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  1. nothing. this, other hotels, ripping up Dallas St and Main St, making the convention center less ugly, a choo choo train, everything except fielding a team that might play in the effing game... LOL
    6 points
  2. Re: "The Coffee Shop" This is a temporary coffee bar, opened the 1st week of November, tucked beneath the escalator to the Garage next to Hermes. A full list of coffees of all kinds, I was told by the barrista (nice youngster who came from The Nook at UH), that coffees are free to visitors for 2 months (ie, through the holidays) courtesy of Oliver McMillan. The little space will then become headquarters for the valet parking personnel. Blue Planet appeared hours or days from opening, and also the first restaurant is also getting very close (the Viet-French one beneath Equinox near the front. I was told by a rep that most of the very high end restaurants will have Westheimer frontage, while the more reasonable will be along Bettis and nearer to the iPic. The garage entrance off Westheimer now has a 'scoreboard' type thing to give visitors a heads up as to which floors have open parking spaces. And landscaping along Bettis is moving slowly toward completion. Wow! ROD is amazing!
    5 points
  3. http://montrosedistrict.org/new-redevelopment-project-planned-for-east-montrose/ New Redevelopment Project Planned for East MontroseBy Ray Lawrence | November 17, 2015 Most people are familiar with Gratifi, Cuchara and Max’s Wine Dive. Now the owner of those venues, Fred Sharifi, founder of SFT Investments, is planning an impressive new project, redeveloping a number of nearby commercial properties with new retail, office parking space. He is hoping to bring in some daytime activities to balance out the area’s evening crowd. The preliminary site plan (above) and three-dimensional concept (below) show the existing restaurant/bar buildings (A and and the prospective new structures in the early stages of the new concept. Fairview runs east and west through the center with north/south streets Morgan, Taft, Mason and Genesee depicted from left to right. Among the proposed buildings are three mixed-use structures. One will be located at 2302-2308 Genesee (E), currently the location of some older apartments and Meteor Lounge. 10,000 square feet of office and retail space on the ground floor are planned, with a 5-6 story parking garage above, which Sharifi hopes will alleviate some of the parking pressures in the area. The second construction project will be situated on the southwest corner of Mason and Fairview (F). The structure will include 7,450 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, and 10,500 square feet of office space on the second floor, which will overhang the retail space at the rear of the building and provide a covered drive off Mason leading to surface parking, and an outlet on Hyde Park. The other two buildings (C & D) being planned are as follows. Building D on the northeast corner of Mason and Fairview will be a 2-3 story, 10,000 – 15,000 square foot mixed use retail, showroom, and event facility. Building C will be a small 1-story 1,000 square foot structure in the corner of the parking lot next to Cuchara and Max’s Wine Dive, envisioned as a dessert spot, flower shop, or ice-cream parlor. Sharifi is contracting with the well-known Houston architectural firm Gensler to undertake the designs of all four buildings, with engineering and design work expected to take close to four months, and a planned start date in late August or September 2016. Sharif is no stranger to developing restaurant and retail space. Born and raised in Tehran, he came to the U.S. in 1969 to attend the University of Texas in Austin, where he did his undergraduate and graduate studies in Petroleum Engineering. After graduation, the Iranian revolution derailed his plans to return to his native country. Instead, Sharifi went into the restaurant and real estate business, opening the first Hungry’s in Montrose in 1975. Since then, Hungry’s Bistro served diners for over 40 years in the Rice and Memorial neighborhoods. His real estate portfolio includes over 30 inner loop commercial and residential properties. One of his most recent developments houses Common Bond, the award-winning cafe at Dunlavy and Westheimer. On the residential side, he is currently developing a plan for four-story luxury town homes on Portland Blvd behind Museum Tower on Montrose.
    4 points
  4. I bet it teleports you to our city's other transdimensional portal atop the Memorial Hermann tower in Memorial City. Now that's how you beat traffic!
    4 points
  5. http://houston-texas-us.blogspot.com/2015/11/central-square-redevelopment-as-of-nov.html
    3 points
  6. Isn't that the whole point of the "American Dream"? To start over in a nation that won't kill you, your family, and everything else because you're apart of a different sect of the same religion? Isn't that what Anerica stands for? We are still a World Police (for better or worse) and honestly, not to bring up religion, but isn't it the "Christian" thing to do? To turn to the poor, the needy, the helpless?
    3 points
  7. I just got off the phone with one of Marquette's executives, and he said they are going to sit on block 114 and wait to see what happens. He did say that they do plan to build the other project at some point.
    3 points
  8. They are getting there, the station used to be surrounded by 4 empty lots.
    3 points
  9. There was an article the other day about how the NFL wants San Francisco to remove the overhead bus wires in their "Central Square" (might be wrongful name) that would ultimately cost about $12 million dollars to take down and put back up. Here's hoping they "politely ask" to temporarily take down the Pierce Elevated
    3 points
  10. Y'all do realize that the very point of terrorism is to make the target spend time and effort and jump through hoops in order to not be skeert, don't you? Look up John Oliver's take on it.
    2 points
  11. If Houston really wanted to commit to this, complete the University and Uptown lines that have already been voted on and extend the Green/Purple lines through the Washington corridor and out Hempstead HWY (the first option on the maps posted a few pages back) to meet the NW Mall station. Even if the train came into downtown it would almost certainly have to slow down as it traveled through the densely populated neighborhoods anyways. By building these three lines, nearly every major business center (and most neighborhoods BTW) of inner Houston would be connected by rail, as well as giving the option to riders of the TCR which part of town to travel to. As for later expansion, add heavy commuter rail to the major corridors (Hardy Toll & 59 N from the North Redline station, I-10 West from the NW Mall Station, Westpark from the Westpark TC, 45 S fromt the Palm TC, Etc.) once HWY construction is maxed out and Houston is truly a mobile city. Now all of that is more of a pipe dream, but the 3 light rail solutions have all been studied already, are all in desperate need of street renovation and add more flexibility than a downtown station would considering how spread out our major business centers are.
    2 points
  12. yeah the only thing that sounded super important historically was the archaeological site - which I couldn't find any information about (using a quick 3 minute google search)
    2 points
  13. Truly a jewel we cannot live without!
    2 points
  14. I spoke with Darren Sloniger in charge of development from Marquette. I pulled up their website and looked under development and his picture was there so I asked to speak with him. He was very nice and took the time to talk with me about this project. He said that they were going to put this on hold and hoped to develop this at a later date. I repeat this project is on hold so no amount of hoping or speculation will move this to a construct status until later notice. From the horses mouth.
    2 points
  15. TCR is gonna have to make an announcement soon about the station; if it's going to be at Northwest mall then they need to reassure everyone that the mall will be torn down. Somehow, that's not obvious to everyone, but I understand the criticism.
    2 points
  16. From about 5P.M. o'clock yesterday Seems to me that the proposal was over the new asphalt, not sure though 609_Main_at_Texas-20151116-170222 by Chris Rojas, on Flickr
    2 points
  17. I'm not too hot on that rendering. It looks cheap to me. Still though, more density will be good for the area /opinion
    2 points
  18. That's kinda how I imagined it. Like someone else just said, I doubt they'll tear it down because it draws so many visitors, but the classic American Mall is a dying breed, and it won't be long before the HH company decides to go for something more "mixed-use" focused, IMO.
    2 points
  19. they gotta do something with the surface lots right across the street. they have the station right there and should be prime spots for a high rise or even a small office building in the 30 story range. something here then the empty lots
    2 points
  20. 2 points
  21. https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=37905666 Board of Regent expect to approve the 60 million renovation of Hofheinz Pavilion
    2 points
  22. If only we had some sort of system to get people moving without cars on the road.... HMMMMMM
    2 points
  23. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/4600-POST-OAK-6630811.php
    2 points
  24. True indeed. I forgot how glorious this building is going to look when complete. It will break up the monotony of the skyline, adding a slight jagged edge. God bless Gerald Hines.
    2 points
  25. Strolled through there today and there is absolutely zero signs of any work,. Renderings and latest info: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Design-for-planned-downtown-hotel-gets-a-revision-6048121.php#/0
    1 point
  26. Wow 40 miles is ridiculous, Houston defiantly has the advantage on this one. Hopefully this super bowl (the one in Houston) will be a great success and we can get it to come back every few years like NOLA.
    1 point
  27. For the Washington Ave corridor, the report identified Environmental Impacts to: - National Historic District Heights Boulevard Esplanade (https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7717105,-95.397202,3a,75y,207.98h,84.3t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s8cJ8b_pQL7I4PAwynWYp3g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 - they'd have to create an elevated crossing or an underpass, disrupting the historic median https://www.houstontx.gov/planning/HistoricPres/HistoricPreservationManual/historic_districts/heights_history.html) - US Healthworks Hospital (https://www.google.com/maps/place/U.S.+HealthWorks+Medical+Group/@29.7947347,-95.4501751,17z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1sUS+Healthworks+Hospital!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x89ef9847eb343859- I assume having to demolish it) - Houston and Texas Central Railroad archaeology site (not sure what this is) - Cottage Grove Park (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cottage+Grove+Park/@29.7783155,-95.4244988,17.46z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xaf158f812431e5ef - it already has a train going by it but a new HSR would probably have to eat up some of the park's land. also, the FRA noted:
    1 point
  28. Triton I hope, I hope you are correct. Just joking, but maybe the exec is just tempermental and was having a bad day when Bobruss spoke with him and will lighten up later. Stranger things happen.
    1 point
  29. Eureka! That's the solution to our transport problems. Forget trains and cars, just fly!
    1 point
  30. My wife works in a clinic located in St Joseph. The federal program being terminated is for traditional Medicare only, which is a huge blow but there are other funding sources still in place. She just heard about it this week as well, not sure what will happen.
    1 point
  31. Take video and send it to the local tv stations. Or post it to youtube. That'll get somebody's attention.
    1 point
  32. Yeah but how am I going to spit hot takes on how RD is leading a conspiracy to make Houston look gaudy and pretentious, thus driving away future businesses and tourists? Because he totally is btw
    1 point
  33. ^^^ oh no way my good buddy. please reference the linky... http://www.riveroaksdistrict.com/. there are still many merchants that are still awaiting openings to date. apparently ALL of the restaurants / coffee establishments, are still under construction as we speak....
    1 point
  34. Looks like the "white" is actually what was intended. This is by far the ugliest building in Houston.
    1 point
  35. 5 GAME-CHANGING PROJECTS UNDERWAY IN HOUSTON 4. SEARCH Homeless Services SEARCH Homeless Services’ new headquarters, designed by Studio Red, is under construction in east downtown. The two-story, 27k SF building will include a large lobby, waiting areas, offices, meeting rooms and supporting facilities. Since 1989 SEARCH has helped thousands of people transition from homelessness and this new HQ will extend the organization's influence and allow it to continue effectively reaching Houston’s homeless population. https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/commercial-real-estate/5-game-changing-projects-underway-in-houston-52382?rt=title
    1 point
  36. I don't think it's trolling if it's a clearly idiotic decision that directly impacts all of us up here. For us, the vision for the HSR was like this: DART to Union Station, Union Station to downtown Houston. For a lot of people, downtown or the adjacent area (Midtown) would be the final destination. If not, downtown Houston is the hub of your whole road/rail/bus network. Now you've turned it into this: DART to Union Station, Union Station to a dead mall's parking lot out by 610... which is NO ONE's final destination. From there maybe light rail will be built at some point... but let's be honest that won't happen for a while. Maybe you can take a bus, but come on no one's going to do that. So then you'll have to either rent a car, beg a friend for a ride, or call an Uber. It's just removed so much of the utility...
    1 point
  37. The Woodlands has really created something special that people are obviously in love with. I just wonder if one day the Mall would be torn down, and redone to match the waterway.
    1 point
  38. Sorry guys, but that's asphalt paving equipment.
    1 point
  39. We should use the Langoliers for demolition more often.
    1 point
  40. He, also, seems to believe that Miami is a Texas City. So...
    1 point
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