Another section of the former Shell Tech Center on Bellaire Blvd. in Southside Place is hitting the dirt this week, this time for a townhome community proposed by builders Rohe & Wright, whose previous developments include 30 Sunset, Winfield Gate, and Cáceres. The company is planning to build a townhome development on the site at 3747 Bellaire Blvd. called Crain Square — for which, the company’s website declares (without much more detail), “the classic American townhouse featuring southern traditional architecture is the muse.” (E.L. Crain was the founder of Southside Place.) The Village News provides more info, reporting that the company plans to fit 62 townhomes on the 5.5-acre center section of the former research complex — which occupied 3 properties totaling 9.7 acres.
According to the News, the townhomes will surround a pair of green spaces and contain private pathways and roadways. The main entrance to the complex would be on Bellaire Blvd., but a back entrance would front Gramercy.
To get this configuration, the developers need to rezone the property — a public hearing on the project is scheduled for January 26th at Southside Place’s city hall.
In 2012, after 75 years in Southside Place, Shell finished vacating its sprawling complex of 2- and 3-story buildings that stretched from Braes Blvd. to Poor Farm Ditch. The 3.2-acre western end is currently under construction by Lovett Homes.
- Previously on Swamplot: Shell’s Tech Center Saying Goodbye to Southside Place Piece by Piece; So Long Shell Tech Center, Southside Place Homes Up Next; Big Plans For New Southside Place Homes a Little Smaller