State-of-the-art LEED medical building
— and more traffic — coming to Bissonnet/Newcastle
A $10 million, 52,825-square foot,
three-story medical office building
— with a four-story parking garage
for more than 250 vehicles that abuts
a neighborhood of million-dollar-plus
homes — is under construction at the
already congested corner of Bissonnet
and Newcastle in Bellaire.
The property has been in play for years,
with a number of starts-and-stops to
develop it for various uses, including a
The new Bissonnet Medical Plaza
is designed to LEED specifications,
including having a 17,655-square-foot
“green” roof with vegetation that can aid
in stormwater management, cooling, and
provide a urban habitat for wildlife. The
building will also feature LED lighting
and state-of-the-art internal air quality
The LEED features, however, will do
nothing to solve the drive-time traffic
woes at the intersection, which frequently
include morning and afternoon gridlock
of motorists heading north through
the intersection on Newcastle Drive,
merging with those trying to reach twolane
Newcastle at Fournace Place from
The one entry and exit point for the
three-story building is directly onto
Fournace. The area bears not only traffic
of single family homes and townhomes
in the area, but Bissonnet traffic, a large
office building on the opposite corner
(currently largely unoccupied but seeking
tenants), and families trying to drop
off and pick up from Episcopal and
Challenge Early College HS, Houston
Community College, Pin Oak Middle
School, Post Oak School and Kolter ES in
The site plan met Bellaire’s zoning
requirements for its Commercial Mixed
Use designation, and both the Planning
& Zoning Commission and City Council
approved a specific use permit for a
hospital, acute or chronic care facility.
The applicant did not request a traffic
impact study, explained Assistant
Development Services Director Cristin
Emshoff, and “A traffic impact analysis
was not deemed necessary by the
planning and zoning official, the Planning
& Zoning Commission or the City
Council,” she said.
According to marketing for the project,
there will be 24/7 access to the building,
which is aimed at medical professionals
in the Bellaire-West University
communities who want offices close to
home and the Texas Medical Center.
The three, 17,000-plus-square foot floors
will accommodate up to 425 people.
Additional features are a covered patient
dropoff area off Fournace and elevators
capable of carrying gurneys.
Jacob|White Construction is managing
the project; JLL is handling the leasing.
Completion is expected in June 2020.
— Charlotte Aguilar
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This is the development plan submitted by SLS Properties for the 30-acre
former Chevron property on the West Loop at Fournace Place in Bellaire.