The proposed project, called the Montrose Hotel, is the latest in a string of new developments planned or under construction along or near lower Westheimer, generally considered the stretch of Westheimer between Shepherd and Bagby.
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The variance request concerns city regulations over where hotels with fewer than 75 rooms are developed in residential areas. The regulations do not take into account the type of project being proposed on Dunlavy, according to the variance request filed with the city.
“The intent of this ordinance, regulating hotel location, is to prevent residential neighborhoods from being negatively impacted by questionable activity occurring in hotels. The ordinance makes no provisions for high-end, small-unit boutique hotels adjacent to predominantly residential areas,” the request says.
The 10,000-square-foot site formerly housed a small apartment complex that was recently demolished.
Plans for the hotel include an outdoor patio, rooftop garden, and small bar and restaurant that would be exclusive to the hotel guests, the developer said in a press release. A private events space for up to 50 people is also planned.
Ian Rosenberg, a member of the planning commission, cautioned about potential parking problems as small boutique hotels have become popular in other cities. He cited the Hotel San Jose in Austin, where the bar attracts lively crowds.
If that becomes the case on Dunlavy, “where are they going to park all theses people,” Rosenberg asked during the meeting. “I think that’s more important than the hotel component.”
The developer said in the variance request that all parking would be on the site with a valet lot that would be obscured by a decorative wall covered in plants and a green roof.
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Goodnight Development has other projects in the works there. The company is constructing a two-story building on Westheimer at Kuester that will house several new food and beverage concepts from Goodnight Hospitality. They include Montrose Cheese & Wine, a small retail shop with wine, beer and cheese; Rosie Cannonball, a casual European-style restaurant centered around a wood-burning oven; and March, a 26-seat tasting menu-only restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine.
In addition to Goodnight Charlies, the group also operates Biscuit, a retail and design store at 1614 Westheimer. It also developed a park-like parking lot next to the bar that added 60 parking spots and 36 trees. It was designed and landscaped by Curtis & Windham.
Others involved in the hotel project include HR Design Dept, a Houston-based architecture studio and designer Bailey McCarthy, who describes the hotel aesthetic as “luxe mid-century with a twist.”
The project is expected to open by late 2020.