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  1. I’d have to disagree. It seems quite common in Houston to demo buildings and then sit on vacant land without developing immediately. I assume developers do it for tax purposes.
  2. I thought the same thing. The Galleria is the last place I would want to go for a nice meal. Getting in and out is such a hassle.
  3. Yes, this is the Alexan development, just west of Shepherd. The Nitya Capital acquisition (& site of future tower) will be at the Bayou Park Apartments, which is just east of Shepherd — actually just east of St. Thomas H.S.
  4. At 7000+ undergraduate and postgraduate enrollment combined, plus almost 700 academic faculty and 2000+ administrative staff, I’d say Rice is significantly larger than any high school in Texas. But, compared to other universities at its level, yes, it is on the small side.
  5. Seems to me like the start always takes a looooong time when subterranean levels are involved. That said, your second sentence speaks volumes. It may progress at a snail’s pace from start to finish. We’ll know quickly once they Get above-ground.
  6. Could the true “Opportunity” in Opportunity Zone refer to the windfall extended to real estate developers by our real estate developer President? Conflict of interest? Or mere coincidence? You decide. Regardless, I’m glad Hines is stepping forward to help lift Market Square out of its depression.
  7. Caydon is using glass on its balconies just up the street. More expensive, maybe, but sooooooooo much nicer!
  8. I think this building could look very nice. . . But I have to say the white metal railings on the balconies really cheapen the look, and they’ll disrupt the views from the units.
  9. With the exception of Marlowe downtown, every RD project had been a complete departure from the initial rendering. The Allen is a beautiful mixed-use development In the marketing material. . . I fear it will end up a half-stucco disappointment like Arabella and Astoria before all is said and done. But who knows, maybe Mr Davis has turned a corner. We’ll see.
  10. Based on Lovett’s development experience, I’d say they’re a JV team trying to play in a Varsity league, and they’re sputtering. Post HTX is more than a strip mall, neighborhood warehouse revamp, or suburban Walmart shopping center. It is a16+ acre piece of real estate in downtown Houston. A very rare thing. Their portfolio would suggest the scope of work far beneath what that sight deserves. I’m not expecting a $20 billion development anchored by a mega-sculpture like NYC’s Hudson Yards (which is 26-28 acres, btw), but I’d wish for something more than a few skylights, a roof garden, a fresh coat of paint and some pretty landscaping on and around an obsolete post office building.
  11. I appreciate your perspective. And I hope you’re right. This parcel is a very strategic gateway to downtown from the Washington corridor. Fingers crossed!
  12. This project is so strange to me. I have no idea what the developer is actually striving for. I worry that this project will be underwhelming when complete. A missed opportunity, if you will.
  13. The buildings along McGowen (The Greensheet, Leon’s Lounge, Kim Tai) aren’t on this layout. Is Caydon planning to commandeer the rest of this block or is the diagram deceiving? I notice it says “TO McGowen St.” on the right side).
  14. The buildings along McGowen (The Greensheet, Leon’s Lounge, Kim Tai) aren’t on this layout. Is Caydon planning to commandeer the rest of this block or is the diagram deceiving? I notice it says “TO McGowen St.” on the right side).
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