Assisting the Living in the Heights

Here’s a view of the senior living and memory care facility that will go up in place of the Heights Fiesta that’s now coming down at 14th and Studewood: Though what’s being called the Village of the Heights was initially described to the Leader by “boutique senior living developer” Bridgewood Properties as “Craftsman style” with 80 units, descriptions accompanying this rendering omit any mention of style — and add 23 units. Either way, it’s supposed to be up and running next summer; Real Estate Bisnow reports that money to get construction going is in place.

Meanwhile, the sacking of that long-standing Fiesta continues:


A reader sends these photos, taken last week. Weingarten sold these 2 acres underneath the 28,466-sq.-ft. Fiesta last August. Bridgewood Properties oversees 14 other similar facilities, with 3 in the Houston area.

Images: Bridgewood Properties (rendering); Swamplot inbox (demo)

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  • It better be Luxury apartments and it’ll never make it without first floor retail. MRI imaging center, Low T clinic, Medical supply store, etc

  • The prolonged death sounds of the Fiesta building were excruciating for much of the neighborhood. Now the lot is being dug of its pavement. Soon the air will be filled with routine ambulance and fire truck sirens as the coming elderly residents take full advantage of the firehouse a few blocks away. At least the architecture of this building appears to be superior to the monstrosity that will never be finished down the street near 11th Street. (Of course, the highrise down the street is so offensive it cannot even allow itself the luxury of completion.)

  • One thing is for sure: if we all live long enough we’ll all be elderly.

  • My Mom lives in a “Boutique” living space. And I’m glad, that’s why she and my Dad lived through the Depression, WWII, Korea and raising us during Vietnam.

    Good, let her enjoy a few years.

  • I would’ve voted for leaving the steel shell of the Fiesta and adding 1st floor retail.

  • ??Craftsman style??

  • Good thing people in need of “memory care” don’t generally drive their own cars, because they might not remember which generic looking inner-loop brick and stucco midrise they live in.

  • I do believe that is an ambulance pictured toward the bottom left corner.

  • B.s. on that claim of being “craftsman” style. Will the stucco really be battleship gray like the render? At least its not Tuscan, I guess.

  • I’ve come to the realization that if current trends continue, in about 20 years, this is going to be the standard in the Heights. The huge, high-end homes will probably be there. But kiss all the old Craftsmen bungalows good bye. I don’t think the historical designation is going to provide much more than a speed bump on the way to this kind of development. It’s going to become impossible to say we want more dense urban development, but then defend the preservation of these older homes. I’m even getting used to the idea. Why should I speak out in favor of protecting properties I can’t even afford? Just to have some antique houses to go along with the antique shops on 19th Street? To heck with that.

  • ShadyHeightster for the win. Looking at the website, this company has built some decent looking buildings. But this is depressing.

  • Terrible. Bleh.

  • From Heights Fiesta to Heights Siesta.

  • Anse, most craftsman bungalows aren’t on 2-acre lots. The trend will probably continue as it does now, where homes in poor repair will be scraped off and started new. Well-loved homes will always have a place with young professionals, new families, and budget shoppers.

  • I will acknowledge that this has nothing to do with whether or not I can afford to own a home in the Heights. That was a dumb comment. But who are these “budget” home buyers in the Heights? If those folks have a place there then you’ll need more of these multi-family homes because preserving the old isn’t going to cut it, demand-wise.

  • Sorry…I mean supply-wise…

  • just every night there are HPD and HFD sirens around this area. Studewood is the main route in and out. Horrible traffic near White Oak / I 10 / the new Kroger at rush hour in the am and pm, and it’s getting worse with the new shopping areas that are planned.

  • If they can get boxwood hedges to grow atop the first floor windows as they show in the illustrative I will be very impressed –

  • Remember, “Craftsman style” doesn’t refer to what a structure is going to look like. It’s a magical incantation that developers recite to make Heights residents feel calm.

  • This rendering has been up on the company’s website for several months, so this shouldn’t be new news for anyone that was genuinely interested.