LOCAL Houston | The City Guide October 2016 - Page 40

WHERE ARE THEY NOW Ed Wulfe By Carla Valencia de Martinéz LOCAL has been publishing for over 18 years and we have the archives to show it. With this column we continue to reach back into our old issues to see “Where are they now?” OCTOBER 2016 Photography by Gittings Photography by Phoebe Rourke-Ghabriel FEBRUARY 2006 VOLUME 8 | ISSUE 86 | FEBRUARY 2006 BUSINESS AS USUAL IN FEBRUARY 2006, CURRENT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF TIM MOLONEY (THEN A CONTRIBUTING WRITER) DESCRIBED ED WULFE AS “THE MAESTRO OF MEYERLAND, THE GURU OF GULFGATE AND THE PRINCE OF THE PAVILION.” THE INNOVATIVE DEVELOPER AND POWER BROKER WAS PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE PAVILION, WHICH IS NOW GONE, AND THE DEVELOPMENT HE WAS INTERVIEWED ABOUT – ITS REPLACEMENT, BLVD PLACE – IS A VIBRANT AND BUSTLING REALITY. WE DECIDED TO CATCH UP WITH WULFE AND FIND OUT WHAT HE’S BEEN UP TO DURING THE PAST DECADE. 40 L O C A L | october 16 In 2006, when we interviewed you for our cover, BLVD Place hadn’t even broken ground. Fast forward ten years later – is it everything you imagined it would be? Not quite, but it is well on its way. When we started, we believed this property was strategically located at the epicenter of Houston and primed for new state-of-the-art activity and development to raise the bar and take us into the 21st century. We envisioned a new and major urbanization effort since not much had happened in the District over the last 20–25 years. With BLVD Place we felt that we needed to be a catalyst to encourage and stimulate further development of the area, and that has happened big time. Thousands of high rise apartments have been built, hundreds and hundreds of condos have been constructed, major Class A office buildings have taken shape; and we built BLVD Place, a mixed-use development anchored by Whole Foods and Frost Bank featuring seven new restaurant concepts in the very heart of it at Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe.