The old children's museum is located between the Vogue (left) and Kress buildings on East Houston Street. BEN OLIVO | SAN ANTONIO HERON

GrayStreet Partners, one of the largest holders of downtown real estate, has begun putting a 15,000-square-foot food hall into the ground and mezzanine levels of the former children's museum on the 300 block of East Houston Street.

The ambitious project includes connecting the building, also known as the Grant, with the Kress next door, which is slated to become home to co-working company WeWork. The company is scheduled to move in in late 2019, according to the San Antonio Express-News. GrayStreet Partners also is adding underground parking the Kress' basement.

There is no due date for the food hall, Peter French, GrayStreet Partner's director of development, said via email. French declined to give other specifics, such as participating chefs and other vendors, on the project at this time.

The children's museum, now known as The DoSeum, left its Houston Street digs in March 2015 for its current spot on upper Broadway. The space has been vacant since.

The Grant building project adds to a flurry of activity on Houston Street. Flanking the Grant to the west is the Vogue building, where coding bootcamp Codeup recently expanded by 6,500 square feet, The Rivard Report wrote last week.

A block east, in early August, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Cogeco Peer 1 opened offices on the third and fourth floors of the Burns building, which is being refurbished by David Adelman and his company, AREA Real Estate. In that project, Dallas-based Devils River Whiskey has agreed to open a distillery and move its headquarters into the Burns. The space will also be home to barber Chuck Holdridge, and a coffee shop to be named later.

Last month, chef Stefan Bowers and Andrew Goodman opened Playland pizza inside the Maverick apartment building across the street.

A few blocks west of the Grant, Geekdom is set for a multi-floor expansion inside the Rand building, which is owned by Weston Urban. The developer is also teaming with KDC of Dallas on the new 23-story Frost Tower on the northwest corner of Houston and Flores streets.

In the Savoy Building, also owned by Weston Urban, just east of the Rand, activity has started on converting one of five available retail spaces into a Royal Blue Grocery, which has not returned an interview request.

A rendering of the food hall on Houston Street as it was submitted to the city for review in 2016. COURTESY CLAYTON & LITTLE ARCHITECTS
Rendering of the Grant and Kress building project on Houston Street from 2016. COURTESY CLAYTON & LITTLE ARCHITECTS

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Devils River Whiskey distillery, barber, coffee shop, pocket park coming to Burns building on Houston Street

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