Knox Heights on Schedule for early 2017

Steve Brown reported today that the Knox Heights project, being built by Trammel Crow and Northwestern Mutual, is on time for completion in early 2017.  knoxheightsmedia

With 13,500 square feet of retail, 182 apartments, underground parking, and a pool overlooking McKinney Ave, this development further shows the sprawl of the Knox neighborhood.  This development replaced very antiquated 60’s apartments which did not interact with the neighborhood at the street level.  It will certainly awaken McKinney Ave north of Knox.  There have been attempted buyouts of the Chateau apartments and others on the East side of McKinney in that area.  Just north of the Knox Heights development are several buildings which look to be demolished in the future.

Just a quick reminder of what Knox Heights replaced:



In other news…

Work has resumed on Corner Bar’s transformation to Chelsea Corner.  Not a lot has been done, but at least there is some new progress.

The last tenants (crossfit katy trail) have moved out of the buildings along Travis just south of Knox.  I’m interested to know if there is about to be a press release or a fence going up for demolition.  (This is the former location of Trece, Sur La Table, Little Katana, Stag, etc. where Sarofim plans to complete another large mixed use project.)

The Aura apartments between McKinney and Cole at Fitzhugh seem to be nearing completion.  The building looks great and the apartments will be in high demand.  Be prepared for a lot of new neighbors!  As I wrote months back, we are at the beginning of a wave of new residents…  I’m sure there will be growing pains, but I look forward to what the density will bring.


Consequences of Resisting Change: Knox Dart Station Edition

dart station

As I think about the group opposing the changes proposed for McKinney and Cole, I couldn’t help by think about the parallels of another proposal which was met with opposition: The Knox-Henderson Dart Station.  I think about it often when I consider using the Red, Orange and Blue Lines (all of which pass under NCX at Knox).

Unfortunately for us now, the residents in the early 90’s resisted the proposed station (most notably the Vickery Park neighborhood association (  Dart listened and did not build the station.  The space was excavated at an additional cost of $1 Million.  At the time, the station would’ve been quite economical, but unfortunately the costs now will make it prohibitively expensive to complete.  Further, Dart did not include it in its 2030 masterplan, so my guess is that I won’t be around to see it built.  Thanks so much to those who determined our access to Dart for decades.

DART Knox-Henderson Info–Henderson_Station

Lesson?  I think the lesson is to carefully consider change.  At the public input meeting regarding the one way streets, I heard some who opposed this change.  As in the case with the Knox DART station, sometimes there is no second chance for a missed opportunity.  Something to think about.