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Developer considers office tower for River Oaks area

Rendering for a Hines office tower to be built at 2229  San Felipe. Architect is Ziegler Cooper

Hines, the locally based developer known for erecting skyscraping office  towers in downtown Houston and other major cities around the world, has set its  sights on the exclusive River Oaks area for its newest hometown project.

The company recently acquired a 35,000-square-foot site at 2229 San Felipe  and is considering putting a 17-story office building at the site. It said the  developer is exploring design options with Houston-based Ziegler Cooper  Architects.

“If we do build a project, it will be upscale and handsome, befitting its  River Oaks address,” Hines spokesman George Lancaster said in an email.

Unlike other major projects underway across the city catering to fast-growing  businesses, the San Felipe project is described by Hines as a “boutique” office  building. That generally refers to a smaller multitenant property that often  attract high-end tenants whose principals live nearby.

Still, the building, on a vacant site between Kirby and Shepherd at the  southwest corner of San Felipe and Spann, would be would be one of few taller  structures in the area.

There’s a high-rise bank building at the corner of San Felipe and Kirby, and  the Huntingdon, an upscale residential tower, is next door.

2229 San Felipe - 18 story bldg

“While the project is just in the idea phase and we are not actively  marketing it, we have determined there is significant tenant interest,”  Lancaster said.

The building would have ample on-site parking and be clad in non- reflective  glass, he added. It would contain nine levels of office space above eight  stories of parking.

Jamie Brewster, executive director of the Upper Kirby District, said the  project would fit well into the neighborhood and would fill a need.

2229 San Felipe map

“I feel like it’s a positive project that will give  the opportunity for  people who live in that area to be able to office there,” said Brewster, who has  spoken to Hines about the project. “It’s a great location.”

The district has been working with Hines  on another project the developer is  planning near the southwest corner of Westheimer and Shepherd.

The company is developing an apartment complex that will replace the Cafe  Adobe Mexican restaurant.

“They are consciously trying to work with the fabric of the community,  whether it’s the project on Westheimer or the one on San Felipe,” Brewster  said.

Reprint from Chron.com      by  Nancy  Sarnoff

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