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nate4l1f3    457

I've been hoping for years that they would put a power washer to the roof... it used to be bright white now it just makes they stadium look older

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Jim Crane has a park in mind across from Minute Maid Park in downtown and building premium parking:

 

6 hours ago, tigereye said:

Crane said the next step is building a park around Minute Maid. The Astros are working with the mayor to convert one of the parking lots to a park, but details on exactly where and when have not been nailed down yet. 
 

The Astros are also working with New Hope Housing on relocating its operation. After helping to raise money for a new New Hope location, the Astros purchased the 18K SF Hamilton Street Houses property alongside Minute Maid Park from the nonprofit. Crane said the plan is to knock down the property and fully convert it to premium parking for Astros games.
 

The redesign of the tract will ease the flow of traffic, allowing attendees an easier exit north with improved access to I-45 and I-69. 
 

The improvements are just two in a long list. 

 

https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/other/astros-owner-jim-cranes-vision-for-downtown-79852#ath

 

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tigereye    1625
6 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Jim Crane has a park in mind across from Minute Maid Park in downtown and building premium parking:

 

 

 

Reminder that Crane owns 2 buildings on Texas south of Home Plate (probably the bars on block 161. With Nau Center for Heritage dead, could this be the spot? 

 

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/03-30-16-astros-owner-gives-the-inside-scoop-on-his-two-new-restaurants-near-minute-maid-park/#slide=0

 

With that kind of optimism for the neighborhood surrounding the baseball stadium, Crane has been securing properties to insure that the quality of development remains high. He already owns the two old buildings on Texas, "south of home plate," as he describes it, properties for later development.

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H-Town Man    2065

You'd have to think the South Texas Intermediate halfway house on Crawford and Preston is something he wants gone, and it would be an ideal location for a park, as suddenly then all those blocks around it become hot spots for redevelopment.

 

Back when the ballpark was first developed, Drayton Maclane tried to get the city to sell him the defunct World Trade Center building, which he was going to demolish and turn into a park. The city opted not to, then later it became Fertitta's Inn at the Ballpark and now the Westin. So the park idea is something they've wanted for awhile. Not exactly sure what the need is since they have Halliburton Plaza for statues and whatnot, but it would spur development around it.

 

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Houston19514    2261
23 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

You'd have to think the South Texas Intermediate halfway house on Crawford and Preston is something he wants gone, and it would be an ideal location for a park, as suddenly then all those blocks around it become hot spots for redevelopment.

 

Back when the ballpark was first developed, Drayton Maclane tried to get the city to sell him the defunct World Trade Center building, which he was going to demolish and turn into a park. The city opted not to, then later it became Fertitta's Inn at the Ballpark and now the Westin. So the park idea is something they've wanted for awhile. Not exactly sure what the need is since they have Halliburton Plaza for statues and whatnot, but it would spur development around it.

 

 

That's kinda sorta close to correct.  Except as follows:

I'm pretty sure the South Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility has already closed/been slated for closure.

The City never owned the World Trade Center Building; it was owned by the Port of Houston Authority.

It was not Drayton McClane pushing to turn it into a park; it was the Sports Authority. (They proposed leasing the land from the Port Authority for roughly nothing/year; instead the Port Authority sold it to Hakeem Olajuwon who in turn sold it to Landry's/Tilman Fertita.

 

You pretty much answered your own question about the need; it would spur development. (And note that it's not just Crane's perceived needs; he's working with the city on this project.)

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H-Town Man    2065
2 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

 

That's kinda sorta close to correct.  Except as follows:

I'm pretty sure the South Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility has already closed/been slated for closure.

The City never owned the World Trade Center Building; it was owned by the Port of Houston Authority.

It was not Drayton McClane pushing to turn it into a park; it was the Sports Authority. (They proposed leasing the land from the Port Authority for roughly nothing/year; instead the Port Authority sold it to Hakeem Olajuwon who in turn sold it to Landry's/Tilman Fertita.

 

You pretty much answered your own question about the need; it would spur development. (And note that it's not just Crane's perceived needs; he's working with the city on this project.)

 

Is Crane's interest in a park to spur development? That seems to be more why the city or the management district might want a park, not Crane. He probably likes to see a neighborhood grow up around his ballpark, but I can't imagine he would spend the $10 million or whatever a block of land there would cost just to spur development for surrounding landowners to capitalize on, unless he already owns a lot of those blocks.

 

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tigereye    1625
On 11/10/2017 at 1:51 PM, H-Town Man said:

 

Is Crane's interest in a park to spur development? That seems to be more why the city or the management district might want a park, not Crane. He probably likes to see a neighborhood grow up around his ballpark, but I can't imagine he would spend the $10 million or whatever a block of land there would cost just to spur development for surrounding landowners to capitalize on, unless he already owns a lot of those blocks.

 

 

I believe Crane’s end game is similar to the deal the Rockies just got. As part of a deal to extend their Coors Field lease for 30 years, they’ll get to develop a block across the street with a team HOF, restaurant, retail, entertainment & residential components. It’s similar to what the Cardinals have done with Ballpark Village, the Braves with The Battery, and what the Rangers will be doing with Texas Live. 

 

Note: The Rockies will be doing this all on one city block, which is similar in size to block 161 that Crane has here. 

 

 

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H-Town Man    2065
42 minutes ago, tigereye said:

 

I believe Crane’s end game is similar to the deal the Rockies just got. As part of a deal to extend their Coors Field lease for 30 years, they’ll get to develop a block across the street with a team HOF, restaurant, retail, entertainment & residential components. It’s similar to what the Cardinals have done with Ballpark Village, the Braves with The Battery, and what the Rangers will be doing with Texas Live. 

 

Note: The Rockies will be doing this all on one city block, which is similar in size to block 161 that Crane has here. 

 

 

 

Very interesting. So what do you mean by "get to develop"? Do they want a tax abatement? Something else?

 

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Sunstar    483
On 12/11/2017 at 8:00 PM, tigereye said:

 

I believe Crane’s end game is similar to the deal the Rockies just got. As part of a deal to extend their Coors Field lease for 30 years, they’ll get to develop a block across the street with a team HOF, restaurant, retail, entertainment & residential components. It’s similar to what the Cardinals have done with Ballpark Village, the Braves with The Battery, and what the Rangers will be doing with Texas Live. 

 

 

The Rockies have a team HOF and need a new building for it? They've only been around for 15 years. 

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hindesky    17631

The Minute Maid signage on the southeast clock tower are being taken down for renovation I assume.

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