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Everything posted by toxtethogrady

  1. It's supposed to be 757'. Hard to tell from the renders, though...
  2. Acute labor shortages. It's already a given that you have to clean up their addictions, but that would be true whether you put them on a rig or left them on the street. Getting them a steady income and a skill makes it worth their while to go straight. And maybe they'll become reliable tenants, which is what anyone who owns apartments wants.
  3. Curiously, the competing 40-story tower is missing. That's Hines for ya.
  4. The latest HBJ says the community colleges are offering training courses for $10K or less. Compared to the salaries being paid to welders and roustabouts, it seems like it the trainees could pay back the cost of training pretty quickly - if the employers themselves weren't paying to train them. And anyone making a welder's salary can afford something reasonable. The rehab's the tricky part. But it takes care of two problems - unemployed homeless persons and companies looking for people to work on the oil rigs.
  5. A different tower is going to be attached to the Marquis garage. Development in the area is eventually going to surround Discovery Green with highrises.
  6. Well, you see, Al Jaffee's original design called for a giant fly to be squashed onto the side of the building...
  7. Shh, if any of you Aggie engineers worked on this one, I won't tell. Actually, the A&M bonfire is the only one I'm familiar with.
  8. The FAA's a bit miffed, though. It's the Wild West for drone operations out there, and people are bouncing them off buildings, airplanes and other things. If another one hits the Seattle Space Needle, you might see a crackdown.
  9. My guess is demand should still be good. With very few homes on the market and lot shortages affecting even the exurbs, this town can't build residential fast enough to meet demand. Only labor shortages and soaring materials prices can stop the developers. Besides, the City's paying them to build.
  10. One can blame it on a welding accident, but the fire should have been contained and should not have burned down the entire complex. Fire walls would have confined the blaze to one section, preserving the rest so that it didn't become a gigantic A&M Homecoming Bonfire.
  11. The guys at Pegstar reacted like they got outed. But it should have been expected.
  12. On the other hand, I hear the oil industry and the chemicals people are trying to fill almost 300,000 job vacancies in the next three years, and they're not sure they have people with the skills to take them. Why not teach these street people welding and stick them out on a rig for $80K a year?
  13. For now. But Downtown Houston is 90% occupied, which is the highest it's been in decades. I keep hearing large contiguous blocks of space are hard to come by, and absorption is on a pace to clear out the regional inventory of new development in less than three years. So by the time this one's finished, its time may have come.
  14. Or they can pull a "Rick Perry" and start poaching tenants from other parts of the country (which is the only way Dallas can add billion-dollar corporate citizens). So how fresh is that update? Seems like the size of the project has yo-yo'ed a bit - starting at 50, then going down to 40 (and in some renderings, even as small as 20), and now back to 50. Brookfield must still be looking for that 'sweet spot'.
  15. Hmm, I sense an apprentice program would create the talent. But I guess the non-union projects won't ever have anything like that.
  16. I suppose JLB could rename them the Axum Apartments. The Ethiopian community might appreciate it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axum
  17. Talk to Bob McNair about this. He's been known to fund a theatre project when he's bored with the Texans.
  18. I've seen many concert venues and most of them suck. Some are not more than four walls and a roof. It's more what goes into it than what the outside looks like.
  19. So we have a name, but no renderings. It's always hard to associate a name without a face.
  20. I have no sympathy for these guys. If they want to control development, they should support zoning.
  21. My later re-reading of the news article indicated Pegstar is only temporarily in the Fitzgerald's space and that this is an entirely separate venue for them. They will vacate Fitzgerald's for this new place.
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