Upscale Urban Restaurant – TRUEGRID Pavers
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  • WHAT: 100% permeable restaurant parking lot.
  • WHERE: Houston, TX
  • SIZE: 12,000 sq. ft.

The owners of an upscale urban restaurant in the Montrose area of Houston, needed parking for their new restaurant venture. Due to the location in the highly populated area, land for parking was limited to the 5,000 sf area behind the strip center where the restaurant was located. When the engineers met with the city about their options with the limited space, the city recommended TRUEGRID due to the previous success within the city on commercial projects. By going with concrete or asphalt they would either be required to give up much needed land to detention or install expensive underground tanks that were not in the budget. By moving forward with TRUEGRID they were allowed pervious cover credit for their parking and did not have to provide added detention thus utilizing 100% of the space available for parking. The first lot was such a success, a year later they bought the 7000 sf lot behind them and installed an additional TRUEGRID parking lot permitted for  100% pervious cover credit.

Project Scope

Limited land availability in urban area. Owners would lose valuable land needed for parking by going with conventional concrete or asphalt with required detention for impervious cover.


TRUEGRID PRO PLUS w/high visibility SuperSpots for striping.
An 8 in. base of clean angular stone provided drainage and detention capacity required by the city to reduce stormwater runoff.


The owners were able to utilize 100% of the land available due to TRUEGRID's 100% pervious cover credit by the city for commercial parking lots. The success of the first project led to the owners buying the lot behind them to utilize for another TRUEGRID commercial parking lot.

LEED Credit Opportunities
  • Stormwater Management
  • Recycled Content
  • Innovation & Design
  • Materials & Resources
  • Heat Island Effect - No Roof


CO2 Saved

35.60 TONS

Equivalent To

7,495 Trees Planted

Plastic Recycled

15,840 LBS

Equivalent To


Stormwater Detained

23,338 GAL

Equivalent To

583 Large Bathtubs