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  1. Miya Shay snapped a photo of a rendering we haven't seen yet. She took this in Central Houston's office.
    4 points
  2. https://www.facebook.com/HermannPark
    2 points
  3. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Moody-Rambin/146508658869453
    2 points
  4. He is promoting his website. The last residential highrise to go up in downtown Dallas was the Museum tower fiasco and that was a few years back.
    2 points
  5. Unlike the market square tower, I don't believe that this building requires any discretionary governmental approvals. The land is already platted, so it doesn't need to go to the Planning Commission. It isn't in a historic protection district, so it doesn't need to go to the Archaeological and Historical Commission.
    2 points
  6. That's exactly how they're selling it to you. How much you wanna bet that they are understating the true cost? Any takers? But has the Reliant complex been losing business due to lack of a giant dome-like facility on the grounds? Is the existing space insufficient, and they are just now figuring that out? If a renovated Dome is such a swell idea, why are just now promoting it after 12-odd years of vacancy? If this concept made a lick of sense do you not think some developer would have proposed it years ago? I'm not aware of a single case in which a sports stadium has been successf
    2 points
  7. Seems like a large proportion of the crimes I have been hearing of lately are being committed by 12 - 14 year old kids. Most of the recent uptick in midtown crimes were apparently 13 year old kids. A pair of them tried to wave me down which is when I actually realized how young a 12 year old kid really is. It must be really crappy to get robbed by a child. To be honest there is much more of a chance I get shot if a 12 year old rolls up on me with a gun. I would be quick to hand over a cell phone or whatever to anybody holding a gun in my face, but I would be much more inclined to punch sai
    2 points
  8. Let's get real for a minute. Here's why prices are high in Southampton and Boulevard Oaks and have risen dramatically; 1) LOCATION. There are few better in the city. Literally minutes to the Med Center, Downtown, Uptown, and most major universities. Direct access to the city's premier park. 2) Beauty. In a city that lacks beauty, this area has it. 100 year old live oaks. Tree-lined boulevards like Sunset, North, and South. Strict deed restrictions and a well cared for housing stock. 3) Amenities. Hermann Park. Rice University. The Rice Loop. Rice Village. Light Rail. Fleming Park. Museu
    2 points
  9. Couldnt have said it better myself!It annoys me to no end when I read endless comments from suburbanites puffing their chests out and speaking down to us from their high horses, "What a waste of taxpayer money! I never go downtown! No matter what they build I will NEVER go downtown unless they provide more parking!" Blah blah blah, etc etc...... GUESS WHAT GENIUSES! THESE PROJECTS ARENT MEANT FOR YOU, AND THE DEVELOPERS ARENT HOPING TO LURE YOU OUT OF THE WOODLANDS TO DRIVE 40 MINUTES TO FIND A PLACE TO PARK AND VISIT THE SCANT RETAIL DOWNTOWN! ......Like largeTEXAS pointed out, this infrastru
    2 points
  10. The incentive check bounced.
    1 point
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  12. Update: Finger Company twiddling thumbs
    1 point
  13. HA! The fire department thinks they know my definition of "safe viewing"?? You can tell them to watch for me... I'll be the guy BASE jumping with a GoPro.
    1 point
  14. I'm not sure why, but that sculpture reminds me of the structures they use to cover the oil derrecks in Long Beach.
    1 point
  15. Yea if you keep going back to the older pages, you'll see them too.
    1 point
  16. I doubt it, Hines is a very large company and at any given time has multiple projects under construction all over the place. I would think it has more to do with where they are in the design/development stages. We've already seen a couple of different versions in just a few weeks which leads me to believe that they are still working out the design. It takes it a bit of time to then finalize construction documents. The other projects were much further along development wise before they went public I'm sure. Hines also has a lot more hoops to jump through with it's location vs projects lik
    1 point
  17. First building opens, new tenants signed http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2013/09/19/hughes-landing-opens-first-building.html
    1 point
  18. Htown has a good point here. They fought the battle and lost. It's time for the signs to come down.
    1 point
  19. Nothing happening on the property. The city has finished repairing the roads after they tore them apart to upgrade the water-pipe system flowing to the property.... Now it appears just to be a waiting game with the Finger Companies.
    1 point
  20. I just wish there was a place downtown that served breakfast all day. An omelet would be great for lunch. I'd recommend that House of Pies open up a shop in the new Marriott, but it would end up charging inflated hotel food rates.
    1 point
  21. Not true. Downtown Dallas actually has zero high-rise residential projects under construction. There are 2 or 3 projects in the Uptown and Victory Park areas adjacent to downtown, but none downtown.
    1 point
  22. If you think that this plan is an affront to the history or legacy of the dome, bulldozing it and turning it into just another parking lot is just about the biggest f/u anyone could ever do to it or to Houston. At least the structure and cool ceiling (see my avatar) is saved in all it's mid-century modern glory. The dome must be saved. This plan may not be the best use for it, and $8 could very well turn into $9, but at least it saves the Astrodome for another day when someone might come up with a better use for it. This plan would include removing the seats and gutting the inside. By gettin
    1 point
  23. I'm sure the Downtown District has visions of grandeur not unlike most developers when envisioning what could be - Apple, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, etc. But, you're probably right that more basic retail is more likely right now. The Sakowitz building was built for large scale retail, even if it's currently a parking garage. To me, that's the one opportunity to get a big anchor retailer such as H&M, Target, or something of the sort. If the new building where Foley's was has ground floor retail (and it better!), that corner should be the center of the retail action, at least early on.
    1 point
  24. uh, maybe b/c this is an 8-block development in an area that hardly has any single or 2-block developments outside of UH? an 8-block development in any part of town would be demmed "ambitious" - proposing one in an area not known for any major developments makes it moreso. and just b/c you have taken it upon yourself to speak for all the residents in 3rd ward doesn't make your opinion any more valid. and why are you putting 3rd ward in quotes?
    1 point
  25. So...I kind of like the tangle of highways and ramps on the West Side of downtown. Its how most people get a look at downtown. I'd miss them if they were removed. I also enjoy the paths and bayou underneth. Dramatic. Pierce and 59 can be eliminated (Pierce anyway), sunk, decked, or just improved. Back to rail... Among other things...what I really feel is needed is two connections from Downtown to Uptown. First: LRT all the way down Richmond! (not jumping over 59 to appease Afton Oaks). Dedidcated trains could run direct from DT and Switch to Richmond at Wheeler. Second: Connect an expre
    1 point
  26. I think that the large ads are pretty much a standard rendering design element/cliche for retail spaces. Sort of like the searchlights aimed at the sky for skyscrapers, or rooftop gardens.
    1 point
  27. The name is confusing. Isn't University Place the name of the super-neighborhood east of West U? That said, it's great to see new development spreading further inside the loop. This could well be early days in a total transformation of the east inner-loop. After all, 20 years ago no one would have imagined the changes that have happened in the Fourth Ward and Midtown.
    1 point
  28. True enough. I think it will take a basic retail infrastructure for residents to be in place first though. The thing is, if you polled downtown residents on what retail they would like to see, my guess would be it would include humdrum things like: cleanersconvenience store / gas stationgood grocery storeWalgreensTargethardware storeStarbuckspizza chainI worry thought that this isn't what the Downtown District has in mind, even though they haven't said exactly what kind of retail they want. I suspect that instead of the above they are, consciously or not, wishing to attract the kind of reta
    1 point
  29. More work will be done to the parking garage.
    1 point
  30. So many of these comments follow the same trajectory: you're pissed that way it's been handled, you wanted so much more in terms of vision, and yet you shrug your shoulders and say "it's only $8 dollars, and the Astrodome history blah blah ginger." You're being played, exactly as they want. The plan is an affront to the architectural and social history of the dome. I'm tired of watching petty fiefdoms squander our money and good intentions.
    1 point
  31. oh really? Why is this prospective development too ambitious as per the "3rd Ward"? May you please explain upon your rhetoric... I am most certain, that if I could speak upon behalf of the residents of this historic as well as highly adverse area of Houston, that most residents would be inclined to agree that this is the sort of ambitious / anticipated / as well as prospective development that is sorely needed as per this particular region of of the "3rd Ward". "Ambitious" projects of this nature, are of the sort that normally can bring about badly needed jobs...as well as "gentrificatio
    1 point
  32. Not me. Inauspicious names don't necessarily doom projects, especially if the pool of potential buyers are unaware. I just thought it was strange because, if the people floating this concept were experienced in this market, they would have been aware that the name already had a strong brand association and would therefore have avoided adopting it. Forgive me, but my dad lived in the original "University Place" in his declining years, consequently that name doesn't give me a good vibe as a place for young people to live when launching their adult lives.
    1 point
  33. Good point. Destination retail is always great, if you can get them downtown. But, to build a truly sustainable retail district, all kinds of retail is necessary.
    1 point
  34. Hi, As you all know, the residential high-rise for Waterway Square is still an active project. The Woodlands is currently studying the best location and amenities for this development. When that research is complete, a start date as well as other details will be officially announced.
    1 point
  35. This may or may not happen, but as the inner loop becomes more dense, and the reversal of white flight happens, developments like these are inevitable for an area like the Third Ward and East End. In other words, if not this one, then there will be another proposal.
    1 point
  36. Thank you finale some who gets it,!! They said no one would ride the rail a waste of tax dollars, but it averages more than 41,000 people a day Q1 2013 numbers. Which give it limited length actually makes it one of the most used LRT in the nation per mile.Ihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_light_rail_systems_by_ridership They said no one would bite on the Tax break for resdinetal. How many are on the planning board now ? There excuse no one wants to live downtown..Then why is the 900 are so units almost all sold or rented out ? Now they say no one will bite on the Retail
    1 point
  37. This is not about attracting "suburbanites" to shop downtown. While they might make up part of the mix of shoppers, this is about providing a district in the heart of the city for the growing number of people who live, work, and visit downtown. Ground floor retail and retail that is open on the weekends is sorely lacking downtown. As the new (and not even announced yet) residential towers and mid-rises get built, as the rail lines are completed, as the new hotels are completed, as the convention center expands and new and bigger conventions are added, as the East End and Midtown fill in, as Bu
    1 point
  38. Unfortunately, removing his sig wouldn't really solve anything since he continues to post.
    1 point
  39. Weird, that is what his sig says to us longtime posters, as well.
    1 point
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