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  1. More Football Operations Building News, along with a fundraising campaign. Campaign: https://uhcougars.com/news/2022/6/23/cougar-pride-houston-athletics-launches-100-million-fundraising-drive.aspx A lot of new images with a few old ones.
  2. Might be a mix of single story and multi-story lofts, Looks really cool imo. Hope they start doing more conversions of the older office stock into residential/hotel or maybe even mixed use with a sizeable retail component on a few of them. I could see something like 601 Jefferson, 1111 Fannin, or even 800 Bell like y'all proposed above being converted. Wouldn't mind thinning that office stock to get more people living/visiting downtown. Also, wouldn't mind seeing something like a sizeable public plaza and a couple attractions that could anchor it. There are definitely enough parking lots in the area to do something like that. If there's one thing downtown needs more of(Houston in general) it would be big open plazas where people could gather, just need to find a way to make that viable and an enjoyable experience.
  3. Nice infill for that part of downtown, having another hotel/apartment in that area should help bolster an already decent size pocket of hospitality/residential buildings.
  4. It's looking much better now, just wish they would of made all of the glass look like the glass panels on the left, or something that better fits with those panels. If the whole building had that deep blue glass it would look amazing. Doesn't look half bad, but the cyan blue doesn't fit the building. Also, excited for the next phase of development hopefully that high rise comes to fruition.
  5. There seems to be a huge surge in support from the legislative in Austin, along with the Governor also expressing support of the endowment. This also along with a $50 million appropriation for "institutional enhancements" in 2021 from the state that they've never received before, which is a type of funding UT/TAMU has been receiving for years, seems show a favorable push for something like this.
  6. https://stories.uh.edu/2022PresidentPubLegislative/index.html Speaking of government funding, UH intends to ask the state for a $1 billion permanent endowment during the 2023 legislative session. At first providing an extra $40-$50 million/year disbursement to the UH system, with the potential to grow it like the other state funds. This in addition with UH's current endowment of $1.103 billion (2021) will allow for a much needed boost in funding, especially for its goals to be a top 50 public university, and an invite into the AAU. Also, should allow for easier funding of campus buildings and ultimately higher quality projects. Should be a treat for us Haifers in the future.
  7. It must have some type of architectural feature/spire at 31 floors and 512 ft. Parkside residence by discovery green is 43 floors and clocks in at 468 feet, along with Brava at 46 floors and 549 ft. Wonder what the new design is?
  8. Sadly, there's a good chance it will block the lower bowl view. While part of the stadium will lose what would have been an amazing; ever improving view of the Houston skyline, the university will gain a much needed facility in its move back to a major conference after a good 26 years. The FOB is pretty much a necessity in the move and should greatly improve recruiting success and in turn on field success, all leading to greater alumni participation which will help many other aspects of the university.
  9. Board of Regents approved the new Football Operations/Development building today, along with the Innovation Hub and Building for Hobby School of Public Affairs (general uni education). The FOB is planned to be a $75 million project that is projected to start Summer 2023 and be done by winter 2024. Here's some renderings of the FOB: Site location and Dates Now for the other buildings Innovation Hub (replacing tech annex) Building For Hobby School Of Public Affairs Approval/Information Source: https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/685?meeting=518668 There were quite a few other things in the meeting that might interest y'all too, also if you want to look at other UH meetings just press the home button in the top left when going to the boardbook link.
  10. Got to give them this, it's definitely a unique idea.
  11. This oil boom should allow for a good buffer and boost to our technology and life science industry. Gives Houston more time to prop up (maybe even dominate) other industries without having to go through a massive dry spell like we did in the 80's. Looks like a bright future ahead, hoping this coupled with the increased tech and life science investment allows for a massive but continuous boom for the area.
  12. Don't know if I'm late or anything but Exxon Mobil is moving HQ to Houston. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/2022/01/31/exxon-mobil-to-exit-irving-headquarters-for-houston-area-megacampus/%3foutputType=amp
  13. downtownhouston Instagram posted a video of some of the interior/exterior areas of the POST. Link: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CU5XpUggpDs/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link 245404192_1554896471541678_3348613207683309538_n.mp4 Along with posthtx Instagram and a fly threw of the complex. They're a private account so I can't directly post the video into HAIF. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUffqfggBlB/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
  14. With the recent conference realignment news, and acceptance for that fact, I went dinging around for some of the old TDECU 60k renderings and plans. I'm hopping in the near future there's going to be a need to expand the stadium, although this should be a given if they're competitive in the BIG 12. Also, does anybody have any other renderings of the expanded stadium; or just old renderings in general?
  15. It's the SEC this time around, but I'll give you slightly accurate pre-cog credit. Anyway, it's about damn time
  16. Just wow... Also new Master Plan: https://www.tmc.edu/tmc3/master-plan/ Economic Impact: https://www.tmc.edu/tmc3/economic-impact/ Going to be an insane short and long term impact on the economy, and an absolutely wild amount of permanent jobs created. It also brings an astounding "815k Sf of public parks" in that iconic helix formation or as they call it the "Helix Gardens". At last it seems like phase one is a lot more buildings than I previously thought.
  17. Just to repost and to get a better idea of the progress I'm going to repost the 2020 master plan - Site Plan N (Just the top-upper mid portion of TMC3) So currently they're erecting Parcel I and Parcel C, which can be seen thanks to @Highrise Towerand @hindesky posts above. I'm betting the industry building (Parcel D) will start next, but I'm not too sure about anything after that. Although, going off the 2020 State of the Texas Medical Center video, the hotel might go up a little bit after Parcel D. Now for the Baylor and UT buildings south of the Parcels listed, I have a feeling they will start in tandem with whenever Parcel E and F start going up.
  18. This has to be top 5 worst overreactions to a plastic building model I've ever seen, especially an incomplete one at that. Anyway, that tower does look substantial and should complement the ever growing Allen skyline nicely, the tower does seem to be more striking than the original back in the late 2000's. Also wonder what materials they're going to use for the other mid-high rises in the rest of the project, iirc it's going to be a mix of brick/metal and a few different architectural styles that should complement the street scape well. Overall, glad this project is moving forward.
  19. You know I wonder what the plausibility of using existing freight tracks as commuter rail/local rail lines would be? Lets say you use the freight line going besides I-10 with trains that have a schedule akin to the metro park and ride buses, this line would go from NWTC (Maybe CBD directly or on a transfer) to even Katy; maybe Brookshire. This could even be done for something like the 290 corridor, or go down east I-10 and you can have a Baytown line. It doesn't seem that crazy, well excluding political pressure and maybe even railroad push back. It would definitely help the super commuter problem, and pairing it with the current planned expansions would make most of the Houston Metro's main hubs and spokes easily navigable by train/BRT, while also allowing for lower car use. But how much would that cost, especially connecting it to the local PT network. I would think the CBD -> Cypress line alone would be in the $500 million range (including electrifying the rail, stations, ROW, etc). Would this even be worth it for lets say a potential 15k/day boarding total? All of these LRT extensions and BRT additions are making me wonder how we can use/update existing infrastructure to compliment this massive inner city system we have in the pipeline. It would be a great thing to have, and would help the connectivity of the city even more, but would it be easy to do? Hell no. Do I think it is possible to do and within the next 20 years? Hell yes!
  20. You sure about that? more like $25 for 15 😂
  21. Climbing Back to Normalcy Residential Market Occupancy Rate: 85.6% Note: Up from 84.1% last quarter and 82.2% the quarter before The amount of units built, U/C, and planned are the same rn but I'm gonna post them anyway Residential Units: 6,279 units Under Construction: 1,317 units Planned: 275 units Multifamily Rental Prices Downtown's rent PSFM (Per Square Foot Month) is the highest its been since April 2020, with 136 Class A units absorbed (whatever Class A means) in the second quarter. Downtown's rents are also the strongest in the loop at a healthy $2.12 PSFM, which is higher/outpacing Midtown/Montrose ($1.91 PSFM), the Heights ($1.86 PSFM), and Upper Kirby/Highland Village ($1.83 PSFM). On another note it is said by specialists that Downtown's Multifamily is in comeback mode with the market absorbing more apartments units in the past 90 days than it did in the final six months of 2020. This is also without move-in specials, and with less than a dozen properties offering some type of leasing concessions, in comparison Midtown has 20 properties and the Heights has 23 properties doing concessions. Source: https://www.centralhouston.org/filer/0/1626385503/512/
  22. I'm betting 508' total, so shorter than one park place and taller than Hess tower. Knock on wood, but I'm betting every building in this development will be in the 500'+ range.
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