What large-scale construction project is that about to go up on the north side of the Katy Freeway opposite the 35-story spike-headed Memorial Hermann Tower, a reader wants to know. A sign for MetroNational contractor Anslow Bryant recently went up on the Gessner Rd. site, which was until last year the home of the Gessner Place Shopping Center and Korean grocery store Komart. “It appears that a portion of it (the immediate corner) has been fenced off & the construction signs have gone up,” asks the reader, who also sent in these photos. “My guess is whatever goes here will be vertical.”
A bit east of the tower, and on the opposite side of I-10, Anslow Bryant is currently constructing a 14-story tower for future MetroNational tenant Nexen Petroleum.
- Previously on Swamplot: Nexen Plan at Memorial City: Office Building Now, Strip Centers and More Later, The Cranes Come to Bunker Hill, Swamplot Street Sleuths: Komart’s Best Products, Swamplot Street Sleuths: From the Ruins of Komart Marketplace, There Will Be No Tours of the Death Star, and Other Details About the Hospital in the Belly of the Memorial Hermann Tower
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We call it Decepticon Tower round these parts (Memorial),
Cemex, apparently, is moving out of the firstbuilt twin and into Crown of Thorns.
I live in that neighborhood, we’ve been speculating on that location since before they demolished the old strip center. I’m not convinced they intend to build anything on that piece of ground any time soon. It appears Anslow-Bryant is using the fenced portion as an employee parking lot. Personally, I’m hoping for a Chic-Fil-A, it’ll probably be another bank though.
I’m afraid it’s just overflow parking for the AB contractors that are working on the “village” at the foothills beneath Castle Greyskull on the other side of I-10.
I’d love to be proven wrong though. Chic-Fil-A would murder at that location, although that is probably not what one usually thinks of when one thinks of Chic-Fil-A… murder.
Oh yeah: I used to pass by the “Crown of Thorns” bldg. I called it the broadcast tower for a top secret government brainwashing programme: it sends radio signals that humans cannot notice to slowly,overtly brainwash us into compliant robots. Then the government agency activates us into its compliant worker robots. And we don’t protest.