So these apartments might not have the same shimmery glamour as their namesake, Beyoncé Knowles. But the pop star and Houston native, moved by the devastation in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, did chip in with her sister, Solange, and mother, Tina — as well as Destiny’s Child co-star Kelly Rowland, St. John’s United, and Temenos CDC — to help provide housing for Houston’s low-income and homeless populations.
The 43-unit building (shown above) at 1719 Gray went up in 2007. Now, Temenos has laid out on its website plans for a second building — with almost twice as many units as the original — at 2200 Jefferson, less than a mile away on the east side of I-45.
There’s no mention whether Beyoncé is involved in Phase II. But there are renderings:
* * *
The 32,500-sq.-ft. building is planned for a lot in East Downtown that’s bound by Jefferson, Hutchins, Bastrop, and St. Joseph Pkwy. The drawings (shown below) show space for a meeting room and computer lounge; Temenos says these spaces will be designated for residents’ case management as well as education and job training.
Below: those “Not in Scope” blocks, the website says, might provide room for continued development. For now, a Dumpster and a towering billboard occupy the corner of Hutchins and St. Joseph Pkwy.; a wholesale produce warehouse faces Bastrop.
- Temenos Place Apartments II [Temenos]
- Previously on Swamplot: Mayor Parker Not Backing Beyoncé Monument Idea, But She’s Cool with the Tunes