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UHD Neighbor, the Sunset Coffee Building, is Perking Up

sunset coffee buildingConstruction work has begun on the renovation of the 100+-year-old Sunset Coffee Building at historic Allen's Landing in downtown.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Houston First Corporation are renovating the building, which sits on the spot often described as Houston's Plymouth Rock, where brothers August Chapman and John Kirby Allen came ashore and established the Town of Houston in 1836.

The $8 million construction project which includes property acquisition and restoration of the building is a joint public-private partnership designed to reconnect Buffalo Bayou to downtown Houston with a scenic and accessible outdoor venue. The building will serve as a hub for activity on the bayou and create a landmark for the site.

Once renovated, the building will offer an outdoor plaza at ground level with refreshment and rental facilities for canoeists, kayakers and bikers enjoying the trails and waterway. (Click here for more.) The first level will be office space for Buffalo Bayou Partnership, and the second level and a rooftop terrace will be offered as event rental space. Completion will be early 2015.

"This is a dream come true for everyone at Buffalo Bayou Partnership, something many people have worked on for more than a decade," said Anne Olson, President of Buffalo Bayou Partnership. "The people who made it possible have the same can-do spirit as the founders of Houston themselves."