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  1. And going for $2350 a month - 3 br 3 bath - http://www.har.com/u/250EE615 How long until the price drops? Any bets?
  2. Whoever bought into those 3 tow homes are going to have a big wall or some hotel windows to stare into pretty soon - that suckssssssss...
  3. I wish I could get that Miyako sign off the top of the building! One side of that would make a really cool (and REALLY big) wall piece.
  4. Wow. That original plan dissolved drastically. Talk about being watered down...
  5. As cool as the “reconstruction” looks – I’m still a bit disappointed that none of the awesome Mid-Century elements will be left exposed.
  6. This is all awesome news to hear. Can't wait for this to be finished!
  7. Well, I can tell you one thing...there is no way this is a rendering of the side of the building facing S. Main This must be a connecting driveway on the side or rear of the building I'm guessing. I live in the neighborhood and it will definitely be an improvement for the area though
  8. Haha I had a feeling there must be some restrictions in place for that. No doubt, the neighborhood would not take kindly to turning that into basically a "thoroughfare" for residents in and out of there. As far as access via McNee - that's true, it is right at that intersection which will be helpful.
  9. I think this was the site of the old Hospitality Inn - demolished in 2005 or 2006. To be honest, I live not far from here and the convergence of S.Main and Old Spanish Trail right near this will make access a pain. I would hope they incorporate some sort of secondary access, maybe from the neighborhood behind(it would require maybe a house demo or two) via Lorrie Dr. Or maybe the rear of the Target to connect with Braesmain Dr. Regardless, this is an odd site choice for a multifamily development.
  10. Has anyone noticed that the gas station/used car lot on the corner of S. Braeswood and Kirby has closed? Maybe the property sold? The used cars for sale that were there are gone, the place appears to have closed up, and driving by this afternoon I saw they have begun to remove the fuel pumps. Is this being demolished and included in the Millennium Kirby footprint? If so, I say good move on their part
  11. I'm from Seattle originally and recognized that development the instant I saw the picture you posted - it's in the Denny Triangle/South Lake Union area! It's crazy for me to think how much that area has changed! Much like Houston, the area it sits is an area that was very different even just 10 years ago - transitioning from a somewhat blighted area of the city filled with warehouses and vacant lots to a fast growing neighborhood of apartments, retail, biotech companies and even the new headquarters for Amazon. I like to think Midtown could transition into something similar. Both have many elements in common, such as prime location and light rail connection.
  12. I wonder if ultimately they will give up and scale it down into some sort of mediocre faux Mediterranean 3-4 story town home community. I can already envision it - "Ashby Commons" or "Ashby Place" or "Ashby Landing" or "Ashby Cove" - Luxury living in the heart of the city - starting in the low $950k's! Because let's face it - nothing screams HOUSTON these days quite like overpriced townhomes enclosed with gated access - instilling a nice cozy sense of privacy, security and control
  13. Market Square area is on the up and up! That area is going to look so different 3 years from now...
  14. I live close to this and work even closer - if even a fraction of this is what's planned or developed on that site, it will be a huge addition to the area. This could be a real gamechanger.
  15. It would be fantastic if they were to do that or to IAH. One great example of light rail connection to the airport I can think of is in my hometown - Seattle. They finished the Central Link light rail line in 2009. It connects SeaTac International Airport to downtown Seattle. Much like the Southeast Line here, it serves many lower income neighborhoods as well. Much of the line runs at street level like ours here, with some portions elevated and some underground. I've used it many times on trips there and it's very convenient.
  16. Can we please finally address evaluating the options of an overpass/underpass of the railroad tracks that cross Bellaire just down the block from this site? I can tell you getting stuck by 1-2 passing trains at a time at different hours of the day (including rush hour) sucks and causes major backups up and down the street as a result. We live in the middle of a growing city that is continuing to add more density and people to the middle of the city. Having freight tracks intersecting many major thoroughfares (Beechnut, Bellaire, Bissonnet, Richmond, Westheimer) right though the middle of the city must be costing much more than just a few headaches from drivers in traffic - there must be some severe railroad schedule limitations for freight moving through that corridor as well.
  17. Wow, living there must have been amazing! I have always wanted to live in a loft space like that. Houston has been notorious for having an "out with the old, in with the new" attitude when it comes to construction - neglecting old buildings and opting to demolish verses preserve. I hope we can continue to refurbish more of these old buildings that still exist for offices, lofts, etc.
  18. I live around the corner from this and I have to say that this development would have been much better if they had secured the property of the gas station/carwash/used car lot on the corner of S. Braeswood and Kirby, as well as the Xpress Lube and CVS properties. They would have had the entire stretch of Kirby between S. Braeswood and S. Main, giving it prime frontage on all 3 streets. Also, access to the Braes Bayou trail is less than a block from there. I think the gas station lot is for sale (or at least there is a sign out front) but maybe soil remediation would have proved to be to costly to the developer for something like that.
  19. I noticed about two weeks ago that a crane had appeared behind the Texas Orthopedic Hospital in the Texas Medical Center at Greenbriar and S. Main. This past week, they began to add some steel beams to the top of the existing 3 story building - building some steel framework about 2 stories tall. Driving by today, I snapped a few pics. Doing a quick Google search, I managed to find a small bit of info, including some interior and an exterior renderings. http://www.behance.net/gallery/13794267/Texas-Orthopedic-Hospital Sounds like they are doing a 2 story vertical expansion onto their existing building. I really couldn't find any other details besides that. Anyone know any additional details?
  20. I think cheaper indeed. It looks like the original plan has been scaled back. The number of inpatient beds being added has dropped from the original announcement in 2007 - "up to 700 beds in potentially 1.5 million square feet of space for inpatient care" to the announcement last week - "capacity for 390 beds, including 102 intensive care beds, expanded operating suites, hybrid suites and a dedicated cardiology floor with 14 interventional catheterization labs" While the new design of the inpatient tower does look kind of retro and cool, it's kind of a bummer that the original design by KPF has been scrapped completely. It would have been consistent with the new research building just down the block and flow with the curve of the street. So, if the original KPF plan has been scrapped - has Methodist changed the architecture firm they are working with on this? Maybe to WHR (who designed their Outpatient Center on Fannin)?
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