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The new owner of 3 adjacent 2-story apartment complexes at the western edge of Winlow Place in Montrose have politely asked all tenants to leave by the end of August. The fifties-and-sixties-era courtyard complexes, at 1920 W. Alabama St. (above), 2810 McDuffie, and 1924 Marshall, were sold by Prestige Holdings at the end of April to a company called City Centre at Midtown, which appears to be connected to apartment developer Dolce Living. The adjacent complexes together include 73 apartments; the 1.58 acres of land they sit on has frontage on West Alabama St. (between Hazard and Huldy, pictured above) and McDuffie St., which dead-ends into a parking lot shared by the McDuffie and Marshall St. properties. According to a tipster, a notice for the abandonment of that dead-end portion of McDuffie St. was posted in February. Admiral Linen’s 3-building complex (behind the Randalls grocery store) at 2030 Kipling St. is immediately adjacent to the properties.

 

According to a notice sent to residents by the property manager, City Centre at Midtown plans to demolish the buildings in September and build new apartments on the site. The same notice informs residents that they must vacate their apartmentsarrow-10x10.png no later than August 31st, and offers to prorate August rent accordingly. “Thank you for your residency,” the notice reads. “Many of you have made your home at City Centre for a long period of time.”

 

“Longtime residents aren’t finding any consolation in this offer,” a tipster tells Swamplot. “Especially with such short notice. The residents are a demographically diverse group with a wide range of occupations from students to retirees. It’s mostly quiet, peppered with moments of friends laughing it up outside and impromptu music concerts.” The actions of the seller and buyer in preparing for redevelopment “flew under the radar,” according to the tipster.

 

http://swamplot.com/new-owners-to-montrose-apartment-dwellers-everybody-out-by-the-end-of-august-were-tearing-these-places-down/2014-07-28/

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I know they "have the right," but that doesn't make it right when it's just over the minimum 30 days' notice to vacate for people who've been in place for some time.  Somehow I doubt that an extra two to four weeks would have killed them.

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I hope that whatever they build it will be relatively low in rent or just above what was there now. Not everything needs to be super upscale which is probably whats going to go here, but then again if they are already that quick to demo in september it's probably just going to be regular apartments and not a midrise or even townhomes.

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I hope that whatever they build it will be relatively low in rent or just above what was there now. Not everything needs to be super upscale which is probably whats going to go here, but then again if they are already that quick to demo in september it's probably just going to be regular apartments and not a midrise or even townhomes.

 

The only chance of something being low rent in the area was to leave the existing building.  The land costs and building costs pretty much prohibit any kind of newer low rent building without some kind of subsidy. 

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Do we finally some Heights-esque Midtown creep?!

This is so not in Midtown.

Yea I still don't understand why this is considered Midtown.

 

To me this looks like the condos in Miami designed to keep non-residents out.

 

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Yea I still don't understand why this is considered Midtown.

 

It is not... they just want it to appeal to a crowd looking for that name... or they are very misinformed.

 

This design looks bad, and I am not even concerned about the street stuff. It makes logical sense to put a garage on the bottom floor. It is the stylings that have no integrity to anything and are built to catch a trend. This building wont look great when new, and it will look worse as it ages.

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I refuse to believe that this will wind up being the name of the complex - it just makes no sense.  Typically "Upper Kirby" is the name creep over this particular part of Montrose

 

The LLC was formed October of last year and the sale wasn't until April/May of this year so maybe it was originally formed for another deal that fell through?

 

Anyway, hard to tell much from that "rendering" but I'm impressed with the height of these new complexes (like the Susanne) in the area.  Just imagine if the Admiral Linen plot gets developed into a midrise and Read King finally goes vertical on that center at Shepherd and W Alabama.  I lived in the area until very recently and W Alabama always made for a nice commute in - I suspect that is changing

 

 

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Was browsing the proposed cases to the FAA and found crane and building cases for "Millenium at Midtown" (misspelling and all). Likely another 7ish story midrise from the Dinerstien Company.  Looks like this will be at 1920 W Alabama where an older 2 story complex stood.  I searched and couldn't find another thread on this development, please merge if it already exists. 

http://swamplot.com/new-owners-to-montrose-apartment-dwellers-everybody-out-by-the-end-of-august-were-tearing-these-places-down/2014-07-28/

 

 

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=390697467&row=295

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=390697478&row=296

 

Overview
Study (ASN): 2018-ASW-17912-OE
Prior Study:  
Status: Work In Progress
   
Received Date: 11/26/2018
Entered Date: 11/26/2018
Map: View Map
Construction Info     Structure Summary
Notice Of: CONSTR
Duration: TEMP    (Months: 18    Days: 0)
Work Schedule: 01/01/2019  to  01/01/2021
   
   
Structure Type: Crane
Structure Name: Millenium At Midtown
FCC Number:  
   
Structure Details     Height and Elevation
Latitude (NAD 83): 29° 44' 19.85" N
Longitude (NAD 83): 95° 24' 29.10" W
Datum: NAD 83
City: Houston (and vicinity)
State: TX
Nearest County: Harris
   
 
Proposed
Site Elevation:
51
Structure Height:
160
Total Height (AMSL):
211
 
Frequencies
Low Freq High Freq Unit ERP Unit

 

Overview
Study (ASN): 2018-ASW-17911-OE
Prior Study:  
Status: Work In Progress
   
Received Date: 11/26/2018
Entered Date: 11/26/2018
Map: View Map
Construction Info     Structure Summary
Notice Of: CONSTR
Duration: PERM    (Months: 0    Days: 0)
Work Schedule: 12/02/2018  to  08/05/2020
   
   
Structure Type: Building
Structure Name: Millenium At Midtown
FCC Number:  
   
Structure Details     Height and Elevation
Latitude (NAD 83): 29° 44' 19.85" N
Longitude (NAD 83): 95° 24' 29.10" W
Datum: NAD 83
City: Houston (and vicinity)
State: TX
Nearest County: Harris
   
 
Proposed
Site Elevation:
51
Structure Height:
91
Total Height (AMSL):
142
 
Frequencies

Low Freq

High Freq Unit ERP

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On 7/28/2014 at 2:08 PM, mollusk said:

I know they "have the right," but that doesn't make it right when it's just over the minimum 30 days' notice to vacate for people who've been in place for some time.  Somehow I doubt that an extra two to four weeks would have killed them.

 

53 minutes ago, hindesky said:

This land has been cleared for at least a couple years. Its right across from west Alabama Icehouse and one of the best taco trucks in Houston.

There, in a nutshell, is the story of development, Houston style.
Think I'll go to the River Cafe and order a pitcher of sangria to drown my sorrows....

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Yikes, design hasn't changed much from 2014. :unsure:

 

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https://www.luxecrowdfunding.com/portfolio/

 

Millennium Midtown will consist of 258 “Class A” residential rental units and a 4,000 square foot amenity center when fully completed. It will be situated in the heart of the West sub-market in one of the Houston finest residential neighborhoods. Due to its close proximity to downtown Houston,the developments transportation needs are well met.

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On 3/23/2022 at 9:54 PM, CREguy13 said:

Can you say 30 floors with ground floor retail.... Hopefully they can get this financed soon with all the economic activity starting to occur in Houston and the high demand for living in this area. 

Hope the design fits the neighborhood obviously, but wow does Montrose continue to blow up with great height, density and quality of businesses, restaurants.

https://verosade.com/projects/

I'm not trying to derail the thread, but is there a thread on the West Alabama project they have listed on their site?

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22 minutes ago, hindesky said:

The reason I think it might be is that Us Living and Vero Sade are connected. The Vero Sade description in their render and the TDLR description are the same. Of course renders rarely are what is built.

https://www.us-living.com

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The rendering they used is the backside of their Heights project. I take it we’ll see the real thing closer to construction.

 

 

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Just to add to the confusion...

 

The renderings shown on the Vero Sade website for Heights and W. Alabama are the same renderings and are are for the Heights project.  I don't know what the W. Alabama project looks like yet, but perhaps it's similar.

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4 minutes ago, Paco Jones said:

Just to add to the confusion...

 

The renderings shown on the Vero Sade website for Heights and W. Alabama are the same renderings and are are for the Heights project.  I don't know what the W. Alabama project looks like yet, but perhaps it's similar.

Just like the Novare Group who used the same design for all their SkyHouse buildings around the nation. I guess that makes economic sense.

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Designs may be the similar as they share  the same architect and number of stories though I doubt it’ll be copy n paste like Novare Group’s Skyhouses- this site is more narrow than the one for The Heights.

Preston’s design portfolio is a bit all over the place so who knows. 

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3 hours ago, hindesky said:

The reason I think it might be is that Us Living and Vero Sade are connected. The Vero Sade description in their render and the TDLR description are the same. Of course renders rarely are what is built.

https://www.us-living.com

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I'd have to push back on that last sentence. Its not rare that renders are rarely are what is built, its that renders that don't convey what is possible are rarely built. I also think this forum is a double edge sword in some ways. Its great that laypeople get a chance to see the evolution of projects, but at the same time the first image that's shown is what ends up being their (the average layperson's) vision of the project, and if they don't keep up with the process then by the time something is built and they see it built for the first time since an initial render in predesign then they ask why something doesn't look like the render. The question is, what render? The render from a week before construction only distributed in-house, or the pre-design render or design documentation render that was floated to city council as a one off to clear a hurdle. Big difference. Most projects actually do look like their renders. Sometimes you can gauge a quality of a project by its render, and sometimes you just can't. Especially with rising costs these days, and with improvements to realtime rendering, the client is not going to begin construction unless they see an updated render on the eve of construction.

3 hours ago, Paco Jones said:

Just to add to the confusion...

 

The renderings shown on the Vero Sade website for Heights and W. Alabama are the same renderings and are are for the Heights project.  I don't know what the W. Alabama project looks like yet, but perhaps it's similar.

I think I said this in a previous post, but if Preston is designing both and Us Living is a partner of Vero Sade then it stands to believe that Preston is the architect for both which owns the instruments of service and design copyright for one which could be used for the other (aka why we can have two copies of Skyhouse). I'd imagine the company wants to do multiples and make it known that they are building these as one type of branded theme, scheme, or idea. The sites are very different, and I'm not a fan of duplicate designs even for the same client, but aesthetics can be the same just the forms would have to be adjusted. I haven't seen anything in the Heights renders that tells me that that design is so specific to the Heights that it can't be transferred over. It certainly can be done.

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1 hour ago, Paco Jones said:

Hello and thank you for your reply.  You make very good points and I don't disagree with you.

 

I would like to add some clarification, though.  The renderings that I shared for the Heights project are true to the Heights project itself.  They are part of the DD drawings (5th progressive set) and are reflective of the Architectural and Structural plan sets.  I thought this information might be helpful so that others would know that the renderings were not found by themselves somewhere and are part of the construction documents.

 

It is very possible that the renderings could be used as a basis of design for future developments, though.  There are a few additional elevations for the Heights project that are provided as cost saving alternate pricing deductions to the base construction cost (and schedule).  So it would make sense to start with a base conception for future developments and then simply make changes on the overall building to accommodate the site and location.  It would give the developer a good price point to work with when establishing the overall cost budget

 

Thank you.

That all makes sense to me. Good clarification on your part. Definitely the Heights project was developed first, and probably during discussions they said, we like this project hey by the way we have this other property that we would like to develop as well. Can we use this as a base for the next project?

This happens a lot. In fact I'm currently working on a project where we are taking a basic apartment layout from a previous job and moving it to another job, but just doing a reskin. It is what it is. If a form or aesthetic works and is profitable then its something worth repeating. Alexan, Pearl, Hanover do this as well. Its just how the market works especially when margins are tight, but you want to pump out a lot of units and projects.

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I think this front end loader operator was getting tacos at Tierra Caliente and was actually from the S. Shepherd street construction. I also saw a pick up from an inspection company parked on site.

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