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  1. The part where people had to cross 4 lanes of traffic to get off on Westheimer if going north on 610 was a 100% success with that excellent single lane off ramp that gets you off of the main lanes before you cross over 59 and then dumps you right on the feeder before Westheimer. The major failure was in the ramp that takes you from 610 north going to 59 south. Before they reconstructed this area that area of 610 right in front of the Home Depot was famous for wrecks. I still see the area jammed up at all hours of the day during the work week. They did improve the access to go to 59 north but the 59 south ramp seems to be too narrow and sharp for large commercial trucks and SUVs to take at high speed. Even when the traffic is not heavy people slow down to 25-40 mph on that turn. They should have built an exit ramp like the ones they have at beltway 8 and 59 north where it is a very lazy and gradual curve with lots of shoulder room for people to feel more safe about not hitting the wall. This curve should have gone over the old existing 610 bridge that goes over 59. The exit for the ramp should have been at least a mile before the actual exit by raising a wall protected with crash barrel to keep people from jumping on the exit at the last second and causing more slowing. With that intersection being in the top 10 more busy and dangerous in the USA the sky should have been the limit on funding a good solution.
  2. Sonic Automotive to build a "big beautiful dealership" across the highway from Audi. LINK
  3. This building went under renovations last year. You don't hear Class-B and River Oaks in the same sentence often. https://transwestern.com/property/river-oaks-medical-center
  4. Noticed this on Loopnet this week. Another Hotel to Multifamily conversion? The address is 6780 Southwest Fwy. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/6780-Southwest-Fwy-Houston-TX/25052059/ https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/houswhf-hilton-houston-galleria-area/
  5. Noticed this on Loopnet. 2828 Southwest Fwy - Four Points by Sheraton Greenway Plaza https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/2828-Southwest-Fwy-Houston-TX/23923870/ The Property is situated on 2.38 acres (103,569 square feet) of land, presenting a rare opportunity for a developer with flexibility to reposition or redevelop the Property into a different asset type. Alternatively, a new hotel investor will have the opportunity to realize the significant upside of acquiring and renovating an asset in a highly desirable submarket, substantially below replacement cost.
  6. Satya mixed-use development coming to Rosenberg - Houston Business Journal (bizjournals.com) New 312-unit multifamily project at the southwest corner of SW Freeway & 36, directly east of the Epicenter site. The existing shopping center will gain additional tenants. The project includes the return of Starbucks (under construction) to the intersection, as well as a return of Arby's to Rosenberg and a new Taco Bueno among other leases. Some of the comments from Satya's president in the piece were a bit odd IMO. The bit about it having been several years since a multifamily development was built in the city is not accurate given Sueba USA's two building project with three fewer units than this proposal opened at the start of the year in Brazos Town Center. A second multifamily project of 234 units from Sueba is also planned for that development as well, just behind the Hampton Inn. The other comment "...the next loop which is going to go around the city is Highway 36. That's the major thoroughfare plan" - I'm not sure what that even means. 36 is not a loop like 99/8/610. The only analogue to a loop locally is Spur 10, which has already been upgraded to accommodate truck traffic between 59 & 36. Maybe it's that 36-A proposal that hasn't really gone anywhere? I'm not sure.
  7. JLW, that place was Celebration Station. I think it is still there, it is totally seperate from the old Malibu Grand Prix that is now a used car dealership.
  8. I saw that they are removing all of the vines on the spur entrances to 59 from midtown. I thought that those were the best looking part of any of our freeways in the whole city. Pretty pumped to see the grafiti that goes up on the walls instead of the vines.
  9. I saw this lot get gated on my way to work and was wondering if anyone knows whats going on here? Does it have to do with the i59/610 rebuild? There are way too many gas stations in the area (7 in a 1 mile radius), so whatever it is, I'm sure its better than a gas station. IMG_3611.heic
  10. Please help us make Cooper's Quest first visit to Houston a success! We are a non profit organization that raises funds to help disabled children of Texas fire fighters, police, and EMS employees. We help children with a range of problems including disabilities, genetic disorders, undiagnosed disorders or terminal illnesses. We will be hosting a Houston fundraiser music benefit on October 11th. Please help us spread the word! Who: Cooper’s Quest Music Benefit Where: Firehouse Saloon 5930 SW Freeway and Fountainview Houston, TX 77057 When: Sunday October 11Th 2009 2-7pm Why: Cooper's Quest: Working together to build a greater quality of life for children of fire fighters, police and ems living with and fighting against genetic diseases. What: Live Music -Joe K & Ron O -Brandon McDermott Band - www.myspace.com/brandonmcdermottband -Mark Miller - www.myspace.com/markmillerband -The Dragliners - www.myspace.com/thedragliners -Grady Skelton Band - www.myspace.com/gradyskeltonband Silent Auction Raffle -Two Southwest Airlines round trip passes to any SWA city. -Sharp - 32" LCD HDTV. -New 8G ipod nano with video. -Plus much more! Photo Booth– Take the Quest home with a personalized event photo. Barbecue- BBQ will be included in your ticket price! Tickets: -Adults: $15 pre paid from www.firehousesaloon.com events page $20 at the door -Children: 4 and under FREE!4 to 12 - $5 at the door Coopersquest.org Cooper Wilson 6/27/07-7/8/09 Cooper\'s_Quest_October_11_smaller.pdf CQ fact sheet.pdf
  11. Saw this on the news this morning. http://abc13.com/traffic/gulf-freeway-ramp-to-close-for-six-months/2716294/
  12. I searched for a thread in this but didn't see one. The realtor has for years put up all these signs saying it's back. To me, this is certainly a place for apts and GFR. Why, in this market is the shopping center dead except for Amy's Ice Cream and Freebirds? I would post a photo of it but don't know how yet.
  13. Always wondered when this would be sold for something of higher value. Prime location. Weslayan & 59. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/4015-Southwest-Fwy-Houston-TX/21166287/
  14. Per last week's Deal Sheet https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/deal-sheet/this-weeks-houston-deal-sheet-90506
  15. The City of Houston has renderings of the proposed Cap Parks over the soon-to-be-trenched I-69 at Fannin, Caroline, and Almeda at the link below: http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/nhhip/midtown/public-open-house-midtown.pdf The buildings in the rendering are speculative and subject to Rice University's plans.
  16. The Master-Planned Community will bring a town center, medical center, offices, multifamily homes, etc to the Porter/New Caney area. Tree's have already been cut down for Grand Parkway (visible to see on 59). The Grand Parkway will split the two sides of the community and will be 2 miles and a half south from the new Grand Texas Theme Park.
  17. From a Swamploter: From Higher Density: Just down Montrose two recent land purchases will be yielding two more highrise apartment buildings. A new project is slated for the rear portion of the Chelsea Market, tenants have all been given six months notice to vacate. The Gramercy Place Apartments have just sold, with a highrise projected on the sight. The Gramercy Place located on Portland is in the shadows of Finger’s Museum Tower. http://swamplot.com/comment-of-the-day-the-river-oaks-shopping-centers-coming-double-mocha-latte-problem/2013-04-12/#comment-505832 My comments: it's hard to tell from an iPhone map, especially since i'm not familiar with the two sites mentioned, but it seems these two proposed towers would practically be next door neighbors.
  18. Can't really spill the beans quite yet but something big is in the works at KPRC. I suspect you'll hear about it and see it in the paper sometime in 2015. Btw, they have hired a new morning weather guy out of Oregon. Should see him on the air in January. Wish I could disclose more but I can't. In due time...
  19. Looks like a large mixed use coming to Humble https://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/Archway-Properties-starts-Park-Air-59-mixed-use-12481996.php
  20. http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2014/07/houston-chronicle-to-move-into-state-of-the-art-facility/
  21. I am guessing this will be Noel's Corporate HQ, the parking got meshed with their new building. Site: Rendering: http://tiltpixel.com/album/corporate/
  22. There's a new Goodwill going up next to Canyon Gate, and another off Reading Rd and 59. Anyone know when they're going to open?
  23. Does anybody remember the exact loaction of the Boat Yard bar near 59 & Kirby? What is currently there now? I remember going there in the 80's and possibly the 90's Todd K.
  24. I meant to ask this when I was still in the area, but I saw a tower crane near this intersection, assembling a fairly substantial structure. It appeared to be a bit behind the Springhill Suites that was completed recently, and they were to the 2nd or 3rd level when I drove by. Was never able to see any signage. Anyone know what this project is?
  25. So the Prince's at Weslayan and 59 is officially closed. The address is 3899 Southwest Fwy Houston, TX 77072. It apparently was fully decorated, lights on etc.. but without any people and the doors locked for the past month or so. I drove by today and it had been completely cleaned out. The only things remaining were a built in booth in the corner, and the half of a 40's Dodge pickup above the counter. They've got a hand written sign up on the door that says "Were Closed" All the info online still looks like they're open eg: Yelp, Prince's Website etc.. Anyone know what happened?
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