Construction will begin in April on the former Sunset Coffee Building at Allen's Landing that will return the historic structure to use and hopefully bring new life to Buffalo Bayou Downtown.

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Houston First revealed plans for the $8 million project on Tuesday. Once complete in mid-2014, the building will offer an outdoor plaza, refreshment facilities, canoe and kayak rentals and a rooftop event space among other amenities. The building will also house the offices of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

"The Allen Brothers envisioned Houston from a series of waterways and worked
tirelessly to build it from the ground up," says Houston Mayor Annise Parker. The Mayor added that the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Houston First have "worked tirelessly to ensure that the point of origin for our city can become a vital hub for recreation and entertainment on the bayous."

Sitting at the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak bayous where the Allen Brothers first
came ashore and established the town of Houston in 1836, the Sunset Coffee Building is an ideal location to become a hub for Downtown Houston once again. It was originally built in 1910 to take advantage of the intersection of the barge, rail and street transportation systems.

Several decades later the area became a focal point of Houston's counterculture when the building was reinvented as Love Street Light Circus. From 1967 to 1970, the building showcased many local bands and attracted top rock stars who stopped by the nightclub when their tours came to Houston.