The Bellaire Planning & Zoning Commission will consider a planned development application June 13 from developer Bissonnet Street Ventures to build a six-story medical office building with retail space and an attached six-level parking garage.

About the project

The proposed development would be located at the southwest corner of Bissonnet Street and West Loop South on the east, near an AT&T corporate office building.

According to the June 13 agenda item, the building would house six levels of doctor's offices above a ground floor lobby and retail space.
  • Property owner: Bissonnet Street Ventures
  • Applicant: Project Luong
  • Property size: 1.99 acres
  • Dimensions: Approximately 79,000 square feet with a maximum height of 90 feet
To project is located in a zoning district called Planned Development 10, but plans adhere to standards from the adjacent L-610 zone, according to the planned development amendment request submitted by the architecture firm Project Luong. The code allows for a maximum height of 84 feet, and officials are asking for a special use amendment for the building, the highest point of which is expected to reach 90 feet.

In the application, officials said the building height will allow for ADA-compliant parking on each level of the garage and direct access to medical offices from any floor of the garage. The city's Development Services Department is recommending approval of the application.

Something to note

The property currently exists as a green space with developed sidewalks on site.

P&Z held a public hearing on the item May 9, during which some speakers shared concerns about preserving the large trees on the property. According to the site plan proposal, Luong committed to complying with the city's tree ordinance, including recently strengthened protection standards.
  • Only four of the trees are intended to be removed.
  • Removed trees will be replaced according to the new ordinance.
  • The proposed building and parking garage are positioned largely away from the remaining trees.
Bellaire City Council approved an amended tree ordinance May 7 that secured additional protection for trees.

Next steps: If the request is approved at the P&Z meeting, the item will move to Bellaire City Council for a vote.