The end of the year marked the end of residency for all tenants of the Kirby Court Apartments. Renters of the 2-story 1949 townhouse-style units fronting oak-lined Steel St. across Kirby Dr. from the Whole Foods Market were required to move out no later than December 31st. Houston-based Hanover Co. had a portion of the complex under contract, and was planning to complete the transaction early this year.
But funding for the apartment tower Hanover had planned for that parcel (marked down to 30 stories and 300 units at last report) fell through sometime in December, a company rep tells the Houston Business Journal‘s Paul Takahashi; since then, the company has been “scrambling to find new investors.” Hanover has now postponed completion of the purchase until August. The architect, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, is still reportedly working on the design.
“The whole place is a boarded up ghost town,” a former resident of Kirby Court tells Swamplot. “All of my neighbors I spoke to were able to find some where else to live. No one was happy about the move, the stress, and-or the financial burden. It’s all just a sad sad story.“
Hanover had planned only to purchase and build on a 1.65-acre parcel fronting Steel, Kirby Dr., and Kipling St. — minus the Beck’s Prime on the corner. Its development would eat up only the northeastern portion of Kirby Court, extending 350 ft. west from Kirby Dr. Plans for the tower included 2 restaurants in the ground floor and a separate standalone restaurant facing Kirby.
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