails to parks nestled in historic neighborhoods offering a beautiful backdrop of downtown Houston. Visit the East End and enjoy amenities including a skate park, golf course, swimming pools, soccer fields and community gardens. Take a drive down East End streets and enjoy lush and beautiful canopies of trees lining the neighborhoods! The East End your HOMETOWN in A Big City!
Brays Bayou from Lawndale to Forest Hill
Brays Bayou from 75th to Evergreen
Harrisburg - Sunset Drennan to Marsden; Ave. R to Ave H
Hike and Bike Trail
Eastwood Park - 5000 Harrisburg
Hartman Park - 9311 Ave P.
Mason Park - 541 75th Street
Broadmoor/Kretschmar Park - 1500 Elliot St.
Brown Foundation Plaza - 2801 Harrisburg Blvd.
Denver Harbor Park - 6402 Market St.
De Zavala Park - 7520 Avenue J/907 76th St.
Eastwood Park - 5000 Harrisburg
Eastwood Skatepark - 5020 Harrisburg
Glenbrook Park & Golf Course - 8201 North Bayou Drive
Gragg Park Complex - 2999 S Wayside
Guadalupe Plaza - 2311 Runnels
Gus Wortham Park & Golf Course - 311 S Wayside Dr
Hidalgo Park - 7000 Avenue Q
House of Tiny Treasures - 1529 Lombardy St.
Ingrando Park - 7302 Keller St.
Japhet Creek - 4600 Clinton @ Emile St.
Jenkins Garden Corner of Lockwood & Harrisburg
Mason Park - 541 South 75th St/Tipps
M.C Cullinan Park - 5120 Polk
Milby Park - 2001 Central
Park Drive Park - 4600 Park Dr
Park Place Park - 8600 Detroit
Peiser Park - 8510 Manchester St.
Reveille Park - Oak Vista
Settegast Park - 3001 Garrow
Smither Park - 2441 Munger St.
Spurlock Park - 6700 Park Lane
Tony Marron Park - 808 N. York
Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park - 2300 S. Sgt. Macario Garcia Dr.
East End Murals
Over 25 murals can be found in every nook and cranny of the East End. From world-renowned artists to local talent telling the East End story and its rich history, you do not want to miss taking a drive and checking out these colorful works of art. Stop and enjoy a delectable dessert or coffee or enjoy lunch at one of our many restaurants.
A Mexican Mountain Scene - 521 S. Wayside @ Avenue P
Aerosol Art Wall - 4500 Harrisburg Blvd.
Angel Wings - 6632 Harrisburg Blvd.
Baile - 6311 Gulf Fwy.
Coffee Plant/ Second Ward - Metrorail Station - 511 York St.
Conduit - 5020 Harrisburg Blvd.
Don't Forget Your Roots - 6635 Harrisburg Blvd.
East End: Birthplace of Houston - 3715 Harrisburg Blvd.
Eastside Houston - 802 Telephone Rd. @ Dumble
El Callejon de Los Murales - Oshman’s Building - I-45 @ Wayside
El Centro de Corazon - 5001 Navigation
El Derecho el Respeto Ajeno - 2950 Broadway
Frenetic Theater - 5102 Navigation Blvd.
GEEMD/ East End Foundation - 3211 Harrisburg Blvd.
Goodwill Building - 4535 Harrisburg
Harrisburg Plaza - S. Wayside @ Capitol
Houston's East End - 1450 Gulfgate Center Mall
Jardin - 6311 Gulf Fwy.
Jungle - 5100 Polk St.
La Reyna del Acorden - 6901 Harrisburg
La Virgen Encantador - 2405 Navigation
Las Mananitas - 6311 Gulf Fwy.
Lee Angel Ramirez - 6300 Navigation
McDonald's Mural: "Arte Sin Barrerras" - 6000 Gulf Fwy.
Metamorphosis - 110 N. Milby St.
Nuestra Familia, - Nuestra Comunidad - 4410 Navigation Blvd.
Nuestra Senora - 5100 Polk Street
Papel picado - 6311 Gulf Fwy.
Paz a Las Americas - 6635 Harrisburg Blvd.
Peace to the Americas - 6635 Harrisburg Blvd.
Port Houston - 1929 Dorsett St.
Rebirth of our Nationality - 5800 Canal
Sal Creations at Crespo Navigation - 2516 Navigation Blvd.
Selena - 7037 Capitol
The Houston Ship Channel - 6601 Harrisburg
The View from Magnolia - 7748 Avenue K
Ventanas de Opportunidad - 2704 Navigation - (behind Original Ninfa’s)
Voodoo Queen - 3004 Canal St.
Walmart Mural: "Together Somos Mas" - 2391 S Wayside Dr.