Suburban-style retail and apartment complexes may have all but conquered the former industrial block southeast of the Heights Swamplotters have taken to calling Katyville, but there are still plenty of warehouse-y buildings to tear down — often of the more Mod variety — south and west of Timbergrove Manor. Here though, just inside the West Loop, isolated pods of townhome colonies would be the more likely result. A resident of the area tells Swamplot neighbors only found out about a 131-unit townhouse subdivision planned off of W. 12th St. between Ella and Seamist because developer InTown Homes is seeking a variance (in a hearing before the planning commission this Thursday). The variance is to gain approval for not including a north-south street through the 6.916-acre property.
In tune with the recent trend of slapping the “Heights” name on anything north of I-10 between Downtown and the West Loop, InTown plans to name the project Timbergrove Heights. It’ll replace a few buildings from the sixties and seventies between 3480 and 3484 12th St. that include the Vintners Own winery and a former office of cubicle installers Cubes (above). If the variance is approved, entrance to the development will come from 2 new streets and 2 new shared driveways extending off W. 12th St.; it’ll sit between Perry Homes’ Timbergrove Court patio-home loop off Seamist and townhome development Heritage Creek, both of which date from the early noughts.
Photo: Swamplot inbox. Plat and map: InTown Homes