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MarathonMan last won the day on January 27 2018

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  1. I agree. It looks nice. But I still think the light brick on bottom doesn’t go with the red brick above. A larger, smooth limestone brick would have been better.
  2. LOL! I was thinking the same thing. Why, oh why, do trees and poles wind up in the middle of the sidewalk??? Here and elsewhere. First, in this case the sidewalks aren’t wide enough to justify planting a tree right in the middle of the walkway. Second, when these trees grow larger in a few years, you won’t be able to walk in a straight line down the sidewalk. The staggered trees will force single-file lines of people weaving back and forth. Super smart!
  3. Between the “Long Term” notation, the developer being TBD and the architect being TBD, I’d guess this one is a looooooong way off, if it ever comes to fruition at all. . .
  4. Yes, I thing the 570 and 600 ft towers are next, but I don’t think they start construction until early next year. Prep work is beginning on the sites, though. No renderings on their website, but i’d Imagine they’ll be released shortly before construction begins. They probably want to keep the focus on Drewery Place right now to get it leased as quickly as possible.
  5. Plywood fencing going up around the two blocks north of Drewery Place. They’re getting ready for the next phase!
  6. I think this is the scaffolding on the MFAH site. Northeast corner along Main St.
  7. I assume this will be a mat foundation, so they’ll probably be digging a lot deeper. Yes?
  8. I think they’re planning to start the next phase at the first of the year. Maybe they’ll demo the art supply building before that, but I’d guess they want a little time buffer to let Drewery Place grow roots before they start disrupting the neighborhood with new construction.
  9. Is there some private entity that has to request that a building be deemed historically significant and, thus, protected? Or, does the Texas Historical Commission move on its own?
  10. It baffles me that this warehouse/distribution center is a historic landmark and protected from significant alteration while the Kirby Mansion in Midtown is unprotected and ripe for demolition if it’s new owner sees fit.
  11. I saw on Emporis today that they list the construction cost of some, but not all, developments. 3300 Main comes in at $70M, The Driscoll is listed at $150M, and Drewery Place a whopping $200M! Just by looking at it, it is easy to tell that Drewery Place is high-quality, but WOW! Two questions to those who are well-versed on high-rise construction: (1) How reliable are the numbers on Emporis? and (2) Is there really that much of a range in construction cost for similar-sized buildings? If the answer is yes, I’m a little scared at what the final product at 3300 Main will look like!
  12. A 20 year build-out seems reasonable if you compare East River to City Center. They’re still expanding City Center, and it has been operational for many years. I’m guessing East River will be similar. It will exist and be functioning well before the 20 year time frame. It will just continue to grow in scale year-by-year. From a business standpoint it makes sense. Grow slowly, invest slowly, and start generating revenue sooner.
  13. Market Square Tower looks pretty ghostly, too. I think One Market Square is an inevitability. It’s just a matter of “When?”
  14. I have mixed feelings on this one. It certainly could be worse (a la Arabella) but the final product is definitely value-engineered. . . and it shows.
  15. I don’t disagree. I just think the lighting scheme in the picture looks unfinished. If you’re going to have the light shining into the upper floors, why not the lower?
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