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Triten Real Estate Partners tops out on first phase of The Mill mixed-use project in East End

Jeff Jeffrey | Houston Business Journal

Houston-based Triten Real Estate Partners has topped out on the first phase of a new East End mixed-use development, dubbed The Mill.

Phase one of The Mill includes a seven-story apartment building with a retail component at 2315 Navigation Blvd.

At 334,218 square feet, The Mill’s first phase will have 341 multifamily units and more than 6,000 square feet of retail space.

A 145,368-square-foot, seven-story parking garage will provide parking on every unit floor and will serve as parking for retail and future phases of The Mill, Triten said.

The building consists of five stories of wood-frame construction above a two-story, cast-in-place concrete podium slab.

The multifamily piece of the project will offer one-, two- and three-bedroom units with a variety of floor plans, as well as two-story brownstone units within the complex. Many of the apartment units will have balconies, Triten said.

On the third floor of the building, residents will have access to an amenity deck, featuring an outdoor pool, an outdoor yoga lawn, an exercise room, a club lounge, a break room with a kitchen, grilling stations and fire pits.

Triten said it expects to kick off preleasing in the first quarter of 2024.

On the first floor, the building will have retail space with frontage along Navigation Boulevard. The retail space will have oversized windows, store fronts and increased ceiling heights.

Triten has tapped Colliers Principal Wade Green and Vice President Hannah Tosch to oversee leasing for the retail space.

Houston-based Arch-Con Corp. is serving as general contractor for the project, while Austin-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture is handling the design.

The Mill’s design will include five different exterior finishes in the building’s façade.

Triten and Houston-based Radom Capital previously collaborated with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture on their M-K-T mixed-use development in the Heights, which won the Mixed-Use category of the Houston Business Journal's 2022 Landmark Awards.

“Topping out Phase 1 of The Mill is a significant milestone for our collective project team working to revitalize this key entry point to the East End area,” said Scott Arnoldy, founder of Triten. “After witnessing the success of M-K-T in the Heights, we look forward to bringing that same type of energy and activity to this once proud and historic site.”

The property at 2315 Navigation Blvd. was briefly home to Rooftop Cinema Club's The Drive-In at EaDo theater.

During the design phase of The Mill in 2020, the company sought, and was approved for, a variance that allowed it to be built closer to the street.

According to documents filed with the city’s Planning Commission, Triten plans to build a two-phased development, which will include office, multifamily, restaurant and retail spaces spread across six buildings.

Under the variance approved in 2020, Triten was granted a 5-foot building line along Canal Street, rather than the existing requirement of 10 feet.

Without the variance, Triten said the project would be hindered from “improving and repurposing the dilapidated existing structures and from developing Canal Street with a consistent building setback, which will maintain the pedestrian-friendly urban character established in the neighborhood.”