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The Icon Premier Residences Phase I & II: Student Housing w/ Retail @Elgin and Scott St.

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I miss Rother's. That was a great bookstore and the best place I have ever come across for UH/TSU gifts and clothing. 

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You know what? I actually like that! Not overly complicated. Nice color scheme. I really hope thats not stucco, but oh well. It also looks like something that would be affordable...ish to students or recent grads. Also GFR!

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As a student at the University of Houston this development could be a game changer for that neighborhood. Scott street is an awful street to go on but with this development and hopefully more to come UH can feel more like a college town. I would love a CVS in that ground floor retail space. Happy to see more apartments around the campus!!   

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http://www.virtualbx.com/construction-preview/23107-student-housing-and-retail-center-by-uh-gets-approval.html

 

Houston (Harris Co.) - The Houston Planning Commission granted a variance to allow implementation of a Transit Corridor Ordinance Standards for a portion of Beulah Street, a condition requested by a developer in order to commence the first phase of a student housing and retail project.

 

The developers--Debora Hunt MooreJoel Lee MooreJohn Andrew Moore and PJ Gateway I LP--intend to demolish a small strip center at the northeast corner of Scott Street and Elgin Avenue, across the street from theUniversity of Houston campus. 

 

The 1.73-acre site fronts Scott Street upon which runs a light rail line. City staff recommended approval at the Sept. 3 meeting.

 

"This proposed redevelopment is on the edge of the main campus ... at the Scott Street stop on the new (South-East Purple) light rail line. A rail line also runs along Elgin. Beulah Street between Scott and Lucinda is a designated Transit Corridor 'A' street. The developer is proposing to have a consistent streetscape character around the entire project by treating the frontage along Lucinda and Beulah in the same manner as the transit corridor streets," the staff report to the commission stated.

 

"A pedestrian realm will be created along all the street frontages with appropriate sidewalk widths and landscaping and with building facades close to the pedestrian realm. The project is ideally located for students, such as upper classmen or graduate students who want to live near, but not on, campus. 

 

"This development will include retail to serve the students' daily needs. What is being platted now is the first phase of a multi-phase project intended to create a quality living and pedestrian environment for students at the city's largest university. The developers own additional land across Beulah and Lucinda which will be developed in future phases but will be used temporarily for parking."

 

"Since 'east' Beulah is not a designated Transit Corridor or Type A street, the granting of the variance request would allow for a unified streetscape that conforms to the requirements of Transit Corridor Ordinance for the entire development."

 

The developers are dedicating right of way for the widening of segments of Beulah to allow for an ultimate right of way width of 50 feet. After widening, the distance from the back of the curb to the property line will vary between 20.57 feet and 22.97 feet along West Beulah and 10.8 feet and 11.3 feet along East Beulah. 

 

The only public citizen comment came from UH interim director of planning services Jeanne LaMontagne, who took exception to the developer's use of the project plat name UH Student Housing and Retail Center. LaMontagne wanted to clarify that in no way was the project approved by or affiliated with the university.

 

Mary Lou Henry of architectural and planning firm Vernon G. Henry & Associates Inc., a part of TBG Partners, said their client only had "UH" in the name to make clear the future housing was only for college students. Henry said the name could be changed to respect the university's trademark.

 

Steinberg Design Collaborative LLP created the architectural rendering and referred to the project as Elgin Student Housing - Enclave PM.

 
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Nice and I like that they put the parking in the back and engaged the street corner. I also miss Rothers!

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You know what? I actually like that! Not overly complicated. Nice color scheme. I really hope thats not stucco, but oh well. It also looks like something that would be affordable...ish to students or recent grads. Also GFR!

 

What's wrong with stucco? aesthetics? structurally a concern? life?

 

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One of the issues with stucco is this climate. Unless they spend a good amount of money on a real stucco or lathe and plaster you will continually see repair crews out fixing the mildew issues and other problems that poorly installed and cheap materials bring to a project.

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http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2016/02/15/137706/how-off-campus-student-housing-affects-the-community-around-the-university-of-houston/

 

But it’s on the other side where a developer will be building a luxury student housing complex with 130 units, a pool, fitness area and retail space.

Stephen Helm is developing it with Tier One Commercial Real Estate. He says this project will be in a better location than the other private student housing complexes on MacGregor and one that will soon be built on Cullen and I-45.

Rates will start at $800 for a room in a four-bedroom unit. Helm says that’s comparable to other housing on and around campus. 

 

Helm says the plan is to break ground for what will be called the “Icon” by the end of March.

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Just dropped off my daughter at UH. The old Rother's Bookstore and strip mall have been torn down and the lot has been cleared. Fencing is up around the site but couldn't see much else. Hope this one breaks ground soon!

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ARA Newmark Secures $22.2 Million Construction Loan for 380-Bed Community in Houston

 

http://www.studenthousingbusiness.com/ara-newmark-secures-22-2-million-construction-loan-for-380-bed-community-in-houston

 

ARA Newmark has secured a $22.2 million construction loan for The Icon, a 380-bed student housing development located within walking distance of the University of Houston campus.

David Schwarz and Spencer Hough of ARA Newmark secured the loan on behalf of the borrower, Tier One Group, through an undisclosed regional debt fund. The five-story property will feature amenities including a resort-style pool, business center, conference room, game room, lounge area, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a fire pit and a covered outdoor bar with gas grills and a refrigerator. Completion is expected for fall 2017.

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Super excited about this project. Mixed used near a rail stop on Scott Street with ground level retail and apartments above. The transformation of Scott is coming and it will be quick. 

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31 minutes ago, hindesky said:

The tower operator posted the build of his crane.

 

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Merged posts here, this one's off campus housing. With that view the project should be a high-rise. 

 

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On 1/28/2017 at 3:26 PM, ale7x said:

http://uh.edu/infotech/services/webcam/

 

In the practice facility webcam, the construction crane can be seen on the top right corner. 

Here's a direct link:

https://blogs.uh.edu/infotech/services/webcam/ftpractice/video.mjpg?resolution=704x480

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The area around U. of H. is definitely changing.

Scott has quite a bit of future development scheduled.

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On 11/25/2017 at 11:27 AM, Avossos said:

I’m sorry, but this is hideous.

How so?  It's an improvement for the area.

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Any updates on when the retail areas will be completed and what they will be?

Also is there a timeline for phase II to get started and completed.

 

This is AWESOME for the university.

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7 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

Phase II will begin construction soon.

 

Where is phase 2? Doesn't seem to be any info in the previous site plan to indicate where.

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12 hours ago, Luminare said:

 

Where is phase 2? Doesn't seem to be any info in the previous site plan to indicate where.

 

Beulah and Lucinda though I'm not sure of the exact layout.

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https://houston.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/CoverSheet.aspx?ItemID=17658&MeetingID=341

 

ORDINANCE  finding  and  determining  that  public  convenience  and  necessity  no  longer  require  the  continued  use  of (1) Beulah Street, from Scott Street east to Lucinda Street, (2) Lucinda Street, from Rosalie Street south to its terminus, and (3) Beulah Street, from the eastern right-of-way line of Lucinda Street east ± 100 feet; abandoning said street portions to Elgin Ventures, LLC and Scott Street Ventures, LLC, the abutting owners,  in  exchange for conveyance  to  the  City  of one right-of-way easement for construction of an offset type turnaround at Beulah Street and one right-of-way easement along the southern portion of Rosalie Street, from Scott Street east to the applicant's eastern boundary line, all situated in the Houston City Street Railway, Section 4, and Leeland Park Addition, out of the Luke Moore Survey, Abstract No. 51, Harris County, Texas, payment to the City of $762,055.00, and other good and valuable  consideration

 

Jake Patrick of Vernon G. Henry and Associates, on behalf of Scott Street Ventures, LLC and  Elgin Ventures, LLC, requested the abandonment and sale of the subject property interests. The applicants plan to incorporate the requested portions of Beulah Street and Lucinda Street into their properties to construct and develop student housing, retail and parking facilities. The Joint Referral Committee reviewed and approved the request. Scott Street Ventures, LLC and Elgin Ventures, LLC have complied with the transaction requirements, have accepted the City's offer and have rendered payment.

 

Because the utility construction requirement and traffic construction requirement associated with this transaction will not be completed until after the City Council passes the abandonment ordinance, Scott Street Ventures, LLC and Elgin Ventures, LLC have provided (a) a Letter of Credit (LOC) for $65,685.00, an amount equal to the total estimated construction costs for Item 7 of the Contact Letter dated August 7, 2018, and (b) a Letter of Credit for $16,690.00, an amount equal to the total estimated traffic construction costs associated with the construction of am offset T-type turnaround on Beulah Street east of Lucinda Street. Should the conditions of the LOCs not be satisfied upon expiration of the LOCs, a recommendation will be submitted to the City Council to rescind the ordinance that abandoned the City's property interests. All deposits paid by the applicants will be forfeited. If the applicants wish to pursue the transaction in the future, the process may begin anew. At the applicants' request the City will release the LOCs upon the applicants' satisfactory completion of the construction-related work as evidenced by written inspection approval by the Office of the City of Engineer.

 

The City will abandon and sell to  Elgin Ventures, LLC:

 

Parcel_Map.pdf

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