Sunday, May 15, 2016

From Jefferson to Smith, and from 600 to three times that

Another Tower (Continental Center II)  Moving Up: 600 Jefferson to be up-scaled to 1801 Smith Street 

NE corner view of 600 Jefferson Office Building at
The Cullen Center 
One of the Cullen Center Towers, Continental Center II at 600 Jefferson, is slated for renovations and is also in for a stay-in-place address change as part of the Cullen Center do-over. It will go from its current East-West position in the 600 block to a North-South designation with a higher number that puts it in line with 1400 Smith (Chevron), 1600 Smith (Continental Center I, also partially occupied by Chevron), and 1700 (The Whitehall, previously the Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown). Architect on the renovation project: Page Architects General Contractor: General contractor: Hoar Construction.

The office 20-story office tower was built in 1972 and shows signs of ageing, particularly in light of the redevelopments nearby: the reskinning of the Federal Building in reflective glass and the renovation of what was until recently the Crown Plaza Hotel. While Continental Center II has gone "sepia" over the decades, the hotel has recently undergone facade brightening, which is highly fitting, given the decision to revive THE WHITEHALL moniker.

600 Jefferson Office Building, renovated Mickey Leland Federal Building on the left 
According to HBJ, Stream Realty Partners and DRA Advisors purchased 600 Jefferson from Brookfield Office Properties in 2014 for $69 million. See HBJ story here; older HC story on ownership change here. HCAD records reflect that the property on the Southern edge of Downtown, which also includes a parking garage with motor bank, was appraised at $59,301,938 in 2015. The current owner of record is shown as G & I VIII JEFFERSON LP with an address in New York.

600 Jefferson Garage 
Vertical nonload-bearing concrete grid hides the multi-level garage 

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