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Convention Center Redevelopment + 24-story Office Building / Hotel

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Houston may be getting more than a Super Bowl by the time 2017 comes around.

Representatives of Houston First Corp. are proposing to transform the George R. Brown Convention Center and adjacent Discovery Green into a landscaped and more pedestrian-friendly city center, with more retail and less car traffic.

The renovation would bring more restaurants and a coffeehouse to the area and significantly curtail the street in front of the convention center to create a larger walkable area.

It would be the area's biggest makeover since Discovery Green opened five years ago and leave its mark on the eastern edge of downtown long after the Super Bowl LI teams and their fans have departed for home.

The project would be completed in spring 2016. It would be funded entirely by Houston First, said Ric Campo, who chairs the quasi-governmental agency that manages the convention center and other city-owned buildings in the area. He also is chairman of the Super Bowl 2017 host committee.

The street in front of the convention center, Avenida de las Americas, would go to about three lanes, from eight, and all lanes would close for special events. The eliminated lanes would be transformed into a landscaped pedestrian area with a row of trees and tables for sidewalk dining.

On the block north of the convention center would be a 2,000-car parking garage and office space. Above it, a pad site would be built for a future hotel.

The redesigned convention center would get a front entrance offering more transparency including panoramic views of downtown, said Marie Hoke, principal at WHR Architects, the project's lead architect.

Houston First initiated the proposal.

Campo said the project is still in the concept stage and no price tag has been determined. He said the Houston First board of directors has sole authority to approve or reject the project.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Big-changes-could-be-coming-to-downtown-5190503.php#/1

 

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^ Very exciting.  Knew this was coming.  Exciting to see some preliminary renderings.

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Glad to see they are keeping some of the elements of the original design. Looks amazing! Only complaint is the mini big tex.

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Looks great, wish we could bury part of 59 to connect EADO and this area.

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While I feel its a little victory parkish , I like the overall idea,  but if they are serious about doing this they will need to move fast.. The last thing we need is for a project of this scale to fall behind so close to the super bowl... that would be more embrassing that Dallas storm...Could you image  the streets tore up , The convention center tore up and then Hundreds of thousands of people from out of town flooding in.. Houston would never live it down

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While I feel its a little victory parkish , I like the overall idea,  but if they are serious about doing this they will need to move fast.. The last thing we need is for a project of this scale to fall behind so close to the super bowl... that would be more embrassing that Dallas storm...Could you image  the streets tore up , The convention center tore up and then Hundreds of thousands of people from out of town flooding in.. Houston would never live it down

 

There is simply NO WAY that will happen.

Glad to see they are keeping some of the elements of the original design. Looks amazing! Only complaint is the mini big tex.

 

LOL  Hadn't noticed the mini big tex.  That's a seriously bad idea and needs to be eliminated.

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I hope they budgeted $55mm for the Jeff Koons Balloon Dog in the first picture.

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Some very interesting information regarding the parking garage north of the convention center in the article, "On the block north of the convention center would be a 2,000-car parking garage and office space. Above it, a pad site would be built for a future hotel."

While it will probably only be enough office space for Houston First Corp to house some of their operations, it is nice that the included it in the plan. Icing on the cake that they are going to build it to accommodate a hotel addition once the market dictates we need hotels completely encompassing GRB. Interesting that TC didn't do something similar with the 16 story parking garage they're currently constructing. Regardless, the Convention District is the most exciting part of downtown with new development popping up almost every week it seems!

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There is simply NO WAY that will happen.

 

LOL  Hadn't noticed the mini big tex.  That's a seriously bad idea and needs to be eliminated.

 

Thuink the biig Tex is just one of those artist things that get thrown in

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Very cool, I like it a lot. I'm glad they didn't change the character of the GRB because I actually do like it. Hope this happens...soon. It's be nice if they could fit it into the final four plans at least.

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Did the article mention anything about the hotel being on track? It looks like the Chronicle has figured out a way to elude my google searches. :(

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Did the article mention anything about the hotel being on track? It looks like the Chronicle has figured out a way to elude my google searches. :(

Yes, they will set aside a track of land for a future hotel

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Besides the large transformation for Avenida de las Americas that this Houston Chron article mentioned, it would appear that we are getting a bit more:

 

 

On the block north of the convention center would be a 2,000-car parking garage and office space. Above it, a pad site would be built for a future hotel.

I think we knew about that parking garage... but we didn't know about the future office and hotel, right?

 

 

Highrise shown in this photo:

 

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Thread for discussion of convention center transformation: http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/29618-big-changes-could-be-coming-to-downtown-convention-center/

 

Feel free to merge this thread if need be.

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The GRB 2025 plan called for a another hotel but this was across the highway and would have been linled the the center via a sky bridge wonder if they changed their mind on that

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Applications for this project are due tomorrow. This is run by private company men. It will be done by the final four.

Also, the hotel is planned to be 14-20 stories and the garage part facing the street will look like an office building, not a garage.

http://www.houstonfirst.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=XpmDYlgGQj0%3d&tabid=373&mid=1174

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Yep, the hotel on the garage site is new.

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Threads merged. Since the project does include a hotel, I've pulled this one into the Going Up section.

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Did the article mention anything about the hotel being on track? It looks like the Chronicle has figured out a way to elude my google searches. :(

I mean, did the article say anything about the RIDA hotel?

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I mean, did the article say anything about the RIDA hotel?

 

I haven't been able to see the whole article either, so I have no idea if it mentioned the RIDA hotel (Marriott Marquis), but it is definitely on track.

 

(The full article will probably be available tomorrow via Google.)

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Currently, buses and cabs pull up to the front of convention center along Avenida de las Americas. But with the proposed project, buses would pull up to parking areas on the north and south ends of the convention centers and cabs would pick up and drop off in front of the Hilton Americas and the Marriott Marquis to be built nearby.

Big league TV screens

The Marriott Marquis will have a street-level sports bar with some of the largest TV screens for sports viewing in the city, said Ira Mitzner, president of RIDA Development Corp., the hotel's developer.

Mitzner described the overall plan as "transformational" that "will create a great friendly walking district" that intersperses event and hotel space with parks, sporting venues, retail and, eventually, the Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage.

 

Edit: That is the only mention of RIDA in the article.

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I still say they should build a top golf and public sports complex on the roof for the urban dwellers.. But I'm digging these plans.

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