LOCAL Houston | The City Guide May 2017 - Page 12

ON OUR RADAR NEW HEIGHTS HOUSTON HEIGHTS TOWER, a 223-unit midrise residence serving low- to moderate-income senior adults, has reached new heights thanks to a $12-million renovation funded by the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department and Community Bank of Texas. The independent senior living facility, which opened in April 1975 at 330 West 19th Street, had a rededication ceremony on March 23, with Mayor Sylvester Turner as keynote speaker. Located in what was once a sleepy neighborhood when the mid-rise opened in 1975, The Heights is now a thriving high opportunity area. It’s a novelty in Houston – seniors can walk or take a bus to the drug store, grocery market, bank, medical clinic, restaurant, boutiques and cleaners. And rents are 40% below market rates, including utilities. Houston Heights Tower was developed in 1975 by a consortium led by four Heights churches (Heights Presbyterian, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Heights Christian Church and All Saints Catholic Church) to provide a place for neighborhood seniors to retire and stay in The Heights. www.thehousingcorp.org/senior-citizens-housing/houston-heights-tower HEALTHY GROWTH THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS launched its new Center for Science and Health Professions building on April 6 with a grand opening ceremony in conjunction with its annual Research Symposium, which promotes undergraduate and graduate research. The stunning new center honors the legacy that legendary architect Philip Johnson lent to UST when he designed its academic mall and iconic Chapel of St. Basil. Funding for the Center for Science and Health Professions was accom- plished through the University’s ongoing comprehensive campaign, Faith in Our Future: The Campaign for the University of St. Thomas. To date, the campaign has raised over $143 million, $47 million of which went toward the construction of the CSHP. The 103,000sf CSHP will house the disciplines of Nursing, Biology and Chemistry. 12 L O C A L | may 17