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  1. There is no logical reasoning behind opposing this. The area has largely been abandoned for close 25 years. It not displacing and existing residents. To be perfectly honest most people from third ward have not considered that area part of third ward in decades. Not since the early 2000s at the latest, so even before than. I honestly dont see how this effects third ward as a whole.
    8 points
  2. 8 points
  3. I'm sorry im.a proud former resident of third ward. But this feels like nothing more than black nimbyism
    7 points
  4. I think we should wait to pass judgement until the building is open and we have had a chance to walk through the galleries and see how well the building displays the art, which is it's main function. I also think that once the building is complete and landscaped we might have something better to judge. I always find it hard to see the building as planned with all of the construction equipment, fences, barricades and things that get in the way scattered around the site.
    5 points
  5. and once the bridges are complete, that's 30 years of uninterrupted flow that is overall better than it was before, not just for car traffic, but for bike/jogging.
    4 points
  6. I know how frustrating it is for the bike paths to be blocked , but the work that is being done on the bayou will have a much more positive affect on the neighborhoods that front the bayou, and hopefully mitigate some of the flooding that occurs regularly. Once these projects are finished everything will be much better. With the addition of another detention pond on Brays at 610 this should really help in the recurring flood issues and I'm sure that the landscaping and bike trails will be improved. I know they are adding new trails east of 288 all the way to Calhoun. This is all for the good of everyone.
    4 points
  7. Some movement on site this morning. Looks like they were tearing down the old facade wall from the other site?
    4 points
  8. For me, the success of a new museum building is how well it displays the artwork within, not in making some striking statement from the outside. Take the Beck and Law buildings. Mies' Law building is generally considered a better architectural statement. But the second floor gallery and Cullen hall are both large difficult spaces requiring a lot of intervention: extensive "temporary" walls, drapes to mitigate light, security challenges (why Van Gogh was moved to the other building), etc. The Beck building is the opposite. Nothing much to look at from the outside, but the top floor galleries are really quite remarkable in both their scale and use of natural light. Yes, I'd like the best of both worlds and I'm still quite confident this will be a striking new building for Houston. But it's what happens inside the building that matters most.
    3 points
  9. This is where the reintegration of alleyways could make this even more efficient. Then you can just drive into the alley and even if its a small residential lot turned into a business they could probably configure a system that is 3 spaces wide, but 3 spaces tall to fulfill their requirements. Really like the diagram. In fact I've been thinking a lot about the implications of such mechanics for small sites. Ideally we don't want to have sites or the city at large subservient to the needs of cars, but image someone wanted to build a small apartment on a small residential lot or 2 combined. They could then build it in the way other cities build them where its from property line to property line, and then throw the mechanical automated lift in the back that actually takes you up to the unit that you live in with this puzzle system. That would be fascinating.
    3 points
  10. That's very interesting. I just spent some time looking at this solution provider: https://cityliftparking.com/solutions My thinking is that surely there would have to be significant size requirements for an automated system to work, but this may not be the case. IIRC, this site was originally rendered to have parking on the roof before some design changes, so they clearly thought that there was a shot at having some expensive/extreme parking options to add more retail. That's still a huge chunk of the lot on parking with none of it covered. I wonder how much this design could be changed to integrate more retail space even with houston's parking requirements. The only system that CityLift offers that might work is the Puzzle Mechanical Parking. Spec sheet I think this style requires you to have one open space on each level except for the pit and the top level. This is a four level with pit example, so I think you would get 10 spots in the space of 3. They offer a tandem version (double thickness) so it might even be possible to have a system that allows for tandem parking just above certain levels which would allow to to effectively park cars on the roof. You could end up with something a little bit like this. Green would be additional retail space. An increase of about 40-50%. There's 50 parking spaces I think, so lets say you need about 75: It's probably feasible (assuming you could get pickups to fit), I just wonder what the ROI would be getting one extra tenant and everyone getting some extra SF.
    3 points
  11. Sad that people can mistake this construction for various places along the Bayou because of how long this has taken. Its kind of ruined these "hundreds of miles" of bike paths the city likes to talk about. Yesterday was a beautiful day to be on the bike, and met 6 or 7 people who were like "uhh we can't ride the Bayou because every mile or two there is more construction." The old-houston slow construction doesn't make much sense when you have 40 story multi-family going up in a year and a half. Just wish this would be finished soon so people can get the flood relief they deserve and the old bike system can go back to normal. Also, one of the construction workers that helped with the bayou expansion by the Cistern by buffalo bayou was saying the greenery they are planting there will be more of what will be seen over here.
    3 points
  12. https://www.standard.co.uk/insider/alist/akon-has-started-building-akon-city-in-senegal-with-focus-on-cryptocurrency-and-renewable-energy-a4297966.html
    2 points
  13. omg 6.5 to 7 years later and it's finally done! I don't exactly know when it wrapped up, but I've seen leasing banners for a few weeks.
    2 points
  14. Just in passing, Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao, has been cited for making Bilbao Spain, a destination. It's a truly iconic building, but as a place for exhibiting art it hasn't fared so well.
    2 points
  15. Steven Hill has designed some really great stuff. I agree totally. I think the Glassell School building is VERY cool. It’s new neighbor, not so much. I do think the roof texture is very intriguing. Unfortunately, that will remain hidden from view from the street.
    2 points
  16. When I see it, I don’t think, “WOW!” To me, the building’s lines are not very striking. Even though it’s footprint isn’t rectangular, it looks boxy. And I know that a lot of Holl’s work is boxy, but this is boxy in a not-so-interesting way. The tubes don’t Intrigue me, either. They do add texture, but the way the short tube segments are mounted, very conspicuous horizontal seams are created that disrupt the vertical flow of the walls. Hopefully they will do something to camouflage the seams. And, hopefully the illumination at night will really elevate the look. Renderings seem to indicate as much. Overall, I’m still hoping that it turns out better than my current expectation. Time will tell.
    2 points
  17. The Japanese ain't got nothing on that!
    2 points
  18. If you're working within an existing building envelope and want to maximize capacity, or if you have a height restriction, then it may be worth paying a premium for a robotic system. But if, as in this case, you're building on a greenfield, without height restrictions, then the reason to go automated instead of traditional is because of construction costs, not land costs. That is, it has to be cheaper to build and operate than a traditional garage. Estimates I've seen (granted these are mostly from parking system suppliers) put the construction costs somewhere between 60 and 100% of a similar capacity traditional garage. Here's why that's interesting: Currently, a lot of neighborhoods fall into a trap where land values aren't high enough to justify the cost of structured parking, so the spaces required by the city's parking requirements get built as surface lots. The resulting low density prevents the underlying land values from increasing to the point that structured parking is viable. If the lower end of that construction cost range turns out to be true (and it should get cheaper over time as the industry matures) then the land cost at which structured parking makes sense falls from, say $100/sf to $60/sf, and there are already plenty of neighborhoods in Houston with land values in that ballpark, which means more new retail development could include structured parking instead of surface parking, which would add to density, and in turn make the land value higher.
    2 points
  19. Pre-Construction work has already begun! Soil Testing, along with prepping various areas for the future berms and viaducts. TCR claims that they are ready for construction, and it seems all they are waiting for is final Federal approval. They further claim that they could start as early as June. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Texas-High-Speed-Train-is-Shovel-Ready-565182232.html
    2 points
  20. Yes, as of this morning, the one that caught fire was still up, but they are currently clearing all the debris from the other homes and putting them in massive trash bins. The guys on site mentioned they are looking to start site prep work before Christmas (I don't know what that means) but that seems pretty fast considering where they are and that they are quite a few older trees on this lot that I hope they figure out a way to preserve (I never thought I would type that last part).
    2 points
  21. Why did I suddenly hear a cackle in the background when I read that?
    2 points
  22. You seem determined to believe that this building is going up extremely slowly. In reality, this building continues to rise at very much a normal pace of construction.
    2 points
  23. Most work with the car parked on a little sled, and the system moves the sled around. This video isn't great, but you will get the gist.
    2 points
  24. Post Oak by Marc longoria, on Flickr Post Oak by Marc longoria, on Flickr
    2 points
  25. Got this shot of the Sun peaking through the top floors:
    2 points
  26. 'Strategic' Greenway Plaza-area property acquired by Houston-based real estate firm https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2019/10/22/strategic-greenway-plaza-area-property-acquired-by.html
    2 points
  27. I love this damn city, amazing how progressive it's been the past 10 yrs
    2 points
  28. I wonder what the electric bill for all of the lights will be. The Boulevard looks great in the day time. I can't wait to see it at night!
    1 point
  29. If your car gets stuck somewhere during the retrieval process, can you shake the whole garage to get it out?
    1 point
  30. Man I really hope they can make this happen. Not just for this one project, but as a proof of concept - to have the first true, world-class high speed train line in the country right here in Texas.
    1 point
  31. Originally posted May 28, 2018 in this thread before all of my content were removed from the entire forum in early October. Reposting this throws off the flow of the thread (i.e. out of order), still, it may be helpful for visitors and members alike to see what was previously discussed or shared before (how the design changed, changes in tenants, etc). An archive link of the entire thread with my comments will be uploaded soon. Spicy Bear is the brick and mortar of Houston food truck Spicy Dog. From Facebook: Spicy Bear aims to bring the best Egg sandwich and Milk Tea to the Heights. Ideally, we hope to open our storefront by the late summer of 2018. We are currently in the processing of sourcing ingredients from a few of our potential providers. https://www.facebook.com/spicybearhtx/
    1 point
  32. Originally posted March 9, 2017 in this thread before all of my content were removed from the entire forum in early October. Reposting this throws off the flow of the thread (i.e. out of order), still, it may be helpful for visitors and members alike to see what was previously discussed or shared before (how the design changed, changes in tenants, etc). An archive link of the entire thread with my comments will be uploaded soon. From Swamplot: As heralded by last Wednesday’s daily demolition report, the low-slung insurance and marketing office building at 2723 Yale St. is now in tatters. The post-smashing shot above was taken in a drive-by by a reader yesterday (who notes this morning that most of the debris has since been hauled off). Planned for the lot is a new strip center being marketed by East Village developer Ancorian as a retail-office-restaurant mashup, “anchored” by the mini Whole Foods in the works across 610. The property is loosely sandwiched between the combination KFC-Taco Bell to the south and the side-by-side Burger King and new El Rey sitting along the North Loop feeder road (visible to the right). Renderings of the proposed strip show a mix of brick, wood, metal grating, glass, and patches of other skin materials; a Newquest Properties leasing flier shows the building turning away from Yale St. to face W. 28th St., behind a thick protective later of parking. http://swamplot.com/aging-l-shaped-office-on-yale-st-scraped-away-for-shiny-new-retail-strip-installation/2017-03-08/
    1 point
  33. Originally posted January 2, 2016 in this thread before all of my content were removed from the entire forum in early October. Reposting this throws off the flow of the thread (i.e. out of order), still, it may be helpful for visitors to see what was previously discussed or shared before. An archive link of the entire thread with my comments will be uploaded soon. In case the renderings change or are deleted for Yale Crossing at 2723 Yale St, here are uploaded renderings and plans for the Houston Heights center taken from the above marketing flyer:
    1 point
  34. This was in the previous thread for 2522 Yale. It's being reposted / reupped since the original thread and other content from me were removed. Originally posted by crockpotandgravel, July 4, 2019 in the thread for 2522 Yale. Remodeling progress picture of Tenfold Coffee at 101 Aurora StThis was posted to Instagram July 2. Where this wall once was will become a bar top. It will separate the main seating area from the coffee lab https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzaw6xkn1LQ/
    1 point
  35. Value of community? What community? This is a bunch of parking lots and an old Sears building that apparently wasn't supported by the "community." The only community in this area is homeless people living under 59 and yuppies living in the apartments to the north. Who decides what the community is? And even if there was a community, why should they get to dictate development on land that someone owns? Does the Humble community tell the airport how it should design the new International terminal? Does the Clear Lake community tell NASA what it should do on its campus? No. You don't get to demand groceries from a developer. There are plenty of other grocery stores in the area.
    1 point
  36. This was in the previous thread for 2522 Yale. It's being reposted / reupped since the original thread and other content from me were removed. Originally posted by crockpotandgravel, February 20, 2019 in the thread for 2522 Yale. Construction progress of 2522 Yale St and the adjacent warehouse at 101 Aurora St. Screenshots are from a video uploaded to Instagram this week.
    1 point
  37. This is a really bizarre rendering to me
    1 point
  38. Going on about 5.5 years now! Almost done!!
    1 point
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  41. Much bigger crowd than I was expecting for early on a Sunday morning. Although it wasn't that early by the time it finally came down. Here's a video of the demolition. Also some pictures Around 9:30 can't see a damn thing Fog has cleared up, can see the full building now (I have a lot more and in higher resolutions if anyone is interested). The aftermath as people flee the dust cloud.
    1 point
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