Update, 9:30 pm: It appears the new hotel tower will fit entirely on the lot directly to the south of the Best Western Plaza Hotel at 6700 S. Main St. We’ve updated this story accordingly.
Medistar and an affiliate of the Redstone Companies are out today with this rendering of the 22-story hotel and apartment tower the firms are planning together for the west side of S. Main St. across the street from the western campus boundary of the Texas Medical Center. Unlike the 40-story hotel and condo tower Medistar had proposed for S. Main across the street from the Texas Medical Center back in 2008 — which stirred up a bit of a fuss with neighbors in neighboring Southgate — this new building, designed by HOK’s Roger Soto, will be set away from the neighborhood’s entrance. It’ll sit next to the Best Western Plaza Hotel, on theÂ 1.35-acre lot at 6750 S. Main St., on the southern end of the block bounded by S. Main, Old Main St., and Travis St. The taller tower Medistar planned in 2008 was intended for a site one block to the north, at the corner of S. Main St. and Dryden.
There would be approximately 250 hotel rooms in the new development, “with a large percentage of rooms dedicated as suites to cater to the medical center guests that require longer term stays,” a press release artfully explains. Also in the structure: 15,000-20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and 40 to 60 apartments on the top floors “for people that desire to live immediately adjacent to the Medical Center.”
The rendering shows the new tower as it would be seen from the southern end of the building across the street, the Texas Woman’s University Health Sciences Institute — Houston Center. The new hotel will face that building’s attached parking garage along S. Main. Construction is expected to begin sometime at the end of this year.
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