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  1. Inspired by the Editor's post about 20 years of HAIF & Bilbao58's posts in SSC about projects that are less than 20 years old - I present: The Highlighter Google Earth Downtown Houston 20 Years of development image. Green: New Build Yellow: Renovation (saved from abandonment, which is why the Leeland Federal Building is not notated, or the Allen Center). Purple: U/C buildings missing from the outdated satellite imagery. Feel free to add in or ask me for corrections/amendments. A cool visual of the amount of investment in our city! Personally, I'd be happy to see donut apartments fill in every surface lot over a Supertall. But a new Supertall would be nice ;)
  2. I moved into Near Northside a few years ago. I could feel the growth and potential, loved the area. A few commercial places popped up soon after I moved in. Things seemed good. But since, the Hardy Yards project is all but failed and 2020 seems to have sapped the momentum the neighborhood had going. Other than Elysian Viaduct giving us insanely great access to downtown, the neighborhood feels stagnant. We’re boxed in by 5th Ward’s cancer cluster to the east. And the Heights seems like the find a way to push less desirable projects to our side of i45. What y’alls opinion on the outlook of the neighborhood?
  3. I assume it isn't related, but there is a building going up behind this on Girard St. near Harmony House (visible to the left of the photo bordered by the red construction fence, under the I-45 N to I-10 E ramp). Anyone know what is going on there?
  4. http://texasinnovates.org/texas-innovates-campus/
  5. The museum shared this photo of their old building on Instagram. I read this was in the Zoo. Does anyone know where, exactly? I'd love to see more about this building.
  6. Downtown Houston construction still abuzz despite COVID Katherine Feser Jan. 25, 2021 Updated: Jan. 25, 2021 2:48 p.m. Construction on a range of projects has forged ahead in downtown Houston, which has otherwise been quiet since the coronavirus pandemic prompted many companies to keep workers at home in early 2020. The lack of activity on streets and in buildings has created a favorable environment for construction in downtown, where projects in the works total more than $1.9 billion, according to the Houston Downtown Management District. "For the last 10 years, we've had a lot of construction in downtown. That pace right now has not diminished," said Bob Eury, CEO of the district. About 16 percent of the workforce has returned to downtown offices, according to Downtown District estimates. Building occupancy expected to remain low until companies feel it is safe to bring workers back, once the vaccination is widely distributed. More than 12.8 million square feet of office space renovation projects have been completed or are near completion over the past year, according to a Downtown District report. New office construction and renovations are underway on projects totaling more than 1.5 million square feet. The total market consists of 51 million square feet. Downtown, which has grown to more than 10,000 residents, has several residential buildings under construction totaling nearly 1,400 units, according to the report. The central business district has attracted new restaurants, including Nash on the ground floor of the Star apartments in the former Texaco building. The Halal Guys plan to open in the lobby of 609 Main at Texas; Common Bond will open a full-service restaurant in the Understory food hall in Bank of America Tower. Chef Chris Shepherd plans to open Georgia James Tavern at Market Square Tower this spring. Hotels, which have been hard hit by the sharp decline in conventions and business travel, have been updated during the slow period. The Four Seasons Hotel Houston unveiled new guest rooms in 2020 as part of renovations that will include ballroom and event space transformation, according to Downtown District. The Hilton-Americas Houston’s $54 million renovation of rooms and meeting spaces was completed in 2020. Here is an overview of projects underway and in the works for 2021: Skanska recently launched 1550 on the Green, a 28-story office building as part of a three-block project that will include restaurants, retail and green space near Discovery Green park. Lovett Commercial is transforming the former Barbara Jordan Post Office into POST Houston, a 550,000-square-foot development with coworking, event space, an international food hall and retail. The first phase is expected to open this fall. Brookfield Properties is bringing a central plaza, new building facades and updated skywalks to its Houston Center office complex. Brookfield is also redeveloping the 53-story Heritage Plaza at 1111 Bagby with a new lobby, sky lobby and glass curtain wall at the corner of Dallas and Brazos. Brookfield's Total Plaza and Allen Center have also received major updates. Hines, in partnership with Cerberus Capital, is renovating the lobby and plaza at 600 Travis after securing a lease from JPMorgan Chase. Hines and Ivanhoe Cambridge are developing 47-story Texas Tower at the site of the Houston Chronicle building at 845 Texas Ave. near the Theater District. Completion is planned in the fourth quarter. M-M Properties is updating TC Energy Center at 700 Louisiana with restaurant space, creative office space a new lobby and mezzanine level with collaborative workspaces. Completion is planned in late 2021. FC Tower Property Partners is bringing a conference center as part of $20 million in updates at 1001 Fannin. Amegy on Main is undergoing renovations including the lobby and amenities and a new garage. Hines and partners are on track to complete Brava, a 46-story apartment tower at 414 Milam in 2022. High Street Residential, part of Trammell Crow Co., is developing a 43-story apartment tower with 309 units at 808 Crawford, next to Discovery Green. Completion is targeted in late 2022. Fairfield Residential is developing a 10-story, 286-unit residential building at 1810 Main. McKee City Living, a 120-unit apartment community at 625–650 McKee, will bring affordable workforce units to the Warehouse District. Sovereign the Ballpark, a six-story, 229-unit apartment building is under construction at 100 Crawford near Minute Maid Park. Pride Management is redeveloping the former Southwestern Bell Telephone Company building at 1114 Texas Ave. into a 150-room Hyatt Place Hotel. Houston-based Triten Real Estate Partners is planning renovations at the recently acquired 1111 Fannin office building.
  7. I for one envy our bright LED neighbors to the north. Houston needs a little flash. How cool would Heritage Plaza's Mayan Pyramid look if they re-did the lights ala the Dallas Omni.
  8. 6-Story expansion planned at Jackson & W. Gray St. Currently on the planning commission agenda.
  9. I couldn't find a topic on this building but the old Magnolia Ballroom/Brewery Tap/Red Cat/a ton of other stuff has been going through renovations for months. It looks like the full building is being renovated. Does anybody have any ideas what is going in here?
  10. jermh

    511 Main St.

    I've been watching 511 Main get some serious roof repairs on a giant hole the past week or so. If this is too small of scale, for Going up! please move it. I'll continue to taking snapshots of the progress. This is from today
  11. Good news! The long vacant Republic Building (originally the Paul Building) at the corner of Fannin and Preston has been purchased and will be renovated and occupied by a division of MVL Group, a contractor that does government work worldwide. It sounds like they are doing this the right way: “We will be immediately implementing a series of beautification projects such as replacing the missing cornice, artwork on the walled up exterior sides of the building, and removing the entrance, as well as a complete overhaul of the HVAC system and elevator,” said Abie Musa, founder of MVL Group, a global defense contractor and construction management firm. This is in contrast to other nearby renovation projects, such as the State National building (412 Main) a few years ago where the developer ran out of money for the cornice and just took it off instead of repairing it, severely compromising the architecture. The Scanlan Building (405 Main) next door also lost a cornice at some point. Just think, a renovation project that restores a cornice instead of taking it off - we're almost starting to get civilized around here! They are also adding murals to the blank walls on the south and west sides, which will be visible from a wide area along Main and Prairie. Here is hoping that the new cornice will be made from quality materials, and that the GFR, currently housing the Fannin Corner Store, will get some love. https://realtynewsreport.com/2020/06/26/the-historic-republic-building-in-downtown-houston-has-been-sold/
  12. Following the murder of George Floyd, peaceful protests took place through the afternoon and evening yesterday. Unfortunately, as the night went on, it appears some people took advantage of the situation and vandalized some areas of downtown. See the images and videos from instagram below: These are sensitive times, and I don't mean to send any negative messages in posting these images. To me these actions seem to take on a more selfish nature than in support of any just cause, and it saddens me to think that anyone would believe that this destruction would result in a positive outcome for the cause.
  13. 123,306 SF 9 Levels 221 Rooms Anticipated start date of December 2020 Corner of Leeland St. and Crawford St. 1540 Leeland St. Houston, TX 77002
  14. Hello all - I realize there is VERY little to go on here, but wondering if anyone can help me figure out where exactly this is downtown. It was July 1962 when the Manned Spacecraft Center moved to Houston. There was a parade downtown to celebrate. My grandmother likely took the photo, as I found it in a box of her pictures. My dad had moved to Houston with NASA (but they didn't know him yet). It would be fun to know the exact block they were standing to watch the parade and take this photo, but would need to be able to identify the building across the street (pretty plain looking):
  15. I ate at the bustling Rosalie Italian restaurant located in the lobby of the C. Baldwin Hotel (formally Double Tree). You know, the Allen Center Hotel that half the west facing views are obstructed by a parking garage? The renovation in the Hotel is fantastic (and so is the lobby bar). The restaurant layout is different. It feels like you're dining in The Lexington Grille - all the rooms are separated and provide an old converted home feel. Style and atmosphere satisfied my appetite. The Cocktail list wasn't my thing. I'm not really into the whole idea behind a Mixologist being recklessly creative. 1st bourbon drink tasted like potpourri and the second gin drink was like spraying a citrusy cologne in my mouth. Stuck to a dirty martini after that. The food was great though and the staff were very attentive. Floor managers swept through the rooms constantly. I highly recommend this place. Also the signage at the hotel entrance is cool. Montrose1100 Stamp of Approval. I'm not a critic by any means but thought I'd share my experience. Would advise to make a reservation.
  16. https://realtynewsreport.com/2020/01/09/redo-underway-at-the-1001-fannin-tower-in-downtown-houston/
  17. This thread was originally created November 22, 2017. I'm reposting / reupping this because this post and other content from me are no longer available on the forum due to a mod removing my account and its content in "error" (supposedly). The information may be outdated or no longer relevant, but reupping provides an archive to what was posted. It also provides a place to post future updates about this property if and when it's redeveloped An archive link of the thread before its deletion is coming. The downtown Houston warehouse for American Engine & Grinding at 100 N Jackson St is on the market. I don't know if this will become another warehouse or developed into something else. I saw the listing on Loopnet and decided to post it here Loopnet's new website design no longer includes a link to property records (at lease for non-subscribers). The new site design also no longer contains pictures of the listing after it's off the market, so I posted it here while it's still visible. From Loopnet (link 1 and link 2) (archive link 1 and archive link 2): - The warehouse was built in 1925. - Total Building: 8,075 SF - Total SF Land: 20,027 SF
  18. This thread was originally created April 2016. I'm reposting this because this post and other content from me are no longer available on the forum. The original thread is archived here: page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4 (screenshot). 1005 St Emanuel in East Downtown Houston. This is the site of Kim Hung Market in old Chinatown.
  19. Does anyone have anything on this apparently they bought a block of land in Downtown for 55 million Nevermind* found little more information Skanska has purchased four land parcels, including one full city block, totaling about 14,200 square meters in downtown Houston, USA. The seller is a private citizen. The total investment amounts to USD 55 M, about SEK 520 M.Located adjacent to Discovery Green, these four sites are in Houston’s Central Business District and Skanska plans to develop a mix of office, multi-family and retail for the local community.
  20. 120-units at 626 Mckee Street https://www.houstontx.gov/council/committees/housing/20190917/housingdept.pdf
  21. https://www.virtualbx.com/feature-story/houston-a-e-services-for-demolition-documents-issued-for-13-story-county-jail/
  22. I did a google search and found a dead link to a document on the COH website. Could it really be a Best Western? The lot seems large enough to accommodate it.
  23. Patrick Feller has added a photo to the pool: View the full article
  24. Anybody know anything about this
  25. Subdivision plat filed by Urban Genesis for a multifamily project at the corner of Wood & Walnut Streets. SubdivisionPlatPDF_CS 19074-PLAT_v1.pdf Currently, a warehouse sits on site.
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