Here are some shots from the scene of the Houston Housing Authority’s office park on Fountain View Dr. north of Westheimer Rd., which the organization is planning to partially demolish and replace with a 233-unit mixed-income apartment complex. The sign shown here went up last month to advertise this week’s public meeting on the proposed construction, which drew standing-room-only crowds to the auditorium of Briargrove Elementary. A group of neighborhood residents is campaigning to stop the project; listed grievances include a lack of transparency surrounding the project, and asserting that school overcrowding wasn’t considered when HHA picked the spot.
The property, just north of the vacant H-E-B northwest of the corner with Westheimer, currently holds 2 office buildings sporting gently-bent-rectangular floorplans (that’s 2650 in the foreground, in the photo above, with 2640 behind it). An aerial rendering released by HHA shows 2640 swapped out for the apartment building, with the southern office building still in place below it:
The drawing depicts a central courtyard holding a pool and patio area. Here’s a view of the complex from Fountain View, which shows 4 residential levels and ground-level parking:
A look at the south elevation:
And here’s the back of the building, looking from the east:
Meanwhile, a reader notes that the site out front of the office blocks seems to be supporting some temporary cell towers, as well as leasing signs:
While one fifth of the units would be rented at market rates, HHA says the majority of the complex would be reserved for families making no more than 60 percent of the Houston average, with another 10 percent reserved for families with incomes below 30 percent. If the $53-million project moves forward as currently planned, construction on the apartments could start by the end of the year, and some units could open to residents by late 2018.
Next door to the north are the 2626 Fountain View apartments, across the street from the corporate headquarters of Mexican restaurant Doneraki and the Consulate General of Venezuela.
- Housing officials address worries over mixed-income complex [Houston Chronicle]
- Affordable housing proposal puts neighbors on edge [Houston Chronicle]
- 2640 Fountain View Dr. [HHA]
- Mission [Stop Fountainview Project]
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