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  1. For years I have been wondering if Sears will ever do something with this eyesore located in midtown. It has so much potential, I guess at one point it was actually considered a beautiful building. Sears really needs to think about bringing it back to its original form. Something needs to be done. I would prefer to preserve the building, instead of razing it . What do you all think? Article found in the Chronicle today. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/5924010.html ''It's hideous!" fumes my friend V., warming up to one of his favorite rants: the unbearable ugliness of the Sears on Main Street. "It's right there on the light-rail line! At the entrance to the Museum District! At one of the few places where Houston can look good to visitors!" V., I have to admit, has a point. Sears' tan metal siding, blotched with graffiti cover-up, gives the building's upper floors the beaten-down air of an aging ministorage unit. But even that beats the urban battle fortifications at ground level. Someone, it appears, worked hard to make the department store defensible, able to repel invading hordes of shoppers intoxicated by Vanessa Hudgens' back-to-school ads. At the Wheeler side of the building, two sets of glass double doors, blacked out and locked during business hours, present an ominous face to the street. Opaque gray film makes the official entrance's glass doors, facing Main, only a little less scary. Bricks fill almost all the former display windows; burglar bars and more of that gray film cover the plate glass that survived. Only the most intrepid seekers of Kenmore appliances would dare breach such a bulwark. What's the deal, V. wonders. Does Sears think that the urban shoppers that store serves deserve less than, say, the suburbanites at the Memorial City Mall? And for that matter, hasn't someone at Sears noticed that Midtown has gentrified around the store? Isn't there a retail audience yearning to be better served? "Don't just return," exhorts the Hudgens back-to-school ad for Sears. "Arrive." V. would like that Sears to do just that. ...
  2. The one along Holly Hall crosses freight tracks owned by UP or Houston Belt & Terminal, but the frequency of trains is very low and almost never during the daytime. At night, small trains drop off and pick up cars at the Grocers Supply Co. distribution center on Holcombe, which is where the line currently ends, but that is the only user of the tracks of which I'm aware.
  3. Hearst Selects HFF to Market Houston Chronicle Downtown Property http://realtynewsreport.com/2014/11/21/hearst-selects-hff-to-market-houston-chronicle-downtown-property/ Thanks to desertpunk at SSC.
  4. Found this article and thought you would like it. http://www.dancing-times.co.uk/DT200409/da...es200409-2.html
  5. I am now living in Los Angeles, but on a recent trip to Houston, I saw the difference in retail outlets in the Galleria and even Highland Village. Both places have gotten pretty big chains and specialty stores, like Burberry, Dior, Bose, Jimmy Choo, and Luca Luca. Although most people don't care for this, since it is outside of most people's reach, I work in this industry, doing marketing for luxury brands, and I know that stores moving into a city at this pace signifies growth and confidence that the city is chic enough and diversified enough to open shop. In Houston, there have been 13 store openeings of a high caliber, those found in Rodeo Dr or 5th Ave. 10 years ago, that would have been impossible, I think that Houston is on the ap like never before. But those are just my thoughts. Though it is not the architecture phenomenon we all wish for, at least people visiting---for pleasure or business---will see the Gucci store or the Sony Style store and not feel that they are in a country town with big freeways. Not to up-play it, but this type of thing makes a difference when producers look for a city to host a show in, like the REAL WORLD or and awards show. It puts us on the cultural map. What do you guys think? Treader
  6. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2022/09/15/hines-master-planned-community-rosenberg.html Hines is developing a master planned community on 850 acres along the Southwest Freeway at Finney-Vallet Road in what will be a newly-annexed section of Rosenberg, per the terms of an agreement made by the city with the developer earlier in the year. The first phase of 400 homes is supposed begin later in the year and is expected to be complete by 2024. There will be up to 2400 at full build-out. Reports from the press release tout that this is Hines' largest single-family residential development since their much larger First Colony community came about in the 70s. A multifamily and commercial component is also expected to be part of the development as well. In addition to homes and up to 250 acres of park space, another school that will be zoned to Lamar Consolidated ISD is expected to be constructed. This isn't so surprising as the District is expected to add nearly 20 new schools over the next decade or so.
  7. I don't have the specifics for the height, floors, architect, etc. but here's what she's going to look like... I believe this is the view of the north side of the building that will face Market Square. This is based on the other renderings of the Chronicle site building. Block 42:
  8. Hines announces timber office project in Austin Katherine Feser Aug. 25, 2021Updated: Aug. 25, 2021 2:40 p.m. Hines is developing T3 Eastside at 1200 E. 4th St. in Austin. It's the company's first Class-A timber project with a residential component. Hines Houston-based Hines announced it would build its first timber office project in Texas. T3 Eastside, in Austin, will have 92,000 square feet of office space and 9,200 square feet of residential space. The project, a Hines eco-minded initiative named for timber, transit and technology, will be developed at 1200 E. 4th St. and include 15 loft-style units with a historical industrial design. It is among 16 T3 office projects for Hines and is the first to be designed with a residential component, according to John Mooz, senior managing director at Hines. The construction method incorporates wood products generated from fast growing trees. T3 Eastside, which is accessible to downtown by rail, is the first project in Austin for Hines in more than 40 years. Several additional projects across various sectors will be announced in the coming months. JLL is marketing the space to tenants in creative industries such as technology, advertising, media, information and biotechnology/life sciences. “T3 Eastside is designed to accommodate needs of firms who seek creative-class workers and residents by delivering a unique product and location while offering proximity to living, dining, entertainment and easy access to transit while honoring the unique artistic spirit of the neighborhood,” Philip Croker, senior managing director at Hines and co-Austin city head, said in an announcement. The building will feature areas for collaboration, a rooftop patio, private outdoor balconies for tenants, shared conference space, a fitness center and bike storage facilities. Austin's office vacancy rose to 16.9 percent in the second quarter as 1.9 million square feet of office space was completed in the first half of the year, according to JLL. Occupancy was 10.6 percent in the year-ago quarter. Another 4.2 million square feet is under construction in the Austin area. Hines has developed T3 projects in cities such as Minneapolis, Atlanta, Denver, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Hines-launches-timber-office-project-in-Austin-16411232.php
  9. Here are my photos so far. I have some more I have to take of this really cool wall they have left standing all by itself. I keep wondering how it stays up because there is nothing to brace it. I guess they are waiting for it to fall on its own. I will head over there this afternoon and add to these. I took these two weeks ago: http://www.tropicaltexans.com/images/Houston/tcfeb05.jpg From the TGI Friday's lot perpendicular to the Tollway. http://www.tropicaltexans.com/images/Houston/tcfeb05-2.jpg Same angle. http://www.tropicaltexans.com/images/Houston/tcfeb05-3.jpg Dillard's goin' bye-bye. http://www.tropicaltexans.com/images/Houston/tcfeb05-4.jpg The backside of the mall--JC Penney is gone already.
  10. I went to the zoo yesterday with a friend and we went by and saw the animals. I felt bad for them because you know our zoo is really shameful looking if you compare it to San Antonio's zoo. (as well as the people who work the food kiosk have no idea where any of the animals are located!) So anyway we walked around and we came upon the Zebras. Well they looked like typical grass eating zebras. There is one that stands out VERY well. His name is "Adam" a zookeeper told us. Zookeeper also told us that he was hand raised and someone thought they could use it as a pet and train it as a horse but it started biting (They must have watched, "Racing Stripes" a bit too much!) so it was donated to the zoo. My friend and I were just totally loving and playing with this Zebra from our safe distance of course! First he comes up to the pen as close as possible! (I couldn't believe that) He came when called if he moved away from the pen for a while. If we asked the Zebra to smile, he'd grin his upper lips. (As much as a Zebra) could smile! But this gets better. After the smiling he took his rubber food bucket he plays with. He dragged it from the back of the pen and started rubbing it against the fence, and trying to throw the thing over the fence and playing with it. Then Adam came to the front of the pen with his food container, and he tried to show it to us. He was pressing it against the fence. (Like here you have it) So after a long day my friend told the Zebra..."bye, we have to go...byeeee.." and we started walking. The Zebra was following us alongside. We decided to run by and the Zebra ran side the pen... When we ran not only running but he was bucking and kicking playfully. He was so enjoying our company. When my friend and I left...we noticed other people trying to get him to run too. btw, to identify the Zebra if you go to see him he has a small dot on the side of his face hear his cheek bone. (or if you want to see him ask the zookeeper for "Adam") he's really one of the most unusual semi-wild Zebras I have ever seen. I asked the zookeper, "did you know the Zebra fetches?" and she only said, "I have seen him playful but I have never seen him this happy!" THEN I call for a cab to go home and this cab (if you are interested I have his card I can give you in whisper) was THE COOLEST cab I have ever been in! (if you need it) The guy had a awesome stero system with bass and 2 TVs in the back with a DVD playing in it. (Probably had more I didn't ask about) Well wanted to tell ya about this awesome Zebra if you wanted to check him out for yourself!
  11. On a just-barely-related note: Many people know that Service Corporation International, the world's largest funeral home company, is headquartered in Houston. What most people don't know is that there is a cafeteria in the basement of their building. Even fewer people know its nickname is "The Coffin Cafe."
  12. Chronicle has a good article on him in today's paper. http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4876742.html Just some quotes I found interesting: I wonder what the best "probelm area" is prime for taking on right now? Breath of fresh air. Does anyone know if he's had any recent projects here or if he's currently got one going on?
  13. I was doing some research today and came across this quote in a New York Times article from the 80's: I think a lot of people in Houston don't realize the significance of these buildings.
  14. The Toyota center may seem not so big on the outside, but people don't realize is that it sinks into the ground like the Astrodome and the Compaq Center. Thats why the Astrodome isn't so tall as the Reliant Stadium. I think its a real good idea with the Hilton putting pedestrian bridges across to the convention center and the arena. I wonder what someone will do with the patch of grass next to it? I hope somone builds a little pond/reflecting pool/park there.
  15. http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2012/07/inner-loop-tract-slated-for-huge-mixed-use-project/ Gensler is the architect.
  16. Hines is building a new warehouse center at 2304 Reed Road near Almeda Road.
  17. It's officially for sale: See full article: http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/sto...tml?jst=b_ln_hl
  18. 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
  19. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2019/01/30/houston-developer-considering-garden-oaks-area.html
  20. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Houston-s-apartment-boom-focuses-on-urban-scene-4619878.php?t=445cfc44ffb05374ef Hines is planning to build a high rise across the street from Market Square Park at Preston and Travis
  21. I was wondering if it is possible to go to the observation deck at the chase tower? Do they let people in there?
  22. I was hoping someone would have some pictures of the galleria from back in the day...at 21 I don't really have much of a memory of how it used to be except for the connecting area between galleria 1 and 2 with the seventies-lookin light fixtures.
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