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  1. Good news for me though. I’m just a few blocks away but couldn’t see myself going to Corky’s and wasn’t super excited about it. Hopefully something with a more diverse menu goes in here. But knowing my luck, it will probably be a Chipotle.
  2. Anybody else find it beyond annoying that the website refers to this as being “East Downtown/EaDo’s newest community”? The name creep continues.
  3. I understand your position @chrispy, but I think you generalize a bit too much. I’m one of those East End townhome-dwelling yuppies you don’t seem to like, but it was my only practical choice within my budget. I love the area and would love to have bought an old bungalow, but I needed a garage for my project car, tools, bikes, etc. and—as someone else mentioned—most of the old bungalows never had garages and if they did, they were converted to apartments long ago. I routinely frequent the older businesses such as Villa Arcos, Champ Burger, Harrisburg Country Club, D&W, etc. because I prefer those types of establishments to anything pretentious and inauthentic. At the same time, I appreciate the new(ish) businesses that pop up in the area and seem to respect the history, like Sigma. Being a native Houstonian and having family here since before my grandfather grew up in The Heights in the 1920s, I have tremendous respect for the history of the city and the East End in particular. Just because I bought and live in a townhome (which was built on a former commercial site) for the sake of a garage and so I had something turnkey that didn’t need a bunch of repairs—that I did not have the time to do myself and didn’t want to pay anyone to do—doesn’t mean I cannot appreciate the history of the area. I would also disagree regarding the new construction townhomes being built in the area. Like is the case with my townhome, most of the new construction is limited to former commercial sites, and I think even you would agree that there is an over abundance of empty lots and abandoned warehouses in the area to where this kind of development can only be appreciated. We don’t have the same “tear down a bungalow, shoehorn three town homes onto a 5,000 square foot lot” issue they have in Montrose and even parts of The Heights. Most of Eastwood has recently become protected by Minimum Lot Size restrictions by proactive residents, so you will not see that type of development there anytime soon, if ever.
  4. Yes. We need more quality developments like this in the immediate area to help counteract the proposed affordable housing developments (one of which will be right to the east of this, if I’m not mistaken). Speaking of which, whatever happened with that proposal for the multi-family building on Fox and N. Nagle? The renderings for it looked very similar to this.
  5. Wow I didn’t even realize that it had opened. I guess that might have been part of the problem?
  6. The Corky’s in Katy closed in December. Has anyone heard recently whether the location slated for this development is still going forward? I know there is still one other location in Cypress that is still open. https://communityimpact.com/houston/katy/impacts/2019/12/16/corky039s-ribs-bbq-in-katy-area-closes/
  7. I know. And again, I’m glad that they are renovating the building instead of tearing it down and putting up new construction. But these types of old commercial buildings work well as restaurants and bars. Just look down the street at Tout Suite (which will unfortunately be a casualty of the freeway reroute project). As it stands, I now need to (1) have a kid; and (2) hope that he/she really enjoys soccer to be able to enjoy the space in any capacity. It’s a bit disappointing, that’s all.
  8. It would have been awesome-r if it was a bar or restaurant (or really anything open to the public). The layout of the building with the upper patio area would have been an interesting setup, and there aren’t too many options in that immediate area on that side of BBVA Stadium/MMP. Regardless, it is nice that this is being re-developed. It’s a beautiful building.
  9. That building and the smaller warehouse at the southwest corner of McKinney and Emancipation would both be good candidates to be renovated into either a bar or restaurant.
  10. Yep, saw that coming. Suburban-style strip center leads to suburban tenants. Ugh.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.”
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. “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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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