Look for 16 high-end town houses to rise on the East End of the island — 1013-21 10th St. — some on the site currently occupied by the long vacant building that once housed the Micheletti grocery store.

Dr. Ahmed E. Ahmed and business partners are behind the development called The Palms on Galveston Island. The business partners plan eight duplexes, each containing two town houses. Each town house will have three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, living room, dining room, game room, and a two-car tandem garage. The town house designs are inspired by neighborhoods in the popular Heights area in Houston.

The development is an example of how smaller infill can transform neighborhoods, Ahmed said. Not everyone can afford or wants to live on the beach, but such new development behind the old city’s seawall could attract people who commute from the mainland to the island, said Ahmed, a professor emeritus in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, which is near the development.

“This will improve the quality of the neighborhood,” Ahmed said.

The development will require the demolition of the old grocery store, which the business partners bought about 10 years ago, along with an affiliated and dilapidated building across the street at 1013 10th St., where the first duplex is underway.

The business partners haven’t settled on pricing of the town houses, Ahmed said. They plan to demolish the vacant grocery store in a few months. Stay tuned.

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