The James

Client: Street Lights Residential and Stonelake Capital Partners

Project Cost: $72 Million

Service: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Staking/GPS/Platting, Civil Utilities and Paving, Drainage, Site Plan, Traffic Analysis, ROQ Abandonment, Duct Bank Design

Practice: Transportation, Hydrology & Hydraulics, Site Development, Surveying

Location: Houston, Texas


The proposed multi-phase apartment development required multiple City of Houston right-of-way and utility easement abandonments and extensive phasing to keep the sewer system and power intact during construction. Additionally, potential impacts to the schedule due to items such as traffic mitigation and installation of private street lights in the public right of way were items that required proactive accommodation to resolve.


JC navigated our client, Street Lights Residential, through the Joint Referral Committee (JRC) process facilitating the abandonment of Bettis Road and the relocation of a storm sewer system that outfalls into an adjacent Harris County Flood Control right-of-way. We developed a phasing plan to allow the existing storm sewer to remain in service during the construction of The James while simultaneously completing the abandonment of the easement to give way for the next residential tower, The Ivy.

The building footprints of both properties required relocation of CenterPoint Energy overhead power lines. In addition to these utility-related items, JC provided emergency access planning for the project’s phasing during construction and assisted in getting timely approval from Houston’s Performance Standards process without impacting the schedule. JC also provided traffic mitigation measures to offset the development’s impact at the intersection of Westheimer and Mid Lane and was instrumental in coordinating the installation of private street lights in the public right of way.

Phase I of Street Light Residential’s development at Mid Lane and Westheimer, The James, a luxury apartment complex, is now complete. The eight-story midrise has 344 high end residential units and features a courtyard with a resort-style pool, fitness center and a clubhouse with a resident lounge and full service bar.

The $90 M Phase II project called The Ivy, has broken ground and sits adjacent to The James. This tower boasts 207 units in 20 stories and is slated for completion in late 2016.


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