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Houston Planning Commission Approves 8-Story Midtown Midrise


Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange

Posted: 1-23-2017

by Adolfo Pesquera

Houston (Harris Co.) – Allied Orion Group won approval to construct an eight-story mid-rise condominium in Houston’s bustling Midtown.

The project presented Jan. 19 will have a three-story parking garage and a total of 142 parking spaces. There will be five stories of condominium units above the garage.

The front of the building will face McGowen Street and is between Austin and LaBranch Streets. The proposed structure totals 81,773 square feet.

Along McGowen, Allied Orion requested a 5-foot building line for the first two floors for 110 feet, a 1-foot building line for 140 feet, and a 1-foot building line for the third floor to the roof versus the standard 10 feet.

Along Austin, the ask was for an 8-foot line at ground level and a zero line above the garage. For LaBranch, the request was for a zero line from ground up.

This was previously recorded as La Plaza de Midtown subdivision plat, but that building was never constructed.

The parking entrance will be on Austin. Other than parking, a portion of the ground level will be set aside for offices. However, there may also be some retail.

Dan Barnum, a member of the Midtown Alliance planning committee and an architect, spoke in support of the project.

“I’m also one of the instigators of redevelopment of Midtown of almost 20 years ago,” Barnum said. “This is the kind of project we foresaqw for Midtown.

“It is what we’ve been hoping for along McGowen. The only change we ask of the developer is some retail space on the ground floor, because there is a demand for that, and they are looking at that.”

Allied Orion also requested a variance for a smaller loading area on the grounds that these will be owner-occupied condos and there will not be as much need for moving trucks as there is in a rental apartment community.

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adolfo@virtualbx.com

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About the Author:

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.

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