The landmark, located at 5321 First St. in Katy, has been mostly unmaintained for decades. (Laura Robb/Community Impact Newspaper)
After nearly three decades of disuse, a plan for new life for Katy’s J.V. Cardiff & Sons Rice Dryer is underway.
A permit for $2.1 million in construction to the dryers estimated to start Oct. 1 and finish in January 2023 has been filed through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
The J.V. Cardiff & Sons Rice Dryer consists of three groups of silos, which are large cylindrical structures that once stored rice. After being unmaintained for 26 years, the property was purchased by Hadi “Andrew” Nurcahya in late 2020 from an Austin-based developer. He plans to turn the site into a community-centric gathering space that aims to encourage local economic growth in alignment with historical preservation, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.
The permitted renovations include parking, the Katy Beer Garden building and a museum dedicated to the silos’ and city’s history. The first round of construction on the site is estimated at $2.1 million, per the permit. Nurcahya plans to put over $7.2 million in total toward renovations.
Renee joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2022 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Renee covers education, local government and transportation in the South Houston metro area. Prior to CI, Renee served as a feature reporter and editor for her college newspaper, the Champion.