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  1. Awesome! A monumental building and I love the use of the land, unique in all of Houston. Too bad it is surrounded by forgettable stick built apartment complexes, but I really think this is destined to become a multicultural destination befitting of an international city like Houston!
  2. Thanks Gene, and yes, I remember that article - the amazing thing is that its from over 4 1/2 years ago! I was concerned that given the length of time, maybe something cropped up that prevented them from reinstalling the rings. Hopefully we'll see them back in 2022 - they really are iconic!
  3. A bit off subject but related... What happened to the giant rings with the street names that used to hang at the Post Oak/Galleria area intersections. They were removed before the reconstruction for the bus rapid transit. Is there a plan to bring them back? They were a classy part of the area and tied in with all of the other metallic elements along Post Oak.
  4. What am I missing? I mean, don't get me wrong, cool interiors and rooftop spaces, but what about the exterior? Most people see this thing from the outside and frankly, its as ugly as its always been! With a November opening, seems what you see is what you're going to get -- to me it looks like umm, an old post office processing facility and offices! Why no significant improvements to the exteriors? I mean, not like this place was landmarked or had an exterior with anything worth preserving!
  5. Better copyright this design or else Randall and daughter are sure to steal it! šŸ¤£
  6. "just thank the lord we dont have a developer here in town that loves gold and puts very large signs up with his last name on them. I will take Randall "the EIFS / Stucco queen" Davis over some others any day of the week!!!" At least that unnamed developer you allude to leaves most of the gold on the inside. Some of his buildings aren't bad from the outside, like the famous one on 56th and 5th, but by his interior design taste, you'd think he fancies himself an 18th century French queen! Who knows how he dresses up once he's alone in the "His" bedroom at night!
  7. I think you mean the NE corner (Aspire is on the NW corner), but yeah, scary thought. That corner is primo and will surely be developed with an Aspire view-of-DT-blocking tower some day! Let's hope nothing designed by the Davis father-daughter combo! They're adding their blight to River Oaks now with the Paramount, another gaudy, retro piece of crap on a pedestal.
  8. From last week -- Washington Ave facade opened up, consistent with the renderings, first work in months.
  9. Your link didn't work, but I was able to find... Unfortunate that none of their project renderings have any detail (location, status, builder, etc). Maybe they're all conceptual?
  10. Thanks for the info! That would be a welcome addition to Washington Ave if and when it ends up there! Seems Bottled Blond is possibly a goner - no activity in many months on former pawn shop site, so that corner of Washington/Durham would be amazing too!
  11. Where did you find this? It looks too good to be true, lol... Trying to think where that could fit, especially with the big garage in the back... I'd love to see it replace the former commercial/industrial building at the northwest corner of Washington and TC Jester!
  12. I'm all for development but if the renderings are accurate, this monster has zero character, is completely cookie-cutter, and adds nothing to the neighborhood feel of the area... And once again, another blown opportunity with the lack of ground level retail.
  13. Not sure if a joke or not, but unfortunately, the "grandest" title isn't even close. Post Oak isn't bad and the decorative street elements (the arches, rings over the intersections, etc.) make it really stand out. It does kind of remind me of a mini Wilshire Blvd in L.A. but a long way from matching the likes of 5th or Park Ave's or 57th st., for that matter, in NYC, Michigan Ave in Chicago, or the likes of the Las Vegas Strip or New Orlean's Bourbon St!
  14. There was talk of Trader Joes being in the ground level retail in Phase 1 - I don't think anything beyond talk. I could be wrong, but doesn't appear from the rendering that Phase II includes GLR, rather is limited to lobby and parking garage.
  15. Some indication of curbside retail would have been nice, but not guessing they're planning anything here.
  16. I had much higher hopes for Arabella based on the renderings but have been completely disappointed with with what we got. The first rendering, mostly glass on the west side, worked for me! The second, more like what we got, at least works to a degree since the glass as rendered doesn't contrast as much with the white stucco surfaces. The close to final product with the white stucco highly contrasting the glass just looks low-grade. Not making final judgement yet, but I'm not hopeful based on all the other garbage Randall Davis has graced Houston with, particularly over on Post Oak! Hard to believe (or maybe not so hard to believe) but the Wilshire and Skyhouse towers to the south of Arabella turned out much better and much classier!
  17. So we know a Starbucks is going up just north of Gurrola Reprographics at Washington/Westcott and Schuler but any clues what we'll be getting just north of that on the site formerly occupied by 6307, 6309 and 6311 Washington? Here's a screenshot from Google Maps of what was torn down...
  18. Not sure about this site, but on a positive note, IMHO, the big lot with construction progressing a block to the south will be a Starbucks!
  19. Coming along nicely... This project started shortly after the tax-day storm and I thought was supposed to take a year -- looks like they're ahead of that schedule!
  20. Two months have passed since the last post and unfortunately this project continues to languish. Dead trees were planted (yes, planted dead) along Washington after the full set was repeatedly blown over for weeks by the spring storm winds. Now all of the trees, including the dead ones they planted, were removed. The parking lot has been marginally cleaned up, but overall, the whole thing is still a mess! This was supposed to be Black Orchid Gastro Bar. Per Swamplot back in February: "As of January a year ago, chef Michael Sanguinetti was slated to be at the helm of Black Orchidā€™s $75-ish nightly tasting menu. Culturemaps reports that Sanguinettiā€™s other Washington Ave project closed for restructuring last summer due to conceptual disagreements between Sanguinetti and the owner." Don't hold your breath!
  21. Is this dead? Can't stand Tyler Flood, or anything he represents, but the building could be an interesting addition/improvement for the east end of Washington Ave.
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