In this premier episode of BUILT., Chris Tripoli and Bob Eury, executive director at the Houston Downtown Management District (HDMD), take us through the process of revitalizing Market Square in Houston, Texas, a small, old, established park in the downtown area that serves both a small residential community as well as nearby Monday-thru-Friday employees.
“The philosophy behind the redevelopment of the park was to incorporate the history of the site but also to respect the artistic intent and engagement of artists,” says Eury. “At the same time, was to really make it the thriving public square for the residential neighborhood.”
To achieve this revitalization, Eury reached out to Tripoli early on to figure out whether foodservice might play a role in the project. “We had very little experience in foodservice,” says Eury. “And I think we realized that this is one of those things where we wanted to get it right from the start.”