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bobruss last won the day on February 7 2019

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  1. Regardless of what street it resembles, once all of the road construction is finished and the apartment building going up right now gets finished this is going to be a popular area for the neighborhood. They already have two longtime hospitality spaces in Weights and Measure, and 13 degrees Celsius. The new street improvements will make it a very enviable spot to add walk up traffic in east Midtown. Maybe thats why Wonton is leaving. They probably sold the property to a developer who will build a new mid rise there. Just speculating. You've got HCC on the south end and a straight shot from downtown for lunch business. I guess you could look to the west side of Midtown on Bagby since they did this same thing over there.
  2. About a year ago I called the Brays project about the Scott street bridge. They had almost finished the Ardmore street bridge and were starting the Calhoun bridge. I left a message about the Scott street bridge. We went up to Durango for a vacation and were up at 11,000 ft in a beautiful log cabin. There was no service in the house. You had to walk down a 1/4 mile to the gate and you could get some service. I had walked down to the gate to try and make contact and check messages and while down there I received a call from an engineer for the project returning my call. It surprised the hell out of me. I asked him when they were going to start work on Scott street since I live just east of it, and use the bridge quite often. He explained that the Scott street bridge was not going to be rebuilt because it's flow was satisfactory. I didn't want to argue with him because I was actually very pleased I had received a call from him and I was in the mountains. I know during Harvey the water was being slowed by the bottom of the bridge when the bayou crested. I have video of it stacking up against the bridge but we'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully he was right.
  3. I'd like to see the breakdown of how many of these 40 low income housing projects are going where. Like how many in Memorial, or Tanglewood or Briar grove, or Meyerland. It seems like they are all focused in the east side and the third ward, and I would imagine the fourth and fifth wards and perhaps the north side. It's the same song fifteenth verse. Just stick them in the lower income neighborhoods so they can continue to struggle. Talking about a bunch of nimbys.
  4. I provide this link once again so that anyone not familiar with the master plan its all there. This is the 2002 master plan which I don't think they have changed much if any. https://issuu.com/buffalobayou/docs/bbpmasterplan2002 If you go to page 36 you can see a rendering of what they propose. This would be a very nice addition to what would become an island and even though the county has several incarceration facilities on the north side of the bayou the area between them and the south side of the Northern canal would be prime property for development. It would leave a lot of space for growth and improvements. Housing, retail, and mixed use projects would fill those remaining spaces on both sides of the canal. The Genesis project is just the beginning of that areas regentrification. It would not be the San Antonio riverwalk, but it would provide some opportunities for restaurants, clubs and all sorts of recreational opportunities along b both sides of a controlled canal.
  5. Now we just need someone to build out the block just to the west and spare the office workers in downtown of the embassy. Isn't that Skanska's block also?
  6. This has been this way since it was built many years before TMC3 was even a vision.
  7. I did a little research and this is going to V.A. housing.
  8. Apparently the appreciation for the benefits of park living has caught on in the Third Ward. This is one of two new projects across the street from MacGregor Park. One at the east end of the park and one at the west end. Both are on O.S.T. They appear to be fairly contemporary townhomes. The one at 4720 O.S.T. is farther along and now has particle board siding attached. I'm sure with the construction of the Medical school on the park has also influenced developers. Hopefully when Hindesky and Highrise tower make their rounds they can take some images of these projects along with 4320 O.S.T.
  9. There appears to be a fairly large construction project going up across the street from Dixie Hardware. They have started putting up a steel framed structure. There also appears to be quite a bit of plumbing coming up which makes me think it might be some type of housing. Sorry I couldn't submit any photos. Hopefully Hindesky or Highrise tower will swing by here and get some images.
  10. There is a large construction project on O.S.T. across the street from Dixie Hardware just east of Cullen. There is also a project on OST across from MacGregor Park
  11. Although the view from Discovery Green will be free of the Embassy Suites, It's not going anywhere. It will still be lurking from the southeastern view, but what an improvement.
  12. We went to lunch on Tuesday. It was not that busy. I spent 15 years in the restaurant business, and I felt uncomfortable for several of the vendors. I would be real concerned about Golfstrommen also. I didn't see one customer there the whole time we were there. Restaurants depend on a steady flow of customers and for specialty vendors like Salt and Time and Golfstrommen that feature delicate product its hard to maintain a good product when your business is so spotty. Your dealing with food and seafood in particular has a short shelf life to maintain its quality. It gets harder to keep fresh inventory and big crowds on weekends and slow weekdays don't help. You also have to maintain a staff and its hard to operate a space like these without consistent volume. I asked several of the workers in different spaces and they all seemed a little concerned. I was not that impressed with the turnout. They should have built some apartments around the site first and created a captive audience. Right now they are dependent on a drive up market that is not even downtown right now. It still looks like a ghost town. I hope they make it but I don't feel real positive about it. Lets face this has has been a terrible 2 years for the restaurant and bar industry with the pandemic, and putting yourself on an island doesn't help. I will say that my old boss Johnny Carrabba, used to say it didn't matter where you were located if the food was good and the atmosphere was inviting. Of course he didn't pick a very challenging location in the heart of River Oaks West U. on the Upper Kirby corridor.
  13. Ok so let me get this straight. From the posts above, I gather Lovett who developed the Post Project at the downtown post office is coincidentally moving into the old Houston Post building, on Polk and Emancipation.
  14. I was suggesting that since the rendering that I was relating too above, had no signage from any Landrys or Fertitta owned establishment, it was possibly a sign that they weren't the intended developer. Often in renderings they put the names of proposed establishments in the render. Sapo added the doctored rendering below my quote and added Rainforest and Downtown Aquarium as a joke. I hope that clarifies my intent.
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