HOUSTON, TX – August 23, 2022 – The Common at Pinemont, a completely reimagined 1980s era strip shopping center at 1102 Pinemont Drive – bridging the GOOF (Garden Oaks and Oak Forest) and Acres Homes – is expanding its tenant roster with a Houston-based non-profit serving at risk youth. Color of Life Youth Center has signed a lease for 1,862 square feet to house the organization’s growing administrative and development team.

The 38,000-square-foot Opportunity Zone redevelopment project debuted last year in tandem with the unveiling of the Sugar & Cloth Color Wall, a community art piece that anchors The Common’s central common/gathering area.

Co-founded in 2009 by Tonya Bias and Jalquetta Lear, Color of Life Youth Center seeks to uplift children in challenging circumstances by fostering a model of healthy behavior in a nurturing environment through services and resources that will empower them with the knowledge to make good choices and live healthy lives. Preeminent programs and activities provided by Color of Life include digital media and radio production, culinary arts and nutrition, financial management, career development, etiquette, music, theater, dance, art, creative writing and fitness. Other services span from scholarship assistance and college tours to field trips, community service and environmental education.

Carlos Larios of Mission Realty represented the tenant, and center owner Gulf Coast Commercial Group, Inc, was represented by firm Leasing Associate Crady Newton.

About The Common

The Common was conceived with sustainability in mind – reusing rather than demolishing, creatively repurposing elements as opposed to discarding them when possible, integrating earth bound materials and incorporating solar panels to power exterior lighting plus water catchment tanks for landscape irrigation. Special attention was paid by Houston’s Schooley Design to create an architectural aesthetic and environment that would be both appreciated and enjoyed by the diverse communities that The Common will serve.

About Gulf Coast Commercial Group, Inc.

Founded in 1999, Gulf Coast Commercial Group, Inc. and its affiliates have overseen the development of more than eight million square feet of retail space in twelve states. In addition to The Common, recent urban infill projects in Houston include Block 14 at Garden Oaks and the 24-acre Lower Heights mixed use district just west of downtown.

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