“Move out concierges” are standing by to assist renters in the massive 4444 Westheimer apartment complex to deal with their impending
evictions residence transitions. “Each resident has a specific member of our concierge team assigned to assist them to make their transition as smooth as possible,” a release sent to the Chronicle by property owner Oliver McMillan states. “In addition, we have developed a comprehensive move out package which includes a listing of neighboring communities, moving procedures and an incentive plan. The move-out plan includes incentive payments for up to a one-month rebate of rent plus return of full security deposits. Our concern for our residents is that we help them find a new home and that their move from 4444 Westheimer is done in a safe manner for everyone who lives there.”
No matter their function, the presence of actual concierges should help upgrade the overall feel of the property, which used to be known as the Westcreek Apartments. Oliver McMillan plans to move it, too: To River Oaks. After the apartments near the corner of Westcreek and Westheimer (just west of the Highland Village Shopping Center) are demolished (sparing units north of Bettis Ave.), the company plans to change the property’s name to the River Oaks District, and begin construction there of a $275 million mixed-use center.
Back in 2007, plans floated for the River Oaks District were a bit grander. They included a whole lot more office space, a bit more retail, a few more apartments, plus 2 luxury hotels with 150 condos perched above. The newer, smaller project (pictured here) has plans for 278 residences, almost 100,000 sq. ft. of office space, and 270,000 sq. ft. of retail space, including restaurants, cafés, and a movie theater. But no hotels. A ’380′ agreement approved by Houston’s city council in August will reimburse the developer for up to $19 million it spends on “public amenities” in the project — through a sales tax rebate, as long as the development maintains 1,700 jobs. Oliver McMillan plans to begin construction early next year and finish by the fall of 2014.
“Gotta be out by Dec. 31st,” a newly noticed 4444 Westheimer tenant writes Swamplot. “Got any suggestions for a decent place under $1400 per month?”
- Renters get move-out notices as redevelopment looms [Prime Property]
- River Oaks District reportedly to break ground next year [Houston Business Journal]
- City OKs tax rebate for developer [Houston Chronicle]
- River Oaks District coverage [Swamplot]
Photo and renderings: Oliver McMillan