Gay Houston bar to get razed for parking garage

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Pity those poor shower boys of Meteor. Sometime in 2016, they and the gay Houston bar they call home likely won't exist thanks to a new parking deck and massive redevelopment project.

The bar's owner, Charles Armstrong, sold the property the bar sits on at 2306 Genesee to make way for a new retail and office project from SFT Investments. Armstrong told About Magazine the bar now leases the property and has scheduled events through Spring 2016.

“We finalized the sale of the property in late October. Meteor was not sold, just the property. Matter of fact, it's business as usual,” Armstrong told the magazine.

But not for long. The project, which encompasses portions of three blocks, is in the design stage now with an expected start date in August or September. After that, the urban party lounge will be replaced with a six-story parking garage. Via Montrose District:

Among the proposed buildings are three mixed-use structures. One will be located at 2302-2308 Genesee (E), currently the location of some older apartments and Meteor Lounge. 10,000 square feet of office and retail space on the ground floor are planned, with a 5-6 story parking garage above, which Sharifi hopes will alleviate some of the parking pressures in the area. The second construction project will be situated on the southwest corner of Mason and Fairview (F). The structure will include 7,450 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, and 10,500 square feet of office space on the second floor, which will overhang the retail space at the rear of the building and provide a covered drive off Mason leading to surface parking, and an outlet on Hyde Park.

For now Armstrong – who also owns South Beach, JR's and Montrose Mining Company – made it clear that the bar is open and pouring. 

Meteor is OPEN for business. As many have read in facebook posts or heard from friends, the LAND Meteor sits on was sold. That’s a true statement. However, the business was not sold and has no immediate plans to close. Meteor now continues to operate on leased land like many of the bars in Houston. Meteor is open for business as usual with many upcoming events including Andrew Christian models coming Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas weekend and more to be announced after NYE. Again, Meteor is open for business with all your favorite bartenders and staff along with it’s wildly popular shows, including So You Think You Can Drag on Thursdays and the newer Carnival on Saturdays. Happy Holidays!

To help convince you, underwear model (and more) Pablo Hernandez arrives this weekend for Carnival Saturday.

In July, Meteor was among three gay Houston bars included among Out Traveler's 200 Best Gay Bars in the World.

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