Willowick Place, Houston
Looney Ricks Kiss, a Memphis, Tennessee architecture and planning firm designed the community. McCord Development, a Houston real estate firm, owns the land which Willowick Place will occupy. McCord bought the Willowick Court Townhomes, a 171-unit 1970s-era multi-family complex located at 3237 Las Palmas Drive. McCord planned to develop Willowick Place on the former Willowick Court site.
The community was supposed to consist of 62 houses in a 11.3-acre (46,000 m2) area. The community was to be bounded by Las Palmas Street, West Alabama Street, Weslayan Street and West Main Street. The house prices will range from $2.5 million to $5 million U.S. dollars. The lots were priced from $900,000 to $2 million. The Houston City Council approved the closure of Las Palmas Street between West Main and West Alabama to prepare for the construction of Willowick Place. The homeowners association was to maintain green spaces and gardens. Ryan McCord, the executive vice president of McCord Development, said that he chose to develop a single-family complex because focus groups and market studies indicated a demand for smaller single-family housing for wealthy Houstonians who wanted to downsize yet did not want to abandon the idea of living in a single-family house.
Hurricane Ike came to Houston in September 2008; the hurricane did not damage the trees within the planned subdivision. In an October 24, 2008 Houston Business Journal article, McCord said that he was glad that the trees did not sustain damage, as 25% of the home sites had been reserved. The developers said the canopy formed by the trees, around 40 years old as of 2008, formed the inspiration for the subdivision.
In 2009 the owner of the Willowick Court Townhomes canceled the plans to convert the property into home sites, saying that the current economic climate was not feasible.
- "Neighborhood planners relieved oak trees unharmed by storm." Houston Business Journal. Friday October 24, 2008.
- Sarnoff, Nancy. "More down to earth than a tower." Houston Chronicle. May 9, 2008. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
- Home Page. Willowick Court Townhomes. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
- Sarnoff, Nancy. "With sales creeping along, second tower to go rental." Houston Chronicle. November 10, 2008. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
- Martin, Betty L. "Gated development set to rise near River Oaks." Houston Chronicle. November 25, 2008. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
- Wollam, Allison. "Council OKs Las Palmas street closure." Houston Business Journal. Monday November 10, 2008.
- Sarnoff, Nancy. "Inner Loop project canceled Redeveloping Willowick Court not ‘feasible"." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday November 17, 2009. B6. Retrieved on December 23, 2009.