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  1. Went by here earlier this morning and saw what looked like superintendents and project managers walking the site. Again, nothing matters until dirt turns but hopefully this is more of a positive sign that we should see/hear something soon.
    12 points
  2. 10 points
  3. Houston Planning Commission's virtual meeting on this is today at 2:30pm. Fingers crossed there's new information released, ideally updated renderings and revised timeline...
    10 points
  4. This is the architect's site with some higher res renderings: http://www.meekspartners.com/high-rise/block-387 It looks similar to their other project Eighteen25 and looks like its also going to be concrete; I haven't heard of this architect much but glad its more concrete downtown, downtown is too loud for stick build midrises. Whats everyone's best guess for completion? Trying to time my lease next year to get some sweet concessions on this one 😂
    8 points
  5. 7 points
  6. Rowdy is 100 percent an uneducated graffiti hack. It is bad enough they think they are an artist but they can't even make a tag look good or cool. yikes. so yes, agreed, they are annoying. ha!
    5 points
  7. Wasn't able to snap a picture, but Rowdy tagged the project... this guy is so annoying and petty. Tag is faces Westheimer so it's easy to see and reads something like 'ROWDY here's your panel'. What a loser.
    5 points
  8. 4 points
  9. I'm afraid this is not going to be like Fred and Ginger, but more like Fred and Shirley Temple. As I type this my Spotify algorithm served up Marley, singing Redemption Song. Power to the People.
    4 points
  10. He tagged the concrete on the 3rd floor facing Westheimer. Would love this guy to get caught in the act at some point.
    4 points
  11. There are vast swathes of Houston that need repairs before Montrose does. Take a drive into the Fifth Ward North of I-10, or Kashmere, or any other lower SES area. They all need help before Montrose does, as they have been ignored forever. Yes, Lower Westheimer needs work, but it's not as other streets around town, and doesn't have the flooding issues nearly as bad.
    4 points
  12. You might be pleasantly surprised driving in from 45 North. I think it's going to stand out almost as much as the Hess Tower and help fill the gap between it and the Marriott Marquis. Great use of the small plot of land they have to work with.
    3 points
  13. The Chicago background looks good.
    3 points
  14. They don't spend that much on their athletic facilities.
    3 points
  15. 2 points
  16. There's no benefit, other than maybe other developers walked away from it, so they have an opportunity if they can capitalize. What a developer is concerned with is delivering a finished product that provides a return on the land. If the land costs a certain amount, they need to come up with something to build so that the value of the building when all is finished is greater than the sum total of the land, the construction cost, and the soft costs, with room for a reasonable profit. With a small site, there are going to be constraints in the parking garage, constraints in rentable floor area due to room taken up by the elevator core, etc., so you are going to have to build a pretty tall building (with some pretty high rents) to get a return on the land cost. Which is why this one is so tall.
    2 points
  17. Can we please stop posting pictures of his vandalism? Doesn't that give him what he wants?
    2 points
  18. The only thing I know about structural engineering is what I learned by osmosis after spending a night at the Boll Weevil Motor Inn, in Elba, Alabama, but an inquiring mind asks: Do the columns taper as the building ascends or is it my imagination? I could probably identify three or forces they have to deal with, but that's about as far as my knowledge base extends.
    2 points
  19. Going from postmodern architecture in Houston to postvernacular now? I wonder what our city would look like, if that were to become a wave as widespread as the earlier ones.
    2 points
  20. Toeflop is trying to catch Rowdy in terms of quantity. He at least appears to have a slight artistic bone in his body but volume taggers are idiots regardless if they can't take time to make real art.
    2 points
  21. I feel like once the mixed use development in Montrose is finished, this design style will take off with no delay.
    2 points
  22. Caydon website: https://caydonproperty.com/us/properties/residential Link given for view property: https://caydonproperty.com/us/properties/fitzroy-residences-houston-condos (pardon me for the low quality snip) Looks like they also updated their listing on the website. It seems to be a condo tower paired with a Kimpton hotel, and has the same street level rendering looking at the garage level as before. The Condominiums will start from $300k, and will range from 1-3 bedrooms (bathrooms are currently unknown but we can assume it's the same as the bedrooms). They'll also range from 560 sqft to 2000 sqft. That's all I can really get from the website listing. For the view property link it ask me to put in my email, name, and phone # if you want to know more about the development (guess they'll send me a link in the future). This in turn puts you on a VIP list that allows you to be one of the first people to visit their sales office.
    2 points
  23. Project Name: Tanglewood Senior Living Address: 502 Bering Drive Houston, TX 77057 Owner: CA Ventures Architect: OZ Architecture General Info: New four ( 4 ) story senior living Memory Care / Assisted Living facility totaling 55,287 SF with 58 units and associated support areas ( activity, outdoor dining terrace, salon and lounge ). This will connect via pedestrian sky bridge to 504 Bering Drive ( Anthology of Tanglewood ). Anticipated start of construction is July/August.
    1 point
  24. I'll have to check that out. The last time I played Flight Simulator it looked like this...
    1 point
  25. I think it looks pretty cool. Apart from the bright floor. It's a bad idea and already blinding.
    1 point
  26. Best kind, such a small and weird lot. The views from the units looking north will be super sweet.
    1 point
  27. Nice edition but will be cloaked from view from all sides of downtown except the east side. In-fill is still good tho.
    1 point
  28. 1 point
  29. Anthology of Tanglewood expansion. Narrow strip of land next to 504 Bering.
    1 point
  30. I was just typing this myself looking on google street view. The red brick office building next door (to the north of Deerwood), is 510 Bering.
    1 point
  31. I will continue to say this, Montrose's voice in city government sucks right now. It sucks because we don't have people that actually get what Montrose needs. While I like the independent nature of a lot of Montrose's neighborhoods, it also leaves the rest of the district vulnerable because if a neigbhorhood is able to secure funding and agreements with the city to upgrade there streets one by one then there isn't really a need to give funding to Montrose as a district. Montrose TIRZ for example is only the major thoroughfares and commercial areas that line them, and very few people actually live on those corridors currently. Most people live in these independent neighborhoods which flank the corridor and that is where the majority of voices are, and its where most of the tax payers are. Think about it, with all the above setup as it currently is, it stands to reason that anything Montrose TIRZ wants will be secondary to what each independent neighborhood wants. Midtown gets what they need because they can effectively talk to city government as a block. The Heights can get what they want because they can talk to the city as a block. Same with Upper Kirby. Even East End and 3rd Ward get more resources because they are able to form as a block to get what they want. Montrose doesn't approach the city in this way. This effectively leaves Montrose TIRZ to fight for itself which will put it at the back of the line. If people want this project to work then Montrose needs to start acting more like a district and not as a collection or confederation of independent neighborhoods because while neighborhoods might be able to get new streets they don't include major roads as part of there realm which will leave them out of funding.
    1 point
  32. It’s true I was working at Public News when they wrote about it. They found the poor fellow in a closet after being abandoned there by a S&M group that hired him to mummify him and have sex with him. He apparently overindulged in cocaine and had a cardiac event and died. They left him there and the owner wasn’t a dry cleaners it was the owner of the old leather bar Chutes on Westheimer where empire café is now. Which never doesn’t make me laugh when I see “Ladies Who Lunch” Enjoying their avocado and toast at approximately the same space where the pool table where gentlemen were chained by their feet and wrists and plundered like a person chained to a ceiling by their wrists and feet. They found him closet in a condo somewhere on Pacific Street. By the time they found him he was essentially mummified. I Don’t think anyone was ever charged with a crime because the owner of the condo was incompetent to stand trial because of some brain parasite and other complications due AIDS and he died soon after. I also have no idea why I remember the story so vividly I’m not a Hardcore S&M enthusiast
    1 point
  33. New rendering on Transwestern's website. https://transwestern.com/property/the-ro-00
    1 point
  34. demolish is not in the text of the first document anywhere. demolish was not part of the vote anywhere. the 2013 vote was very clear and specific to spend money making a new convention space. this vote did not succeed. period. end of story. voting "no" for making a convention space is not a "yes" for demolition. there is no correlation between the two. this is the text from the article in the entirety: that's it. nothing mention of canceling the project. here is another article, much more recent, but other than giving a detailed accounting that maybe you should brush up on before discussing the subject further, it says nothing about reversing course. https://www.houstoniamag.com/news-and-city-life/2019/03/whats-going-on-with-the-astrodome maybe you should really focus in on the bolded part of the quote, let it sink in, and then go back and look at what I wrote. my statement is not contradictory with what her office has stated. setting other projects at a higher priority is not taking aim as a cost saving measure. it is in fact, the exact opposite. she is ignoring it, not canceling it, the money is still approved for the task, it's just not being used yet. she very well might want to reverse course, as you say, and cancel those plans, then demolish the dome, but that's not what her office is saying. furthermore, with the stadium being on the Texas Historical Commission, any hopes of seeing it demolished are pretty much a pipe dream, if push came to shove, other tax dollars from other locations would be used to keep the dome.
    1 point
  35. People "like to cry about it" because, unlike those parking lots, it has emotional, architectural, and cultural significance. For someone with the word "heritage" in your handle you're taking a bizarrely obtuse position on a building a lot of people care about.
    1 point
  36. You think the astrodome is more of an eyesore than the acres of parking lots around it?
    1 point
  37. Now there's someone out there who's got to get rid off a bunch of $2 bills.
    1 point
  38. Do you know anything about the status of these developments? Expected start dates or completion dates?
    1 point
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