A couple of drive-by shots from Clinton Dr. show the state of demolition at the former Kellogg, Brown and Root campus, part of the effort to transform it into the new shopping, eating, working, and living complex that developer Midway has dubbed East River. Since beginning Friday, the teardown work has targeted the pair of warehouse buildings at the west end of the site, where their truck-docking holes front Jensen Dr. The 2 structures are the sole remnants of a much larger warehouse complex that once sat within the bounds of the 136-acre bayou-side site. Most of those industrial buildings were demolished between 2011 and 2012, leaving a swath of open space in the middle of the property — between the complex of office buildings that borders Hirsch Rd. to the east and the warehouses that now look to be goners.
In between those 2 bookends, a new black tarp has been added to portions of the construction fence along Clinton Dr., reports a reader. That’s where a multi-block colony of townhomes is planned; they’re shown in yellow on the map Midway put out over the summer:
The thin strip of green indicated at the south edge of the site — a proposed extension of Buffalo Bayou’s north bank trail — is now locked into place: Anne Olsen of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership told veteran reporter Ralph Bivins last week that her group had secured an easement for the walkway through the property.
Teardown crews haven’t laid hands so far on the office complex to the east. Renderings put out by Midway in July showed portions of it preserved with a few glassy add-ons clinging to the existing buildings’ faces.
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Photos: Swamplox inbox. Map: Vernon G. Henry & Associates