A source at Hilcorp says that the company has revealed what it’s planning to build in place of the soon-to-be-demolished Downtown Macy’s, vacant since closing in early March: And will the new HQ look anything like that mostly glass box from Munoz + Albin that appeared online a few months ago?
“Nope, nothing like it,” says the source. It’ll be “a regular looking office building tower over 20 stories high.” Though it doesn’t appear to take up the whole block: “I’m assuming there are going to be purdy trees and green stuff around it.” Employees were shown a rendering of the tower at a recent meeting, says the source, but it was quickly removed from the company’s online newsletter: “I guess because they didn’t want it out there.”
This was the rendering from Munoz + Albin that fueled speculation it would be Hilcorp’s new home base. The firm later said the rendering was never “a real project.”
The entity connected to Hilcorp, 1110 Main Partners, owns 2 consecutive blocks bound by Main, Travis, Dallas, and Lamar — that’s about 128,000 sq. ft. of Downtown property, which includes the 65,000-sq.-ft. former Foley’s building, designed by Kenneth Franzheim, and its 31,000 sq.-ft. parking garage. The Foley’s opened here on Main St. in 1947. No date has been set yet for demolition.
- Macy’s Downtown Redevelopment [HAIF]
- Previously on Swamplot: A Few Last Looks at Macy’s, Macy’s Downtown: While Supplies Last!, Mayor Parker Announces the Death Sentence for Downtown Macy’s Building, Macy’s Announces It Will Close Downtown Houston Store, The Mostly Glass Building That Won’t Be Replacing the Downtown Macy’s