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  1. swtsig

    Houston Center Redevelopment

    the shops/4hc is far trickier - apparently a lot of the MEPs run along the outside of the structure so just "opening it up" isn't really feasible. as of now it's still somewhat of an unknown but it sounds like their preference is to bring in a real grocer... whether or not they can is another story. all in all brookfield and gensler have done a great job, though.
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    3540 W. Dallas St: Planned Mixed-Use by Hanover

    i believe he meant "assy gases"... hanover is getting into the wastewater treatment game.
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    Lower Heights District

    i'd like to think that the parking lot is just a necessary placeholder for future development.
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    Houston Center Redevelopment

    Brookfield is unveiling their plans for Houston Center 1/15, just FYI
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    708 / 712 Main Renovation - The Jones on Main

    i stopped by the crow's nest at Finn Hall last week and was pleasantly surprised at how many people were there, particularly given the terrible weather we were having. i will say i though the bar lacked a little charm and the bartending definitely needed some improvement but overall it was enjoyable. Finn Hall itself was fairly crowded for an off hour so i can only imagine how busy it gets during lunch. lots of great options. i really REALLY want them to do something grand with the Chase Bank lobby... that's the single grandest space in all of Houston and it would be great to see something other than a bank occupy that space.
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    The Allen: Allen Pkwy/Gillette Mixed Use 6 acres

    it's not really an assumption... perhaps if you did anything other than complain people would be a little more "open minded and modest"... if you simply wanted a place to b!tch maybe yelp would be more your speed.
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    The Boulevard Project

    there's a massive redevelopment planned for that site... very preliminary so who knows exactly what gets built or when but there are major players involved and the initial scale is massive.
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    The Allen: Allen Pkwy/Gillette Mixed Use 6 acres

    from what i can tell updated renderings haven't been produced yet but the distinctive staggered/offset design is being done away with. knowing that, it's probably safe to assume that additional exterior design elements will also be value-engineered. there's a pervasive attitude amongst many houston developers (particularly this one) that the exterior of a building matters little, at least relative to the interior. certainly there's some merit to that, especially in residential buildings, but that attitude seems to get amplified here compared to other major cities.
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    The Allen: Allen Pkwy/Gillette Mixed Use 6 acres

    Not to be a Debbie downer but I’ve heard that the distinctive condo/hotel tower will be significantly value engineered. IOW, expect this one to get the infamous “houston developer” treatment.
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    Novel River Oaks at Willowick & Westheimer

    very classy design... should fit in well w the area, especially the new addition to ROB across the street and the medical office bldg going up next door. this intersection will look a lot different in a couple of years.
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    Houston Center Redevelopment

    hence the reason they're about to undergo a major renovation. please never stop posting.
  12. do not know about hanover but given their bullish attitude towards houston lately it wouldn't surprise me in the least. metlife/hines have long held on to the vacant lot directly north of Hanover PO 1 and will almost assuredly kick something off sooner rather than later.
  13. the price differential to add brick facade, at least just to the Texas Ave facing side and around both southern corners would not be significant. i'm certainly not opposed to being pragmatic about costs but these types of missed opportunities are really inexplicable in situations like this.
  14. parking garage here absolutely makes sense - a lot of astros lots will be meeting their maker soon, especially when the 59 construction begins. i would think a garage isn't simply a luxury for them at this point but an absolute necessity, especially one on the main thoroughfare leading to the ballpark. curious if this is one of the lots crane owns around MMP or as someone else mentioned if they're ground leasing this. although i'd certainly wish we'd start paying more attention to the aesthetic of these structures. they may be a necessary evil but that doesn't mean we shouldn't attempt to make them an interesting part of the streetscape. like why not continue the red brick motif to create a stronger sense of place? it's amazing to me that the developers in this city willingly ignore obvious details like this so routinely.
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    Hines Block 42 Residential High-Rise: 46-stories

    how so? other than replacing glass with stone on the base it looks identical. i would've been much more concerned had they reduced the glass curtain wall in the highrise section and/or altered the unique curvature in the design.