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houstontexasjack last won the day on December 29 2014

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  1. Secondary TOD corridors have a 50% reduction for commercial construction. Primary corridors have no parking requirement and are full market-based. I’ve linked to a handy executive summary below: https://houstontx.gov/planning/docs_pdfs/TOD_Ordinance_Summary_Report.pdf
  2. This might be possible under the new TOD ordinance on primary TOD corridors, which will go to market based parking.
  3. Maybe they traded DeAndre Hopkins to save money on his contract for it. 😈
  4. I think the Capitol Tower is actually quite nice in terms of pedestrian experience. The opening into Understory is clear and quite inviting. It lacks the same opportunities for ground floor tenants as 609 Main, but I think the design was mean to engage the surface with the tunnel space below. Skanska's "tunnel space" connects with the ground level in a way that I haven't seen with other structures Downtown. I would not peg the Capitol Tower design as lacking thought. It just engages the ground level differently than more traditional retail rings.
  5. Well, it didn’t go up to 45 or 60 stories with this new batch of renders. Maybe 31 stories is a firmer number.
  6. No. We’re still waiting on Home Slice to open up in Midtown. Chicago-style options are lacking.
  7. There’s a site that was getting permitted at Almeda and Blodgett for a new Shipley’s. Not sure if that’s connected.
  8. I get the sense that trolley is going to hit the person walking further up those tracks in the rendering.
  9. Construction to start in “approximately one year.” Could be taking advantage of lower pricing, as @Luminare alluded to. https://www.chron.com/business/article/Hines-Levit-partner-on-52-acre-development-near-15341272.php “The Gensler architecture firm has created a master plan for the property, though individual buildings have not yet been designed. Construction of the first building is expected to begin in approximately one year.”
  10. Alas, to my knowledge, there’s no plan to trench the Spur or parts thereof. I’m not sure of the meaning of the symbol “A” there. I couldn’t locate a definition in the legend.
  11. Midtown Terrace Suites are in the ROW for the trenching of I-69 per the most recent schematics and would be taken as part of that under the present schematics: http://www.ih45northandmore.com/docs13/04_NHHIP_Seg3_I-69_RollPlot_PH_1-2.pdf
  12. Dillard’s has a sweetheart ground lease from waaaaay back when the site was branded for Joske’s. I think the term is up in the 2040’s or 2050’s. I agree it’d be ripe for redevelopment if the ground lease is bought out, similar to what happened with the Ion at the old Sears site in Midtown.
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