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  1. Whats your opinion about the shops? they have a wide selection for food and "dining" but retail wise they are falling behind.. plus they use most of the empy spaces to advertise for other stores... Although i think its great for what they do have.. I went yesterday with an aunt from mexico and we went to the grocery store at the end, and she asked (in spanish) "Why do they have all this stuff here?" i replied with a quote i heard in this forum ... but back to your opinion.....
  2. Update 7/17/2009 - Unit is leased out but still for sale at reduced price. Investors only! Four Seasons Unit 2611 New Listing! reduced from $289,000 to $249,000 leased out! investors only! Soaring Downtown Views of Discovery Green Park! Live the life of luxury high above Downtown Houston at the Four Seasons Private Residences. This upgraded unit offers its owner the benefits of hotel living.... want to enjoy a day at the spa..,? go downstairs to the Clarins day spa; feel like soaking in the sun?... head to the recently renovated resort-style pool. And on those nights that you just can't find the energy to cook, you don't have to! Call in an order at the award winning restaurant, Quattro, downstairs or order up some room service! Call now! 713-224-2777 1 bedroom / 1 bath 970 sq. ft. / per HCAD
  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. According to the Chronicle, several tenants are already clearing out of the building even though Skanska has not confirmed anything. Latest renderings & info: http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2015/06/developer-to-pour-foundation-for-downtown-office-tower/#23198101=0
  5. I'm curious as to what everyone thinks of it. It was the last big project of note during the 80's, and it's been through several name changes throughout it's tenure. It just seems so odd that it isn't connected to the tunnels (The food court below doesn't count), and that they're only now establishing retail above ground...
  6. The Wells Fargo Plaza: Location: Street 1000 Louisiana Street Postcode: 77002 Neighborhood: Downtown Borough: Inner Loop East City: Houston Country: U.S.A. Technical Data: Height: 972 ft (296 m) Floors: 71 Construction: Built in 1983 Style: Modern Facts - Inside, two double-decked skylobbies offer public views from different heights uring business hours. - The building's footprint is in the shape of a dollar sign. - Tallest all-glass building in the Western Hemisphere. - Wells Fargo Center is located in Houston's Central Business District on the corner of Rusk and Travis Streets. - The 71-story building features a warm bronze glass facade and a main lobby adorned with terrazzo tile accented with incandescent lighting. - Wells Fargo Center's convenient location offers Metro Bus Service and direct access to downtown Houston's 2.5-mile climate controlled underground pedestrian system. - The design partner for Wells Fargo Plaza was Richard Keating. - This is the second tallest building in Houston and Texas. Companies: owner: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company owner: Metropolitan Tower Realty Company, Inc. developer: Century Development Corporation design architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP associate architect: Lloyd Jones Brewer & Associates general contractor: Turner Construction Company structural engineering: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP tenant: Wells Fargo Bank
  7. I received an e-mail a while ago from a Frances Harvey who had her wedding at the top of the Esperson buildings in 1992. Apparently, it was shows on KHOU. She was good enough to share her wedding photos with us so we can get a rare view of this Houston architectural landmark.
  8. 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?
  9. Nothing new to report unfortunately. Just a general impression of the 1100 block of Main St. on the lightrail and across from the soon-to-be demolished Macy's. The current tenants - Main Food Store, a beauty supply store, and the 1st floor of a parking garage - seem to be a real impediment to growth and a quality pedestrian experience along the Main St. corridor. Walking through the Houston Pavilions today was actually pleasant in spite of the heat and there are pockets of improvement all around downtown, but this block was full of pigeons, homeless, and lots of litter. It just struck me a such a shame for an otherwise well shaded and central location. Too many female office workers (walking alone) would simply take an alternate route. Given that many pedestrians were being approached by homeless or flying birds, it’s hard to blame them. Do the owners of the Main Food Store have a lease that cannot be altered? Are there any plans to bring in a new series of tenants along that block? It may be simple minded, but I truly think that a revitilization of that one side of one block would help so much in terms of the continuity of Main St. It would also feed nicely into planned upgrades to the Houston Pavilions and eventual development of the Macy's site.
  10. I've been posting apartment market information in the Sky House Main thread, because it originally grew out of a conversation there. In order to make them more available, I wanted to start a separate thread. Here goes. As of 2nd quarter, 2016, downtown had a 56.2% occupancy rate. 207 new units were delivered during the second quarter '16. Net absorption was 142 units. FWIW, downtown had, by far, the lowest occupancy of all the submarkets in the Houston metro. The metro-wide occupancy rate was 89.7% I think the downtown submarket has a great future, but there was little doubt there would be a glut of apartments in the short term. The "Central Houston" market (downtown, Montrose/Museum/Midtown, Heights/Wash Ave., HIghland Village/Upper Kirby/West U, and Med Center/Braes Bayou) had a 78.4% occupancy rate. 1,404 new units delivered during the quarter, with 732 units net absorption.
  11. 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 ;)
  12. https://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/Downtown-s-historic-Spaghetti-Warehouse-building-13060360.php?ipid=hpctp
  13. I know there's been some discussion in the past of the site that the Scamrock was planned for, and that Hines had been involved with the site as of late. After stumbling across this page & the rendering included, I was wondering if anyone had additional info on it. http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w208/houtosme/HinesNorthTower.jpg Webcam: http://oxblue.com/open/hines/609main Latest Renderings and Info as of 10/2013 : http://hines.com/press/releases/10-24-13.aspx http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/w9/w960vwofy7my72oy.jpg http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/at/att9aiqc5uz5sf5o.jpg http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/lt/ltivpvzn6h9rnbwy.jpg http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/cv/cvwqzwxm50bfvh4s.jpg http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/n6/n6xuq3hkree2obz6.jpg http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/b8/b8p8laaumu4b9awg.jpg http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/v9/v91wethv1vtxoh48.jpg http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/qy/qy68m8vbgxgcfcqe.jpg
  14. Exxon building, love it or hate it? Why? (Image courtesy of artefaqs.com)
  15. Last I checked, the Skanska project has 5 tunnel connections. Also I think we should all remember that Linebeck, Skanska, and Hines are all chasing the same group of potential tenants. I think we will see one of the three go in the next year maybe two if we are lucky. Now the good news is that there is a 50ish story tower that will beat all 3 of these out of the ground.
  16. 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/
  17. The property at 212 Milam St., presently occupied by the more-or-less abandoned Chase Motor Bank across the street to the north from Market Square Tower, has recently been listed for sale: https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/212-Milam-St-Houston-TX/15558588/ Here's hoping for some nice redevelopment to extend the skyline further north.
  18. Anybody know anything about this
  19. http://texasinnovates.org/texas-innovates-campus/
  20. Patrick Feller has added a photo to the pool: View the full article
  21. http://www.globest.com/news/1786_1786/houston/304155-1.html 919 Milam has been sold for almost $60 million.
  22. This coming week's HBJ has an article about the Houston Ballet. They've purchased a full block downtown for a new headquarters. The block is located between Smith, Congress, Preston, and Louisiana. They sold half the block (Louisiana side) to help fund a new headquarter's building. No real info. was given about the size, but it did say a skybridge would connect the new building to the Wortham Theater. The rendering looks like a 13 to 14 story tower. More Filler is good news! Plus, if this is like their current West Gray location, it will house the ballet academy bringing further new life to downtown. http://cll.bizjournals.com/story_image/201158-400-0-1.jpg
  23. Anyone have any historic photos of the Texas Company building? Built in 1915, it was one of the three tallest buildings in Houston (13 stories) at that time. The 11-story Scanlan Building, and the 13 story Union National Bank Building were the other two. We can attribute its existence to Joseph S. Cullinan and Jesse H. Jones. Cullinan, for relocating The Texas Company (Texaco) from New York to Houston, and Jones for constructing the building. The building is proposed to be converted into an upscale hotel and apartments;
  24. I've only lived in Houston and downtown for two years and I am amazed by the amount of change that has occurred on the restaurant / bar scene. When I moved here, OKRA was not even open / even hinted at. Since then there has been a number of successful openings and it's hard to keep up with the pace of change. I've also been very pleased with the quality of each opening - these establishments are nothing like the typical Midtown / Wash Ave bars where the bartenders do not even know what Campari is. Here are recent openings in no particular order: Prohibition (1008 Prairie). A burlesque event space in back (A beautifully restored theater. You would have no idea that it is in this building. Drop in and ask to take a look) but the front restaurant serves excellent lunch and dinner. Pricey with some entrees > $50. Absolutely worth checking out for the smoked fried chicken alone. Chef Ben McPherson.http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2014/06/27/foodie-friday-whos-cooking-up-restaurant-news-in.html?page=allMain Kitchen (806 Main). In the new JW Marriott. It's been discussed in the JW thread a lot so won't rehash it here. Chef Erin Smith.https://www.facebook.com/MainKitchen806Bombay Indian Grill (806 Main). Indian lunch buffet.http://bombaygrillhouston.com/Honeymoon Cafe (300 Main). Serves upscale sandwiches for lunch. Downtown's only good independent coffee shop. Always packed for lunch and surprisingly packed for Sunday brunch.http://thehoneymoonhtx.com/Springbok (711 Main). South African restaurant and sports bar serving lunch and dinner.http://www.springbokhouston.com/Nightingale Room (308 Main). Bar and live music space. I visited and the cocktails are high quality. Part of the Anvil mafia.https://www.facebook.com/NightingaleRoomPublic Services Wine and Whiskey (202 Travis). Run by the former Oxheart sommelier with interesting wines and whiskeys. It's in the restored / renovated Cotton Exchange building.http://publicservicesbar.com/New Hearsay Location (1516 Dallas) Also, looks like a formerly empty location on Main Street is taped over with the business named "Beef and Barley" and District 7 Grill is taking over an empty space that spans half a block at Main and Texas. There is some sports bar opening on Main as well. As MAB noted in another thread, a new BBQ restaurant set to open by Brian Caswell (Reef), Bill Floyd and Greg Gatlin (Gatlin's BBQ) is set to open in Q1 2015 on Jackson and Congress near Minute Maid Park. There is now a liquor store downtown called Posh Liquors (http://poshliquors.com/). Based on the name, I'm assuming they are trying for an upscale clientele base. All these join the first wave of restaurants (El Big Bad, Batanga, Fusion Taco) and first wave of bars (Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar and Spirit Lounge, OKRA, Pastry War, Clutch City Squire, Little Dipper, Dean's Credit Clothing re-opening). Yes it would be nice to get a full service grocery, a Target and some retail downtown but I am so grateful for everything that has happened to downtown recently, that I have no absolutely no complaints. I also have nothing but optimism for further development as more residential opens.
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