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  2. Project: Project Green - Phase I Address: 1900 Allen Parkway Owner: Service Corporation International Developer: HINES Architect: HOK Information: New 13-story office building (203' height). Level 1 is lobby, 2-5 is parking garage, and 6-13 is office. Outdoor amenity terrace at Level 6. Total space (not including parking garage) is 245,160SF. SCI will occupy the building and leave two floors empty for leasing space. Site improvements include a 3-story office building (1919 Allen Parkway), a 12-story office building (1929 Allen Parkway), a 2-story residence (currently used for storage - 1904 West Walker Street) and a parking garage, totaling 6.99 acres, that will all be demo'd to make room for a new mixed-use development. I have attached a master plan of the complete development (last image). I have been waiting to share this until the development caught traction because of the efforts to keep this somewhat quiet. I can tell you that the Retail is planned to go next.
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  3. Excellent news. Very smart to drop the vicious teeth and menacing arms of the prior design.
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  4. Apologies for the quality (iPhone through a window), but I was back in town for a friend's wedding and got to stay at the Marriott downtown and get a front seat view! The early morning whistles were only a touch annoying and didn't seem to be slowing down the party on the deck at all.
    25 points
  5. Awesome perspective of Industry Building 1 and helix garden from TMC's Facebook page!
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  6. It looks a lot better.
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  8. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2022/05/19/memorial-city-mall-town-square-former-sears-site.html
    20 points
  9. Axiom broke ground on their spaceport headquarters today! https://www.axiomspace.com/news/axiom-hq-spaceport
    20 points
  10. Westbound Tunnel lane of Memorial Drive is now open.
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  11. These are the crates the panels get shipped in.
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  12. The pattern is starting to make more sense now:
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  13. Another rendering of One Discovery Way at TMC3.
    19 points
  14. They are now painting some kind of pattern on the plain part of the wall:
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  15. This is what the tower crane is building.
    17 points
  16. I was at a breakfast last week where Crane was the keynote. He briefly mentioned their plans and stated a hotel, a lot of entertainment/retail, and possibly high-rise apartments were a part of the plan. I'm excited about the fact he owns several other lots all around the ball park for future phases. This will be a very active part of downtown in the next couple years. Hopefully they release the official plans soon.
    17 points
  17. Chronicle has updates! https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Exclusive-Six-years-after-Ashby-high-rise-17139055.php#photo-22424407 Exclusive: Six Years After Ashby High-rise Controversy, a New Luxury Apartment Tower Planned for the Site Since a judge sided with developers of the so-called Ashby high-rise in 2016, the grassy lot at the center of one of the most closely watched land-use battles in Houston’s history has sat untouched, surrounded by chain-link fencing. Now, the owners of the property are resurrecting efforts to build a high-rise residential tower at the corner of Bissonnet and Ashby Street near Rice University. They have brought in a new development team and a scaled-down version of the original plans they hope will win over neighbors who fiercely opposed the earlier iteration. Hunt Companies of El Paso is partnering with Dallas-based StreetLights Residential to build a 20-story luxury apartment community called The Langley. They plan to break ground in November and complete construction by 2025. The tower is one story lower with 94 fewer units than a 2016 version of the project. The new proposal also features a smaller parking garage at three levels instead of five. Fewer units mean fewer residents, which the developers hope will ease concerns over traffic on the two-lane streets surrounding the site — a key point of contention for the prior proposal. The Langley is expected to feature a classic design style taking cues from the nearby Rice Univeristy with brick colors and columns. The proposed 134-unit building features unusually large two- and three-bedroom apartments, mimicking the spaciousness of a single-family home. The Langley’s average unit size is 2,850 square feet, more than double the size of the average 888-square-foot apartment in Houston, according to RentCafe, an apartment search website. On HoustonChronicle.com: Eye-popping rent growth in Austin, Dallas makes Houston rent spikes seem almost moderate in comparison StreetLights Residential intends to reproduce the success of a popular luxury high-rise in Dallas called The McKenzie. There, wealthy empty nesters can pay between $3,000 to $20,000 a month for luxury rentals at the 22-story tower overlooking Highland Park, according to data from Houston Association of Realtors. While The McKenzie is not senior housing, the average renter is 57 years old. Tenants can’t be under 25. “The resident who lives at The McKenzie, as they will at the Langley, they can live anywhere. They can afford anywhere, and we have to meet the expectations they have,” said Stephen Meek, senior vice president with StreetLights Residential. “They have fine taste, and they know what elegance is that we have to provide.” When Hunt Companies saw The McKenzie, they liked it so much they brought StreetLights on to the Bissonnet project, Meek said. StreetLights replaces Buckhead Investments as the lead developer, although Buckhead remains a passive investor. Buckhead’s earlier proposals were also meant to appeal to affluent seniors who wanted to downsize from larger homes in the neighborhood. The proposal never had a formal name, but residents dubbed it The Ashby. Across the street from the site, a yellow-and-black sign with the “Stop Ashby Highrise” slogan is pinned to a fence - a reminder of the contentious crusade to halt the project years ago. A “Stop Ashby Highrise” sign hangs on a fence across the street from the vacant property at 1717 Bissonnet Street at Ashby Street in the Boulevard Oaks neighborhood, Friday, April 29, 2022, in Houston. Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer Memorial Hermann’s 30-story medical office tower is visible from the site, but Texas Medical Center’s skyscrapers still feel far away from the neighborhood where live oak trees tower over colonial-style mansions and Georgian homes with flickering lanterns illuminating manicured boxwood bushes. When Buckhead Investment first announced a project in 2007, it quickly drew the ire of residents who argued a high-rise was out of character for the neighborhood. They worried about traffic congestion and plummeting property values. The opposition sparked a yearlong battle to squash the project through protests and lawsuits in what became a symbol for fighting Houston’s lax zoning. Ultimately a judge sided with Buckhead in clearing the way for the developers to build. But the legal win for developers came near the bottom of the 2014-to-2016 oil bust, which made it difficult to attract investors to Houston, and the property instead sat undeveloped. A chain link fence surrounds the vacant property at 1717 Bissonnet Street at Ashby Street in the Boulevard Oaks neighborhood, Friday, April 29, 2022, in Houston. Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer On HoustonChronicle.com: Investment kicks off major growth plans for Texas build-to-rent developer Hunt Companies, however, didn’t shelve the project. The owners kept their original permits up-to-date with routine inspections and permit renewals every few months, said a spokeswoman for Houston Public Works Department. In a statement, the department said the city's legal team would review an earlier agreement with the project owners to determine how the new proposal might be affected. The developers have scheduled meetings with the city to determine next steps in the approval process, Meek said. The prior project was “another developer, from another time. We’re the right developer for this and we’re excited to see The Langley come forth,” Meek said. marissa.luck@chron.com
    17 points
  18. Don't have a drone, but I got to take a nice elevator to look down on this one.
    16 points
  19. I drove by this evening. Two big cranes on site:
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  20. While reading an article in the Miami Standard News with an interview with Jim Crane, this little tidbit caught my eye. "Crane talks about the change in downtown, with condos and apartments replacing vacant buildings and homes. They plan to build a hotel and have their own entertainment village “becoming more Chicago-esque than it ever has been in the past." https://miamistandard.news/2022/05/10/as-astros-continue-to-thrive-owner-jim-crane-has-advice-for-other-cheaters-id-keep-my-mouth-shut/?amp=1
    16 points
  21. Parcel J: Collaborative Building: Helix Gardens: Mixed-Use Garage: One City Way:
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  22. Work is well underway on the next re-route of the Seymour-Lieberman running trail. It looks like they are going to replace those last few hundred meters of the trail that run right up next to Memorial Drive just east of the land bridges. The trail is going to be moved north into the park 20 or 30 meters, but that means that the trail will now have to cross that big gulley. Most of the trees have been cleared so they can start working on the bridge that will be needed.
    16 points
  23. All tenants in the old building have moved to the new one. Both it's parking lot and the one next to it are blocked off. The prosed high rise would go in the latter.
    15 points
  24. Parcel J progress: Helix Gardens progress: "T" mock-up: Mixed-Use garage: Collaborative Building with some awesome glass: One Discovery Way:
    15 points
  25. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/amp/deisomoss-17129053.php
    15 points
  26. https://www.deccanco.com/properties/currentprojects
    14 points
  27. Nice comparison of phase 1 currently with the renders! From East River's Facebook page.
    14 points
  28. Extremely tall signs have been posted. Makes a huge statement!
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  29. **Edit** You know I just realized that yesterday will make 8 years on this message board. Kinda crazy how time flies.
    14 points
  30. Helix Gardens, stormwater collected rivers and the benches. Collaborative Building: Mixed-Use Garage: One City Way:
    13 points
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