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  1. The whole area is a suburban style shopping center. I don’t get why anyone is surprised. Sure, they could’ve thrown up another apartment mid-rise but that wouldn’t make the area any more “walkable”.
  2. Westcreek will be next level once they/ If they ever break ground on ROD phase 2 and the equinox hotel.
  3. The La Grande Rue owner cancelled their plans. New concept announced to open this summer. https://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/04-14-21-dalba-craft-kitchen-cocktails-new-restaurant-garden-oaks-daut-elshani-chef-geoff-hundt/
  4. https://houston.eater.com/2020/2/6/21126739/la-grande-rue-savoir-new-restaurant-garden-oaks-opening-may-2020
  5. The James was great, very mixed crowd with some older residents and even families. The Ivy is the connected sister building with rents that are about 50% to 100% higher than a similar unit in the James. That said, it’s a huge building in a busy area so I wouldn’t expect quiet. It’s a quiet zone for the train so you won’t hear the horn blowing but it’ll def be annoying to get stuck behind.
  6. I would highly suggest you don’t live in either Skyhouse property. The type of people those places attract are not who most people would want to live next to or interact with. There are a few buildings nearby that are in the same price range which will be much more enjoyable. I lived off mid-lane at the James for over 3 years so my vote is ROD area over downtown.
  7. It’s not that complicated. The metal barns with rolling doors require more land. Land in the city is expensive. People in the city require storage for their junk, just the same as suburbanites.
  8. NIMBYs in the heights- “Build storage facilities along a highway where they belong!!” Owners of highway adjacent property in Montrose
  9. Don’t worry, it’s just a matter of time before that whole corridor goes the way of 19th and 20th.
  10. The best section of 11th is on the other side of studewood, and even those buildings aren’t beautiful.
  11. You realize there a big parking lot that they were otherwise looking at. No one is looking down anyway.
  12. It’s going to be El Big Badyard
  13. Hmm they’re on the upper middle floors, something like 30-42 (of 50). Their office are nice, you just get a whiff of retirement home when you walk in.
  14. Should’ve been done 10 years ago. It was BAD then.
  15. Just a matter of time. There’s a certain stench that permeates from their offices when the elevator door opens. That said, one shell has done a good job of staying competitive after Shell left.
  16. You’re right, but everyone’s known about the expansion since at least 2009 and not much has happened. It’s pretty obvious that the area will eventually turn around, and if I were an investor then I’d buy but LIVING there is out of the question at the moment. Perhaps if I were a bachelor I’d make it work.
  17. Wife and I looked into buying in the near north side and couldn’t see us living anywhere outside of Lindale Park. The area has a LONG way to go which is crazy to me given all the development elsewhere inside the loop and its decades long proximity to the redline.
  18. WHAT? This is the unappealing 6 story building behind someburger. Literally across 11th street from this project. That’s my point. Bunch of NIMBYs.
  19. Like I originally said, I understand being upset with a 7 story storage center. It’s an eyesore and a symbol of American excess. However, these developments are everywhere inside the loop. In any case, I’m all for historic preservation of actual historic places, just not preservation of old dilapidated buildings that have been neglected for decades and weren’t even notable when originally built. I’m going to call BS on that given the reaction to the apartments under construction on 6 1/2 street (behind onion creek), as well as the proposed automated parking structure on White Oak.
  20. Clearly no one was willing to restore it. The level of unhappiness isn’t a surprise. The heights is full of NIMBYs who have only moved there within the last 10 years. As I said, the NIMBYs would be up in arms even if this was being built on an empty lot. This has nothing to do with “historical preservation”.
  21. 11th is mostly a commercial corridor from Michaux to Yale. Yes, it’s mostly 1 and 2 story buildings, but that’s exactly what most places are like before densification. If you didn’t think this would happen on 11th then you haven’t been paying attention to everything else happening in the Heights. You only need to look at 1111 studewood to know this was coming to this part of 11th.
  22. I get being upset about a seven story storage facility, it’s an eyesore. But to act like the building it’s replacing is a huge loss or historical in any way is laughable. This section of 11th was always destined for densification. Just look what’s happening further down 11th and around 19th and 20th. If this monstrosity of a storage building came AFTER other densification (e.g mid-rises and retail) then hardly anyone would care. if this replaced a hand car wash or church parking lot on 11th then it would be getting the same reaction from NIMBY residents. Nothing to do with “history”.
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