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Should the TMC build a new employee housing tower?

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Previously the Texas Medical Center had the Favrot Apartments, http://web.archive.org/web/20100624063945/http://www.texmedctr.tmc.edu/root/en/TMCServices/Housing/Parking+at+Favrot.htm but they closed in 2012 http://web.archive.org/web/20120729225051/http://texasmedicalcenter.org/housing/ and were demo'ed in 2014. https://www.emporis.com/buildings/203699/laurence-h-favrot-tower-apartments-houston-tx-usa

I understand that the TMC probably wants/wanted a building of higher utility at 6540 Bellows. Also, I never lived there nor knew anybody who did, so I don't know what the housing quality/atmosphere was like. However I like the idea of the TMC building a new tower for employee housing. Perhaps some people want to be very close to work, or have the institution take care of their housing. Therefore I wonder if the TMC could build a new housing tower.

 

A few things:

  • If possible have it be placed in the Pershing Middle School zone - Favrot was zoned to Cullen Middle, which wasn't attractive. Yes, people building institutional housing need to take school zoning into account. Florida State University's report on its former graduate school housing compound, Alumni Village, described the statuses of the schools that served that complex. http://its.fsu.edu/sites/g/files/imported/storage/original/application/a336fded2ae81ac62d958743b870d2c7.pdf (see PDF pages 154 and 155)
  • Having a playground and/or a rooftop/similar swimming pool would make it more attractive to families.
  • I wonder how the complex could attract singles and childless couples; I wouldn't suggest going whole Michael Pollack Colonial Park Apartments style, but taking cues from swanky Midtown/Montrose complexes could help.
  • Since the Medical Center Kroger was demo'ed, it would be good to have ground floor and/or second floor space for a new supermarket and/or an attached parking garage with guest spaces. That way things would be super-convenient for tenants.
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Yes build a 40 plus floor housing high rise with units for singles, couples and families on different floors.  Family units occupy lower floors, singles and couples occupy higher floors.  :D

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4 hours ago, htownbro said:

Yes build a 40 plus floor housing high rise with units for singles, couples and families on different floors.  Family units occupy lower floors, singles and couples occupy higher floors.  :D

 

That sounds like a cool idea! A bit ambitious since the old Favrot tower was only 13 stories tall. Also if it's in the Pershing attendance zone TMC might have to have a talk with area homeowner associations so the building doesn't infringe too much on the neighborhood.

 

They could put more 2 and 3 bedroom units in the lower floors and more 1 bedroom units on upper floors. I heard from a poster on city-data that the old Favrot had a higher proportion of nursing students from Texas Woman's University and Baylor College of medicine compared to employees. Under your arrangement the lower floors could be a mix of families and unrelated nursing students who have roommates.

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