A Swamplot reader sends a photo of the crane that’s gone vertical at the corner of Welch and Revere streets just outside River Oaks where Pelican Builders plans to put its 9-story Revere at River Oaks condo midrise. The ’50s-mod condo complex its replacing was torn down last year, leaving an empty patch running lengthwise along Welch St., adjacent to the homes and townhomes that make up the rest of the block. They’re all overlooked by the 34-floor Huntingdon condo tower a few blocks west, shown looming large in the photo at top.
A Swamplot reader holed-up in a hotel room at theÂ Hilton Americas sends photos looking past Root Square and the Toyota Center to show the new tower crane being lifted on the site of the coming Camden Downtown apartment tower last weekend. Camden Property Trust broke ground on the 1.4-acre block adjacent to the Toyota Center’s garage at the end of last year. The finished tower will sit on the north side of the parcel — formerly a parking lot — on Bell St. between Austin and La Branch.
A rendering from architect Ziegler Cooper shows the 21-story building neighboring the parking garage and fronting the park:
In other grocery-apartment-midriseÂ news, the 2-storyÂ hole for the below-ground parking component of the planned Pearl-branded apartmentÂ midriseÂ with built-in Whole Foods looks to have touched bottom, andÂ a tower craneÂ on the site hasÂ reached its full height. Some of the construction site’s fence decorations have been swapped out with newer renderings,Â too —Â the latest drawings show a zoomier design and a new color scheme (this oneÂ falling more in the slatey-grey-brown range, compared to the doughy yellows picked out for the older drawings):
Swapping in for the tubelight-bedecked elmÂ that’s been standing in the middle of Axelrad Beer Garden at the corner of Almeda Rd. and Alabama St.:Â this way-past-saplingÂ Shumard red oak, carefully trucked, tipped, and droppedÂ into place earlier this week, as captured in the Yakety-Sax-tracked video montage above. The changeover comes at the end of the original tree’s years-long shuffle toward death, per the bar’s telling: the groupÂ was advised to evict the tree when they first started setting upÂ the space — as it was already old, and had been hit pretty hard by that tire-revealing 2011 droughtÂ —Â but opted to keep it around for a few years instead.
Following a recentÂ lightning strike from which it would never quite recover, the tree finally lost enough branches that the bar owners opted to put it out of its misery: