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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Planning Commission recognizes island projects for second annual design awards

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Planning and Design Awards! The Galveston Planning Commission recently recognized several notable island projects during the second annual Planning and Design Awards. The list of awardees includes projects such as the Causeway murals, the remodeled Falstaff Brewery, Seeding Galveston and the 30th Street pump station.
The Galveston Planning Commission initiated the Planning and Design Awards last year as a way to celebrate projects that contribute to a better quality of life in our community and serve as models to learn from and emulate.    

In recent years, and particularly since Hurricane Ike, there have been numerous restoration projects across the island. In deciding the award winners, the Planning Commission considered the impact of the project on the community, as well as its innovativeness and ability to serve as a model for other developments, among other criteria.  The awards were presented during the October City Council meeting for each category.

The City of Galveston congratulates each of the award winners and thanks them for their contribution to the island’s community and architecture.

2020 Planning and Design Award Winners:
Development: Cedars at Carver Park & Villas on the Strand
These mixed-income housing complexes were constructed after Hurricane Ike damaged much of the island’s public housing structures. Both sites include a mix of one, two, and three-bedrooms in a combination of townhouses and garden units and were constructed with energy efficient construction processes and products. The award was presented to developers McCormack Baron Salazar and the Galveston Housing Authority.

Beautification: George and Cynthia Memorial Causeway Murals
The City of Galveston commissioned Galveston artist Gabriel Prusmack to paint six new murals on the Galveston Causeway. The previous murals were more than 15 years old and the paint had faded. The award was presented to the City of Galveston and Gabriel Prusmack.
Environmental: Seeding Galveston
Seeding Galveston is an urban farm project that seeks to provide fresh and organic, island-grown food to Galveston residents. Staff and volunteers are committed to ensuring that residents may buy locally-grown food at reasonable prices, reduce the community’s carbon footprint, and enhance the security of the neighborhoods by eliminating unused vacant lots. This award was presented to Seeding Galveston founders Debbie Berger and John Sessions, and benefactors Dr. Craig Brown and Angela Brown.

Historic Preservation: 30th Street Pump Station
The City of Galveston recently completed the restoration of the 30th Street Pump Station. The building was originally called the Galveston Water and Light Station and was designed by Dallas architect Charles Bulger and constructed in 1904. The restoration of the structure and conversion to a community center was recently completed using CDBG Disaster Recovery Funds. The award was presented to the City of Galveston, architect LaBiche Architectural Group Inc., Ardent Construction and Arceneaux Wilson & Cole LLC.

Private Investment: Falstaff Brewery
The Falstaff Brewery was built in 1895 by Galveston Brewing Company and closed in 1981 when Falstaff’s headquarters moved from Missouri to California. In 2015, JMK5 Holdings, LLC acquired the building and began the process of redeveloping the site into a climate-controlled storage facility, a rooftop event venue, and a 110-room boutique hotel.
The award was presented to developer Jerome Karam of JMK5 Holdings, LLC.

Public Investment: Market Street Improvements
In August 2018, the City of Galveston began a $1.1 million project to reconstruct sidewalks and curbs on Market Street between 25th and 33rd Streets, a corridor with an increasing amount of private and public investment. The City installed new decorative brick sidewalks, street furniture, landscaping and decorative lights. The award was presented to the City of Galveston and Lucas Construction.

Public Participation: Vision Galveston
The organization participated in a 9-month series of outreach events that reached more than 8,000 community members with the goal of connecting the vision for the island to the resources needed to make it a reality. The award was presented to Vision Galveston and United Way of Galveston.

Redevelopment: 2406 and 2410 Church
In 2019, Emily’s Home Building began the process of converting 2406 and 2410 Church into an office, design center and storefront. The project entailed the demolition of a non-contributing addition the renovation of a warehouse building. The award was presented to owners Emily & Brian Root of Emily’s Home Building, Remodeling & Design Services and architect Brax Easterwood, AIA, of Easterwood Architects Studio.

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