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  1. 13 points
  2. 8 points
    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.
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  4. 7 points
    I'm sorry im.a proud former resident of third ward. But this feels like nothing more than black nimbyism
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    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.
  7. 4 points
    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.
  8. 4 points
    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.
  9. 4 points
    Some movement on site this morning. Looks like they were tearing down the old facade wall from the other site?
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    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.
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    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.
  14. 3 points
    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.
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  16. 3 points
    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.
  17. 2 points
    https://www.standard.co.uk/insider/alist/akon-has-started-building-akon-city-in-senegal-with-focus-on-cryptocurrency-and-renewable-energy-a4297966.html
  18. 2 points
    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.
  19. 2 points
    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.
  20. 2 points
    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.
  21. 2 points
    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.
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  23. 2 points
    The Japanese ain't got nothing on that!
  24. 2 points
    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.
  25. 2 points
    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
  26. 2 points
    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).
  27. 2 points
    Why did I suddenly hear a cackle in the background when I read that?
  28. 2 points
    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.
  29. 2 points
    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.
  30. 2 points
    Post Oak by Marc longoria, on Flickr Post Oak by Marc longoria, on Flickr
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    '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
  34. 2 points
    I love this damn city, amazing how progressive it's been the past 10 yrs
  35. 1 point
    Just wait until they eventually redevelop those strip centers!
  36. 1 point
    From Costar: Luxury apartment developer Hanover Co. and partner Lionstone Investments are getting closer to breaking ground on the first phase of a mixed-use project that is expected to be the first of its kind for both developers in Houston. The 13.58-acre site is about 2 miles west of downtown Houston, near where Allen Parkway and Shepherd Drive intersect by Autry Park and across from the western side of Buffalo Bayou Park, a sprawling public park stretching along the bayou. Site preparation is underway on the roughly $200 million apartment portion of the project, which is expected to include 744 units spread across a 22-story high rise and an eight-story mid-rise tower, according to the developers and state documents. Although details are not finalized yet, the mixed-use project could ultimately include a roughly 275-key room hotel, a 300,000-square-foot office tower, two apartment towers and a new 0.5-acre park, the developers told CoStar News in interviews. Hanover started demolishing structures at the site earlier this year and is now "actively working" on utilities and infrastructure work, Hanover CEO Brandt Bowden said in a phone interview. "We anticipate commencing vertical construction next month," Bowden said, pending additional permitting approvals from the city of Houston. The developers have received several permits related to preparing the site and laying the foundation for the apartment towers, according to city of Houston records. The multifamily portion is expected to take two years to build, Bowden said. Hanover and Lionstone, both based in Houston, have not finalized the name of the project. The full project cost for the mixed-use development wasn’t immediately available, but initial architectural estimates filed with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation estimated it would be $108 million for the eight-story mid-rise with apartments, retail and precast parking garage, and an additional $109 million for the mixed-use skyscraper with a five-story precast parking garage. An entity tied to Hanover bought a portion of the property, a 4.54-acre tract at 3540 W. Dallas St., from the city of Houston for about $30.6 million in April, according to a city of Houston agenda item and Harris County deed records. The property has an appraised valued of $21.5 million, according to the Harris County Appraisal District. Entities tied to Hanover purchased multiple parcels along Dallas Street and Marston Place from nonprofit organizations earlier this year, according to Harris County deed records. The total project size is 13.58 acres, according to a January variance request for the project filed in the city of Houston’s Planning Commission by LJA Engineering on behalf of Hanover earlier this year. Hanover plans to build a "highly programmed urban park," said Bowden. The office portion of the project could include roughly 300,000 square feet in a tower about 20 stories or more, roughly 300 feet high, Bowden added. Jane Page, president of Lionstone, said in an interview that the developers are still evaluating the "right mix" of office, hotel and retail components and have not fully committed to the office tower yet. "We’ve done a lot of homework and a lot of brokers are saying, 'if you build it in that location, they will come,'" said Page, who was speaking at a Nov. 14 event in Houston organized by the Urban Land Institute. Page said Lionstone's research suggests that out of the last 16 new office projects built in Houston, nine buildings are within mixed-use environments and those towers are 98% occupied on average. "Those are some pretty strong stats that people want new [and] people want mixed use. So we’re really excited to continue building that space out now," Page said. The Allen Parkway location would offer office tenants convenient access to downtown Houston with relatively easy commutes from the Heights, West University and Kirby Drive areas, said Page. The ground floor level of the office structure would have a retail portion "that really mixes everyone together in a collaborative" way, she added. The proposal includes adding a stoplight along Allen Parkway at the entrance of the mixed-use so "there will be direct connectivity" to Buffalo Bayou Park, Page said. The developers are working with multiple architecture firms on the project, including Ziegler Cooper, DCI Architects, the Office of Michael Hsu, said Bowden. Additional permitting documents with the state also list Houston-based architecture firm W Partnership. Separately, adjacent to Hanover’s project, apartment developer Wood Partners is planning a 364-unit midrise multifamily project called Alta River Oaks at 3636 W Dallas St. The project is expected to open by the fourth quarter 2020, according to a statement from Wood Partners. Wood Partners’ project will be built on roughly 3 acres, as part of a larger 26-acre super block that will be subdivided, said Bowen, Hanover’s CEO. The superblock also contains Hanover and Lionstone mixed-use development, the 2.5 acre Autrey Park, which will grow in size, and a new 0.5-acre park proposed by Hanover, he added. The projects are popping up in a corridor along Allen Parkway that has attracted more attention from real estate developers after the $58 million revitalization of the western end of Buffalo Bayou. Boston real estate firm GID Development and Houston-based DC Partners also are building large mixed-use projects in the area. Hanover, which specializes in building and managing luxury multifamily projects across the country, has been busy with several Houston projects lately, including the recently opened Hanover Blvd Place in the Uptown-Galleria area that includes office space for Hanover's corporate headquarters. Construction is underway on Hanover's The Driscoll, part of a $150 million, 30-story high rise as part of a venture with Weingarten Realty Investors. The Driscoll is less than a mile south of the Allen Parkway proposed project. Meanwhile, Lionstone, a Houston real estate investment firm started by former Hines leaders, is increasing its exposure to office projects located at mixed-use developments in Houston, such as its recent purchase of CityCentre Five in CityCentre.
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    it suffers from not being in midtown proper or lower westiehmer proper and if you're already getting in a car to go to that part of town you're ending up at Axelrad.
  39. 1 point
    Remodeling progress picture of Tenfold Coffee at 101 Aurora St This is part of the 2522 Yale renovations in Houston by Braun Enterprises. The photo was posted to Tenfold Coffee's Instagram Story last week. Walls are up...
  40. 1 point
    Drone aerial shots of 2723 Yale St in Houston, (or Yale Crossing or that was the retail strip's former working name). This comes from updated marketing materials and listing on Loopnet. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/2723-Yale-St-Houston-TX/14307946/ (archive link)
  41. 1 point
    Originally posted November 15, 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. The Shipley Do-Nut store at Yale Crossing, 2723 Yale St opened this week. https://www.facebook.com/ShipleyDonuts/posts/10156803342309715
  42. 1 point
    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. Photo of the exterior of Spicy Bear at 2723 Yale St, the Yale Crossing retail strip in the Heights from Ancorian.
  43. 1 point
    Photo of the completed taproom and bar at New Magnolia Brewing Co. The photo was posted to Instagram Wednesday.New Magnolia Brewing Co. is a new brewery opening this fall in Shady Acres at 1616 Bevis St. Here's a look at the bar and new tap wall. Check it...26 taps...each tapped soon with a beer https://www.instagram.com/p/B404fDHBmGw
  44. 1 point
    Originally posted January 8, 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 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. In case the renderings change or are deleted for Yale Crossing at 2723 Yale St, here are uploaded renderings that aren't hot linked.
  45. 1 point
    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 12, 2019 in the thread for 2522 Yale.Remodeling progress picture of Tenfold Coffee at 101 Aurora StThis was posted to Instagram last week and earlier this week. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzipms3n9UH https://www.instagram.com/p/BztTGMoBW1B
  46. 1 point
    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, June 9, 2019 in the thread for 2522 Yale.Construction progress photo of 2522 Yale in Houston, in the Heights. From Tipps Architecture yesterday: https://www.instagram.com/p/Byd05mHAHxb
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    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, May 20, 2019 in the thread for 2522 Yale. Construction progress photo of 2522 Yale in Houston, in the Heights. From Tipps Architecture in early May: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw6_FA8ggQn
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    Excerpt from a recent Houston Chronicle article: 1961 photo of the building. GHPA mention of the building as endangered. Some prior HAIF discussion of the building comes up in this thread and other threads - but I didn't see one devoted to the subject.
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