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Holiday / Days / Heaven On Earth Inn (801 Calhoun) Being Redeveloped into a Sheraton

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What is disturbing is that if there are structural issues hindering redevelopment, then it could well stand vacant another 20 years.

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What is disturbing is that if there are structural issues hindering redevelopment, then it could well stand vacant another 20 years.

Great - then it will be on its way to being another Savoy Apartments, but on a much larger scale.

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Yeap. One thing that is amazing about Houston is the number of major buildings that have stood vacant for decades: this one (Holiday Inn), Central Sq, Savoy, Sheraton, Melrose, etc. A lot of the vacancies date from the bust of the 1980s.

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Yeap. One thing that is amazing about Houston is the number of major buildings that have stood vacant for decades: this one (Holiday Inn), Central Sq, Savoy, Sheraton, Melrose, etc. A lot of the vacancies date from the bust of the 1980s.

I'm still surprised at another on that's at least 20 stories and on the eastern tip of the old proposed Shamrock Tower site at Main & Fannin. The Sterling Building, I think. Older than each of the others you mentioned (with exception to one of the Savoy buildings) as well. Always curious about that one.

Anyway back on topic...

The thought of that building having a prime spot in the fore of someone's view coming in from 527 or any of the streets inbound is depressing. Especially if it's going to be there for an extended period of time. Who knows? In the interim, I always try to approach DT without having to point that one out. Makes me feel better for a moment at least.

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I agree. It's kind embarrassing showing somebody the city and drive past those abandoned buildings on the way downtown. :( It effects the skyline shots I take from the roof of my parking garage too. :angry2:

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Yeap. One thing that is amazing about Houston is the number of major buildings that have stood vacant for decades: this one (Holiday Inn), Central Sq, Savoy, Sheraton, Melrose, etc. A lot of the vacancies date from the bust of the 1980s.

Speaking of the Savoy, I just ran across this little tidbit (which I don't think has been reported here before; if it has I apologize):

"The Savoy Hotel, located in the heart of the CBD, is under contract by an undisclosed buyer for $7 million. Expectations are for a condominium renovation."

(Quoted from Stream Realty's report)

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What is the date of that tidbit?

It was in their 3rd quarter office market report, so sometime within the last month or so.

Edited by Houston19514

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That's good news then. I thought I read somewhere that the Savoy was in bad structural shape.

Edited by Jax

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I was talking to an Otis elevator sales rep. yesterday and he said he was preparing a quote to redo the elevators of the old Days Inn. According to him the developer was going to expand the footprint of the building and turn it into high dollar lofts. Can anyone else confirm this rumor?

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welcome to the forum nycapvest. btw, casually mentioning a large project to this forum and not providing details will be considered "cruel and unusual" torture to some who frequent here.
I apologize. We're working with some individuals from Canada that are seeking to develop mixed use (retail/residential) in downtown. I can't name companies yet, but Houston downtown's major hurdle to accelerated development is really the lack of people living there. Once the residential takes hold, the CBD should see accelerated growth much like Downtown Dallas has experienced. If you go to Dallas, you see nothing but cranes everywhere.Don't know if you are aware, but there is an Omni hotel coming into the old Sheraton-Lincoln. There might be a glut of hotels in downtown soon, but it would be nice to see a condo-hotel open to add some more residential in the mix.
I was talking to an Otis elevator sales rep. yesterday and he said he was preparing a quote to redo the elevators of the old Days Inn. According to him the developer was going to expand the footprint of the building and turn it into high dollar lofts. Can anyone else confirm this rumor?
Now that would be an interesting project. I'd be curious how the developer expands the footprint. Perhaps teardown the garage and build new?

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Go Canada! :)

Can you tell us what part of downtown you are considering, or what the time frame for this project is?

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That's good news then. I thought I read somewhere that the Savoy was in bad structural shape.

The old apartment section is collapsing and would probably need to be torn down. The newer hotel wing looks to be in good shape.

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Once the residential takes hold, the CBD should see accelerated growth much like Downtown Dallas has experienced. If you go to Dallas, you see nothing but cranes everywhere.

Last time i checked , Dallas and Houston downtown resident population was about the same. Just because Dallas has more cranes doesn't mean more residents. Alot of what they're doing is overbuilding their office space in the Uptown/Victory areas at the cost of the CBD.

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I've been reading this section today, my interest on a building I've seen several times got the best of me ;)

I've see this building every since I moved to Houston... looks to be vacant (for a LONG time)..

I believe the building was around 45 on the Pierce Elevated... looked to be between 20 t0 30 stories tall, typical tan exterior... in SERIOUS disrepair...

what building is/was that? whats the status on it? I've been trying to find a picture of it via Google maps, so far no luck...

sorry about being so vague...

MadNess :)

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I've been reading this section today, my interest on a building I've seen several times got the best of me ;)

I've see this building every since I moved to Houston... looks to be vacant (for a LONG time)..

I believe the building was around 45 on the Pierce Elevated... looked to be between 20 t0 30 stories tall, typical tan exterior... in SERIOUS disrepair...

what building is/was that? whats the status on it? I've been trying to find a picture of it via Google maps, so far no luck...

sorry about being so vague...

MadNess :)

I think you may be talking about the old Holiday Inn, which later became the Days Inn and most recently the Heaven on Earth Inn.

There's a whole thread on it here.

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thanks CTN, thats the one!!! wow... very very very odd history ROFL...

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Another problem with the building is it has 8 foot ceilings which reduces the condo value. Typically you want 9' at least as you can sell small condos that feel more spacious due to higher ceilings. 10' is of course a plus. With 8 ft ceilings as a developer it reduces the per sq ft you can get from potential buyers. There are tricks like giving ceiling to floor windows, etc to try to give the feeling of height

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Holiday/Heaven on Earth Inn actually sold about 3 weeks ago according to David Humphreys who represents the Maharishi!

David told me the new owner planned to reopen it as a hotel!

Maybe a new building or atleast a monster renovation is coming :)

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