Partners behind the remaking of East Sixth Street — or at least the stretch between I-35 and Congress Avenues, which has been labeled "Dirty Sixth" in recent years due to a rep for raucous nightlife — will be swinging into gear on that project this month.
Real estate firm Stream Realty and architecture firm Clayton Korte will start facade restoration on the 500-700 blocks of East Sixth Street this month, according to a December release. They'll also lease 30 available parcels along the street.
Stream owns several vacant buildings on the 200 and 500-700 blocks of East Sixth Street.
The company wants to “bring back Sixth Street” with a wider variety of businesses than the nightclub-heavy strip has now, said Stream's Paul Bodenman.
Improving public safety and introducing commercial variety — including a weekend farmers market, outdoor concert series, local art and shops, and restaurants — is part of developers' vision for the historic neighborhood's makeover.
Sixth Street has “yet to return to its full potential” as a booming daytime hub, said Clayton Korte 's Paul Clayton. the firm plans to protect its heritage while also transitioning the neighborhood from its current bar-only focus to a more all-day, public-centric area,” he said.
Construction should be completed and tenants operating within the next two or three years, Bodeman said.