The second A, R, and D of the signage at the intersection of Burnett St. and N. Main are now back in action (up top) beneath the Red Line light-rail overpass. The letters have been patched up and sent back to their assigned places above a freshly-repaired concrete planter, following an unfriendly run-in (or -into) near the end of January (pictured second, with the A dramatically sprawled backward onto the mulch).
The sign, marking the intended redevelopment of the former Hardy Rail Yards into a mixed-use complex in Near Northside, was added as part of the street and infrastructure work that’s been going on at the 43-acre brownfield site. Some of that work is visible in the site plan for the property posted by landscape architecture and planning firm Design Workshop:
The map shows the already-mostly-complete extension of Leona St. (running roughly east-west through the middle of the highlighted site) as well as extensions to north-south-ish Chestnut, Fulton, Chapman streets; that’s the Burnett Transit Center parking lot visible on the faded aerial on the far left, south of Burnett St. (which has also been widened). At least some of the courtyard-riddled white footprints represent potential residential developments; an apartment complex at the site labeled I, south of Leona west of the intersection with Chapman, was announced last spring as the mostly-affordable Residences at Hardy Yards. The grey boxes represent potential parking infrastructure, which lines up with a 3D rendering of the whole site facing south toward downtown:
That bit of greenspace shown along Fulton south of Burnett might be the park rendered here:
Here it is in cross-section, with Fulton on the left of the frame and the scale figures rendered about waist-deep below street grade; the park itself is labeled Hardy Green:
For those of you park-trackers following along at home, here’s a map to put that greenspace into context as far as what’s a 5-, 10-, and 15-minute walk away:
That’s Hennessy Park, just west of the Saint Arnold brewery, shown on the short eastward detour from the dotted green line running between Hardy Yards and Buffalo Bayou; the 2 green islands shown downtown are Market Square and Tranquility parks, from east to west.
- Hardy Yards [Design Workshop]
- Previously on Swamplot: Street Fattening, Intersection Birthing Going on Now by the Hardy Yards North of Downtown; Five of Old Hardy Rail Yard’s 50 Acres To Become a Mostly Affordable Near Northside Apartment Complex; Planting Bush Beans and Citrus Trees at the Hardy Yards