The transit-themed entryway Lennar Homes wants to build to its 39-lot development — dubbed Fulton Station — on the corner of Fulton and Cavalcade will get another shot at city approval when it goes before Houston’s planning commission this afternoon. Lennar’s new residential neighborhood hugs the Charisma Design Studios & Art Gallery Building, west of the southbound stop for METRO’s Red Line in the middle of Fulton St.
The gated entrance would go at the foot of a private park Lennar has planned just across the street from the rail platform, on the parcel highlighted red in the map below:
Previously, Houston’s planning commission deferred the developer’s request to scoot the structure up close Fulton St. on the basis of its typical requirement that buildings sit back 25 ft. from the edge (indicated by the dashed right of way line below) of properties that front major thoroughfares. This time, however, Lennar is asking that the commission consider its property as a Transit Corridor Development — a designation that allows structures to be placed closer to the property line than otherwise permitted.
Its plan calls for the pavilion’s wall to be planted to just 10 ft. from the edge of the property. Within that span, the roof of the structure would stretch 6 ft.-9 in. toward the sidewalk:
A 2-ft.-deep landscape obstacle — planted along the curb — would discourage rail-riders from crossing Fulton at the pavilion, shooing them north to the crosswalk at Cavalcade on their way to the platform in the middle of the street.
- Houston Planning Commission Agenda (PDF) [City of Houston]
Renderings: Lennar Homes. Subdivision map, drawing, and aerial: Houston Planning Commission Agenda