The new 30-story apartment tower the Hanover Company is planning to replace the vacant 10-story office tower just south of the Kroger at Montrose and Hawthorne will hang back from the street that gives the new development its name. Renderings submitted to the city’s planning department in conjunction with a variance request for the development — labeled 3400 Montrose like its predecessor — show a structure set back approximately 30 ft. from Montrose Blvd., but hugging and favoring its Hawthorne St. side, where the views of the Kroger parking lot (if you look down from your new skypad) will be much better. The rendering above shows how the building’s Montrose Blvd. face should look, from a spot just south of the Walgreens drive-thru across the street.
The office tower the new building will be replacing, perhaps best known as the 9-story pedestal that supported Scott Gertner’s Skybar (and Cody’s before that), was notably different — and for Houston, it does now appear a bit of an urban oddity. Built long before the city required new buildings to sit 25 ft. back from major thoroughfares like Montrose, it lined that busy street with retail spaces, hid the garage in back, and had its walk-up entrance at the corner.
The most telling detail from the renderings of Hanover’s replacement, by Chicago-and-SF architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz, is the imagined signage wrapping around the corner. The “3400” faces Montrose, but the word “Montrose” will face Hawthorne. And so will most of the building’s main features: The guest driveway entrance will come off Hawthorne; its lobby window and the balconies on the upper floors will face Hawthorne, and so will its widest face. (The 2-lane street will also get a couple of garage driveways.) Here are the Hawthorne views:
Montrose Blvd., on the other hand, gets a side view of the building, a partially masked look at guests stepping out of their cars, and a garage and driveway exit:
The renderings show 20 floors of apartments on top of a double-height amenity deck, which sits on a parking garage that appears to have 7 levels. The development will extend the complete depth of the block, taking over 2 houses on Yoakum St.
Here’s a site plan; Montrose Blvd. is on the right:
Though Hanover isn’t trying to get around the setback rules for Montrose Blvd., it is asking for a little help on the Hawthorne side: A variance request that will likely be heard by the city on January 23rd asks permission to install the ground-floor canopy and extended amenity-deck-level balcony shown in this Hawthorne St. view:
Both would encroach into that the required 10-ft. setback on that street.
- Previously on Swamplot: Apartment Developer Buying Montrose Blvd. ‘Skybar’ Building, Redo Plans for the Office Building at 3400 Montrose Blvd., Will 3400 Montrose Rise from the Dead?, Stone Panel Leaps to Montrose Blvd. Sidewalk from Former Skybar Balcony,Everybody Out: The Ghost Town at 3400 Montrose, Comment of the Day: A 3400 Montrose Blvd. Inspection Report, Why Scott Gertner’s Skybar Is Leaving the Montrose Sky, Scott Gertner’s Skybar Closing, May Take the Whole Building with It
Renderings: Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architects. Site plan: GWH Landscape Architects.