Here’s a drawing of the new apartment block Dallas architecture firm Hensley Lamkin Rachel is designing for a Dallas developer on the block surrounded by Caroline, Austin, Pease, and Jefferson streets downtown, a few blocks southwest of the Toyota Center. There’s a surface parking lot with a few shade structures on the lot now. Leon Capital Group is hoping to get a piece of the city’s $15,000-per-unit tax rebate program for the 220 units in the 6-story structure. A note on the company’s website says the project “is planned to begin” at the end of this year.
- Block 365 – Downtown Houston Multifamily Development [Leon Capital Group, via HAIF]
Rendering: Hensley Lamkin Rachel
These complexes are pretty much “cut-and-paste” at this point.
uhmm, I guess a small midtown by toyota center is ok, hmmm.
That does resemble Midtown midrise mission creep but it’s a great block for a gaggle of wannabe walkabillies. I don’t see a parking garage in the rendering though.
Not a very innovative design, but anything is better than a surface lot, right?
where are we going to park when we go to concerts at Toyota Center if they keep changing all the parking lots into apartment/condo/hotel/office buildings????
I’m still not so sure about the $15,000 per-unit tax rebate for building new apartments near downtown. I guess it’s good because it helps steer developers away from suburban sites where apartments may not have staying power; while helping add density at our City’s core. But part of me wishes they would replace it with a 2% bonus for developers who use low income housing tax credits to rehab or reconstruct existing housing (instead of using LIHTC to build on virgin land). This would have a much wider effect, both geographic and socio economic.
Maybe we could do both?
That HAIF link shows several other residental projects on adjacent blocks. Add to that those high rises to the west that are being converted and we’ll have a real nabe over there. I have a name for it already….NOPE (N of Pierrce Elevated) ….ducks…….
I am struggling to understand why the Mayor thinks it’s reasonable to spend millions of dollars attracting deep pocketed developers to Downtown when we have streets suitable for a third world country in some parts of town, water mains leak with regularity, and we are having trouble paying for municipal employee pension costs. Who cares if Downtown is a residential area? It just doesn’t matter.
I would love if one of these property developers adopted as their slogan “Better than a surface lot”
Uhh, where will they park? lol