Some permits came through last week for the apartment-straddling park planned for the Midtown Superblock (the long and mostly-long-vacant 6-acre stretch between McGowen and Anita on the west side of Main St.). Freshly permitted structures on the docket include a 4,297-sq.-ft. pavilion, a ticket canopy, and a bathroom building. Broader sitework has also been given the go-ahead, as has a foot bridge (possibly over the wetland area previously mentioned in announcements for the project).
The spotlight-heavy rendering above shows the park from Anita St., looking north at the ghostly form of the Camden McGowen Station apartments currently on their way up in the middle of the site. The park’s largest greenspace and lawn will spread out atop the underground parking garage that’s wrapping up, once it’s fully underground. HAIF user hindesky snapped a recent photo of the burial site, also showing the Camden building starting to rise in the background to the north under the guidance of the remaining crane:
The ladder-accesible concrete box sticking up on the left looks to be the parking garage’s lobby and elevator, according to the siteplan passed around in 2015. Here’s the whole plan together, followed by some zoom-ins down below:
The Camden building is shown as a white schematic between 2 greened-up park sections. Here’s the south end of the siteplan as it stood when work on the park broke ground last May — north-south-oriented Travis St. is shown at the top of the frame, and the elevator lobby is marked as structure G:
Depicted next to that lobby is a stage and events pavilion (marked C, with water feature B shown alongside) — perhaps the one that’s been OK’d to go up by last weeks permits. O marks the spot for the ‘bayou landscape and waterway’ that may be getting the footbridge.
Here’s the north end of the plan for the block, showing plans for structures and greenspaces along McGowen (which runs along the right edge of the frame below):
The red box marked U was slated as a restaurant space; the red W marks a kiosk. T depicts a “glass stairway and branding opportunity”.
- Midtown project breaks ground with high hopes [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Midtown Superblock in Its Flooded Mudpit Phase; Why Superblock Construction Is Moving Superslow; Stuff Is Happening Now on the Midtown Superblock; The Park-and-Apartments Plan for Midtown’s Superblock