Schemers at over- capitalized WEDGE Group International appear to have hatched a complicated plot to cover up that 11-story blank parking-garage wall at the base of the company’s Downtown tower at 1415 Louisiana. The plan: slide a new building of equivalent height — say, a Hilton Garden Inn — right next to the tower’s north base, then add a suburban-style porte-cochere entrance along Clay St.
HAIF user lockmat unearthed this small rendering of the hotel (above), which was hiding in plain view on the WEDGE Real Estate Holdings website. It shows how the completed wallcovering would look from Louisiana St., just north of Clay — if WEDGE’s separate 12-story Clay Garage wasn’t there to block the view. The tall buildings shown in the background are the WEDGE tower and the ExxonMobil building just behind it to the left.
How far along are these plans?
WEDGE Hotels Corporation is actively engaged in the pre-development process for a 240-room Hilton Garden Inn adjacent to WEDGE International Tower on Louisiana Street and Clay in downtown Houston, TX. Project is expected to break ground in 2009 and open in 2010.
Of course there’ll be that little issue of getting financing, too. A subdivision plat for the new hotel was approved by the Planning Commission last week.
- Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown [HAIF]
- Development [WEDGE Real Estate Holdings]
- WEDGE International Tower [WEDGE Commercial Properties]
- View Southeast from Louisiana and Clay Sts. [Google Street View]
Image: WEDGE Real Estate Holdings