That cluster of demo work along Liberty Rd. lately appears to be clearing the way for the boxy flock of yet-unbuilt townhomes drawn out above, one of which is now listed on HAR for a smidge below $270,000. The homes are shown as a set of 12 in the listing, with the development’s baker’s dozen rounded out by a new retail structure filling the southwest quarter of the block. (Not shown: the former Lucky 7 supermarket building at the corner with Des Chaumes St., which went up for lease a couple of times over the past few years.) (Also not shown: the gate around the development, as mentioned in the listing.)
Both the proposed retail spot and the townhomes are shown with rooftop hangout spaces (or at least are described as able to have a rooftop patio added, for a price bump). The homes themselves, the listing also notes, can be tweaked to include a downstairs kitchenette to give them that special Air-BNB flavor.
A reader captured some shots of the flattening of some of the residential and retail structures standing in the footprint of the development, which is just east of the Eastex Fwy. in the Fifth Ward locale once known as Frenchtown. Here’s the splintery end of the 1930s house at the corner of Newhoff St. and the I-45 feeder, on the northwest side of the block:
As of last week the boxy spot at 3019 Liberty was still standing, though it’s permitted to come down too. 3017 looks to be gone already:
- 3023 Liberty Rd. A [HAR]
- Previously on Swamplot: Daily Demolition Report: Everything’s Coming Down Roses; Daily Demolition Report: Bringhurst It On; Your Map to Lovin Canada, The Reservation, Happy Hollow, and Other Lost Houston Places