Investing in Galveston’s Historic Strand District

The Islander Magazine The ITEX Group is bringing historic preservation to the Jean Lafitte Hotel. Last month, government, community and business leaders gathered to celebrate the commencement of a new project in Galveston’s Strand Historic District. The ITEX Group began a privately funded, major historic preservation and renovation project to transform the ten-story Jean Lafitte Hotel, at … [Read more...]

Council Approves Street Closure Keeping Prince Hall Renovations On Track

By Will Johnson MESSENGER CROCKETT - The proposed renovations of Prince Hall Manor are back on track and appear to be headed to fruition after Monday’s regular Crockett City Council meeting. The proposal to renovate Prince Hall Manor was broached nearly two years ago. Through a federal grant, the property developer had proposed the complete overhaul and renovation of the property. In a … [Read more...]

Are island’s mixed-income developments over?

By Amanda Casanova The Daily News GALVESTON — The Galveston City Council will consider a resolution Thursday that could threaten the Galveston Housing Authority’s plan to build mixed-income developments on the island. Council members Elizabeth Beeton and Steve Greenberg are asking the council to consider a resolution that asks the state to suspend tax credits for low-income housing … [Read more...]

Crumbling Lafitte building to undergo restoration

By Laura Elder The Daily News GALVESTON — When the 10-story Jean Lafitte Hotel was built in 1927, its modern architecture was meant to attract business travelers and give the island’s Victorian downtown a more modern appeal. Empty for two decades, the property has become a symbol of faded glamour and lost prestige; its crumbling facade a prominent reminder of better days and the broken … [Read more...]

Historic Preservation To The Jean Lafitte Hotel – A Major New Investment In Galveston’s Historic Strand District

HUD/U.S. The groundbreaking ceremony for Church Street Apartments was held on December 6, 2011, at the historic building located at 2101 Church Street, Galveston, TX. Officials of HUD and the Texas Department of Community & Housing Affairs (TDCHA), Galveston city leaders, Galveston Chamber of Commerce and community and business leaders gathered to celebrate the commencement of the new … [Read more...]

Renovations finally under way at east Fort Worth affordable-housing complex

By Alex Branch Star-Telegram FORT WORTH -- The rumble of bulldozers and that shrill beeping emitted by construction vehicles when they back up sometimes stir Herman Mosley from his sleep in his Prince Hall Gardens apartment. But he wakes up smiling. The 44-year-old says he is finally hearing the sounds of improvement at the long-troubled east Fort Worth apartments. Ten buildings have … [Read more...]

Jean Lafitte Hotel to get a face-lift

By Laura Elder The Daily News Lafitte beat: For years, developers have promised to restore the vacant Jean Lafitte Hotel, 2105 Church St. in the island’s downtown, only to delay and disappoint. The 84-year-old building sat empty for more than two decades and was a vagrant magnet. But Port Aurthur-based The ITEX Group said its plan to transform the eyesore into an apartment complex with … [Read more...]

Galveston’s historic Jean Lafitte Hotel to become apartments

Houston Business Journal The Jean Lafitte Hotel in downtown Galveston is slated to undergo a $12.5 million renovation to transform the 1920s-era building into an 85-unit apartment complex. The Galveston Daily News reports The ITEX Group, a Port Arthur-based real estate investment firm, began construction this week on the building, to be renamed the 2101 Church Street Apartments. ITEX … [Read more...]