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houstontexasjack last won the day on December 29 2014

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  1. Downtown developed a scene for nightlife with the new residential there, so Midtown doesn’t really have that edge on Downtown. Montrose is much better for the restaurant crowd. The Innovation District should breathe new life into the south end of Midtown.
  2. It would take a creative design to repurpose 800 Bell for residential. I’ve fantasized about stripping some floors out to create something like sky pocket parks within the building for tenants. Of course, the economics make that impractical.
  3. Nothing about actual renovations, but the article below featured a cool concept to repurpose the building. I’m not sure what kind of top tier tenant would want to go to this kind of building for office space, when a brand new Class AA tower could be built in a similar timeframe. Repurposing this as a type of residential housing might be better in the longrun, although I suspect one would need a heckuva tax incentive program to kickstart that change in thinking. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/projects/2021/future-houston-designs
  4. This does not appear to be the block on which the tower was proposed. Just an additional block Chevron bought later on.
  5. Caution tape and a porta potty are next to the site. The caution tape we’ve seen in the last couple years. The porta potty is new:
  6. The building came back but it wasn’t the same….sometimes….dead is better.
  7. Pipes broke during the freeze back in February. It’s been under renovation since then. I think this was built on the Pet Sematary or maybe that graveyard from “Poltergeist.”
  8. Still a chance to do some fun things with color. They’ve got multiple colors with the glass already. I hope they commit to that. Maybe some peacock blue.
  9. Skanska does not own the “Disco Kroger” lot. An outfit out of Georgia bought that.
  10. Yes: https://www.chron.com/entertainment/dining/slideshow/ionrestaurants-216840.php
  11. Getting back to topic, I’m curious what the longer term plan for the Jack in the Box will be. When the current lease ends, I’d think Rice could repurpose the site similar to the former Shipley’s site (which will now be Stuff’d wings).
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