A condominium mid-rise tower by a local developer will replace the John C. Freeman Weather Museum on a plot at the corner of Caroline Street in the Museum District.
Oxberry Group said it will build The Mondrian, an eight-story, 20-unit condominium at 5104 Caroline Street. The museum, near the Asia Society, has been closed and on the market. The sales center for the new building will open in September.
The building will be designed by the Houston and Washington, D.C., office of Perkins + Will. The interiors will be designed by Houston-based Mayfield and Ragni Studio. The structure will include, “a striking exterior geometry of interlocking boxes and residences averaging 3,000 square feet, compassing large entertaining areas — some two story and soaring 20 feet — art walls, built-in storage, oversize masters, primary baths with dual vanities plus walk-in showers and separate soaking tubs, full-size laundry rooms, valet doors for package and dry cleaning delivery and outdoor terraces configured to accommodate fireplaces, TVs and summer kitchens,” according to a statement announcing the new project.
It also states, “The open and airy layouts that merge the indoors with out and optimize downtown, Medical Center and treetop views will showcase telescoping terrace doors, floor-to-ceiling windows, natural surfaces such as wood and stone, plus premium cabinetry. A 24-hour concierge and two floors of garage parking, one below grade, are among the other amenities. Several plans will provide the option of direct elevator access – two will serve the property – and no more than three units will be located on each floor.”
“Our goal for this special site is the creation of a landmark that makes the community proud, and a place that we would be proud to call home,” said Shahin “Sean” Jamea, a co-principal at Oxberry Group with his brother, PJ, in a statement.
This is the latest in a series of new condominium projects underway in desirable neighborhoods in Houston.
“While we are both attracted to the convenience and low maintenance aspects of condos, our personal hesitations – which were reinforced by several focus groups – in making the transition from a traditional house, have been often inefficient and cramped spaces that make entertaining, storage and utilizing existing furniture and decorative elements, including artwork, a challenge,” PJ Jamea said in a statement. “It’s also hard to swap a garden for a tiny step-out balcony that seems like an afterthought.”
The developers are requesting a variance for the project. The item is on Thursday’s Planning Commission agenda.