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https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Lennar-s-apartment-division-buys-Galleria-area-13841951.php

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The multifamily arm of homebuilding giant Lennar Corp. has purchased a two-acre site just inside the West Loop off San Felipe, records filed with Harris County show.

Lennar affiliate LMC Westcreek Holdings acquired the parcel at the corner of Westcreek and San Felipe from Westcreek HTX Real Estate Partners.

The site is across from the Arabella condominium tower 

 

Conflicting account of where exactly the site is located:

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Late last year, Gables Residential started construction on a 14-story apartment building just north of the Lennar site

 

The Gables project is SOUTH of the parcel that's on the corner of Westcreek/San Felipe and across from Arabella. 

 

Based on HCAD it appears that the lot is in fact on the corner of Westcreek/San Felipe. See Parcel A (BELOW)

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HCAD Account:    1349290010004
Owner Name:    WESTCREEK HTX REAL ESTATE PARTNERS -G LP
State Class:    F1
Appraised Value:    $ 9,012,872.00
Market Value:    $ 9,012,872.00
Address:    0 WESTCREEK LN
City:    HOUSTON
Zipcode:    77027
Subdivision:    GALLERIA / UPTOWN

 

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The renderings are up on the LMC Lennar website.  They are calling it "Bowen River Oaks".  

Westcreek skyline.  

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39 minutes ago, LBC2HTX said:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Lennar-s-apartment-division-buys-Galleria-area-13841951.php

 

Conflicting account of where exactly the site is located:

 

The Gables project is SOUTH of the parcel that's on the corner of Westcreek/San Felipe and across from Arabella. 

 

Based on HCAD it appears that the lot is in fact on the corner of Westcreek/San Felipe. See Parcel A (BELOW)

 

 

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 You can't expect a Chronicle real estate or transportation writer to know their directions . . .  🤯

 

Thanks for clarifying.

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I feel sorry for the people living in that immediate area. The traffic has gotta be killing them. I drive along that stretch of SF all the time, and it's a son of a biscuit trying to get onto San Felipe from the side streets.

 

And it's only going to get worse.

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They put in a through street from Westcreek to the 610 feeder, so anyone who needs to make a left onto San Felipe from Westcreek can avoid doing so by taking the through street. Otherwise, making a right onto San Felipe isn't so bad. 

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Struggled to find the thread for this one, but here it is.

Structure Height: 286'

Work Schedule: 10/31/2019 - 10/31/2021

Structure Name: 2020 Westcreek Multifamily High-Rise

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=414592071&row=9

 

Good infill for Uptown, hopefully we can get a render some time soon. 

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15 hours ago, TheSirDingle said:

Struggled to find the thread for this one, but here it is.

Structure Height: 286'

Work Schedule: 10/31/2019 - 10/31/2021

Structure Name: 2020 Westcreek Multifamily High-Rise

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=414592071&row=9

 

Good infill for Uptown, hopefully we can get a render some time soon. 

 

 

This is around 20 stories then? Whats a good comparison of height?

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32 minutes ago, jmosele said:

It’ll be almost the exact same height as the SkyHouse 

 

Wow very nice. I'm sure the River Oaks district loves having all of these high rises going up next to it packing in a bunch of wealthy people with in walking distance. 

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Yeah that gas station and the surrounding land/landscape (or lack thereof) is HORRIBLE! Hope they do something with that as well

But wow...that place will be huge! this whole ROD area is just blowing up!!!!!!!!!!!!! love it

 

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2 minutes ago, Luminare said:

holy cow. that thing is massive! Did not expect that from Lennar.

 

Right? From suburbia to 25 story residential towers. 

The low rise E shaped apartments are a little odd though.. not sure why they didn’t want to do more of a wrapped garage/podium for the low rise portion, utilizing the rooftop space for a larger amenity deck.

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Right? From suburbia to 25 story residential towers. 

The low rise E shaped apartments are a little odd though.. not sure why they didn’t want to do more of a wrapped garage/podium for the low rise portion, utilizing the rooftop space for a larger amenity deck.

 

oddly thats the part that intrigues me the most. its a different take instead of a wrap.

 

I agree with your first comment though. My father worked for home builders and then was a home inspector, so my association with Lennar was always single family track housing in the burbs. When I initially heard they were going to get into MF I was very skeptical, but I'm pleasantly surprised. If this is their first entry into the biz....build more. 

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Straight TRASH design  - reminds me of M5250 on Westheimer across from the Galleria (ONLY WORSE). This is why Houston needs some sort of Architectural Review Committee. 

 

Compare this design to what Lennar is currently building in Atlanta’s Buckhead area (which is very similar to Houston’s Uptown) to see why this sickens me! 

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Literally looks like a Holiday Inn..... from the looks of it, it looks like they went with one side taller than the other to prevent blocking the balcony views from Arabella? I just don't understand because this would essentially be another gateway to the River Oaks district, and THAT is what they want to put up? People were saying Arabella is poorly designed but at least its modern, has a unique shape and isn't the standard brown & beige exterior like this

 

My favorite part is the pool facing south which will eventually be blocked :) 

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11 hours ago, Stone said:

Straight TRASH design  - reminds me of M5250 on Westheimer across from the Galleria (ONLY WORSE). This is why Houston needs some sort of Architectural Review Committee. 

 

Compare this design to what Lennar is currently building in Atlanta’s Buckhead area (which is very similar to Houston’s Uptown) to see why this sickens me! 

 

Its their first design here. Its not bad. Is it a masterpiece no. I actually expected a lot worse. I would also say yes to ARC's if I didn't know the reality which is the fact that it slows development and puts to many cooks into the kitchen when it comes to design. I rather give companies more freedom to design what they want. The only time I'm all for design committees is when it comes to infrastructure as that is something that needs the extra time and care to get right. Other than that more power to those who have a stake in the actual project. An ARC has zero stake in the project and in the end it keeps more projects from being built than it should.

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46 minutes ago, Texasota said:

I'm not sure I agree that the Atlanta design is better. I actually like how the "Bowen River Oaks" design is more broken up. Giant superblock buildings like the Atlanta design are not generally my favorite. 

And as to ARCs - I think the form-based regulations to be (hopefully) associated with the Walkable Places and Transit Corridor ordinances are a better, more predictable, consistent, and speedy approach than individual architectural reviews for every new building.

Right? I mean its not that much better. They are also very different in building mass. Completely different projects. Its pretty unfair to compare both. Two different contexts as well.

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12 hours ago, Luminare said:

 

Its their first design here. Its not bad. Is it a masterpiece no. I actually expected a lot worse. I would also say yes to ARC's if I didn't know the reality which is the fact that it slows development and puts to many cooks into the kitchen when it comes to design. I rather give companies more freedom to design what they want. The only time I'm all for design committees is when it comes to infrastructure as that is something that needs the extra time and care to get right. Other than that more power to those who have a stake in the actual project. An ARC has zero stake in the project and in the end it keeps more projects from being built than it should.

 

Crest at Taylor is Lennars first project here. They broke ground there before Bowen at River Oaks.

 

 

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