HOUSTON — Dallas-based Urban Partners and Gables Residential have topped out Phase I construction of WEST AVE, a mixed-use development located at the corner of Kirby Drive and Westheimer Road in Houston. Located on 5 acres, the project’s first phase will consist of a seven-story building containing 180,000 square feet of retail space on the bottom two floors, and 390 luxury apartments on the top five floors. Residential units will average 1,070 square feet, and will be available for occupancy this August. The retail space will become available in August 2009; 45,000 square feet of the space has already been designated for food and beverage tenants, including a small grocery concept. Restaurants already committed to WEST AVE include Pie Bar, The Social House, Swig, Cru and Wildfish. A new road named West Ave. Street, which runs north to south through the project, is scheduled for completion in June. WEST AVE is being designed by Memphis, Tenn.-based Looney Ricks Kiss. Additional phases of WEST AVE will be announced at a later date.