Are we once again entering the “mightaswell” stage in the Houston real estate lifecycle? You know — the season for architecture firms near and far who’ve given up most hope that that bold, sorta-hush-hush, but definitively conceived-in-boom design they’ve been slaving over for the last several months will ever actually get built to come to terms with the idea that putting the pretty renderings on display for fans to gawk over what might have been isn’t such a bad consolation prize?
If so, these drawings of a 33-story residential tower on San Felipe — just west of Voss Rd., commenters on the HAIF message board figure — appear to be right on queue. They now appear in some of the new marketing materials of Dallas architects Humphreys & Partners, with no mention of a client. But a few details do come with:
The ground floor would include a 6,350-sq.-ft. lobby and leasing center, a 5,000-sq.-ft. restaurant, and an additional 5,000 sq. ft. of retail space. The garage would fit 767 cars. And the design would feature 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units, along with some townhomes in there somewhere.
The site is described as 3.2 acres. If the intended San Felipe location is the former shopping center site at 7703 San Felipe St. between a stub of Woodway Dr. and Buffalo Bayou and the project is indeed going hungry for funding, this would not be the first tower design for the same spot to go down in a downturn trying.
- San Felipe Tower: 33-Stories, Residential [HAIF]
- Previously on Swamplot: Dolce & Freddo Condo Towers on San Felipe: Left out in the Cold?; San Felipe Condominiums: Two New Towers in Memorial
Renderings: Humphreys & Partners Architects