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Urbannizer    30821

A new retail center at 1540 W. Alabama. 2015 Completion.

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Urban "in-fill" retail development; new construction; 11,300sf of restaurant and retail space beneath 2.5 floors of structured parking; all "end-cap" lease space; 16' ceilings; 14' glass storefronts; outdoor patio; 117 parking spaces (Ratio 10:1) and bicycle racks.

http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/18596741/1540-W-Alabama-Row-Houston-TX/

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This is across from the Menil parking lot -- I like the way they handled the parking.  Compare this one to the development on the corner of Dunlavy and Westheimer where Space is and Common Bond will be (which I like, but used two lots for parking behind it).   

 

Well done.

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swtsig    2145

this is exactly how you do urban infill retail - somene needs to forward this to braun and remind him that his concept of 19th street is terrible. this also confounds me even further regarding fingers design (or lack thereof) of the "suzanne"... it's not very difficult to design something that matches the neighborhod assuming you don't completely cop-out and just copy an existing design of one of your other building.

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lockmat    1858

Garage on top? Never thought of that, sweet! I'd hope other developers would catch on but most likely they'd look stinkin ugly.

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Subdude    1286

Garage on top? Never thought of that, sweet! I'd hope other developers would catch on but most likely they'd look stinkin ugly.

 

There are strip centers in the Village with rooftop parking.  It's a nice idea, but I imagine that it adds a good bit to the construction costs so it won't become widespread. 

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bobruss    2417

This is an interesting solution and I think it fits into the neighborhood nicely. I met the developer two years ago when they first tore down the house across the street from where I was living. We moved over to our current Menil park location and forgot all aout this guys plans. He promised me then that this was going to be a nice looking project and not your run of the mill strip centers. I believe he's a doctor. The east end of this project actually stops just even with the western end of the Menil parking lot which is supposed to be reconstructed starting possibly next week. That new lot is going to be a very nice entrance into the Menil campus with great landscaping.

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mfastx    447

Verrry nice, retail done right.

Houston would be one of the most walkable cities in the country if strip centers put their parking in the back or above.

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fernz    338

I like the infill. Don't like the look. Looks like a gigantic excel spreadsheet. 

 

Nonetheless, build build build!

Seriously?

 

This will be the best looking strip center in Houston; by far.

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Texasota    828

This is fantastic.

 

That amount of parking is absolutely insane though. Two and a half times the area of leasable space just for parking.

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largeTEXAS    272

Probably so, the rendering's been circulating a while. Just hadn't seen anything yet on this board, but I probably missed it. 

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Luminare    1445

Now this is what I'm talking about! Now if only they could put something on top of that roof and reduce the heat island effect. Thats the only thing bad about this idea. You get a few more of those and that neighborhood is going to heat up in more ways than one lol.

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