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  1. I heard a rumor that the Joy School is planning a new building for their high school students.
  2. We've decided to move out of the ROD area to an area like it used to be. Too many teens, drag racing, apartments, and attached undesirables have taken over ROD. The low self-esteem is sad to see and we're not into victims nor negative energy. I wouldn't be surprised if the whole project declared bankruptcy not to mention most of the tenants closing if COVID goes into 2022. Wishing the old hood well, though, even as we're excited to be moving to what we experience as a much better neighborhood like ROD started as.
  3. They're offering very good deals. My partner and I just bought one with unobstructed views of the Mosaic, 535 acre Hermann Park, the TMC skyline, Rice, the Village, and even Uptown skyline from THREE balconies in the unit. Less that $400 psf, compared to the Westmore at $600. Beautiful property in the Museum Center with the Red Line a few blocks away. Downtown skyline available for us from the amenities platform. Pumped!
  4. The new retail center on Westheimer, between Mid Lane and West Lane, will see the move and reopening of LePeep Restaurant. It'll be on West Lane toward the back. Another sign of River Oaks District expansion? Perhaps, but as others have noted, it all depends on the ink drying on hotel deal and or a major office tenant to anchor. The new fusion (Asian-Mexican) restaurant in ROD is taking forever to build out, too. On Bettis in the back near the iPic.
  5. Google "Anne Fontaine" and it says (and shows, with a Google map) they're located in ROD. Look at the ROD website, under "Coming Soon," and their name has been removed. I'm betting on "if not 'no,' then definitely 'not yet'!!
  6. I went in John Hardy today. It was IMPRESSIVE. I was very surprised. FYI: The craftmanship, quality and pricing equals Christmas shopping for me.
  7. I'm betting that nothing happens to any of the buildings until they've significantly preleased the office building and /or signed up the major hotel deal they're seeking. And I'll bet it'll be 'and,' because I've heard a normally reliable source say that Equinox Hotel division is extremely interested in the location for a successor hotel to the one they are building now in LA. What is interesting to me is the tremendous amount of work that would be involved in getting all those easements going through the currently surveyed site plan moved! Gotta move em to even come close to building the
  8. Monarch, my man! I couldn't agree more. And if there was a contest for ugliest highrise residential, this building would get it. Uuuugly! It could almost compete with the Federal Courthouse downtown. Why couldn't they have at least painted the concrete exterior, vs. leaving the institutional (corrections institute?) look? uggghhh! Looking at it several nights a week it looks like they've never cracked 50% occupancy, and if so not by much. WHAT were they thinking?? I'm guessing it'll make Randy Davis' schmalzy tower next door look terrific beside it, however, and the
  9. Historically, what Gene describes is, I think, the only way that an Association (whether they're condominiums or townhomes) can trigger acceptance of an offer to purchase for the whole property, only in which a prescribed majority (I've seen 70%-80% as the cutoff) of homeowners have signed off with their approval. These deals are tough to do, and even attempted rarely, in part because not all owners are close enough in the valuation of their homes, including some elderly who love their home so much they overvalue (in terms of the area market). I believe last year I had heard that one of thes
  10. Wow! Such high-quality developments in the few blocks around River Oaks District. The least attractive, imho, by far, are the Millennium Apartments on its east line, particularly the back end along Bettis. I understand they're kids who inherited dad's apt. development biz. Fear of failure produces 'it's ALL about the bottom line' so the quality of the architecture and building materials dropped dramatically on the side furthest from Westheimer. And now we are seeing further 'vision pollution' as they're building some sort of chain link fenced storage area on Bettis. Made me want to thro
  11. Monarch, our buddy with the mostest (news scoops), you are a veritable font of information! And pretty pics, too. Thank you. I hope the brand Equinox can compete with R-C and W. I understand the company that owns the fitness centers is indeed owned by well-funded investors, and I hope it's true. I know O-M will build a great team of architects, engineers, etc. to make Phase II at least as remarkable as Phase I. As for the financing question, I don't know the answer of course, but the implication I received was that they want financing for the entire Phase II (hotel, office and retail...pe
  12. Thanks, Urbanizzer, for some great photos of wonderful ROD! I'm guessing a droid might've been involved, or some Flash Gordon equipment. I heard a rumor from a buddy yesterday, who claims his source 'definitely knows,' that Equinox has signed a hotel agreement with Oliver McMillan for the 'LePeep / Sullivan's' tract. I think it's called ROD, Phase II. Unfortunately, the source said that like every developer (except perhaps Hines) they cannot obtain financing for the office building and the development until they get a lot more office leasing signatures, especially a chore in th
  13. I liked this young lawyer's article (he testified for the defendant's): http://urbanedge.blogs.rice.edu/2016/07/15/3819/#.V4qpAfmPu02
  14. Someone referred to ROD coming alive (more?) with the most recent restaurant openings, and that makes sense to me even though I personally am not impressed (quite the opposite) with some of the restaurants. I love ROD, and am excited about the few stores signed and yet to open, like the gelato place, etc. What I find most interesting, however, from a business perspective is how many empty spaces still remain. If one looks at the current site plan in the brochure, there is a LOT of unleased space, much of which could be described as 'among the least attractive locations within the property.
  15. Friends were discussing this over lunch today, and someone has read and heard a couple of folks saying this latest court ruling was a victory for the homeowners. It was a huge loss. One person knows the developers, and their partner is so rich, it could afford to buy every home in the subdivision at 150% of value, ie, uber rich. All the delay has done is change the numbers upward, including the prices people will pay to the developers for a first class highrise. The homeowners seem to be affluent who seem to see themselves as either 'special' (entitled) OR victims who chose to make a very
  16. "Must be an Austin thing." This makes total sense to me. I wonder if the blockbuster start, and perhaps the beginning of a successful store, is due in large part to that. As a native Houstonian who has travelled the state extensively, it seems like Austin has become overly romanticized by a million or so folks, mostly UT grads, over the past 25 years or so. I think many Texans with our state pride, with the possible exception of people in and around Bryan-College Station, have always felt a warm spot in our hearts for Austin and the Capitol. But Austin's population growth and national sta
  17. Okay, HAIFers. I had the Classic Burger, with fries, today. Waited 'only' 45 minutes for lunch, and my perception was except possibly for people who arrived earlier than 11:30 am others waited at least double that time. I agree with thatguysly. Hopdoddy seems like most other gourmet burgers. Certainly very good, and not bad, even for $12 including tip, and a long wait, Sorry, Monarch, though I hate to disappoint such a gentleman and a scholar, but I'll usually be sticking with Whataburger, which personally I like a lot. Especially $5 and 5 minutes. And hopefully, my addicti
  18. Honestly, I'm a fan of Whataburgers. It baffled me observing 2-3 hours waits when 5 minutes gets you Texas' fave burger all over the city. So when the lines go away, I'll be very curious to take my discriminating, and fussy, tastebuds to try Hopdoddy's and see how it compares to my $5 double meat Whataburger served in 5 minutes. LOL
  19. No prob, amigo. Not looking for credit, nor need the affirmation. You contribute so much to this community/thread. I was looking at the most recent ROD brochure (found in all the elevators) yesterday. Confirms that both The Porch and Thirteen Pies have cancelled their tenant reservations. I'd heard that the latter pulled out of OM's Atlanta project due to to financial problems, and I'm guessing that The Porch likewise made a financial decision, too. Pies had been previously shown as next to Hopdoddy's, closer to iPic. The Porch was going to locate between Saint Bernard and La
  20. Monarch, in psychological terms it's just a "projection," and has zippo to do with you. I was the one who saw the name "Bonpoint" printed on that wooden, temp front on the space, so perhaps it's only grafitti. I always appreciate your posts, and have never associated any negativity with them. Keep up the fellowship, my man, and remember that a mark of consciousness among the masters is "ALL criticism is self-criticism, just as ALL love is self-love." I am always particularly grateful to anyone with news on a company that is unannounced for ROD, who'll begin to take up the
  21. Just visited Taverna. The manager said they're shooting for May 30 (same date announced by Hopdoddy). I looked inside La Colonial. To me they'll be lucky to open on or before July 1st, although I have limited experience in restaurants buildout and staff training, but they could make it happen if they wanted. I'm guessing Steak 48 will also be sometime in July. I'm looking forward to the Gelato place, if only because I'm guessing that it'll have great coffee, too. This morning, walking through, I also noticed a new store announced with just a small signe on a storefr
  22. I don't, Gene, but I'm guessing it will not happen until O-M has two deals under contract: a hotel (or hotel/condo combo) operator and an anchor tenant for their office building. The only possible exception to that might be that they would start building entirely on speculation that the Houston economy will be booming within 24 months. imho I'm excited about the possibility raised herein that Target will eventually move into a redevelopment of their land in which they install one of their new 'multi-story urban prototypes' like in NYC and DC. I too would be unhappy if they instea
  23. "That guy" Stanley was one of the two cofounders of Neiman MARCUS. He brought his amazing store to Htown as a result of the salesmanship of another great salesman like himself, a young Gerald D. Hines, to anchor Gerry's new 'unique shopping center' off Houston's new West Loop back in the day. The rest as they say is history. I agree with your comments though about Houston, especially in the restaurant biz, but indeed most businesses. A 'no BS' city we have here!
  24. I'm totally underwhelmed with Cafe Toulouse, so far, although I'm also willing to give their team some more time to get it together. Two lunches and two dinners now, and both have food that tastes bland (without even sufficient seasoning) and waitstaff that is far less attentive and professional than both the ambience and prices would suggest. The owner is Italian along with a woman manager, and love to kibbitz with customers more than watching the service. Looks to be a 'society, seen and be seen, gig' versus serious culinary adventures. I'm guessing their La Taverna will be better. Th
  25. Nice shot! Thanks! Dunno about others, but I'm wondering about the probability (and timing) of a rumored street between Arabella / Wilshire and the Target store, an extension of Post Oak Park Drive, which would connect San Felipe and Westheimer via Bettis and ROD. Seems like a natural, and easy process of cooperative ROW acquisition without any Eminent Domain hassle. Someone claimed that Houston City Planning Commission is aware of the developers' support of it, but I personally have no solid info. Any wisdom is appreciated as I continue to be amazed at this Inside the Loop phenomenon that
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