It’s happening yet again — another wrecking ball is going to come crashing through and transform a prime Houston-area site. A 38-year-old mall in Baytown is being demolished to make way for a brand new mixed-use mecca.
San Jacinto Mall, located at the corner of I-10 and Garth Road, is on track to become San Jacinto Marketplace.
The teardown began Friday afternoon, and the first phase of the multi-faceted new marketplace is scheduled to open in late 2020.
Fidelis Realty Partners, based out of Houston, initially purchased the mall back in July of 2015 from then-owner California-based Triyar. The developers were upfront about their plans from the beginning — transforming the dated mall into a new retail and lifestyle haven.
When complete, you can expect a sprawling 1.1 million square feet of retail space, 20 restaurants, 80,000 square feet of office space and an expansive site for festivals and concerts — think two football fields big.
The demolition technically began a few years ago. The Bealls and Ward’s buildings came tumbling down in April of 2016. But even this next stage of demolition will not level the entire mall.
Macy’s and J.C. Penney will remain the anchor tenants, joined by a brand new Premier Cinemas movie theater.
“The Center will draw a wide variety of highly sought-after tenants and will not only become the area’s premier shopping destination, but also a family-friendly center where the community can congregate to enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment options in an inviting, spacious and aesthetically pleasing environment,” the Fidelis website claims.
This comes on the heels of the revelation that an iconic Pasadena skyscraper will be demolished. But unlike the transparent fate of San Jacinto Mall, the future of the Pasadena First State Bank Building’s site remains unknown.