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  1. University Breaks Ground on $3M Arts Center By Jennifer D. Duell HOUSTON-Cultural art lovers today will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, a $3-million undertaking tied into the $4.5-million expansion and renovation of the Wortham Theater Complex. An official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today in the Fine Arts Quadrangle at entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard. The center, which will be housed in the Wortham Theater Complex, will include exterior and interior work to enhance the lobby space of the existing facility, provide office area for the Mitchell Center and add new rehearsal space. "It will be a nice addition to the campus," says John Dennis, project manager for Dallas-based Cadence McShane Corp., which is in charge of the expansion and renovation. San Antonio, TX-based Lake/Flato Architects Inc. is providing architectural services for the center's demolition, renovation and construction. Dennis tells GlobeSt.com that the project will take about nine months to finish and will require 35 to 50 construction professionals to complete. Cadence McShane will initially demolish the interior of the existing performing arts center and reconstruct 15,000 sf on two floors. The area will house classrooms plus ballet practice and rehearsal rooms. "There's a lot of wood paneling, acoustical plasters, stainless steel window frames, metal panels and cut stone," Dennis describes. "[The renovations] really complement the existing building." While the theater itself will retain the name Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre, the building as a whole will be renamed to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. The project was funded primarily by a $20-million gift from George and Cynthia Mitchell, along with a grant from the Wortham Foundation and Allen Becker. The center will create a collaborative alliance of the university's premier academic and arts departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The alliance weds the art department, Blaffer Gallery, creative writing program, Moores School of Music and the theater school.
  2. 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.
  3. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/12/23/what-architects-are-doing-to-offset-rising-costs.html
  4. Possibly a thread about this already? I recognize the developer. Change Happens in Third Ward. https://www.changehappenstx.org/
  5. http://www.newquest.com/Content/properties/681/OST_Scottcrest.pdf Another development near UH
  6. Smarter people than me will know what this is. Just seen it randomly driving by. Townhomes?
  7. 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/
  8. For the past 25 years Texas Southern University has been a joke. The school has no real admission standards (no ACT or SAT required for entry), its administrators are constantly caught up in verifiable scandal, and the school is constantly in financial trouble. The article below id further evidence of this. The alumni who have gone on to succeed after graduation have probably done so IN SPITE OF, rather than because of the value of a Texas Southern University Degree. Barbara Jordan would be outraged and probably hanging her head low right now. I challenge all TSU alumni, administrators, faculty, students, and Houstonians in general to show some pride and demand better from this institution, otherwise I'm all for a "hostile takeover" by U of H or another state school. Drastic times call for drastic measures. ______________________________________________________________________________ Jan. 26, 2007, 12:58AM Perry orders regents to fix TSU finances 'Not happy' with the officials, governor gives them up to 45 days to plan By POLLY ROSS HUGHES AND MATTHEW TRESAUGUE Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle AUSTIN — Startled by the depth of Texas Southern University's multimillion-dollar financial woes, Gov. Rick Perry has ordered its board of regents to start making "tough decisions" to fix the problems or resign. "It can't be a Mickey Mouse deal," Perry spokesman Robert Black told the Houston Chronicle on Thursday. "It can't be a Band-Aid." In private meetings last week, Perry demanded that TSU's regents come up with a concrete plan within 30-45 days to start fixing problems plaguing the university's finances this year. Next week, the terms of three of TSU's nine regents expire, giving Perry the opportunity to name new members. Perry also plans to announce a blue-ribbon panel that will develop a long-term plan for TSU, including defining its academic mission. One fear, which the governor's office said it hopes to avoid, is that TSU would be merged into another university. Houston Democrats Sen. Rodney Ellis and Rep. Garnet Coleman underscored the importance of protecting the historically black university and keeping it independent. They noted its long history in shaping Houston's black middle class. "TSU is in the neighborhood where I grew up. It isn't just an institution I represent," Coleman said. "It's more than that. TSU represents some of the best of black Texas and black Houston." Ellis said he is a graduate of the university, along with political notables including the late U.S. Reps. Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland and lawyer and former U.S. Congressman Craig Washington. Ellis, complaining that Texas' two historically black universities have been underfunded since their inception, said he hopes Perry's actions will prove positive for TSU. "I'm glad he's stepping up to the plate," he said. "Let's hope he's correcting that historical wrong." Yet, with TSU asking the Legislature for millions in emergency funds and financial help while its money matters are "in shambles," Black said, lawmakers are apt to lose patience. "It can't be the same old, same old. They're going to have to make the hard decisions to correct these issues," he said. . . Read the rest of the article here.
  9. Noticed this on instagram this week. Do we have a thread on this?
  10. http://www.ccppi.org/site/index.php/initiatives/initiatives-2
  11. Proposed multifamily at the corner of Southmore & Sampson St SubdivisionPlatPDF_SOUTHMORE ENCLAVE.pdf
  12. "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
  13. https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2018/03/13/273001/harris-county-will-buy-riverside-turn-it-into-mental-health-facility/
  14. Not really sure how far along this is. Just sharing what I saw on Facebook.
  15. Another Student Housing Project for the UofH 4-story wrap style project739 beds1-4 bedrooms.25 miles from main campuseasy acess to SE METRO rail line.Fall 2015 CompletionProject also includes sidewalk improvements to Cullen Blvdhttp://www.houstontx.gov/council/1/bfacommittee/20140429/aspenheights.pdf
  16. Over the past nearly 20 years, I have watched Riverside Terrace return from a very bleak period in its history. The neighborhood is pulling itself out of the seedy area it had been allowed to become. There is still much to do. Every time we lose a house to demolition, it reminds one of the fact that so much has been disregarded and disrespected in this neighborhood for far too long. http://vimeo.com/41671048 As I can, I will post photos of houses we've lost recently, and ones that are in danger of being lost. Hopefully, we can bring more attention to the neighborhood, and help to save some of these magnificent homes. This first house was demolished about a year ago, and was located at 2507 Calumet.
  17. 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
  18. I don't have enough time to go into full detail like I usually do, but since there was a request made, I decided to make a quick tour of the rapidly changing western side of Third Ward. The red line is the route I took starting from Midtown and then going into Third Ward. The black lines boxes represent development either under construction or very close to being so. As soon as you cross 59 on McGowen, there are already new homes going up on the left side: This is the future site of the 2020 McGowen midrise... the variance signs are up: Townhome variance signs are also scattered across this massive lot as well: Same lot for future townhomes: Anybody need a leather couch?? The people moving into these townhomes will! (Note the existing townhomes in the distance) Emancipation Park closed off for a complete overhaul: Development is starting just north of Emancipation Park: Now heading north: The quality of this development along St. Emanuel is very nice: And some of the development along St. Emanuel is surprisingly very modern looking: Including this one on Hutchins St: Moving eastward along Webster: Very peaceful area: So peaceful in fact that this guy is chilling in his red hammock! Yes... we are still in Third Ward if you can believe it... this is along Bastrop: Check out the multi-family midrise in the distance: Along with the renovated park, the city is also targeting the area with brand new sidewalks (this one taken along I-45): And I'll end it on this note to give the area some perspective... all of this development has been within several blocks of this station:
  19. Houston Third Ward’s needs, challenges and resilience highlighted in Baker Institute survey
  20. Doshi House has plans to expand. http://www.doshihouse.com/doshi-house-expansion-2/
  21. 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.
  22. Did anyone know about this project slated to start in June http://greatersoutheastonline.com/blog/mixed-use-development-business-should-thrive-with-influx-of-residents/
  23. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/Fighting-gentrification-is-a-losing-battle-get-14066994.php
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