Current and proposed views from high above Lyons Ave. show what the St. Elizabeth Hospital would look like repurposed as a 110-unit housing complex, as the Fifth Ward CRC proposes. The biggest change architect Van Meter Williams Pollack has in store for the place is a teardown of the central wing that runs back behind the 3-story north face — pictured above — to make room for a new parking courtyard.
Behind that lot, a newly-constructed, 3-story building would front Chisum St.:
It would run along what’s now the back side of the 2.6-acre complex:
That leaves the parking lot entrance off Dan St., to the west, as shown in the site plan below:
A view of that facade, with the far east convent wing fronting Yates St. in the distance.:
Inside the new complex, redubbed St. Elizabeth Place, 98 units would be priced for households earning 60 percent or less of the area median income ($18,570 in 2016) — according to the CRC’s state tax credit application for the property — while 12 would go at market rates.
The complex’s developer, Cloudbreak Communities — an affiliate of California-based Cantwell-Anderson — builds housing for veterans. (It’s done one past Houston project: the 430-unit Travis Street Plaza and Midtown Terrace apartments off Richmond and Main.) In the Fifth Ward CRC’s tax credit application, it agrees that it’ll “specifically market to veterans through direct marketing or contracts with veteran’s organizations.” But, speaking at last week’s city council meeting, CRC head Kathy Payton said veterans aren’t the “target audience” of the project.
The Fifth Ward CRC hopes the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs will approve its application by July. It plans to begin construction in November after closing on the tax credits the month prior.
- 2018 Multifamily Uniform Application for St. Elizabeth Place [Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs] (PDF)
Photos: Fifth Ward CRC/Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Renderings and site plan: Van Meter Williams Pollack