Planting seeds: Will a long-vacant Broadway building in Galveston soon be home to a garden? If Mayor Jim Yarbrough and city officials have their way, it will. City officials are considering buying the building formerly occupied by Simp’s Kitchen and years ago by a Dairy Queen, 2528 Broadway. Most recently a group had plans to open a Cajun concept at the building, but those never came to fruition.
The city has for months been discussing the possibility of buying the former restaurant building, demolishing it and entering into a long-term arrangement with the Galveston-based International Oleander Society to move its Oleander Garden Park, 2624 Sealy, to the restaurant site. The city would then enter into an agreement with the Mary Moody Northen Endowment to use the former site of the Oleander Garden Park as a parking lot for a new fire and EMS station that will replace Central Fire Station downtown. The proposed parking lot also would accommodate overflow from the Galveston Children’s Museum on the first floor of the Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, Yarbrough said.