New student housing near campus to open in Fall 2017

A new housing community for University of Houston (and possibly TSU) students called The Gateway on Cullen will be soon under development off of Cullen Boulevard within walking distance of campus on the other side of I-45. From the official press release:

The 7.7-acre property will consist of 531 beds including one-, two-, four-, and five-bedroom apartments and townhouses, along with a resort-style pool, volleyball court, an 8,000 SF clubhouse, full-fitness and cardio center and private study rooms. Unlike previous off-campus housing and the current on-campus housing stock, the majority of the units at The Gateway on Cullen will be in two-level, townhome configurations upwards of 1,900 square feet. Each fully furnished unit will feature vinyl wood plank flooring, granite countertops, queen sized beds, 50-inch flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances and full-sized washer and dryers.

The location of the housing development will be across the street from a grocery anchored retail center which will be build where the former Fingers Warehouse is located.

More pics (click to embiggen):

Looks like they’ll have a ton of parking

For those curious about the location of the housing in relation with the university, I made this brief map:

Blue is the proposed grocery & retail center. Red is the proposed housing development. (click to embiggen)

Essentially it will be located on Cullen on the other side of 45. It looks like the developers are imagining that students living in the building will walk (or bike) to class. Hopefully they’ll work with the city on improving lighting and infrastructure under the 45 bridge. Other than that, it looks like it will be an awesome development in an area that greatly needs it and it’s a lot closer to campus than it looks at first glance. Also, it’s always good to get more students living close to campus.

More info in the official press release here