The photo above — sent to Swamplot by a HAIF user who goes by the handle SkylineView — is our best view yet of the project themed-condo developer Randall Davis has been working on for more than 5 years: convincing the Galleria McDonald’s to scooch over just a smidge and sell him part of the fast-food restaurant’s parking lot so he could build a 30-story highrise on it with all the benefits and cachet of drive-thru adjacency. Davis’s $70 million Astoria (portrayed in more glamorous circumstances at left) is being funded in part by the immigration dreams of 29 well-to-do foreigners, who have ponied up $1 million a piece to gain themselves status as U.S. residents, a path to citizenship, and a piece of whatever action the investment brings.
The original double-decker McDonald’s on the site was torn down and rebuilt last year; it’s on the left in the aerial view. That made room for construction of the Astoria, which looks somewhat similar to the Titan tower Davis had previously marketed for that location — minus the rocketship styling, the “Titans of Industry” marketing gloss, and balcony pools but with the addition of a new “Art Deco Modern” glaze and foreign backing. The building’s architect is the former Page Southerland Page, now known simply as Page.
Future residents of the $1.5 million-plus units in the tower who aren’t thrilled with the fast food options nearby will be able to head the other way on Post Oak Blvd. — to the new Whole Foods Market under construction at BLVD. Place.
- Galleria-area tower has global backing [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- Previously on Swamplot: End of the Parking Lot Sideshow: Mobile Home of the Titan Packs Up, Moves On; Crash of the Titan: The Goodbye Post; Whole Foods, Fast Foods, and the Titan; The Titan: Uptown Theme Blender; The Titan: Rocketship Condos on Post Oak; The Luxury Highrise and the Drive-Thru: They’re Lovin’ It!
Photos: SkylineView. Rendering: Randall Davis Company/Page