The Finger Cos. is near completion on its second luxury apartment project in downtown Houston.
The Houston-based developer is building 500 Crawford, a seven-story, 400-unit project on two city blocks, bounded by Texas Avenue, Crawford, La Branch and Preston streets. The midrise apartment is located on the site of the former Ben Milam Hotel across Crawford Street from Minute Maid Park.
500 Crawford will feature several new firsts for longtime developer Marvy Finger.
The apartments will offer the usual luxury amenities, such as a resort-style pool, courtyard and resident lounge. However, it will also will feature a sixth-floor residents-only sports lounge and an eighth floor viewing deck overseeing theHouston Astros ballpark as well as a morning room with juice bar looking into the park’s left field entrance.
500 Crawford also will be Finger’s first to have two dedicated restaurants on the ground floor.
Panchina (Italian for “bench”) will be a high-end Italian steakhouse and seafood restaurant occupying 8,000 square feet at the corner of Texas and Crawford. Brocca (Italian for “pitcher”) will be an Italian diner serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, occupying 3,500 square feet at the corner of Texas and La Branch.
Jim Crane, the owner of the Houston Astros, is the owner of the two restaurants. Celebrity chef Brian Caswell and Bill Floyd — the duo behind Reef’s, Little Big’s and El Real Tex-Mex Cafe — is the chef and manager of the restaurants, which are expected to open this summer.
The first phase of construction — the first 200 units — is nearing completion, and the first residents are expected to move in March 1. The first of two resort-style pools and courtyards are expected to open by July.
The units range in size from 710 square feet to more than 1,300 square feet, and in price from $1,700 to $2,700 per month. The units feature hardwood floors, stainless-steel appliances, gas ranges, dual-shower and bathtubs, wine chillers and special soundproof windows and floors to dampen street traffic and ballgame cheers.