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New Development on the University of Houston Campus

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I am not sure if the topic has been covered. However the once proposed Olympic Village that would have housed the Olympic atheletes would have benefited UH in the long run. This village would have encompassed everything to the east of Scott Street, North of Elgin, West of Cullen and South of I-45. Houston's Olympic bid was later rejected. Those houses or apartments would likely have become student houses afterwards. This would have had the potential to make UH a less commuter school and giving the students a on-campus living experience.

I just think that UH missed out on a huge opportunity. What I would like to know is, what is the likelihood that that sort of development could still happen for UH. Obviously for this to happen would be a huge financial price tag.

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Thanks for the link, glad to know UH is thinking about beautifying the campus. Honestly I was looking for a quantitative expansion instead of a qualitative expansion. With adjacent properties available to UH like the aformentioned proposed Olympic village and the pending sale of the macgregor park spur 5 land. I wanted to see if those were possibilities in the future.

Thanks a bunch again for the links.

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UH just approved (last week?) a new $99 million dorm/academic/retail building. Going from memory here, but I believe it will be 500,000 sf, include 700 rooms (or was it 700 beds?), several lecture halls, and retail components. It will be graduate student housing, and will be built near the Law School and Bauer College of Bidness. If I understand correctly, it will be built on the site of the existing "Y" building (which is the old WWII-era engineering lab "barn" between the Engineering, Law and Bidness buildings.

The construction was to begin in summer 2007 and be complete in 2009.

This is the first phase of the Master Plan that will double the existing square footage of UH's current infrastructure. The Master Plan will also double the existing on-campus housing, up to 11,000 residents, and allow UH to increase its enrollment to 45,000 (from the existing 35,000).

Other parts of the Master Plan that I remember are that Cullen and Holman will be closed to vehicular traffic. Light rail and a new road will come through the parking lots next to Robertson Stadium (parallel to Holman). The strip along the light rail and new road will be lined with mixed use retail/residential and will be the heart of campus life.

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UH just approved (last week?) a new $99 million dorm/academic/retail building. Going from memory here, but I believe it will be 500,000 sf, include 700 rooms (or was it 700 beds?), several lecture halls, and retail components. It will be graduate student housing, and will be built near the Law School and Bauer College of Bidness. If I understand correctly, it will be built on the site of the existing "Y" building (which is the old WWII-era engineering lab "barn" between the Engineering, Law and Bidness buildings.

The construction was to begin in summer 2007 and be complete in 2009.

This is the first phase of the Master Plan that will double the existing square footage of UH's current infrastructure. The Master Plan will also double the existing on-campus housing, up to 11,000 residents, and allow UH to increase its enrollment to 45,000 (from the existing 35,000).

Other parts of the Master Plan that I remember are that Cullen and Holman will be closed to vehicular traffic. Light rail and a new road will come through the parking lots next to Robertson Stadium (parallel to Holman). The strip along the light rail and new road will be lined with mixed use retail/residential and will be the heart of campus life.

Your memory was very accurate, I was reading about what is going on. UofH is a very exciting place right now.

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Other parts of the Master Plan that I remember are that Cullen and Holman will be closed to vehicular traffic. Light rail and a new road will come through the parking lots next to Robertson Stadium (parallel to Holman). The strip along the light rail and new road will be lined with mixed use retail/residential and will be the heart of campus life.

Yes I was reading that as well. but this "new road" is this Wheeler ave or an extended Cleburne St. I know I am asking a lot at this time but I am excited about the expansion. Also I see the Metro has approved the Light Rail (BRT) to go along the Wheeler street onto MLK route. I wonder if Metro will change its plans on the Bus option and make it Rail instead. It will do wonders for the university.

Why is everyone hush hush about the MacGregor Parcel of land?

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MacGregor Parcel of land?

I heard it was still in court. The family donated to the city, the city didn't use it, they wanted it back to give it to UH, yada, yada, yada.

But most of the new development near UH will be at University Drive/Spur 5.

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Here is the link

UH Masterplan

The little house looking building next to the shack is where i usually spend my time studying and they are going to tear it down.....it is so cozy and comfortable, i am going to miss it, but it is for the better

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I wonder what affect or effect will this have on Texas Southern univ?

I hope this has a positive effect on TSU! TSU has a reputation as a commuter school as well. TSU is expeirencing expansion as well, with all the new contruction on campus. But I am not sure where else the University can expand its boundaries. Plus, right now TSU has a real bad problem with its leadership either fairly or unfairly added to that is the possibility of take over. At one time I think I heard a rumor of A&M taking over the institution but I am not sure. If the take over was to happen I would hope UH would be the institution of choice. Sort of like Atlanta-Clarke Univerisity in Atlanta, Ga. TSU-H could be the name of the institution. Just brainstorming, not hoping this would happen, but I would not like TSU affiliated with UT or A&M due to its proximity to UH. But the college age cummunity (utopia) would also involve and encompass TSU.

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I hope the MacGregor property becomes student housing. It would be absolutely awesome to have a huge block of just students.

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They are rerouting all bus routes off of cullen between wheeler and holman on Jan. 27. I wonder if they will close cullen sometime early next year?

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They are rerouting all bus routes off of cullen between wheeler and holman on Jan. 27. I wonder if they will close cullen sometime early next year?

Well according to the plans closing cullen between wheeler and holman is part of phase 1. I think Phase 2 will include closing all of cullen to auto traffic. But I am not completely sure. But the closing is encouraging and if they can expedite the complete closure it would be fantastic. lets get it going!

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UH wants to be a residential univeristy but they are building all the new "dorms" way off campus. Build them within campus! UH is experiencing urban sprawl. It would be great to just walk to class with 15 minutes instead of taking a shuttle.

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UH wants to be a residential univeristy but they are building all the new "dorms" way off campus. Build them within campus! UH is experiencing urban sprawl. It would be great to just walk to class with 15 minutes instead of taking a shuttle.

They're not exactly "way off campus". The latest dorms were built on Calhoun at MacGregor, just one block away from the Towers.

Before that were the Cullen Oaks and Cambridge Oaks on Cullen between Wheeler and MacGregor, just one block (or less) away from the Quadrangle dorms.

When I was at UH, I always parked over by the Quadrangle (because I had friends on campus who lived in the Quad and at Cambridge Oaks, and because it was near impossible to find a parking spot near the Engineering/Architecture/Music buildings)...but walked across campus to the Engineering Buildings. It's about a half-mile walk, and it never took more than 10-15 minutes. I never once took a shuttle in my 5 years at UH. I doubt they could have been any faster than walking, when you include the wait for the shuttle.

The new dorms will be built "in campus", between the Engineering, Business and Law buildings. I think UH's "sprawl" has reached its peak...there's no more room to grow out. From here on out, the campus will be filled in (mainly in existing parking lots), and parking garages will be necessary.

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I agree they need to build closer to campus. Especially that lot on Cullen across from Cougar Place next to the Quads. It is a compact site but I think it would work. They have some nice trees on that lot though.

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Cambridge Oaks south boundary may physically be one block from the quads but its still really far. You're talking in terms of human scale not car scale. I believe the entrance to Cambridg Oaks is actually more like 3 blocks away with most of the apartments behind it. And it doesn't feel like part of the campus because its a closed off gated apartment complex! Doesn't exactly endear the residents to the campus.

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I never once took a shuttle in my 5 years at UH.

Me either. I did like you. 15 minute walk. I parked across Elgin becuase all my classes were prime time.

I had one really early class when I could park near the Towers.

Heck, I had to park near the Wellness Center for the C-USA Championship game. Again, 15 minutes max.

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Me either. I did like you. 15 minute walk. I parked across Elgin becuase all my classes were prime time.

I had one really early class when I could park near the Towers.

Heck, I had to park near the Wellness Center for the C-USA Championship game. Again, 15 minutes max.

Walking is ok unless it rains... :closedeyes:

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Walking is ok unless it rains... :closedeyes:

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The modern umbrella was invented in the late 1700's.

No intelligent student would survive in Houston without one in his/her bag.

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I agree they need to build closer to campus. Especially that lot on Cullen across from Cougar Place next to the Quads. It is a compact site but I think it would work. They have some nice trees on that lot though.

Well with the closing of cullen to auto traffic, the certainty of LTR/BTR and wheeler possibly closing to auto traffic, the gates should come down thus opening up Cambridge Oaks to the campus.

Just thought of something, wheeler can't be closed to auto traffic. What if there is an emergency at Cambridge Oaks? The EMS would have to have access.

Also now that Metro has approved the Rail route along wheeler to MLK. Will wheeler have to be expanded? Right now I dont think wheeler is wide enough to accomadate the rail system.

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15 minutes? You guys realize there are only 10 minutes between classes right?

Also the apartments with the "greek row", I saw those going up and they are wood in construction. How lame is that? All dorms should be made of concrete blocks if they want them to last longer than 20 years.

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They are rerouting all bus routes off of cullen between wheeler and holman on Jan. 27. I wonder if they will close cullen sometime early next year?

You know at first I thought METRO was just being an ass, but that does make sense.

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