Sunday, December 23, 2012

Hanover Apartment Update on Apt Construction in the Village Area (12/23/12)

On December 21, a Board Member of SHX POA attended a briefing on the existing and new Hanover Projects on Morningside.  The report was circulated to the members of the POA's Yahoo Groups email and I received permission to post the contents here.

In attendance were representatives of Hanover (3), Kathy Easterly (University Place Super Neighborhood), Mary Lou Henry (planner working with Hanover), Ellen Cohen’s representative (Ellen Cohen has been briefed and she views the project favorably), Christ The King Lutheran Church, Rice University, Southampton Place and a couple of other people.

Phase One is the current project and Phase Two is a new 12 story high-rise. Phase II is located between Dunstan and Tangley on Morningside. It will include the Garden Gate nursery property and the small apartment complex behind that. It will use approximately half that block on the west side of Morningside.

The presentation confirmed publicly what we have been told. Here are some details:

Phase One:  23,000 square feet of retail and 379, mostly one bedroom, apartment units averaging 970 square feet each.  As of today, 15 signed leases with 130 units ready for February 2013 occupancy.  Rentals average $2.25 per square foot per month. The garage will have 150 spaces for retailer customers and 650 spaces for residents.  This phase of the project will be finished by the coming summer.   On-street 2-hour metered parking will be available.  The development is pet friendly. There will be on-site security, tree plantings (live oak, olive and palms), and sufficient city water and sewage capacity.  Traffic is anticipated to be 30 percent less than the original Sonoma proposal which was approved by the City.  Retail space will be primarily food oriented with Zoe’s opening in February.  Others include Cyclone Anaya, Coppa and Cloud 10 Ice Cream, opening in April or May along Morningside.  There will also be a day spa.  Retail space has not yet been fully leased.

Phase II:  Closing on the Garden Gate property takes place next week and the Lamesa apartments early next year.  The 12 story building will be primarily 2 and 3 bedroom apartments (rental) with completion in spring 2016.  There will be 200-210 units with an average size of 1400 to 1500 square feet each. Parking will be accessed off Dunstan and Tangley and there will be a loading dock off Tangley.  On street parallel parking will be available as well as guest parking in the garage. There will be no retail space. Wide sidewalks will tie to the Village. Construction will start at the end of 2013.  A grand staircase to an elevated plaza with water features will be on the Morningside side to break up the façade.  An architectural feature will be significant amount of floor-to-ceiling glass on the buildings north and south corners.
In discussions with the Hanover representive our Board Member reiterated our Association’s concern about construction truck traffic cutting through our Subdivision, utility capacity and ultimate traffic flows.  We were assured that these are recognized.  Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns.


If any reader has questions about the POA or the Board, please contact any member of the Board of Directors of the POA.  The members are:

Ann Hightower (also President of the POA), Ann Stamp Mengwasser, Marty Reiner, Justin Strother, and Jack Townsend.

Remember also that the POA maintains a YahooGroups site (this email is from that site).  On that site we also keep various documents (such as the deed restrictions, POA documents, financial statements and other matters of interest).  The site is

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