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  1. Triyar should unload the land. It’s been sitting for a while. The project could be called the Gateway to Upper Kirby.
    2 points
  2. Full buildout of Levit Green, and demolition of the property across from Holcombe to build more
    2 points
  3. I don’t know about y’all but I really miss this view of 609 Main that we had for a few years while driving south on I-45 just before hitting downtown. It offered one of the most prominent views of 609 Main in a heavily trafficked area and now the view is blocked and gone forever. It baffles me that Hines would build such a beautiful and striking skyscraper (609 Main) and then immediately cover it up with a more bland building (Texas Tower). Friends and visitors would always comment on 609 Main, especially since the view on 1-45 South is in my opinion the best and most iconic view of the skyline that greets most visitors coming to Houston for the first time (especially if they’re traveling into town from IAH). My parents and I always said 609 Main was Houston’s version of London’s Shard building but now I rarely even get to see it anymore thanks to the Texas Tower blocking the beautiful view. Thanks for coming to my TED talk 😝 (Pictures taken June 2019)
    2 points
  4. I think Houston probably does better on building public housing and social services facilities without a lot of NIMBYism, it has a lot of dirt cheap housing already too. Another thought is that Houston is still sort of a gritty blue collar city. There's places that will hire people with a checkered past or felonies and there's slumlords who will rent to them. Unlike in the Bay Area where you have to make a ton of money as a skilled professional and be approved by the corporations that own luxury apartment properties, just to barely get by. The people with a lot of problems don't stand a chance there.
    2 points
  5. Does anyone have an area or property they would like to see change or redevelop this year? I would personally like to see the area where Twin Peaks/Taco Cabana are at off 59 and that dead zone across from The Mix in Midtown begin to change.
    1 point
  6. As homeless camps around Houston are 'decommissioned,' other U.S. cities look to copy the strategy
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  7. The ability of counties to regulate development is minimal. Many of the areas that flooded were not in the 100 year floodplain, and were therefore not subject to disclosures or prohibitions on development.
    1 point
  8. Going by the latest rendering, I guess they're going to build over the remaining RR spur that ran behind Grocer's Supply and replace it with a road? That's too bad. I always thought that would be a good route for a commuter rail line from Pearland, and Levit Green would've been an ideal spot for a Medical Center station with a bus tie-in to the TMC campus. They could've shifted the Columbia Tap trail alignment somewhat to put rail back since the ROW is preserved all the way to the edge of Downtown.
    1 point
  9. ^^^ great job @brijonmang what a beautiful/rich color on the tower. amazing indeed...
    1 point
  10. I'd say the last thing Washington Ave needs is longer turn signals. That road is overbuilt and is one of the main reasons Metro was going to place light rail down the middle of it.
    1 point
  11. I enjoyed this article. I'm glad that they are approaching this process with compassion, as opposed to just trashing people's stuff and chasing them off. I think it is more sustainable to give people that helping hand, hopefully send them on a better path. The encampment on the northeast of downtown has gotten pretty big (under 59/69), I wonder if/when they are going to try to 'decommission' that one. It would be a lot of work.
    1 point
  12. Let's have a quick chat about how absolutely god awful this entire project has been in its execution. The switcheroo they pulled on the 610 South to 59/69 ramps was bad enough without the stupid confusing signs (59 north is the first exit, but it's listed as Exit 8B. B comes after A, so why in god's name is the exit first??) but the new ramps to 610 north are *chefs kiss* perfectly sh!tty. For drivers on 59/69 south taking the newly opened ramp to 610 north, you have all of 50 yards to merge into a line of bumper-to-bumper cars from the 59/69 north ramp. It's insane the tiny amount of room you're given to merge over, and of course this cluster backs up the ramp all the way to Newcastle on 59/69. This is only made worse by the people who wait until the last second to cut people off at the front of the line, and this isn't even in rush hour! I don't understand how you could take one of the busiest interchanges and freeways in the Houston region and just barely give it a face lift. Absolutely mind-boggling how inept this design is.
    1 point
  13. This picture made my day. I have not generally liked this building so far, as I fear the march of glass and concrete into the Historic District. But at ground level, this is pivotal for downtown Houston. We have not, since before World War II, seen a Class A office building that devoted such attention to the ground level, sidewalk experience. Texas Commerce Tower had ground floor retail as a nod to Main Street, but it was in the parking garage building. BG Group Place turned a cold shoulder to Main. 609 Main has ground floor retail but it's sort of an afterthought architecturally; the emphasis is increasing but it's not really there yet. But this building (1) sharply differentiates the first two floors from the rest of the building, (2) puts the retail on the best street frontage, Texas Avenue, (3) makes the office entrance secondary to the retail - a total revolution for downtown, and (4) adds a canopy as a significant architectural component, in the tradition of the Rice Hotel, acknowledging the climate and the needs of pedestrians, i.e., people who are not necessarily tenants of the building (!). I mean, you literally have to go back to the days of the Gulf Building, 1929, to see this kind of recognition of the street and the public domain in a Houston office building. Obviously the Houston Center reno gives similar attention, but that's a renovation. This is the most premium product from the most premium developer in Houston. A century has gone by and the circle is complete; an era has finally ended, a new one has begun.
    1 point
  14. As I recall, the HCEDD was offered an eye-popping 4 positions on that council that worked on the agreement and declined. I’d think serious counsel would’ve told them what a big offer that actually was. I wrote to Councilwoman Shabazz-Evans today to express my support for the proposed agreement. Edit: @BeerNut posted a letter from Rice last November indicating Rice offered 4 of 15 spots on the CBA Working Group to the HCEDD.
    1 point
  15. I was reading through some of the comments from the local groups who are celebrating this, and there may be some value in having Rice reallocate some legal capital to either making a separate agreement with the local groups or giving them a larger say in the re-investment into the area that Rice promises to make. Based on the comments online and whats been published, alot of people are passionate about this and if they can get council members to pause like this then maybe its worth listening, dunno. Buuuuuuut that is all contingent upon them getting their legal situation together. For example, Greentown Labs had quite a few medium to large law firms around town donate time to them in the startup phase here in Houston (reviewing and negotiating contracts, helping with intellectual properties, formation, ect). The local coalition basically needs to go and do the same, see if some decent sized firms in town, or nationally, wouldn't mind helping them out with negotiations and the contracting, tell them whats reasonable and whats not in their experience, etc. I cannot imagine laypersons, or a small outfit, doing this by themselves. That isn't smart, and it could cause more harm than good if they are passing up on reasonable opportunities that Rice offers for things that no real estate/govt attorney would consider possible. edit: For example, Jane from Baker Botts saying "All they want is x,y, and z and Rice should be able to accommodate this" is so much easier to gain traction on than whatever is happening now.
    1 point
  16. Maybe they are on the heels of redefining their company portfolio haha. All of those areas are ready for redevelopment 👀
    1 point
  17. I'm not impressed by the properties they own. Grrenspoint Mall, Pasaden Town Square, San Jacinto Mall. All dumps!
    1 point
  18. https://www.triyar.com/properties/river-oaks-tower/ Not sure why a rendering of The River Oaks is shown.
    1 point
  19. ChannelTwoNews posted the same photo back in 2016. All that's changed is the taller wood fence.
    1 point
  20. renaissance... ZaZa... There's plenty, but you're right. Kirby is quickly evolving into a strong enough market to support something fresh and expensive.
    1 point
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  22. No reason to burn down the house if one window doesn't open.
    1 point
  23. Email them on your phone to yourself then download them to our computer and post. That's what I do at least.
    1 point
  24. A company from Los Angeles bought the property. Got a brand new phone "Samsung" cannot load the pictures! Any advice?
    1 point
  25. HAR's most updated listing has the latest owner being there since the 90's so I don't think the Midway rumors have any veracity, though their are a couple of Real Property filings late last year for this specific site. I'm not sure if they were land transfers or not, but there was a $5 million transfer to some specific person. I didn't research who this person was affiliated with though.
    1 point
  26. Thanks! I'm was admittedly confused by the similar names. Sorry for confusing the matter!
    1 point
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