With nary an announcement, preliminary sitework appears to have begun for the 148-unit Hamilton Apartments, on a 1.12-acre lot at the southeasternmost corner of downtown (actually, the southern corner if you don’t pretend, as most direction-givers do, that the downtown grid has no tilt to it). The block, hugged gently by a flying overpass at the intersection of I-45 and Hwy. 59, is surrounded by Hamilton, St. Joseph Pkwy., Pierce, and Chenevert streets.
The apartments will sit on top of a 2-level garage podium, according to permit records for the site at 1800 St. Joseph Pkwy. City records from 2012 (PDF) indicate the project’s backers applied for $3 million in funding from an affordable rental housing program administered by Houston’s Housing and Community Development Dept., and was also seeking almost $19 million in low-income-housing tax credits through HUD.
Photos: Marco Hernandez