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  1. Yes, it will get built, just like Camden's superblock , or Houston Center 6...just be patient.
  2. ?? Sometimes I just don't understand what Winston is talking about...
  3. The way I read the rule, it doesn't necessarily say that if a project is cancelled the incentives can't be reassigned (at least from what I read on a memo posted on another thread). The memo said that once the incentive program is closed - either because the cap is reached or the timeframe expires in 2016 - then the incentives can't be reassigned to other projects. Theoretically, I understand, if a project is cancelled now, the incentives are up for grabs. The real issue is that a project rarely ever gets cancelled, rather it is delayed indefinitely.
  4. I agree, I seem to remember people saying a few years ago that oil would never go back under $100 again.
  5. Really? I wonder why Finger would not go for the incentives. Are there strings attached?
  6. I would call this a transformational project for Houston. I love the vision, and the execution. It might even make me become a member of the museum again.
  7. "townhomes influenced by historic architecture found in Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., the Georgetown neighborhood in Washington D.C. and Virginia’s Old Town Alexandria." That makes so much sense in Texas....
  8. This is one of my favorites projects going on right now, especially bc of what they're doing to ADLA and making the ground level of the GRB so people friendly.
  9. This will be a great addition to the area This will be a great addition to the area
  10. It's possible to have a solid wall but it would be rare. Single-loaded corridors significantly drive down the efficiency of the building and make per-unit costs too expensive. There will likely be units facing the gargae. On-site employees will live there, and the rest will be used to advertise lower entry prices.
  11. Good points. I guess it depends what recently and renovated actually mean. If the buildings got new paint and carpet 4 years ago, they are toast!
  12. Oh, great. Now HAIF is going to get hacked!
  13. Yes, I agree taller buildings have stronger bones and take longer to build. That does not mean all office towers take longer to build than residential. The added time caused by the higher live loads is offset by the added amount in interior build out. Another obvious point to consider is floor plates. These days, a 25,000 sf plate is typical for office, whereas residential can get away with smaller floor plates. My point was that a blanket statement about use is not possible, there are too many variables.
  14. The article says the apartments were recently renovated. That would tell me the sales price is not conducive to immediate redevelopment, and that Midway can get a nice revenue stream from the property. I would bet this is a long-term play for Midway.
  15. There's no reason a residential tower, which has every unit fully finished out, should be faster to build than an office tower which is often delivered as shell space. Take a look at 2929 Wesayan and Sovereign as extreme examples. Skyhouses are an exemption, their developers have figured out a way to crank out McTowers very quickly. While they may not win Architectural awards, they are great for business given their speed to market - and I would bet most potential residents don't mind the exterior look at all.
  16. Great picture, thanks for sharing. Houston is so damn flat!
  17. 5 years ago we could only wish this type of development was typical for Midtown.
  18. I heard from a higher-up at Gensler that there's a possibility this wouldn't be built. He wouldn't give me any details, so I don't know how strong that possibility is. I hope not very strong.
  19. Just another cheesey building on the beltway, fits right in.
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