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  1. Well,

    Here we go again

    On Thursday, March 26th, 2009 the station started running format change promos by the Station Manager. Dave Morales put the Station Manager on-air (unknown to him) to ask why...and what was going on. The station manager just passed the buck and blamed CBS management and could not provide further information. When he found out he was on-air he slammed down the phone. The changeover is supposed to take place at 6:00am Central time on Monday, March 30th, 2009. Although rumors say it will be an Urban station, similar to KBXX (97.9 The Box) and the defunct KPTY Party 93.3 (and if the change to an urban station comes true, most of the old staff at 93.3 will be working at 95.7), but many calls to the management or e-mails to the management are currently bilingual, hinting that they're pursuing a Latino format, although the new format is quite unknown, because The Pussycat Dolls are scheduled to appear in studio on Monday, the day the switch will be taking place.

    Oh myy God. I listen to Hot 95.7 almost everyday. Its way better than 104.1. Why?!?!

    :(

  2. Shell of burned-out church to become Midtown park

    05:25 PM CDT on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

    By Lee McGuire / 11 News

    HOUSTON -- The fenced-off remnants of a gutted Fourth Ward church are about to become the centerpiece of a new Houston park.

    The Houston City Council voted Wednesday to buy the land and what

  3. The Houston city council approved a proposal for a new park in Midtown today. The park will be surrounded by the walls of a church that was once severly damaged by a fire in 2005. The park will take 2yrs to be completed. I'll post more info; renderings later.

  4. New Dynamo stadium is nearly a done deal

    From Khou...:D I just post this in the 'Dynamo Stadium' thread a few seconds ago lol.

    HOUSTON -- The Houston Dynamo are finally going to get their new stadium.

    They cleared the final hurdle this week by getting funding from a Spanish bank based in Madrid.

    The Dynamo is paying about $60 million toward the cost of the stadium.

    The City of Houston and Harris County will pick up the rest of the tab.

    The stadium will be built across Highway 59 from Minute Maid Park where the Houston Astros play.

    It will seat 21,000 fans and will have around 35 suites.

    The Dynamo say they hope to keep the average ticket price under $20.

    Construction will begin in the fall and is expected to take about 18 months.

    The Dynamo plan to play their season opener at the new stadium in 2011.

  5. New Dynamo stadium is nearly a done deal

    From Khou...:D

    HOUSTON -- The Houston Dynamo are finally going to get their new stadium.

    They cleared the final hurdle this week by getting funding from a Spanish bank based in Madrid.

    The Dynamo is paying about $60 million toward the cost of the stadium.

    The City of Houston and Harris County will pick up the rest of the tab.

    The stadium will be built across Highway 59 from Minute Maid Park where the Houston Astros play.

    It will seat 21,000 fans and will have around 35 suites.

    The Dynamo say they hope to keep the average ticket price under $20.

    Construction will begin in the fall and is expected to take about 18 months.

    The Dynamo plan to play their season opener at the new stadium in 2011.

    http://www.khou.com/topstories/stories/kho...m.694b5ecd.html

  6. For a time, several years ago (2003-ish), a similar project was proposed at SH 288 and FM 1492 in Brazoria County. This might be that.

    The one proposed for Brazoria County was supposed to be designed by Hermes Architects; have 75,000 seats. The name of it was 'Houston Super Speedway'.

    http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/sto...ry5.html?page=1

    Here's a rendering of 'Houston Super Speedway' (2003 Proposal) which is different from the one I posted above.

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  7. This major international motor sports and automobile complex will feature a two-mile oval that includes a three-mile road curse through the infield. 100,000 seats ad 142 luxury suites. The fan-friendly complex will be designated to host a variety of racing events. Initial plans also include a 500-room hotel.

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    http://www.morrisarchitects.com/ (Go to what, then planning then Master Planning.)

    Does anyone know anything else about this?

  8. New Trains to be Nation's First Low-Floor Model

    Yesterday's board approval of our contract to build four-light rail lines includes the purchase of 29 rail cars from CAF USA Inc., a subsidiary of the Spain-based CAF Group, a $7.5 billion company with 34 projects in 20 countries.

    These sleek trains feature one level inside, from front to back, with no steps.

    "This is a 100 %, low-floor model. And this is the first time it will be in the United States," said Jitendra S. Tomar, vice president of marketing and business development at CAF USA Inc. "Other cars, you have 70 percent low floor. This one is all one level. You have better mobility from one end to the other."

    Scott Grogan, senior director of rail operations, said the 100 percent low-floor feature sets this model apart.

    Low-floor trains like this are currently operating in Seville and Malaga, Spain; Edinburg, Scotland; and Antalya, Turkey.

    The new trains will also have six doors per side - two double doors and two single doors. METRO's current Siemens trains have four doors.

    The new cars will be the same width as the Siemens but slightly longer - 102.5 feet compared to 96 feet for our current cars.

    "With six doors, it's going to expedite boarding and deboarding," said Scott Grogan, METRO's senior director of rail operations.

    "Currently, on the Main Street line, we have a capacity issue. What this new vehicle will allow - when you have 200 people waiting on the platform - it will allow quicker boarding and deboarding."

    Inside, the layout of the seats can be changed. They can all flip up for standing room only stadium crowds, for example.

    Several of you asked if METRO's Siemens train can be hooked up to a CAF USA train. Yes, but only to use one to tow the other. However, the two cannot be hooked up together to run service.

    "They have two separate operating parameters. It's like a Mac communicating to a PC - totally different operating parameters on the software side," explained Grogan.

    METRO plans to keep its 18 Siemens trains and may eventually use them on a commuter rail line.

    Several of you have asked if the new trains will be able to accommodate bike racks. "That's being looked into," said Grogan.

    The CAF USA trains come with the industry standard of a 30-year lifetime. However, what makes this deal unique is the way the contract is structured.

    "The risk elevation is more on the private side. In this case, the onus is on the private side, so risk allocation is shared by all of us. It's good for the taxpayers - and METRO has the least risk," said CAF's Tomar. "It's not a public-private partnership. It's beyond that. This is a unique approach, and I commend METRO for this approach."

    Typically, trains come with a two-year warranty. In this case, the system must function fault-free for five years.

    "With this process, CAF USA will be responsible for any fleet defects in a five-year window. They will have to redesign or fix whatever the failure is and alleviate that. That's unique," said Grogan.

    Our initial "Notice to Proceed" - a notice we give to the train manufacturer indicating we are ready to order - calls for 29 cars. Ten will be used for the East End line, and 19 for the Main Street line.

    METRO expects delivery of the trains in April 2012.

    http://blogs.ridemetro.org/blogs/write_on/...loor-Model.aspx

    More pics of the Train.

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    Here's a youtube video of the new trains (they are currently in Seville,Spain).

    The new map for Metro rail:

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  9. Well I was'nt able to find a thread for this but,...Is this still a possibility?

    I've found renderings of the Westin-Bay planned for Seabrook (don't know if there 'new' or not).

    Old rendering from the Endavour Magazine.EndeavourSeabrook1.jpg

    New Rendering:

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    Additional Renderings:

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    This upper-upscale mixed-use development is located in Seabrook, Texas, a small town within the Houston Bay Area. The 10-acre site enjoys 1,500 linear feet of shoreline at Clear Lake, a recreational body of water opening into Galveston Bay. The project is accessible from NASA Road 1 with easy access to multiple highway connectors to the Houston Metro area and Galveston. The NASA campus and the newly-built cruise terminal can be reached within a five-minute drive.

    The master plan aims to create a place for the city of Seabrook featuring water access, retail and entertainment. The Westin Houston Bay Area is anchoring the development with its entrance near the terminus of the main retail street in close proximity to the shoreline. A second street within the development leads to a soon-to-be developed class-A Office building targeting a total build-out of 200,000 sq. ft. of rentable space.

    The 23-story mixed-use development includes The Westin Houston Bay Area with 250 rooms and suites and The Residences at The Westin Houston Bay Area, 65 units ranging in size from 800 to 3,200 square feet. Selling prices range from the low $400's up to $2,000,000 per residential unit.

    The Westin Houston Bay Area offers 15,000 square feet of meeting space with a ballroom capacity for up to 400 people, a destination restaurant and a two-story bar overlooking the lake. The hotel rooms feature Westin's award-winning Heavenly Bed, Flatscreen TV's, Minibars, and large work desks. The Heavenly Bath offers large soaking tubs and separate glass-enclosed showers with a proprietary dual-shower head.

    The outdoor pool and cabanas are located on the second level adjacent to the 8,000 sq. ft. Spa and the Westin Houston Bay Area Workout Fitness Center. Residents have access to all services and amenities of The Westin Houston Bay Area, from 24-hour room service to weekly housekeeping calls and a private underground garage.

    Wischermann Partners developed the overall concept for this mixed-use project, securing the Westin brand via contract negotiations with Starwood Hotels Worldwide.

    http://wischermannpartners.com/westin_houston.php

    Any additional info would be great...

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