Hines has confirmed that it will be putting up something new — maybe this glow stick of an office building, maybe not — at 609 Main, just north of the former MainPlace, now BG Group Pipe Wrench. Pickard Chilton, says Hines, will design a 41-story, 815,000-sq.-ft. office tower just as soon as an anchor tenant is signed. This view of the rendering released this week seems to look south toward the Hines-owned downtown block bound by Main, Texas, Fannin, and Capitol. Now, half that block is an $8 a day parking lot. If you look closely at the rendering, you’ll see an Apple logo just to the left of that entrance teepee. Whether that will actually be a new Apple store is not confirmed — and anyway, before anything new can come in, Hines will have to tear down what’s already there: The unoccupied Texas Tower, the former Sterling Building, at 608 Fannin:
Conveniently wiped from the rendering, the 21-story, 134,000-sq.-ft. Sterling Building, shown here, dates to 1925. Below: The surface parking lot at the corner of Main and Texas where the tower’s planned.
- A conceptual look at the new Hines office tower [Prime Property]
- Hines moves ahead with downtown office tower, reports say [Houston Business Journal]
- Hines touts new 41-story skyscraper in downtown Houston as demand for office space grows [Culturemap]
- Sterling Building [Houston Deco]
- MainPlace coverage [Swamplot]
Images: Swamplot inbox (rendering); Allyn West (others)