The rendering above looks east from the corner of Westheimer and Eastgrove St. to show the first few floors of a new 20-story condo tower that developer Randall Davis wants to build on the just-under-0.4-acre lot formerly home to the Krispen Home furniture store. Plans for the highrise made their first appearance before Houston’s city planning commission yesterday, where they were deferred until the group’s next meeting in 2 weeks, but not before residents and representatives of the site’s neighboring subdivisions got a few words in. Roughly a dozen speakers from Westgrove Court — the 2-dozen-home residential neighborhood that lies southwest of the would-be tower, along Westgrove and Eastgrove streets — were particularly loud in decrying it. They noted that Westgrove St.’s current narrowness already makes creates tight squeeze for passing traffic.
The same goes for Eastgrove St., where a site plan submitted by the developer shows curb cuts giving access to a driveway at what’d be the southwest corner of the building:
When the variance request goes back for consideration on January 17, commission members will consider whether the building should be allowed to sit back 10.5 ft. from the building line along 3723 Westheimer as opposed to the current 25-ft. minimum. They’ll also weigh in on a 10.5-ft. canopy the developer wants to stick out from the building along at 15-ft. stretch of Westheimer. A representative of the developer has offered to meet with residents of neighboring subdivisions before then.
The single-story furniture store that the tower would replace closed in early 2018 after what it billed as a “retirement sale“:
Site plan, aerial, and rendering: Houston Planning Commission. Photo: Krispen Home