The Land on the North Loop Next to Boy Scout Headquarters Where Midrise Apartments Are Headed

Signs of impending construction — including new chain-link and erosion-control fencing around the perimeter — are now visible on the 3.15-acre site at 2601 Citadel Plaza Dr., tucked between the 2600 Citadel Plaza office building that serves as Weingarten Realty’s HQ and the Boy Scouts of America Cockrell Scout Center along the south side of the North Loop in Shady Acres. The land, which was once owned by Weingarten, was purchased by an entity controlled by apartment developer the Allen Harrison Company just shy of 11 months ago.

A few months before that sale was completed, Allen Harrison’s Will Harper told HBJ reporter Paul Takahashi that the company was planning to build a 5-story midrise apartment building with 290 units wrapped around a parking garage on a 3-acre site in the “Greater Heights” area. (He also mentioned the taller apartment complex planned for South Main Street near the Texas Medical Center.)


The property lies less than a quarter-mile east of White Oak Bayou and its accompanying bike trail; it’s bounded to the south by Pinegate. Another clue to its future: The web address, which was first registered last month, now redirects to the Allen Harrison website.

Photos of fencing at 2601 Citadel Plaza Dr.: Karen Yip

Plans for Shady Acres

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  • Looks like a great spot for an apartment complex. Only a 7mi bike ride to downtown. Also zoned to HISD’s Sinclair Elem. School which is pretty good I think.

  • Would be nice to get some retail in the area. I live in the area, and there no nearby shopping unless your only requirements are Home Depot and Lowes.

  • Yet another tree massacre in the making.

  • @MyTwoCents,

    I’m not saying this makes it the Galleria, but there is a national pharmacy right in the parking lot of the Lowe’s you mention, not to mention an office supply store and an auto parts store near the HD and scads of restaurants along Ella north and south of the loop.

  • Does it matter if there is nearby shopping? I mean, this IS Houston …. land of car and freeway. This area is essentially suburbia after all.

  • I think Northwest Mall was a shopping destination but now, That place is still in limbo with 290 & 610 still under construction-leaving only a handful of stores that are still on the property. Might be a good speculation that this place will be torn down & rebuilt-With better stores.

  • Bring it on!

  • TimP, I said shopping. I realize that the area is no longer lacking in restaurants, but pretty sure most people wouldn’t consider auto parts, and an office supply store shopping.

  • What about the sears on shep?

  • Oh Grand! More concrete, less trees. And that bike/jogging trail is a joke. You can die of heat stroke if you try to use it between April and November.