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thedistrict84

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  1. I noticed that they are building an outdoor area and path at the end of the parking lot at Headquarters, in previous railroad ROW. These railroad tracks have been abandoned for a while. Not sure if it will extend all the way to Commerce, but it would be nice if it does!
  2. Surrounding East River with these new mixed income affordable housing projects (as proposed) is probably not what potential future tenants for the retail sections of the project want to see. The City is undermining the creation of what figures to be a promising new commercial district if it’s going to allow these other developers to put several of these housing projects—primarily inhabited by people with no disposable income and limited buying power—in the immediate vicinity, instead of more market rate apartments (like the Marquette developments nearby), more townhomes, and other similar developments. Seems counterintuitive. And yet again, the East End (and lower Fifth Ward) may take on more of these types of housing developments. There are too many here already, as the map on the linked page clearly shows. I know I sound a bit NIMBY-ish, but other areas in the City do not have nearly the number of low income housing developments that the East End has. Since the City is involved in this process, they really need to do a better job of spreading these out more (i.e., by modifying the approval process that these projects are currently going through right now by making proximity of existing developments more of a factor in granting or denying proposals, etc.). Edit: @I'm Not a Robot does make a good point that part of the goal of these projects may be to relocate those currently in Clayton Homes, but I was under the impression that Clayton Homes was a different class of low income property (i.e., exclusively Section 8) than these projects.
  3. Thanks for pointing us to those new renderings. Architecturally it’s better than expected, and from what I can tell it will front Hutchins and Leeland with no parking on those sides, which should help promote pedestrian traffic on this streets. Not bad (aside from the sea of parking, but that was probably inevitable).
  4. I drive by this building every day. They’ve been busy the last few weeks making modifications to the windows and building out the interior. Hopefully part of the renovations are to relocate the entry door back to the corner, at a 45 degree angle, as it was originally.
  5. I’m anxious to see the site plan on this development. Given that the vast majority of Raus Construction’s portfolio on its website looks to be soul-crushing suburban-style developments, I’m not holding out much hope for something pedestrian-friendly that helps promote walkability in the area. I guess we will see.
  6. Minutes are always posted on the Planning Commission website. Just scroll down and click on the link for whatever date you want to check. http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Commissions/commiss_plan.html I haven’t heard much about this development recently. I agree that having land bank style properties in this area isn’t going to help further development, especially in such close proximity to other affordable housing-type projects. These types of projects really need to be spread out more, and not just in the East End. Hopefully the major market rate projects by Marquette nearby and other similar developments help even things out.
  7. They may have removed it from the name then. It was originally referred to as “EaDo Navigation” in materials and on the variance request notice placed on the property (see the previous pictures and discussions in this post). Regardless, Marquette still states on their website that both this development and 400 Jensen are in EaDo. They’re not.
  8. If you type in “Greater East End” in Google maps, you’re not too far off from how it is currently. I thought it ended at the Bayou, but the map shows it going all the way to Clinton. Agreed 100%, but if developers and real estate agents have their way, all of this will be called EaDo eventually. It’s the hip, trendy name after all. Exhibit A: this development, which has “EaDo” in its name but is definitely not in EaDo. I’m not against gentrification generally, but the loss or even dilution of existing area/neighborhood names into whatever invented name sounds cool to marketing focus groups is an unfortunate byproduct.
  9. Drove by this building today and they are making good progress. New windows have been installed throughout the exterior of the building, and it looks as though the interior has been fully built out and mostly furnished. I would be surprised if this wasn’t open by the end of this month.
  10. I’m assuming that all of the amenities put in near the Bayou greenbelt will be open to the public? As others mentioned, it would be great to have a pavilion and green space around the silos and have it usable as a community space. And, more importantly to me at least, it would be great to have another dog park in the area since the EaDog Park on Polk is rather lackluster.
  11. Good idea. It’s technically on my way to MMP by foot, I’ll try to check it out next time I go to a game.
  12. Maybe it’s time to revisit religious organizations being exempt from taxes? Between ambitious, overwrought construction projects and churches scooping up land everywhere (like what is happening currently in Third Ward), it seems they’re generally rolling in cash. And don’t even get me started on Osteen. Unfortunately, I’m guessing that would be a political non-starter in this state.
  13. Finally. This block has to be one of the strangest in all of Houston. There were maybe one or two portable storage sheds on site, with a playground (?) and a bunch of 18 wheeler cabs parked there all the time. I have no clue what the property was being used for. Meanwhile, the one holdout lot is fenced in with a metal gate up front, like somebody was thinking of putting up a single-family home and then just decided not to at the last minute. So weird. Whatever happens to this block will be a very welcome improvement.
  14. The original proposal only included a few blocks of EaDo (up to Emancipation I believe), but now covers the entirety of EaDo. The rest of the East End (i.e., everything east of the BNSF tracks/outside of the EaDo “triangle”) is not included, unfortunately. It would have been nice to extend it throughout the East End/Second Ward to at least Sampson St.
  15. Thanks for the background info @CrockpotandGravel. I didn’t even notice that the new entity name on the construction permit was different than that mentioned in the Swamplot article (with “House” vs. “Bar” being the only difference). But it seems to be the same group as far as you can tell, correct?
  16. They started putting up the framework for the northern-most building (Corky’s BBQ).
  17. Coming soon signage for Roots Wine Bar is up in the windows at the small commercial building at 3107 Leeland St. This is a block or so southeast of East End Hardware. This is the former location of Metamorphose Studios, a business that (I believe) was engaged in restoration and sale of antique furniture. Swamplot article about the location from last year indicated that an alcohol permit had been applied for: http://swamplot.com/empty-leeland-furniture-workshop-now-has-a-wine-sign-on-it/2018-09-18/ Given the font on the signage, is it safe to assume that this venture is related to Roost on Fairview?
  18. The article that @Urbannizer posted describes the company as a “faith-based community development corporation.” It looks to be affiliated with Trinity East Methodist Church, the church immediately to the northwest. I wonder whether the fact that it’s “faith-based” carries any significance. If so, would there be tax considerations involved?
  19. They’re still in the process of installing the drainage system and leveling the lot. Making decent progress so far, and should start the actual construction of the building in a few weeks. I’ll take a few pics this evening and post them.
  20. Huh. I thought we were expecting an official groundbreaking this year? And a 20 year build-out for all phases is also longer than initially suggested. I understand that projects of this scale are hard to fully predict, but the fact that these dates and numbers are changing this early is a tad bit concerning.
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