Eight-story Residential Tower Coming to Museum District
Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange
by Adolfo Pesquera
Houston (Harris Co.) – Plans for an eight-story (above ground) residential tower to be located in the Museum District will be presented to the Houston Planning Commission on Aug. 20.
The Mondrian at the Museums is an eight-story tower with seven residential levels. The ground level includes a lobby, mechanical rooms and parking. There will also be a basement level parking lot.
The project came before the commission Aug. 6 on a request for two variances, but consideration was deferred for two weeks. The applicant seeks a 5-foot building setback instead of the required 10 feet, and asks that a support column be allowed in the visibility triangle.
This project site is in the southwest corner of Caroline and Palm streets and the owner name is 5104 Caroline LLC. It is in an area being redeveloped for contemporary housing that is replacing offices and older housing. Most of the projects in this area are two- or three-story townhomes.
Planning & Development Department staff comments have been generally favorable:
“Cars in the garage will be hidden from view by solid walls. At the building pedestrian entry on the corner of Palm and Carolline, the sidewalk will cross a sunken garden and will include a seating bench. Having the building at the 5-foot setback line will be consistent with other new area development such as the townhouses on the opposite side of Palm. Having buildings close to the street encourages a pedestrian-friendly environment. It allows people on the sidewalk to look into the building and see activity. It allows people within the building to surveil the street and take ownership of activities on the sidewalk and the street, making it safer for everyone.
“This area is becoming popular for older adults who want the convenience of living close to good restaurants and cultural activities but need or want to live on one level. The small support column in the visibility triangle will not impede the view of opposing traffic.”
Vernon G. Henry & Associates Inc., the Houston-based urban planning and landscape architecture firm, has been acting as applicant for the developer. Perkins+Will prepared the architectural renderings.
A two-story, 4,970-square-foot residential structure, built in 1930, already exists on the site and would have to be demolished.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.