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thedistrict84

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  1. I was worried for a second that this was an actual industry buzzword, but fortunately Google doesn’t seem to agree. Yup, developers essentially lining up to buy lots in the current Pierce Elevated ROW from the state are one of the big reasons that EaDo is getting steamrolled in the reroute project. The affected businesses and individuals in EaDo don’t have the collective clout these developers do. This is basically the commercial real estate equivalent of a highway getting routed through the middle of a lower income neighborhood—think 59 splitting up the Fifth Ward, 288 knifing through Riverside Terrace, etc. Curious if this is really just quid pro quo to “repay” campaign contributions from certain developers by giving them cut rate deals on prime real estate.
  2. Idk the seedy Greyhound McDonald’s just a few blocks from here is east of Main . . . that counts, right?
  3. There is a notice of public hearing sign placed on the property regarding R.O.W. dedication on Delano St. Sounds like they’re placing a driveway for access to the property from Delano. There is currently a driveway just southeast of the intersection between Delano and Commerce. Not sure how accurate an inferrence from that regarding setback or layout could be, but it seems to me that this means the parking lot (or garage?) may be situated on the northwest portion of the property, fronting Delano.
  4. Agree. I really like the idea of keeping that little nook of downtown as a “warehouse district” with renovated and repurposed commercial buildings (Wagon Works building, Nabisco building, etc.).
  5. This is great news! I drive by that site every day and was worried the project was abandoned. It seemed like it had been relegated to a retention pond after heavy rains. It will be nice to see this get off the ground, although the Caydon tower got a nice head start.
  6. It would not have developed in the same fashion, I agree. But Lamar, in terms of the way it tracks, is a bit different than Pierce Street, which tracks as straight as an arrow and was ideal for an elevated freeway. My point was that the Pierce has not really hindered “nice development” in the immediate area, and even if it remains in place, Midtown and downtown will still continue to develop towards and converge at the Pierce. And, buildings like 2016 Main long ago demonstrated that the half blocks along the Pierce can still be developed to abut it. The real gain from removal of the Pierce would be approximately nine half blocks of real estate and removal of what amounts to predominately a visual barrier. Is that worth what would happen to the EaDo and the East End (given that the freeway cap park seems to be a pipe dream at this point)?
  7. There will still be a freeway-like presence between downtown and Buffalo Bayou Park. Latest maps from last week still show several elevated connectors starting south of W Dallas originating at Bagby, Jefferson, etc. to connect to I-10 west and I-45 north. The Bayou will still have multiple, multi-lane bridges crossing it at the same point I-45 does now. I agree with your concern about “creat[ing] unfortunate physical . . . barriers.” Unfortunately, the same plan that will (eventually) bring down part of the Pierce requires a rerouting of I-45 to the southeast of downtown that will actually create a physical barrier . . . for EaDo and the East End. More than a dozen vibrant city blocks eliminated, several streets that currently provide access to downtown cut off—a sizable physical barrier that will unequivocally have a detrimental impact to the neighborhood, more harm than the Pierce could ever be credited with. I wish we could follow Vancouver’s example, but we passed the point of no return to do away with freeways near the CBD long ago.
  8. I don’t understand the need for downtown and Midtown to “integrate.” The presence of the Pierce Elevated has hardly stunted development in Midtown. Further, light rail passes through uninhibited, and all streets maintain a clean connection despite the half-block wide Pierce Elevated. There is still room for development on the southwest side of downtown and the northeast side of Midtown, with new projects announced in these areas recently. The only “barrier” that the Pierce Elevated seems to constitute is a visual barrier between the two districts. As I’m sure you’re aware, the Pierce Elevated coming down would be the last step in the I-45 reroute project. Best case scenario, and assuming no delays with this ambitious project, you’re probably looking at least 10 years before that happens. Hope you don’t develop a cramp keeping your fingers crossed for that long.
  9. Document shows 120 units, which sounds about right if it’s a two to three story complex like the one a block away on Canal at N Paige. I’m interested to see a site plan to determine the layout, setback, etc.
  10. I agree with you completely regarding a "suburban style strip mall." Definitely do not want that (although if the Ross is still part of the plan, we're partially there already). The renderings I have seen here and elsewhere do look good, and the prospect of a nice restaurant and other retail here is very welcoming. I too am both a supporter of higher density developments and a big proponent of walkability, and this development seems to check those boxes. And, I'm one light rail stop away from this anyway, so an increase in vehicular traffic won't even directly affect me. My only point was that this is an intersection that is already problematic due to a confluence of factors: (1) the train crossings at Lockwood and Eastwood; (2) light rail on Harrisburg; and (3) Harrisburg being one lane due to light rail. The train brings traffic to a standstill. Traffic lights near light rail can be buggy and take forever to cycle. Have you ever tried to turn left onto Lockwood from Harrisburg there? I have, and sometimes it takes more than five minutes for the light to cycle when there is virtually no traffic. An exponential increase in traffic at this intersection could create a perfect traffic storm (a trafficane, if you will) under the right conditions. That's my concern. What else can be done with a lot that size that wouldn't bring the amount of traffic this likely will? Probably nothing. Unfortunately I don't have a solution, and even if I did, no one should listen to me anyway. I'm just making an observation about a potential issue that the developers have (hopefully) taken into account.
  11. Based on the number of parking spots in the site plan on the Lovett website and the size of the parking garage (which seems excessive in the first place, given the proximity to light rail), I’m concerned that this is going to create a trafficalypse. Harrisburg is one lane through here due to light rail, which is obviously problematic. Throw a train into the mix, crossing Lockwood and Eastwood immediately southwest of this site, blocking those streets for 8 to 10 minutes at a time, multiple times a day? Yikes. And yes, I realize that the garage will possibly be used much like a “park and ride” for light rail commuters, but again, that will create peak times for vehicular traffic and contribute further to the problem.
  12. The only thing that has come up in Google is something called “Campanile on Commerce” mentioned in minutes from a HCAC meeting on 1/31/2018. Sounds like a small apartment complex, but it’s not clear.
  13. Noticed yesterday that there were surveyors out at this large, eternally empty lot (since at least 1952, based on historical aerial photography that I’ve found). Looked to be marking property boundaries along with the location of storm/sewer drains. HCAD shows that it is currently owned by Glaven Investments, LLC., and was acquired early last year from the Estate of Yolanda Black-Navarro. Any insight as to what may be planned, if anything?
  14. I had my credit card compromised at Lucky’s about three years ago while watching a USMNT game. Someone apparently duplicated the magnetic strip to a blank card (while it was being held behind the bar) and started using the duplicated card the next day. Fortunately, Chase caught on and shut it down quickly. I called and spoke with the manager the next day about it, but he didn’t seem too concerned. I try to avoid that place now (which is easy to do with Little Woodrow’s across the street).
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