Images are leaking of the new tower Marathon Oil wants to build on a patch of recently-vacated land between CityCentre and the Katy Fwy. In an email sent out to employees on Tuesday, company CEO Lee Tillman set a tentative move-in date of 2021 for the imaginary building and wrote that its planned location was a plus partly because it’s closer to where the average Marathon employee lives, out in “west Houston and along the I-10 corridor.” The new whereabouts are just under 6 miles away from Marathon’s current ones in the eponymous Marathon Oil Tower at 5555 San Felipe, near the Galleria.
The rendering at top of the new building shows it looking a lot like the middle structure in this group of 3 that Midway proposed building on the site last year:
Neither the residential highrise in the foreground, nor the 2 adjacent office buildings (nor the traffic circle at Town & Country Blvd. and Town & Country Wy.) have materialized yet, but there’s nothing standing in their way. Following a few twists, turns, and the unexpected formation of a near-perfectly-rectangular lake, the last of the site’s most recent occupants — the Town & Country V office building — collapsed in its place at 908 Town & Country Blvd. last August. Its 2 neighbors Town & Country IV and III (shown directly below) disappeared a few months earlier:
A look at Town & Country V (on the right) with Midway’s already-built CityCentre Five highrise shown distantly to the south:
- Previously on Swamplot: Almost All Clear on CityCentre’s Northern Front; The Last Part of Town & Country V Comes Down with a Twist; How To Pull Down an I-10 Office Building, Town & Country Style; Taking the Edge off Town & Country V; Underground Parking Garage near CityCentre Replaced with Garage-Shaped Lake; How To Topple That Last Bit of Seventies Mod Office Building Without Letting It Topple You; Smashing Views of a Half-Eaten Katy Fwy. Office Building from CityCentre Five; Midway Fences In Empty 1970s Office Park Where 3 More CityCentre Towers Might Sprout
Photos: Stephen Garcia (Town & Country V); Jeff Day (Town & Country III). Renderings: Marathon Oil (first); Midway (second)