Metro’s most recent street reclassification plan indicates that the transit authority will need a grand total of about 3.2 acres of land on Post Oak Blvd. to squeeze in its new Uptown rail line, reports the River Oaks Examiner‘s Mike Reed.
The most notable target of Metro acquisition efforts will likely be a roughly 14-ft.-wide swath of tree-lined land along the Post Oak edge of the newly minted Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, pictured above. The Williams Tower immediately to the north is due the same sort of trim, because the Hampton at Post Oak assisted living facility across the street is located much closer to Post Oak.
An even bigger bite would be taken out of the west side of Dillard’s if the current design goes forward: a 29,476-sq.-ft. strip that “would appear to include the ramp leading to the second-story of the garage,” Reed reports. The Galleria itself would lose only 1,019 sq. ft.
There’s a whole lot more in the plan. In all, pieces of 48 separate parcels are on Metro’s Post Oak shopping list so far:
According to the reclassification document, the state of Texas would be asked to part with the second largest amount of land — 14,259 square feet — between Hidalgo and Monterrey Plaza on the east side of the street. . . .
Among the other land needed beyond rights of way, according to the reclassification plan:
1705 Post Oak, where California Pizza [Kitchen] is located, would lose 8,386 square feet of land;
1901 Post Oak, the site of Lofts on Post Oak, would lose 1,236 square feet;
2001 Post Oak, around the front of the Hilton Houston Post Oak, would lose 1,520 square feet;
The properties from 2019 to 2521 Post Oak, roughly from Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant to Starbucks Coffee, would lose a total of 4,857 square feet;
The Inverness Townhomes, 800 Post Oak, would lose 3,301 square feet.
A spokeswoman for Metro said the agency could not discuss the status of specific property acquisitions due to ongoing negotiations.
Metro characterized the property owners who have been approached as “for the most part receptive,” but added none of the property has been purchased yet.
All 48 properties are shown on the reclassification plan (PDF).
- Uptown rail requires land from Waterwall Park, more [River Oaks Examiner]
- Proposed Post Oak Reclassification Plan (PDF) [Metro]
Photo of Waterwall Park along Post Oak Blvd.: River Oaks Examiner