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  1. Those are also Hotel Laura photos. They did not change any of the rooms or design. Really just changed the name from Alessandra to Laura
  2. On face it looks absurd but the lot is 0.43 acres or 19,000 square feet. Land is $40-$50/sf in the east end.
  3. Anecdotally, I meet with a lot of business travelers from NY and Chicago who stay in downtown hotels. They mostly go to business meetings during the day and then eat at the hotel restaurant (JW or Four Seasons) and leave on the first flight out the next day. If they venture out, it is usually to safe choices that they are familiar with vs. local and independent small businesses. As a downtown resident, I constantly go out to eat and also take walks around the neighborhood and parks 3-4 times a week. I don't think the POST is touristy - I personally view it as an authentic and key addition to the area that I will visit often. Went to the grand opening and am doing dinner and Rufus this coming Friday and expect that to continue.
  4. It is a major amenity to me - 15 minute walk which is perfect for evenings. Also about 5-10 minutes to the performing arts district from Post so I will likely do pre-show dinners here. Realize it may be a little casual for others going to shows. The music venue builds inherent demand. Rufus du sol is sold out on Thursday/Friday. It is a little far for lunches for office workers however.
  5. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the Sekai Night and Day VIP preview party on Thursday, October 28 is being postponed. We will keep you updated with the new details as soon as we have them.
  6. Getting the official certificate of occupancy takes 3-5 days after work is complete (need inspections from a bunch of different agencies)
  7. I'll guess New Hope Housing and 1,000 new affordable housing units
  8. Great news: Live Nation to open concert venue in Lovett Commercial's Post Houston development https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2021/04/13/live-nation-concert-venue-lovett-post-houston.html Lovett Commercial has landed a marquee tenant for its Post Houston redevelopment project downtown in the form of a 90,000-square-foot concert venue operated by Beverly Hills, California-based Live Nation. Houston-based Lovett said Live Nation’s 5,000-person venue is already under construction and is scheduled to open later this year. The new concert venue has been designed by the New York practice of the OMA architecture firm in collaboration with Houston-based Powers Brown Architecture. Kirby Liu, director of development for Post Houston, said the venue will anchor Post Houston and establish a major cultural and entertainment hub that complements city-undertaken upgrades to the Theatre District, including the new Lynn Wyatt Plaza and the Bagby Street project. Tom See, president of venues for U.S. concerts at Live Nation, added, “Houston is an amazing music market, and we’re looking forward to elevating the landscape in coming years.” Lovett’s negotiations with Live Nation began in 2018. After nearly a year, the two sides inked a lease for space within Post Houston, the one-time site of the historic Barbara Jordan Post Office at 401 Franklin St. Liu said work on the concert venue suffered several delays last year as a result of Covid-19 outbreaks among construction crews and supply-chain disruptions. But he said despite those delays, it has moved ahead as efficiently as possible. “We were lucky to be working with Harvey Builders, which has managed the project very safely,” Liu said. “But it wasn’t just Covid that affected construction. Because of the snowpocalypse, we had a number of materials that were tied up in the (Feb. 11) pileup in Fort Worth. In terms of force majeure events, we’ve checked off a few of them.” Liu said bringing a concert venue to Post Houston was a key part of Lovett’s development plan because the site was once the host site of Day For Night, an immersive art and music festival. “This has been the goal for a number of years,” Liu said. "We’re happy live music is coming back to the site. It’s something our core customers are very passionate about.” Liu said in addition to Live Nation's concert venue, Lovett hopes to bring an "immersive experience" to Post Houston. He declined to comment on what that experience might look like. Lovett, which purchased the Barbara Jordan Post Office in 2015, began to redevelop the 550,000-square-foot building two years ago with the aim of creating downtown Houston’s newest destination area. Lovett’s plan for Post Houston involves creating three distinct “districts” within the first floor of the building, which will be centered around cultural experiences, food and a coworking space. The dining district will be modeled on a Tokyo night market, where visitors will have a variety of food options to choose from before they move onto other areas in the building. In December, several restaurants were announced for the 53,000-square-foot food hall, dubbed Post Market, including an Austin-based butcher and boutique grocer. To offset the three district areas, Lovett’s design called for three atriums to be cut through the building’s second floor and roof. A staircase will run through each atrium, promoting interactions among visitors as they move between floors. The atriums will be covered by new-to-Houston ETFE roof systems, which are polymer-based structures that allow sunlight to come through. The building’s second floor will be reserved for office space. Meanwhile, the building’s roof will feature a nearly 6-acre park with views of the downtown skyline, along with space for restaurants and vendors. In August, Lovett announced the rooftop park, dubbed Skylawn, will include a 6,000-square-foot outdoor event venue that will be capable of accommodating up to 300 guests.
  9. That would be really confusing with El Segundo Swim Club right down the street
  10. This "Downtown Economic Recovery Monitoring Update / December 2020" posted by Central Houston, Inc. is very interesting - all metrics are downtown from what I can tell: Office -Estimated 16.1% of employees in-office downtown -Office vacancy at 21.2%; rental rates down to $36.41/sf Residential -Core population of 10,251 residents across 6,279 units -Occupancy of 82.6% in December, down 7.4%(!) over last 12 months but inline with 84% in Midtown and 84.3% in Upper Kirby -Rent is still 15% premium to other areas Lodging -14.1% occupancy in November and $131.27 average daily rate = $18.53 RevPAR -The historical occupancy by month on page 10 is very interesting - (4.1% occupancy in April 2020!) Food and Beverage -75% of street level restaurants excluding bars are open and 67% of tunnel restaurants are open Seems really negative but there is so much potential once things start reopening - the Main Street outdoor seating initiative, POST, all the construction. I'm excited to see how it all plays out. Source https://www.centralhouston.org/media/filer_public/29/8d/298d8135-942c-49bb-b83b-8cc6f5cccd9b/economic_recovery_update_december_2020.pdf
  11. I’m cautiously optimistic about the Life Time Green Street. It’s going to open in the spring and the facilities are large and incredible. I went in for a virtual tour over the weekend and joined at a discounted early rate.
  12. Wow not sure why I thought it was the airport code. Any idea of how Austin got ATX?
  13. It seems like we’re trying too hard to copy Austin and ATX which is their airport code. The preferred abbreviation is HOU for us
  14. Here's hoping the lead tenant will be a relocation from outside of downtown
  15. It's great news but hard to wrap my head around it in this context: "Almost 51 million square feet of office space – the equivalent of 50 downtown skyscrapers – is currently vacant in Houston." “Houston’s office market was struggling amid a glut of available space even before the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus,” said Wade Bowlin, president of property services, central division of Madison Marquette. And then there could be post-pandemic headwinds of additional working from home reducing the need for space and M&A and consolidation in energy. https://realtynewsreport.com/houston-office-vacancy-hits-highest-point-since-1980s-madison-marquette/
  16. Awesome news: Georgia James Tavern to open in Market Square Tower later this year. Sad to see Coterie go but I like Chris Shepherd's concepts: https://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/01-06-21-chris-shepherd-new-restaurants-georgia-james-tavern-market-square-tower-wild-oats-houston-farmers-market-underbelly/#slide=0
  17. Has anyone noticed this video projected ad on the side of Marlowe previously? Wondering if that was always part of the plan
  18. the sign is up. Sorry for bad quality but looks like it will be “The Nash” instead of Mia Bella. Maybe same owners? Edit: website here - https://www.thenashhouston.com/ All-day American restaurant and bar
  19. Still an awesome program but did not realize how much space is required for fire lanes
  20. Preservation Houston is hosting a web meeting on Dec 15 on efforts to rehabilitate the Kiam Building at 320 Main. I was unaware that any efforts were currently underway. This previously had a Mia Bella on the ground floor until a plumbing issue (I believe) forced it to close and the building is vacant today. invite below: Join Preservation Houston and architect Joe Meppelink for an online Preservation in Practice program Tuesday evening, December 15, examining the restoration of the 1893 Kiam Building downtown, one of Houston’s first proto-skyscrapers, early multi-story buildings that set the stage for taller steel-framed structures. Clothier Ed Kiam built the five-story building to house his clothing store on lower floors with office space above. Architect H.C. Holland designed the building with Romanesque Revival elements including arched windows and rusticated masonry accents. It was said to be the first building in Houston with an electric elevator and drew attention because it was fully outfitted with electric lights when it opened. Over the years, the building had a variety of tenants, including prominent attorneys, architects and the first Houston location of the Sakowitz Bros. department store. The Kiam Building was restored in 1981, but has stood vacant in recent years. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 as part of the Main Street/Market Square National Register historic district and is a contributing building in the City of Houston’s Main Street/Market Square Historic District. In his presentation, Meppelink will discuss the Kiam Building’s history and the current work to document and rehabilitate the building while meeting local, state and federal preservation standards.
  21. Ouch, but not completely unexpected: "McClenny’s report ranks the Downtown as the 42nd worst place on a list of 42 Houston submarkets. The cost of rent in the urban center has dropped 14.3% in the last six months, 12.3% in the last year. Just 271 apartments have opened in the Downtown, and over 1,200 are under construction." https://realtynewsreport.com/downtown-apartment-rents-down-14-percent-while-houston-suburbs-hold-firm/
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