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  1. All of the Alonti locations downtown have closed up. 919 Milam is undergoing renovation work, which is why Beck’s Prime and Brown Bag Deli are closed. Neither of their spaces (nor DiMassi’s) has cleared out so they’ll likely reopen after the renovation is done. From what I’ve seen last year to currently, YES I’d say the tunnels feel like they’re back now, especially in the last few weeks.
  2. There’s an elevator to the left of the front entrance (San Jacinto) next to the former Jos A Bank store. That’s still in use fulfilling the ADA requirement. There’s also elevators on the Lamar side as well as Austin St at the back of the dining area (next to the outdoor balcony overlooking Austin St. Passing by the other day, I’m surprised how much of the old front entrance has been dismantled. The renders didn’t really focus too much on this side so I feel like we’ve missed some details on changes to the main entrance. Are they reconfiguring the escalator setup? Also, what becomes of the old Tejas Grill space. IIRC they closed up after the renovation was started. Is rehabbing this space included in the renovation plans or left up to whomever leases the space?
  3. We’re over here asking “if Metro would consider using larger commuter busses” when the obvious damn answer to this city’s traffic issues is using RIGHT OF WAY SEPARATED COMMUTER RAIL to all major suburbs. Not more buses that contribute to and also get stuck in traffic. Cmon Houston. WAKE THE F*** UP.
  4. Crane owns the lot. It will be a parking lot for now https://www.houstonchronicle.com/food-culture/restaurants-bars/article/Downtown-s-Jackson-Street-BBQ-closes-after-8-16991784.php
  5. What, do we not deserve anything nice in this city? We can’t seek to improve our quality of life because of a few cheapskates… Just build a ditch? …it’s backwards thinking like this that pisses me off. No one is asking for the damn San Antonio Riverwalk to be constructed here. But this gives us the opportunity to construct something that can not only alleviate flooding, but improve trails and the neighborhood …the Urban Genesis Warehouse District project going up just north of here. A landing along Wood St along the lines of the Chicago Riverwalk could both increase flood capacity and add a nice trail as an amenity. These two project could pair well together …except for shortsighted people with no vision like yourself. If you want this city to be respected like a world class city, start thinking and acting like it.
  6. What did you expect from an Austin-based writer (Aaron Seward)?
  7. THE Roberta’s Pizza from Bushwick opened today, per their IG. I had NO FRIGGIN CLUE. There only locations are in BK, LA, and Singapore. I. AM. EXCITE. https://www.instagram.com/p/CbfZ4IqOHwG/?utm_medium=copy_link
  8. Brookfield announces 3 Houston Center renovation https://houston.culturemap.com/news/real-estate/03-23-22-3-houston-center-downtown-renovation-updates-brookfield-properties/?fbclid=IwAR2dZi3V0hkRqrerUhcWKHG3OKGdvdks9wypGC-GuaPiRTpy0rotMRsg2AQ
  9. It should happen. It makes financial sense as one of the Big 4 and he controls Toyota Center. But Tilman has his eyes on a bigger prize …Chelsea FC.
  10. I like the idea of placing a brewery catty corner from Toyota Center’s main entrance. In addition to the CNP block (277), Id think block 291 has just as much potential being sandwiched in between Discovery West and Root Memorial Square Park, across Toyota Center. Would love it if we can eventually get a neighborhood developed filled with ground floor restaurant and retail surrounding the arena and park. And if Tillman goes forward with a Toyota Center renovation, a massive floor to ceiling glass wall facing the park and downtown neighborhood would be awesome… Sports mixed use development projects are something it feels like all teams are doing lately, the Astros poised to be the next team soon with the Home Plate site. Would be cool if Tillman could get with block 277 or 291 and add to the development with Discovery West.
  11. Hope the new FOB doesn’t block the skyline view from within the stadium bowl.
  12. They’re all camped out on the other side of Wheeler now, under the 59 overpass at S Main next to the abandoned Wendy’s
  13. Tejas Grill is closing Thursday, per a friend of mine who worked there.
  14. Texas Tower is OPEN. I hope this doesn’t mean only half of the crown is lit. They did that with 609 Main, which still pisses me off. https://www.instagram.com/p/CXVTyyTADsZ/?utm_medium=copy_link
  15. Is COVID slowing Rice’s momentum at The Ion? Nope. Is COVID slowing Skanska’s momentum on Discovery West? Nope. This isn’t some cash strapped slumlord. This is Brookfield. I’m not pleased with “some momentum.” They could do better then these plans and they cheaped out, plain & simple.
  16. Not happy with this. I was really looking forward to an expanded street presence along the McKinney St facade that would’ve really tied in well with the recently completed renovations and Discovery Green nearby. Could’ve really helped link Main St Square to Discovery Green with an active area. Instead, it’s been scaled back to a rear corner entrance for the food hall. Look at all the different designs they looked at. And this is the end result: Lipstick on pig. I really hate this city’s tendency to scale back projects. I guess we can’t have anything nice in this town.
  17. Thread of my pics. Loved the way this renovation turned. Hoping the administration building becomes a boutique hotel. I still would also like Amtrak rail depot moved to the rear dock. Might draw even more crowds if a sky bridge or some direct path could be built linking UH Downtown to PostHTX.
  18. For reference, where I got the information of the Astros possibly owning 1511 Preston lot.
  19. I would agree. Convert Avenida De Las Americas into a pedestrian thoroughfare from Lamar St up to the ballpark, linking all of these destinations (Toyota Center, GBRCC, Discovery Green, Ballpark Village and the MMP) together like a string of pearls. Although McKinney street turn lane will still need to exist for access to the Discovery Green parking garage. This encourages fans leaving both sports venues towards the park which helps further support all of the restaurants built into GRBCC’s facade and around Discovery Green.
  20. Wrong address. 1511 Preston, the old white halfway house that was demolished last year.
  21. Just as a reminder, the Downtown TRIZ’s plans for on cap development, post 59 reroute. See pages 61-69 for EaDo Ramble. http://www.downtowntirz.com/downtownhouston/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/08-11-20-Board-Book-FINAL.pdf
  22. The yellow lot is owned by Annunciation Church. IIRC they’ve planned to build a garage here for a while but nothings happened. Not sure if that’s still their plan. The lot that piques my curiously for more development is Block 120 behind Marriott Marquis.
  23. In this article, Crane specifically says the following: However, we’ve seen city documents posted on the 45 reroute thread illustrating development occurring over the freeway deck. I’m not sure what’s planned here but Crane’s quote above suggests the Astros might not be involved with freeway deck development…. yet. All depends on if the reroute downtown even occurs at this point. I agree with @nate4l1f3 for the halfway house site, I could envision more high rise residential development (hopefully with ground floor retail/restaurant) occurring here next to 500 Crawford. I’m guessing they’re looking at adding as much residential surrounding the ballpark as they can, which creates not only more population in the area after office hours but also more potential consumers to sell tickets too that are more likely to attend games being located steps away from the ballpark. Considering the situation, I’d say the phases of ballpark development could go like this: Phase 1: Home Plate site. Phase 2: CF site. Phase 3: Freeway Deck (if reroute occurs)
  24. Vid from the top of the crown of Texas Tower by skyscraper scalers on IG. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CU_Vy0-ACTY/?utm_medium=copy_link
  25. Definitely mixed use. The question I have based on this article pertains to the following statement. Surrounding MMP? That could actually happen. We know the Astros also own the plot of land at 1701 Prairie (by CF gate) that was formerly a halfway house (now demolished). Could they have additional plans for that plot as well? There’s a sizable chunk of green space across Crawford St behind the roof that combined with the Prairie lot, gives them a lot of space to work with. And since it’s next to Heritage Park, that would make a great location for an Astros Hall Of Fame building.
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