A bit more detail on those new Downtown apartments developer Marvy Finger wants to build on the site of the Ben Milam Hotel designed in 1929 by architect Joseph Finger, a block beyond the leftfield fence of Minute Maid Park. The long-vacant hotel, which sits past the foul line at the corner of Texas and Crawford, is toast, Finger tells the Chronicle‘s Nancy Sarnoff. But the demo site will make up only a portion of the property.
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Finger expects to close next month on contracts to buy the 2 adjacent blocks wrapped by Preston, Crawford, Texas, and La Branch. And he wants to shut down the block of Prairie St. that runs between them, by buying it from the city. Only a limited number of residents of the planned 380 units will likely get views of the Astros games from their apartments behind the Crawford boxes and the toy train, though; Finger says the structure he’s now planning will be 7 stories tall.
- Apartments by ballpark could be grand slam [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Finger Going After Finger’s Ben Milam Hotel Downtown