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Houston: Galleria High Rise Passes Planning Commission

Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange

Posted: 12-2-2016, 3:35 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Houston (Harris Co.) – The Houston Planning Commission on Thursday granted variance requests and approved the plat for the 30-story Galleria High-Rise, a 30-story residential and hotel tower being planned by Simon Property Group.

The tower is to be located in The Galleria at the corner of Sage Road and West Alabama Street.

With one abstention, the commission unanimously agreed to allow a varying width right-of-way along Sage Street of 4 to 7.8 feet. A second variance allows for the building line to remain as configured, “creating a verying width of 17.2 feet to 21 feet for the building line along Sage Road.”

As explained by planning department staff, “This proposal will create an ultimate  ROW width that varies from 91.7 feet to 100 feet along Sage Road (once the 10′ of ROW is acquired by Uptown Tirz as shown by HCMR 657231). If the applicant dedicated the required amount of ROW, the existing structures would encroach into the ROW along Sage Road.

“Additionally, the Uptown Management District and the Office of the City Engineer has voiced no objection to the variance request. The applicant is also requesting a reduced building line along Sage that will vary from 17.2 to 21 feet for a 30 story luxury hotel and residential tower. The high rise building will be located at the intersection of Sage and West Alabama.

“The reduced setback will match the building line of the existing structures along Sage Road and the distance from the back of curb will be approximately 35 feet from the back of curb.”

The tower, first announced in April, is being designed to have 225 hotel guest rooms and from 75 to 100 luxury condominiums.

Simon plans to begin construction in late 2017.



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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.