Levy Park renovations underway near Kirby Grove


The Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority is renovating a 5.6-acre park adjacent to Houston-based Midway Cos.’ mixed-use development Kirby Grove.

The Houston Chronicle reported that the developer will break ground at Levy Park on July 20. Construction is slated to take a year, and public access to the park will not be granted until it is completed.

Houston-based landscape architecture firm The Office of James Burnettdesigned the $10 million renovations, which will include native landscaping, playscapes, water features, a performance pavilion, an event lawn, a community garden and a dog park.

In November, Midway broke ground on the mixed-use development adjacent to the park.

One Grove Street, a 16-story, 225,000-square-foot Class A tower that fronts Richmond Avenue and Levy Park will be the heart of the mixed-use development. As of May 5, the office building was 60 percent preleased. It is expected to open in the spring.

Netherlands-based Vitol Group has leased nearly 63,000 square feet, PlainsCapital Bank of Dallas has 15,000 square feet, and Houston-based Velite has 7,300 square feet. Houston law firm BoyarMiller also has leased approximately 24,500 square feet.

Houston-based Munoz Albin Architecture & Planning Inc. designed the office building, and Houston-based Kirksey serves as the architectural firm of record. Houston-based Burton Construction is the general contractor.

A multifamily development with 270 units on the south of the park and restaurants are also under construction in the mixed-use development.