The Hospice Coming to Central Southwest

This is the rendering for Harbor Hospice, what Three Square Design Group and Camden Construction are saying they hope will serve as a kind of template for similar¬†facilities to be built in Texas and Louisiana. The whole 24,000-sq.-ft. thing will have room for 32 beds and a 5,000-sq.-ft. outpatient clinic; Real Estate Bisnow’s Catie Dixon reports that construction could begin as early as this summer. A site plan from Camden shows the hospice going up outside the Loop southeast of Sunnyside, across from the Houston Amateur Sports Park on Mowery Rd. That’s west of Hwy. 288, between Airport Blvd. and W. Orem.

Rendering: Camden Construction

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  • Wait, is it for senior living or is it a hospice? Those are not the same thing, I thought?

  • @Sihaya: Thanks for catching that! The story has been updated.

  • The area is SouthEAST Houston.

  • After looking at the location the only thing I have to say is that’s no place to die.

  • This typology is in serious need of a revamped template… The central ambulatory floor plan with radiating wings are a cold and uninviting space. My grandmother has been in several of these over the years. As an architectural designer, I’m always horrified by the lack of natural daylighting and cold VCT finishes.

    I hope to never have to be in one of these facilities and think we can design better for ALL people.

  • People need to die at home..not in a cold callous enviroment like hospice..or in gods waiting room…rest homes wake up kids..these are your mothers and fathers….treat them with respect…

  • It needs to have first floor retail

  • Hospice-outpatient: something doesn’t compute.

  • benny wins the internet today.

  • kineticd:

    While I could be wrong, I doubt that your grandmother has been in a hospice “over the years”. It is my understanding that hospice care is generally reserved for those with a reasonably predictible remaining lifespan, perhaps 6 months or less.

    Hospice care, whether in a congregate setting like this facility, or delivered at the patient’s home, tends to be regarded as a blessing and relief by both patient and family.

    Your grandmother may reside in what we sometimes call a “nursing home”, the less desirable of which truly deserve the name “God’s waiting room.”

  • “From benny:
    It needs to have first floor retail”

    Yeah, a spot to grab a last minute “Get Well” card…..

  • This isn’t too far from the Med Center. Maybe this will end up being the Hospice District. Life is a rail ride and this is the last stop on the Dead Line.

  • Houston Amateur Sports Park is on the west side of 288.

  • Al:

    Nursing home, hospice…. It is still a poor design setting to reside in. You are correct, my dad has hospice right now at home and it is a blessing to me and my family.

    Parents should reside at home until the end, but midicare and Medicaid make that impossible. They sholud give the money to families to help offset private nursing cost. Instead they give it to these “nursing homes” where the majority of the staff are under paid, under educated and could care less… not all, but most. It has taken my mother and I years to find a facility that is clean and well run, that can care to my grandmothers special needs.

  • To the above comment that people should die at home, to each their own but I had a wonderful experience with hospice. Firstly, my grandmother died in our living room and we never forgot it when we sat in the room over the years. Not to mention you then have to disclose it when you sell the house. My father, on the other hand, opted for hospice. It was wonderful. We didn’t have to worry about a thing, every bit of discomfort was immediately mitigated (ever heard the death rattle?) and we concentrated on spending our last moments with him as opposed to not being able to control seizures or having to change diapers. He was never alone, we were always there, but we got support there too. Amazing people working at these places. Totally your choice, but don’t assume your choice works for everyone.

  • Deaths unrelated to the condition of a property are not required to be disclosed in Texas.

  • I tend to lose confidence in sites about Houston that do not understand basic geography of Houston. The Chronicle has been awful for years in this regard. For the record the proposed Hospice facility will be in South Central or Southeast Houston;not Southwest Houston.

  • Roger that, Frank. Add to that a lack of specificity, if you will…I’ve heard places that are anywhere from lower Washington Avenue to Cypress described as “northwest Houston.” Technically correct, perhaps, but not particularly helpful.

  • Sorry for the confusion here. The neighborhood, though not in central southwest Houston, is named “Central Southwest.” It’s bound by the Beltway, S. Main St., Hwy. 288, and Hillcroft. The headline has been changed accordingly.