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  1. I believe there was an old TABC notice in the window of that building (before the renovations started) from maybe 2017 that alluded to White Rhino. Whatever that was intended to be, I imagine it was canceled and this construction is for something different.
  2. Thanks, I searched in the East End neighborhood sub forum for the post on East Village prior to my post, as I didn’t realize the East Village thread was still in “Going Up.”
  3. Just came across this article regarding Conservatory and Prohibition moving to the former Chapman and Kirby spot as part of the East Village development in EaDo, on St. Emanuel. More good news for EaDo! https://m.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Ambitious-new-food-hall-projects-slated-for-EaDo-14937598.php
  4. Right, I was just clarifying whether it was required or not. @Luminare suggested it might be required, and I was just pointing out that it might be inside the zone in EaDo that has had parking requirements lifted. In my earlier comment just a few minutes prior to the one that you quoted, I acknowledged that parking was necessary for the Lovett redevelopment of the Post building, and that the indication of retail parking on the Alliance Broadstone site plan—which otherwise doesn’t seem to include GFR—indicates that the two developers have apparently come to an agreement regarding providing parking for the Post building.
  5. I think you beat me to this point by about 15 seconds lol I would agree about the move to have this parking count towards the required parking for the Lovett redevelopment of the Houston Post building, but isn’t this property within the area of EaDo recently excluded from parking minimums? Or does that end at Emancipation?
  6. My guess is that they will have an arrangement with Lovett to have that part of the Alliance Broadstone parking garage used for Lovett’s redeveloped Houston Post building immediately next door.
  7. This Alliance Broadstone project is only utilizing the southern half of the lot. The northern half of the lot where the old Houston Post building remains will presumably still be redeveloped separately by Lovett. A site plan for Alliance Broadstone posted in the neighborhood forum excludes the northern part of the lot.
  8. At this stage in the project I would assume they are structural. They’ve been steadily banging the pillars further into the ground over the last few weeks, probably to help reinforce the land at the edge of the bayou to help protect against subsidence or washout. I can hear the sound fairly clearly about 0.75 miles away, it was kind of creepy until I found out what it was.
  9. Honestly, I feel like this project should be kept here in Going Up since it includes the additional lot fronting Leeland. Save the other post in the neighborhood forum for Lovett’s half-baked, constantly in flux “plans” for the Houston Post building.
  10. “Amazing” is a bit of an overstatement, it could certainly be better than this. Angled parking definitely has its place and is useful when used on one-way streets, but is less than ideal on a two-way street such as this. I take it you don’t spend much time trying to park on W 19th between Ashland and Rutland in The Heights? Between the dumb drivers blocking traffic while waiting for someone to back out of a spot and others pulling across traffic to park in spots angled away from their direction of travel, it’s an exercise in frustration. Granted, the volume of traffic won’t be as bad here for the reasons you state, but it doesn’t mean we should welcome a subpar site plan and parking arrangement with open arms. As far as I am concerned nothing benefits walkability (or “activates the pedestrian realm” *eye roll*) as well as buildings fronting the street and parking in the back.
  11. The site plan shown in the brochure is horrible, and not very pedestrian friendly. People walking will not only have to dodge two driveways but also parked cars that hang over into the sidewalk (such as large trucks with trailer hitches backed into parking spots). Also, angled parking spots fronting a two-way road is sure to make for bad parking jobs and blocked traffic as people engage in the dumb and nonsensical parking maneuver of pulling across opposite lanes of traffic to pull into a parking spot angled away from their direction of travel. New retail in this area is welcome of course, but they need to think through the details better than this half-baked site plan.
  12. It’s technically providing housing for those “at or below” the 80% AMI figure. There is an income ceiling, but some leeway in terms of allowing for people with lower incomes.
  13. Exactly this. These types of developments need to be established all throughout the city instead of just concentrated in one area. It’s also important to note that this isn’t just housing for “the poor.” This is intended to be affordable housing for people such as teachers and first year HPD and HFD cadets, and people working other similar jobs that otherwise meet the income limits. Those jobs exist all throughout the city and it makes sense to allow the opportunity for people to live close to where they work.
  14. It’s about 19 or 20 blocks total, all the way to the historic Ford dealership where Tout Suite is. The entire area of EaDo is around 270 blocks, so it’s about 7% of the total land area. My estimate was a bit high, but the blocks being taken are either developed or more prime for future development due to the proximity to downtown. There are only about three or four blocks of surface parking near MMP—certainly not half of the total lots though. I believe there are only two HOV-type lanes being added to I-45 as an increase from current capacity. One of the main reasons for the reroute given by those that have developed the plans is not the addition of outright capacity but to streamline the exits and other ramps and have traffic flow more smoothly and require less lane changes through that section.
  15. It will certainly be transformative . . . it will have a significant negative impact on the ongoing development of EaDo. Something on the order of 20 blocks wiped out, including many bars/restaurants that have been there forever like Huynh’s and Kim Son, as well as new spots like Neil’s Bahr. The places that aren’t taken by eminent domain will likely still be affected by traffic and parking issues from the ongoing construction, which will take years to complete for that section. This represents about 10% of the total land area of the EaDo triangle—gone. All of this to help commuters from the suburbs and those traveling through the city—even though thru traffic should be taking the 610 loop, as was originally intended when the interstate system was developed and expanded. And there is no meaningful increase in the number of lanes, just two additional HOV lanes. The only “good” thing about this project is the proposed cap park to connect what’s left of EaDo to GRB, Discovery Green, etc. But, the funding to develop that park is not accounted for in the TXDoT budget and the funding must come from a private source. And, even if the park gets built, there can be no significant construction on top of the cap. I fail to see how this is good for the area.
  16. The former Action Pawn site is being redeveloped into a second Wag’n World location, to go along with the original location at Yoakum near Westheimer.
  17. That’s a fair point. I guess I am part of that “little to no” foot traffic as I routinely walk through here to get to the Coffee Plant stop. A market-rate development with GFR (and therefore a built-in customer base) in this immediate area would drastically help with development, but I’m not aware of anything in the works. There was also a proposal for another affordable housing complex on the opposite side of Harrisburg from the New Hope facility about a year ago or so, but I don’t think anything came of it—probably because the proposal didn’t qualify under the LIHTC program. Another affordable housing complex so close to this facility is the last thing this area needs.
  18. I mentioned this elsewhere in the East End sub forum, but figured I should post this here too. The three or four GFR pad sites on the first floor of the New Hope facility fronting Harrisburg are still unoccupied, about two years after the facility first opened. Seems they are having difficulty attracting potential commercial tenants. There has been an increase in loitering in the immediate vicinity since the facility opened, which at a minimum is likely discouraging pedestrian traffic and making those pad sites less appealing. Just something to keep in mind next time New Hope tries to use inclusion of GFR as a benefit for the area when proposing a new property. Hopefully this area can turn the corner and be fully developed on the strength of How to Survive, Sigma Brewing, and Voodoo Queen, along with the Kaldis redevelopment of the former Cameron Iron Works warehouse and further town home construction. I just hope the New Hope facility doesn’t stunt that growth. Edit: @Urbannizer this post probably needs to be moved to the East End sub forum as this facility was completed some time ago.
  19. There has definitely been an increase in loitering in the general vicinity of the New Hope development, including at the Green Line Coffee Plant stop about a block away. I wouldn’t necessarily agree that they are “riff raff” but a concentration of people loitering around aimlessly does discourage pedestrian traffic. I’ve often seen a Metro PD officer in a parking lot nearby and they seem to be patrolling the light rail stop more often, likely in reaction to the increase in loitering and a small uptick in property crime reported in the immediate area. It is also worth noting that of the three or four GFR pad sites on the first floor of the New Hope facility fronting Harrisburg, I don’t believe a single one has been leased out to any commercial tenant. Something to keep in mind next time New Hope tries to use inclusion of GFR as a benefit for the area when proposing a new property.
  20. Name creep like what’s going on all over The Heights, but the fancy kind of name creep with a top hat and monocle.
  21. Thank you for bringing the existence of this magnificent tool to my attention, I’m about to waste countless hours with it.
  22. I heard a rumor about a new vertical multi-family development on this block a while back (either here or on Swamplot (RIP)), but thought that had been canceled. Maybe Saint Dane’s closed down because it was awful, and the landlord is just renovating the building for a new tenant.
  23. Eater article on the subject cites social media pages which ominously hinted at “unforeseen circumstances.” The location isn’t the best, but there is a lot of road construction going on down that stretch of Richmond currently which probably didn’t help. https://houston.eater.com/2019/11/25/20981779/lotti-dotti-closes-houston-montrose-patio-bar
  24. From my understanding, this development will have GFR on both Canal and Navigation. This will provide a destination for nearby residents who don’t live at this property and help promote walkability in a general sense. I’m within a few blocks of this and looking forward to seeing what kind of restaurant and/or retail options they can land for this space.
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