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Brooklyn173

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  1. Yes. The old site of the Irish Cowboy. Maybe a 3-4 block walk.
  2. I walk by this site from McGowen to the Downtown "Y" a few times a week. I agree with all that's been posted above (including hopes for the vacant Holiday Inn and Exxon sites). In my mind, the Pierce Street Elevated is the demarkation line from Downtown and Midtown. So SODO is a subsection of Downtown (all of this only exists in my mind). The greatest obstacle for continuing improvement of this neighborhood transition area is the homeless settlements near the bus stations. Much worse since the 'closing' of the camps under the I69 elevated by Wheeler and an embarrassment in government and social conscience for Houston, IMHO. But I am still excited for the new neighbors (and the north side of the site was getting the orange construction barriers this morning).
  3. I noticed these barricades this morning. They are only along the Travis Street portion of the site. The METRO office building is next door on the right. Does anyone know if this will be something bigger or is it something as minor as sidewalk repairs?
  4. The mosaic artwork is going in on the water feature. It's very interesting.
  5. Off topic but close. The Reef restaurant building has some interesting construction going on overhead. (Pix) There used to be an outdoor music venue up there and this sort of looks like they are considerably expanding on it. The iron work went up last weekend. Anyone knows anything about this? As a "down noise" neighbor, I am not particularly excited about it.
  6. Just a reminder of what they are aiming for: https://ionhouston.com/
  7. Could the difference be from counting or not counting parking levels? I'm just guessing.
  8. I went by this yesterday. There was a bobcat on one of the roofs taking away debris, the window openings were being widened, lots of noise inside. A veritable bee hive of activity. Very exciting.
  9. Fencing is now also going up a block north of the Art Square. Almost two full blocks (not including the empty Greensheet building) now will have construction fencing. Though this picture isn't the best, you can see the fenceposts being drilled into the sidewalk.
  10. They've sprayed the grren hydroseed over the proposed restaurant site. While that isn't very expensive, my guess is that development of that piece is not imminent
  11. I'm very excited about this. I thought the building would fall down before anything was done. Still need to close and get financing for whatever is next, but hope springs eternal.
  12. I see a maintenance intensive concrete pad. Even with ping pong tables. And the sidewalk on McGowen is still closed for residents.
  13. I thought TCH bought the the O’Quinn Medical Tower at St. Luke’s (the hypodermic looking building). Would this be in addition to that or instead or completely unrelated?
  14. I'm a neighbor and I love what they've done. My concern though is that the phase II towers may block this building (and its pool etc). But I'm hopeful that they know what they are doing.
  15. My guess when I saw it was that they were laying out the contrast paving blocks and will cut them into the base paving blocks for a flat surface. Unless someone there is looking to subsidized the local lawyer community, you can't leave it as is now.
  16. With all of the rain this Spring, they've been pumping water out of the garage entrance on Main almost every day. I wonder how bad the structure is with all of that water. It can't be a good thing.
  17. I'm disappointed that a 5 million sf project is being considered without a single word about transit access. So some school busses will be thrown in after everything is built as sort of a metaphorical band-aid.
  18. I think most bus terminals end up being undesirable locations. The Port Authority Bus Terminal was terrible in NYC for decades until a concerted effort to upgrade it (and the surrounding area). Atlanta is miserable and lots/most other cities have the same problem. The few bus terminals that seem to work for the community have a lot of other activity in the area. The Jane Jacobs sort of 'eyes on the street' effect. With that in mind - now please don't shoot me - I think it may make sense to move the intercity bus terminal to the proposed parking/retail development at the TMC transit center. Lots of people, many constituencies with a vested interest in a successful operation, 24-hour activity, and easy access to the rest of the city. Maybe put the bus terminal on the second level of the parking structure (GFR on the ground floor) to help provide a security cordon and additional commuter parking above that. A true multi-model site with light rail, local bus, intercity uses and auto storage. Btw, the site across from the current Greyhound terminal that had some cleaning and fencing going on recently, now appears to be set as a restored parking lot. Some new asphalt is going down.
  19. I went to the meeting and the bus terminal was not discussed. I asked about it after the meeting was over and was told that the City was discussing a move but there wasn't anything to add just yet. But there is likely to be more information/discussion at a future meeting. It sounded to me to be in the very conceptual phase right now. Now that's my read and I've been wrong before.
  20. The moving truck was backed up to the art supply store on the phase 2 site, so that area should be available soon.
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