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  1. Noticed this on instagram this week. Do we have a thread on this?
  2. Possibly a thread about this already? I recognize the developer. Change Happens in Third Ward. https://www.changehappenstx.org/
  3. "3611 Drew Street is a remodel/addition to an existing structure. The original structure was a single story daycare center. The goal of the project is to convert the existing building into 20 micro-loft apartments. The average square footage of each apartment is 300 SF and includes a full size bath and fully equipped kitchen." These units are within walking distance of the University of Houston and judging by the size of the units, they will be geared toward students. https://www.drafthousedesign.studio/3611-drew-street https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Projects/TABS2021008213
  4. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/12/23/what-architects-are-doing-to-offset-rising-costs.html
  5. Noticed this permit the other day. Looks like new apartments. OST at Calhoun. Loopnet is listing 0.42 Acres. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/4722-Old-Spanish-Trl-Houston-TX/14762393/
  6. Not really sure how far along this is. Just sharing what I saw on Facebook.
  7. From the planning commission. This school is looking to expand. Seems they are asking the city if they (COH) will allow for the abandonment of a large part of Hadley St. Anyone know if there are any renders for this one? Glad to see a school in this area get some upgraded facilities. Seems like some recreational facilities will be added to this campus as well.
  8. Houston Third Ward’s needs, challenges and resilience highlighted in Baker Institute survey
  9. Docomomo US Diversity Tour John Chase, FAIA, Texas Southern University and the Third Ward Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, October 13, 2019 for a walking tour of the Texas Southern University Campus at 2:30 PM and Self-guided driving tour of the Third Ward Walking Tour Start South side of TSU East Parking Garage - 3711 Cobb Street (enter parking garage from Tierwester Street, north of Cleburne Street; fee $1/hr up to $3 max; usually free on Sundays) Martin Luther King, Jr. School of Communications (1969) John S. Chase FAIA (1925 - 2012) was from Baltimore, Maryland. After serving in WWII, he earned a degree in architecture from Hampton University in Virginia. In 1952, he earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Texas, becoming the first African American person to do so. He soon became the first registered African American architect in Texas. Unable to find work, he started his own firm, specializing in the design of churches and houses. His early work was inspired mostly by Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian ideals. He moved to Houston to accept a position at Texas Southern University, the beginning of his involvement with the campus. Through his office in Houston, he designed a number of buildings for the TSU campus, where the largest collection of his work can be found. John Chase’s legacy extends beyond his own work. As a founding member of NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) in 1971 and throughout his long career, he continued to advocate for and support minority architects. Texas Southern University Campus Walking Tour: Come join us and tour the heart of the TSU campus and view the buildings designed by John Chase that established a new direction for the campus master planning and architecture in the 1960s. We will start at the East Parking Garage (Smith & Company 2006) and walk south to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (John S. Chase 1976). At the entrance to the central campus plaza, we will pass by the newest campus building, the Library Learning Center (Moody Nolan 2019). The tour extends west to the first campus building, Fairchild Hall (Cato, Austin, Evans 1947), home to the University Museum (founded 2000). Prominent art pieces by internationally renowned African American muralist painter John T. Biggers and sculptor Carroll Harris Simms are on display in the Museum and on the campus. Following the TSU Walking Tour, we encourage you to take the Self-Guided Driving Tour of the Third Ward (map will be available online). On the tour you will see buildings designed by John Chase including churches and residences. Additional prominent Third Ward sites designed by other architects are also highlighted.
  10. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/Fighting-gentrification-is-a-losing-battle-get-14066994.php
  11. http://www.ccppi.org/site/index.php/initiatives/initiatives-2
  12. Smarter people than me will know what this is. Just seen it randomly driving by. Townhomes?
  13. Third Ward Building Setback Does anyone know if variances can be granted to building setback/building line requirements in Houston generally and the Third Ward specifically? Want to buy a house in the area and build an attached garage where the driveway is, but want it to bump out past where the current house is. All help appreciated.
  14. Last night I went to the 3rd Ward bikeway system meeting. This is for one of the sections that the city is focusing on using the $10 million from Rodney Ellis to build high-comfort bike lanes. There were probably about 20ish citizens there and about 15 city planners/contracted engineers/etc. First, the map! They didn't have an updated whole map that showed the changes that they've made in the last few months, so I whipped up my own. Green - existing high-comfort bike infrastructure Blue - proposed and imminent high-comfort bike infrastructure Purple - "Community Bikeways" aka sharrows . No separation from vehicles. Red - Bike infrastructure being handled by those other than the city or projects that are planned but I don't have specific info on (like Polk. A city project but I have no/they haven't presented updated info). Timeline: finalizing design work by March. Starting construction in April on all projects. Most blue/purple projects completed by end of the summer. The new information can be split into changes on four streets. 1) Gray would run from Brazos in Midtown to the Columbia Tap Trail. Split into 3 different designs based on road width. Brazos to 288 (converting parking on one side of the street to a bi-directional bike lane) 288 to Live Oak (converting parking on one side of the street to a bi-directional bike lane) Live Oak to Columbia Tap Trail (sharrows) 2) Hutchins: adding bike lanes and reducing lane sizes. No reduction in parking. 3) Blodgett: Elimination of parking on both sides of the street and converting to protected bike lanes 4) Cleburne: Elimination of parking on both sides of the street and converting to protected bike lanes
  15. Proposed multifamily at the corner of Southmore & Sampson St SubdivisionPlatPDF_SOUTHMORE ENCLAVE.pdf
  16. I noticed that Jack Yates High School recently got a new Principal in Tiffany Guillory. The big question is whatever happened to Kenneth Davis ? If anybody who is an alumnus of Yates High School knows the situation. Let me know what happened ? https://www.houstonisd.org/Yates
  17. https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2018/03/13/273001/harris-county-will-buy-riverside-turn-it-into-mental-health-facility/
  18. Doshi House has plans to expand. http://www.doshihouse.com/doshi-house-expansion-2/
  19. from COH enewsletter Street Name Change Public Hearing Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue October 13, 2016 at 2:30 PM City Hall Annex - Public Level 901 Bagby Street The City of Houston is considering a proposal to rename Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue . The Houston Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal on Thursday, October 13 th at 2:30PM. You may submit comments on the proposed street name changeonline prior to the October 13th public hearing. For additional information, please contact Brian Crimmins or Teresa Geisheker with the Planning & Development Department at planningdepartment@houstontx.gov or (832) 393-6600.
  20. As Houston is now the most diverse city in the country, I hope our inner-loop neighborhoods come to reflect new residents who add to the existing community, infrastructure and institutions, rather than negate what's there in favor of sterilized versions of what hip urban neighborhoods are "supposed" to be like. Changing neighborhoods are inevitable; however, cookie-cutter gentrified communities don't have to be. Here's a snapshot of my community (Third Ward)...Would love to see pics from other historic inner-loop communities as well.
  21. Does anyone remember the old Wheeler Pharmacy? It was at 4401 Dowling, southeast corner with Wheeler. My mother used to take me there in the early nineteen fifties, after nursery school, for a BLT sandwich at their lunch counter. For decades, post-nursery school, it sat there, unchanged. I never had any reason to venture back into it, till one day, maybe in 1997, I stopped in. It was exactly as I remembered it: the old-fashioned soda fountain/lunch counter taking up the north wall; shelves full of drugstore stuff such as you could still see until not so long ago at the Buffalo Pharmacy and at the Avalon Drug; a pleasant oldish woman at the ornate, ancient cash register; and a very old gentleman seated in a chair in the center, watching the passing scene. I had my small daughters with me, and I bought them each a popsicle. As I paid, I remarked to the lady that I hadn't been inside since about 1954. She said that the drugstore had been new then; it had belonged to the elderly gentleman seated nearby, her uncle. I remarked on the picturesque cash register (The link below is to a picture of a reasonable faccimile, if memory serves): http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0192/4284/products/m2800-1_1024x1024.jpg?v=1391026517 . She said that it had stood them in good stead during a recent blackout. Not long after, it closed, changed hands, and went through several incarnations, including a stints as Global Pharmacy, Alternative Medicine and Pharmacy, and other businesses, each one resembling the old drugstore less and less. I'm glad I went in that day in the late 1990s and ate popsicles with my little girls, seated on stools at the no-longer-operational lunch counter, and in memory I smelled the makings of a BLT sandwich and saw my mother out of the corner of my eye, on the stool next to my four-year-old self.
  22. http://www.newquest.com/Content/properties/681/OST_Scottcrest.pdf Another development near UH
  23. Another multi-family unit next to the University of Houston: I imagine this won't be at the Fingers Furniture location. Perhaps it is at where the Bestway Motor Inn/vacant lot is currently located. Can't find anything on Gross Mgmt... they are the same group working on the Drake Downtown. Possible location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/1999+Cullen+Blvd,+Houston,+TX+77023/@29.7321589,-95.3418768,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8640bef9dc9d121d:0x31bd6bcff84ad71?hl=en
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