Former Houston Area Women’s Center to become high-rise apartments

by Emily Marek

California-based Fairfield Residential purchased the former Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) at 1010 Waugh with intentions to construct a high-rise, multifamily apartment building in its place.

Plans submitted with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation show that construction is projected to cost $85 million and will be completed in 2025. Once finished, the building will offer one- and two-bedroom floor plans.

The 1010 Waugh property is one of three Fairfield Residential projects coming to Houston. According to the real estate management company’s site, the East Bend Apartments on 1111 W. 6th St. are set to open in 2023, while the Oliver Street Apartments are projected to open in 2025. As of now, Fairfield Residential has over 41,000 apartment units nationwide.

The HAWC has moved from the location on Bayou Bay to a new expanded headquarters. Additionally, the HAWC plans to open Survivor Empowerment Hubs in southwest Houston, northwest Houston, the East End and central Houston. Houston Public Media confirmed this expansion plan in October 2022.

The new headquarters will also serve as emergency supportive housing, so that location will not be made publicly available. For more information on the center or the services it provides, visit the HAWC website.

Artist rendering of the future residential building at 1010 Waugh (image from Fairfield Residential)

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