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  1. Next week the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents will vote on the " Authorization to Negotiate and Execute a Ground Lease of 2.6252 Acres of Land and Other Agreements Related to the Construction of Up to Two Research and Educational Buildings on the TMC3 Campus Located in Houston." Not sure which parcel they are referring to but the last site plan I remember alluded to Texas A&M Health going directly north of the industry building currently going up. https://www.tamus.edu/regents/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2022/05/RegularBinderMay2022.pdf
  2. Looks like this site plan and cutaway includes the new ACBs from when Duncan and Mays were built. I would assume it's still mostly accurate? Mays at right and Duncan at bottom.
  3. That would be an even bigger coup than Austin getting the Tesla factory. Important to note that Axiom and SpaceX have deep ties that are only getting deeper. SpaceX is currently Axiom's transportation partner and likely will continue to be once the Axiom becomes independent of the ISS. SpaceX has also stated they have little interest in developing habitats for the Martian surface which I think perfectly tees Axiom up to step in and be their habitat partner. Maybe Axiom also jumps in to develop the Artemis Base Camp on the lunar surface for NASA?
  4. Photo from TMC's Facebook page. Can't wait to see some of these first phase buildings start to complete!
  5. Axiom broke ground on their spaceport headquarters today! https://www.axiomspace.com/news/axiom-hq-spaceport
  6. That's just Dallas culture vs. Houston culture... "In Houston, we’ll engage a burgeoning arts community in the most diverse city in the nation, which we believe will result in a groundswell of revolutionary artistic expression.” - Dale Sheehan, executive creator director https://www.abqjournal.com/2497979/meow-wolf-will-expand-to-grapevine-texas-in-2023-houston-in-2024.html
  7. http://www.downtowntirz.com/downtownhouston/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Board-Book-4-12-22.pdf Cost information has been added to the original document packet sent to the FHWA. Additionally, two more exhibits were added that discuss the future of Pierce Elevated and effects on parks on the west side of downtown.
  8. 8-floor student housing complex in permitting at College Main and Cherry St called the Everett. This is right down the street from Parallel's project currently under construction. College Main will soon be an urban street too! https://www.cstx.gov/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=18469393 Parallel's second project in College Station (between Wellborn, Maple, Louise, and First St) is slated to begin construction in June.
  9. Can't believe I haven't posted this yet, Aggie Park is a redevelopment of the area between Kyle Field and the Corps Quad. It will include a lake, grand promenade leaded up to the east side of Kyle Field, and an event center for Ring Day. Construction camera: https://app.truelook.com/?u=ma1629835378#tl_live The Gardens: https://gardens.tamu.edu/leach-teaching-gardens/
  10. It requires an appropriation from the Texas Legislature and his signature which is far easier than a PUF restructuring (constitutional amendment). He has said it's part of his agenda for the 88th Legislature so it will be seriously talked about it within a year.
  11. Well good morning, Aggies! https://www.thecentennialcampaign.com Football Indoor Performance Center: Academic + Wellness Center: Indoor Track Stadium: One step better, although our steps are measured in increments of hundreds of millions of dollars
  12. Abbott recently proposed a $1 billion transfer into Tech's endowment to quell people who want to open the PUF up to more universities as a more realistic option. Probably the same thing happening for UH.
  13. There are renderings floating around but they were not approved due to the location (right next to the pond). Instead, this building will be on the right as you near the library in the area enclosed by the road, service driveway, and library building. Additionally, there is a request in with the Air Force for one of the current Air Force Ones (I know that's the callsign and not the aircraft name but that's what everyone knows them as, you nitpickers) when they are decommissioned which were introduced during President Bush's presidency. I think the library has a good shot at getting one, especially since the request included a letter from the late president shortly before his passing.
  14. Also can't forget to mention How to Survive on Land and Sea just a couple blocks down (with the incredible Ghost Hand Pasta occupying their kitchen, if you haven't checked them out and like pasta you absolutely need to).
  15. One of the attributes of the development is "walkable". I will never understand the suburban obsession with driving to a walkable area when they could just live in a walkable area.
  16. Exhibit 1 states the suggestions to move 45 to the East and trench the entire thing came from Central Houston which arose out of community concerns. The trenching specifically benefits Third Ward (historically African-American) and East End (historically Hispanic). Additionally, the Four Corners Park would be a union point for these two neighborhoods with downtown and midtown. That park along with the EaDo cap park is a direct benefit for these communities. Exhibit 2 states Central Houston got TxDOT to pay for the cap. That brings the timeline for the cap park forward by a number of years since it eliminates a major funding hurdle for the city. Major benefit for EaDo/East End. Exhibit 4 states Central Houston got TxDOT to commit to building extra wide bridges to accommodate garden bridges. These will be placed in Third Ward, EaDo, and Fifth Ward. These allow for comfortable pedestrian and cyclist access between the communities and with downtown and midtown. That's a direct benefit, especially for individuals in those communities who may not own a car. Exhibit 8 highlights TxDOT's accommodation of the green loop which will go through EaDo and Third Ward. This is a direct benefit. Parks and connectivity do improve the lives of all whom they benefit. And yes, I do think the Andrews St reconnection is important. That's one of the few instances in America of physically fixing racial divides caused by the interstate system. A DoT administration that talks about the structural racism built into the interstate system should very highly value an opportunity to undo even a small piece of it. Additionally, physically connecting Antioch with the African-American institutions across I-45 does benefit the African-American community due to better access between them. Attached are sheets from TxDOT that show their view of the benefits provided to the traditionally minority communities of Third Ward, EaDo, Fifth Ward, and Independence Heights (assume this is what you mean by "been made better for minorities"). Third Ward: https://www.txdot.gov/content/dam/project-sites/nhhip/docs/i-45-nhhip-direct-community-benefits-third-ward.pdf EaDo: https://www.txdot.gov/content/dam/project-sites/nhhip/docs/i-45-nhhip-direct-community-benefits-east-dowtown-eado.pdf Fifth Ward: https://www.txdot.gov/content/dam/project-sites/nhhip/docs/i-45-nhhip-direct-community-benefits-fifth-ward.pdf Independence Heights: https://www.txdot.gov/content/dam/project-sites/nhhip/docs/i-45-nhhip-direct-community-benefits-independence-heights.pdf
  17. Did you even read the document? The portions of the meeting packet related to NHHIP are part of a letter sent by Central Houston to an investigator with the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Civil Rights. This isn't a news release "counting old news as a new win" or "part of a campaign to sway public opinion", it's the fact finding process as part of the investigation instigated by the county. The reason it seems like news to some is because these are details conveniently left out by leaders looking to cash in on political clout at TxDOT's expense. What this document provides that is new is the side by side of how specifically TxDOT has responded to community needs and what further Central Houston wishes to secure from TxDOT.
  18. Your first point was the most important thing I saw in there. It significantly reduces the financial obligation of the city and partners to build the park. Can we go ahead and start digging yesterday?
  19. http://www.downtowntirz.com/downtownhouston/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Board-Book-FINAL-3.8.22.pdf Plenty of red meat here for y'all to argue about. For what it's worth, I did genuinely find this informative and very fair in terms of how well TxDOT is working with Central Houston and how they are actually open to negotiation/changes. Very different from the story given in the media.
  20. Isn't one of their pictures on the website from Plan Downtown near the north canal?
  21. I believe it's temp space just because they're growing insanely fast and haven't started construction on their campus at the spaceport yet EDIT: I wonder if they'll make use of the ISS model inside 🤔
  22. https://powderkeghouston.com Well this ended up being very different from the originally proposed rendering. Sad the rest of this project has gone nowhere. Could've been something great!
  23. Venus Aerospace has raised an additional $20 million to advance their technology. No mention of their new facility though. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/space/article/Houston-company-developing-a-hypersonic-plane-17058471.php
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