A pair of West Gray lots — nearly vacant save their seen-better-days Freedman’s Town rowhouses in the back — have been put on notice as the proposed site for Dolce Living: that’s 5 stories and 176,344 sq. ft. of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, with some street-level retail to sweeten the deal.
A few blocks from the brand-new Carnegie Vanguard High School on Taft, these Fourth Ward lots are bound by Victor on the north, Gillette on the west, and Wilson on the east, with Bailey running between them. The view above faces Downtown from Gillette; the drawing below goes west to east:
Across West Gray to the south from the proposed 6,578 sq. ft of street-level retail (indicated in purple on the drawing above) are some of those Modern townhomes; across Wilson to the east from the “fitness center/lounge” (indicated in red) is the roadhouse Junction Bar & Grill.
That rectangle of white space in the corner of the drawing is where historic rowhouses sit facing Victor (shown in the photo below) that are in painfully obvious disrepair. Targeted for demolition as early as 2011, at least a few of the rowhouses appear as though they’re being readied for relocation, suggested by the steel support beams and trailer parked behind them.
The following two elevations show a planned skybridge above Bailey to span the two lots and link the buildings:
An application for a variance to reduce the lots’ building setback has been submitted to the city and will be heard by the planning commission on January 31.
- Last row houses in Freedmen’s Town face demolition [Houston Chronicle]
- Lenwood Johnson: Trying to Save a Last Shred of Freedmen’s Town History [Hair Balls]
- Previously on Swamplot: Daily Demolition Report: The Spoils of Victor