A Midrise Coming Soon to Alabama and Main St.

It could become much trickier for vandals defacing murals of presidents to remain undetected, what with all these windows: Real Estate Bisnow‘s Catie Dixon reports that Alliance Residential has closed a financing deal on Broadstone 3800, a 203-unit apartment building planned for a 1.6-acre lot just across West Alabama from the yellow-brick former campaign headquarters where Reginald James’s mural of President Obama was given a rather sloppy second coat this week. The proposed site, at 3808 Main St. on the southwest side of the intersection, is home now to a surface parking lot; it’s bound by Travis, Truxillo, and West Alabama — where, Dixon reports, $8 million is expected to be spent on street improvements. This rendering shows how light rail might be incorporated into the 6-story project; the nearest Red Line stop along Main St. is Ensemble/HCC, where shops and eateries like Natachee’s and Double Trouble have congregated.

Rendering: EDI Architects

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  • All the windows on the ground floor are great – they’ll offer passersby on Main a chance to see the cars parked inside.

  • Love to see some action going on in that area of midtown. Sure it’s only JUST East of Montrose (by a street or two) but that area — and the ares just further East — are starting to get a lot of love.

  • A year from now there will be four mid-rise apartment complexes within spitting distance of the 527 spur. I do enjoy having instant access to the freeway!

  • Minus the fact that the rendering looks exactly like every other proposed new building…I LOVE it. Goodbye, urban prairie.

  • Another great example of Houston signature parking fields soon gone?

  • This could mean a nice boost for the Mid-Main area. It’d be great to see development around this area expand and fill in some of the undeveloped/underdeveloped holes in that part of Midtown.

  • Glad to see another parking lot dissappear, expecially in this part of Midtown. With the new MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston) building planned to be built a couple of blocks away, this area will definitly create a more vibrant atmosphere.

  • While this is of course better than a parking lot, this and almost every other new residential project looks to me like a wasted opportunity. You would think that in a city with no zoning and no design regulations, developers could come up with something a little more interesting. I thought the lack of regulations were supposed to spur innovation, after all? So why does every new project look the same as every other new project? Yes, it’s replacing a parking lot, but we are going to be stuck with this building (along with the 50 buildings that look just like it) for the next 20+ years, when something much better could have been built in its place.

  • @Tracy We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Think of it this way, the site will be easy to re-develop since the current developer went through the trouble of assembling the parcel.

  • I’m trying to figure out what’s going on in the bottom left-hand corner of the drawing. Is that someone wrestling a dog?

  • are those two people laying on the sidewalk in the lower left-hand corner?

    maybe it’s a pair of dogs… doing something?

  • I walk past this site every day, usually after dark. Between this development and the renovations of “The Spur” apartments, I almost won’t worry about being shanked anymore. Almost.

    Oh, and I think the figures in the lower left of the picture are two kids petting a dog.

  • Densification is not enough. We need to encourage mixed use facilities either through tax incentives or as a requirment.

    Thus: a recess from the road to allow seating and comfortable pedestrian traffic. Retail on the bottom floor.

  • It is 2 kids petting a dog!

  • Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…this is what I’m talkin bout!

  • In this thread, 2 people failed the Rorschach test.

  • They’ll have a great view of that beautiful Sears and Fiesta, too! And what Houstonian urbanite isn’t wondering: Will Sears finally do something about its military compound-esque appearance, now that the area is starting to gentrify more? Inquiring minds want to know.