Page 39 - Galveston Monthly - September 2017

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Demolition and aerial images by John Hall
Did You Know?
Many people often confuse the S.S. Galveston with
the S.S. Snort which was also located on the seawall,
a few blocks away between 12
and 13
of Houston developers who sought to use the sight for a
condominium building, but their plans were not made known
until May of 2006 when Scott Breimeister, a principle in the
development group, announced that the firm was researching an
appropriate residential project for the site.
The following December, after sixteen months of planning,
Breimeister and his group were victoriously awarded a special-use
permit (SUP) for their mid-rise design. It was the first permit
awarded since a heated debate had resulted in the imposition
of building height restrictions on the seawall, helped in part by
the developers’ reduction of the height of the building from
fourteen stories to six—four residential levels and two for
parking. They also changed the aesthetic to a Mediterranean
design after interviewing nearby residents to gain their input.
Called the Tuscany Beachfront Condominiums, the
development was slated to house exactly fifty-six, one- and
two-bedroom units ranging from $150,000 to $300,000.
They promoted the features and amenities of the upcoming
property, including a terrace with a pool that overlooked
the Gulf of Mexico, sophisticated interiors, storm-resistant
windows, and sound-proof walls. The exterior design had
a traditional European flair that suited Galveston’s historic
Demolition of the Mayflower Inn began less than one month
after the permit issuance and was completed by March of 2007.
Six months later, however, the blank canvas was untouched and
it appeared that Breimeister and crew had lost their steam. He
reassured the public in September that the project was very much
a “go,” but that they had to wait until a certain amount of units
were sold before they could break ground.
By November, however, word was out that between
environmental and feasibility studies, architectural
services, permit fees, and the fees to incorporate the
two supervising companies, the development group was
already invested at over $2 million and not one brick had
been laid.
The last printed mention of Tuscany Beachfront
Condominiums was in March of 2008. No further progress
was ever made, and the only lingering clues to the
property’s future are the fifty-six listings in the Galveston
County Appraisal District for 802 Seawall Boulevard.
Mayflower demolition
Site of old Mayflower Inn
March 2007
Tuscany Beachfront
Condominiums rendering