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  1. I believe this will be the site of the long rumored 103 story W Hotel & residences. It’ll have a spire on top and should be a game changer for the Telephone Rd development corridor
  2. Georgia James/Hay Merchant relocating from 1100 Westheimer to Regent Square in 2022. https://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/08-31-21-georgia-james-steakhouse-new-location-regent-square-hay-merchant-closing-underbelly-hospitality-chris-shepherd/?fbclid=IwAR1VgNZ_s79QbvSET47M40WYrOeFCtUQlNvGd5176yeGl1zxGO3wyTBjIKA
  3. New project by Austin’s Bunkhouse Group. They’ve previously done El Cosmico (Marfa), Hotel San Jose & Hotel Saint Cecila (Austin), Hotel Havana (San Antonio), and Hotel Phoenix (San Francisco) Unlike their past projects, this will be new construction adjacent to the Menil. Opens Fall 2023 https://www.houstonchronicle.com/lifestyle/home-design/article/Austin-s-hip-Bunkhouse-group-plans-cool-hotel-16378230.php?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&fbclid=IwAR3CHIF3EC16GTTokNUWNNBS75uNJb49cMiUOT-7MOuC-x5f_mQamjy9UKQ
  4. NRG Park has NRG Stadium, a convention center and an arena all on its footprint. All that’s missing is a hotel/mixed use component. Compare that to Texas Live, which will have all of the above. If the SkyDome can have a hotel within its stadium walls, I don’t see why the Astrodome can’t either. If St. Louis can convert an old train shed into a mixed use/hotel development, I don’t see why the Astrodome can’t be converted either. I think some of you are simply selling the potential of this short
  5. Met Olschner during the last Dome Conservancy call. He had the interior of his dome park concept as the virtual background, which was cool. There’s just 2 problems with this idea: Problem 1: Problem 2: The NRG Park tenants (Texans & Rodeo) also have to sign off on this. A Dome Park would take away areas where they could make revenues from parking at the very least. The park itself also takes a chunk of the lots the Rodeo uses to stage its events. Not sure why so many miss the simple point that this project also has to appeal to the tenants. With that in mind, my idea to the Dome Conservancy focused on that very point. Sports franchises are building stadiums with mixed use development attached. SoFi Stadium and the surrounding LASED development on the old Hollywood Park site and Lambeau Field’s Titletown complex are the latest examples. The Jaguars are also following suit with the Jacksonville Shipyards development. The Astros are about to do the same at the Home Plate BBQ site. Why can’t this happen within the walls of the Astrodome? It makes sense IMO. A mixed use development that both the Texans and the Rodeo can draw additional revenue from during events & year round is an idea they would likely sign off on. And since the NFL likes to reward cities for investment by granting Super Bowl hosting duties, which we’ve been a direct beneficiary of in 2004 (construction of Reliant Stadium) and 2017 (NRG Stadium renovation), maybe an Astrodome renovation into a year round mixed use development might be enough to lure another Super Bowl to town, in addition to the World Cup and Final Four. Competition to host large events that pull in millions in revenue is getting stiff, with AT&T Stadium in North Texas, Allegiant Stadium in Vegas and now SoFi in LA. A Dome mixed use development allows us to remain competitive
  6. Don’t mean to be a Debbie downer but I sent the Post HTX folks this idea back in April (see below) and never heard back. I even sent them my post from this thread and the follow up responses. It makes too much sense not to do it. We all can see it, they apparently don’t have the vision or foresight to think that far ahead…
  7. Polk St/ The Tenderloin is anything but an urban dream. That’s urban decay. I love SF but like every city, it undeniably has its own issues. Sidewalks work there when you have the microclimate to keep things cool and comfortable. Here in Houston, not so much. Also there is the fact that the peninsula is only 49 square miles compared to our sprawling city. What I would like to take from SF is implementing Muni trains on heavier trafficked thoroughfares inside the loop like Montrose, Westheimer, Shephard/Durham, etc. Not sure how much cost savings there are from repurposing old trains from Eastern Europe but it could be a cheaper way to get more mass transit routes.
  8. This angle. The angles of the new triangular atrium play nicely with the sculpture. Will look better once fully landscaped.
  9. Anyone know what’s up with the Municipal Courts (Lubbock)? I thought there was a plan for the city to relocate municipal to 800 Bell and sell the land on Lubbock?
  10. Actually, I think the replacement for Bayou Music Center is the The Terminal at Post HTX, which will also be a Live Nation venue. I think “new venue” might be intended for the symphony if they chose to leave Jones Hall for new digs. If they stay at Jones Hall (which I’m in favor of due to its history), the Bayou Place tract becomes all mixed use development. This is the only explanation I see for the different ZC renders. https://zieglercooper.com/projects/bayou-place/
  11. Now if we can only light up the crown with LED lighting, along with 609 Main. Still hate that only a small portion of 609 Main’s crown is lit instead of the full blade. Why can’t this city light up its skyline better?
  12. 108 Main (formerly Cottonmouth Club) will be a new nightclub from the owner of Etro. The name will be Pris.
  13. The city should abandon Main St to vehicular traffic from Commerce to Ion District and Wheeler Station. The single lane with restricted turns is useless to traffic, especially with wide transit corridor streets paralleling Main St on both sides. The Midtown District had a nice idea of converting one lane to bike lane, the other into an expanded pedestrian promenade.
  14. Exactly. This is the perfect, centralized location and using the heavy rail already in place, commuter trains from a Post HTX train shed can easily branch out to many parts of the city. Go west to Cypress and Sugar Land or go North to IAH and Kingwood at the very least (haven’t fully explored all heavy rail in the area yet). This could be a game-changer just by jumpstarting commuter rail plans with a possible cost effective solution. And the real benefit is possibly transforming Post HTX into our own version Grand Central Station.
  15. Since Amtrak might be increasing service to Houston and we all now this city needs a better train station, with Post HTX being located close by, it lead me to an obvious idea: I’d like to see the Amtrak station moved to PostHTX, which would be a nicer location (compared to under a freeway overpass) and could still use the existing heavy rail tracks. Since the loading dock is being transformed into covered patio spaces, convert the loading dock area behind Post HTX into a European style train shed that can support Amtrak operations and connect directly to the food hall/shopping and collaborative areas of Post HTX, adding a new audience to help support Post HTX growth and success. This provides vendors at Post HTX with more sales opportunities in the form of train travelers and gives the city better gateway to welcome train travelers to and from Downtown. And if the city eventually uses the existing heavy rail tracks for commuter rail, this could be the station connection to downtown. Think Denver’s Union Station.
  16. Current Amtrak shack is located across the 45 overpass from PostHTX. I’d like to see the Amtrak station moved to PostHTX, which would be a nicer location (compared to under a freeway overpass) and could still use the existing heavy rail tracks. Since the loading dock is being transformed into covered patio spaces, convert the loading dock area behind Post HTX into a European style train shed that can support Amtrak operations and connect directly to the food hall/shopping and collaborative areas of Post HTX, adding a new audience to help support Post HTX growth and success. This provides vendors at Post HTX with more sales opportunities in the form of train travelers and gives the city better gateway to welcome train travelers to and from Downtown. And if the city eventually uses the existing heavy rail tracks for commuter rail, this could be the station connection to downtown. Think Denver’s Union Station.
  17. No. The concert venue is in the northeast corner (purple area in sight plans for level 1 & 2) taking up both levels. This has been in the plans for a while. It’s been illustrated in past renders and the HBJ article makes note of the fact that negotiations between Lovett and LiveNation have been ongoing since 2018. Lovett has made no secret about Day For Night’s influence on the project, as well as using Printworks London & Kraftwerk Berlin as inspirations for the venue design. What this news coupled with the ZCA Bayou Place renders suggest to me Bayou Place Music Center’s days are numbered and won’t be part of future redevelopment plans.
  18. I agree with @Houston19514. This is a terrible take. 59-288 merger should see improvements from the fact that backups related to 45 north/Pierce Elevated are no longer there. Most bars there are east of St Emanuel and city documents show the deck park would be used for more development. Couple that with GRBCC’s plans to create an East End entrance and this project could easily bolster development here, better then what’s currently there now (a shitty overpass) The Pierce Elevated’s relocation to 59 shouldn’t cause any issues with west-central Houston traffic more then what it sees now as there’ll still be a spur built out to Midtown Pierce/Jefferson split ..the same exit that’s still there. IMO, it’s location is too far east to exacerbate West Loop traffic issues anyways. It’s adding an important connection from San Jacinto to Fulton. Also as a former East End resident, I find out laughable how you forget to mention how the diverse East End will benefit from this project. One freeway goes below grade and you think that’ll sever the city in the event of a disaster? Both 59 and 288 south of 45 have been below grade for decades already. There’s also plenty of other routes there. While my preferable wish is for the brain-dead leaders in the city to wake up and fully build out high speed commuter rail trains with their own grade separated right of way to all heavily populated suburbs in this city, I can easily see how the NHHIP will ultimately benefit the city, especially its Downtown urban core. The city has been trying to improve quality of life and stitching back neighborhoods together by demolishing unsightly overpasses is a step in the positive direction to that goal. This is too big of an opportunity to waste.
  19. ABC 13’s SkyEye with footage of moving day for the Cohn House. https://abc13.com/10410941/?ex_cid=TA_KTRK_FB&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2cZyUkccKKyuM1pdpWzb9iuTbhny0FAVhRmfkCNjXcHrQDmpYYk-E0zuM
  20. Hope this suit doesn’t end up torpedoing funding of this project because I-45 needs help, especially the older sections from Quitman to the North Belt. I literally have a toll tag just to see my family and avoid driving in this mess. What this city really needs is right of way separated commuter trains to all the heavily populated suburbs, replacing the glorified commuter busses that clog our freeways and streets now. Give commuters a choice to use a high speed train that travels unimpeded by vehicular traffic, shaving long and frustrating commute times and they’ll go for it. For a sprawling city of our size, commuter trains should've been a no-brainer solution. Hell, we chose the cheaper option - Metro’s commuter shuttle busses. But instead, all I hear is the same ole bullshit argument from backwards ass peons “we’re not NY, we won’t use trains.” Fine, stay stuck in the past, not to mention, stuck in traffic.
  21. One step closer to an incredible parking lot: Train was moved yesterday. https://www.facebook.com/1717138895199170/posts/2848670668712648/?d=n
  22. Fulbright we know of for Block 250. What is the confidence level of Block 251 tower?
  23. Know what might help likely the Downtown Houston core? Closing down the sparsely used singular vehicle lanes on Main St and turning the ENTIRE 2.5 mile stretch, from Buffalo Bayou to the Ion Innovation District, into a pedestrian thoroughfare like Denver’s 16th St Promenade. Main St has a lot of promise with the bar district to the north in Market Sq, the CBD and Main St Sq, multi family units springing up in South Downtown, Midtown Park and Caydon’s multiple condo buildings going up, MATCH/Ensemble Theater with Mid Main, and the Ion Innovation District with Wheeler Station (and soon a Freeway Deck Park over trenched 59). The single vehicular lane of Main St traffic isn’t needed considering commuter streets parallel it on both sides and Rail impedes left turns on Main. Get rid of it. It does this city no good and there are much better ways to get the full potential of Main St for the betterment of this city’s future.
  24. That’s the plan for SP 982: Restore to operational again. This according to the SP 982 Historical Group on FB
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