Permits were approved yesterday for construction on the 285-unit apartment tower Hines and TH Real Estate plan to build behind the La Colombe d’Or mansion-turned-hotel on Montrose Blvd. The rendering at top views all 34 floors of the new building — designed by Houston architectural firm Muñoz + Albin — from above Harold St. (opposite the recently re-domed Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral). That puts it 4-stories higher than the adjacent and somewhat stockier Hanover Montrose apartments shown greyed-out on the right.
Dubbed the Residences at La Colmobe d’Or, the tower takes the place of the once-adjacent Le Grand Salon de la Comtesse ballroom erected and decked out by the hotel’s owner Steve Zimmerman. It’s shown here in the Colombe d’Or’s backyard, before crews stripped it down and demolished it in March:
Eighteen new hotel rooms planned for the tower will more than triple the number already included in the existing hotel building (not taking into account those available at the offsite Villas at the Court of Colombe, also operated by the hotel). Guests in both buildings will get access to the new amenity-deck pool, too — though they’ll have to share it with full-time residents.
Filling in the space in between the old and new structures: an outdoor art gallery, as well as a plaza that includes a fireplace. Both will go in beyond the hedges seen in the rendering below, which views the property’s south side from the Harold St. curb:
Hines also states that another outdoor green space, 14,000-sq.-ft. total, is planned on the northernmost portion of the site.
- Previously on Swamplot: Crews Now Leveling Colombe d’Or’s Backyard Ballroom, Making Room for a Hines Apartment Tower and 15 New Hotel Rooms