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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. Noticed this on JLL's website. This is outside of UT's 307-acres on Willowbend Blvd. The executive summary mentions it's a premium infill location. Also mentions TMC3 and Levit Green since TMC is only 3-miles away. Maybe long-term redevelopment? https://www.us.jll.com/en/investorcenter/industrial-logistics/willowbend-business-park-houston-tx-unitedstates
  3. Well that second quote is much more promising than the first (which I guess came from Alexandria Chairman Joel Marcus On Emerging Cities, Megacampuses And 'Hucksters' (bisnow.com)). If their market outlook did change between summer 2021 and now, well the TMC must be doing something right.
  4. I finally figured out the third Plaza del Oro complex today. RNR had a recent real estate transaction regarding the property. Thanks RNR! HOUSTON — John Hornbuckle of Cypressbrook Company represented the tenant, Nuo Therapeutics, Inc., in the leasing of 4,865 SF at 8285 El Rio Plaza in the Plaza del Oro Research Park. Lane Travis with CBRE represented the landlord, El Rio, LLC. https://realtynewsreport.com/rnr-real-estate-briefs-hou-aus-dal-more-5/ CBRE has 3 separate property listings for the campus. The addresses are: Building 1 is located at 900 South Loop West Building 2 is located at 8275 El Rio St. Building 3 is located at 8285 El Rio St. https://www.cbre.com/offices/corporate/houston/houston-property-search/details/US-SMPL-47242/plaza-del-oro-900-s-loop-w-900-south-loop-west-houston-tx-77054?view=isLetting%2CisSale https://www.cbre.com/offices/corporate/houston/houston-property-search/details/US-SMPL-47244/plaza-del-oro-8275-el-rio-8275-el-rio-street-houston-tx-77054?view=isLetting%2CisSale https://www.cbre.com/offices/corporate/houston/houston-property-search/details/US-SMPL-47246/plaza-del-oro-8285-el-rio-8285-el-rio-street-houston-tx-77054?view=isLetting%2CisSale I stopped by all three Plaza del Oro complexes last weekend. I would list them as: MD Anderson BioHouston complex: 8000 - 8080 El Rio St. Transwestern Prologis complex: 1000 South Loop West, 8272 El Rio St. and 8282 El Rio St. CBRE Research Park complex: 900 South Loop West, 8275 El Rio St. and 8285 El Rio St. Here's some street signage for the CBRE PDO complex.
  5. A new retail building is going up on West Bellfort. Lots of biotechnology companies around Kirby, West Bellfort, Willowbend, and Stella Link.
  6. Kirby Interchange is a 8-building Life Science Business Park located at the intersection of Kirby Dr. & W. Bellfort Ave. This is actually one of many BioTech campuses in the area. Hospitals serve the TMC proper, while the outskirts are filled with Pharmaceutical, Device Manufacturing, and BioTech companies. Here's the Transwestern leasing flyer. https://transwestern.com/property/kirby-interchange I stopped by this weekend and took a picture of the leasing signage. One or more of the buildings have an address of 8955 -8981 Interchange Dr.
  7. Another BioTech campus just outside TMC proper is on El Rio street developed by Prologis. Transwestern has 3 separate property listings for the campus. The addresses are: Prologis Plaza del Oro 1 is located at 1000 S. Loop West. Prologis Plaza del Oro 2 is located at 8272 El Rio St. Prologis Plaza del Oro 3 is located at 8282 El Rio St. https://transwestern.com/property/plaza-del-oro https://transwestern.com/property/plaza-del-oro-3 https://transwestern.com/property/plaza-del-oro-00 I stopped by this weekend to check the neighborhood out. I took pictures of the street signage.
  8. I was looking at an MD Anderson map and noticed they own this building. I drove by and surely enough there was an Anderson no trespassing sign. This building is down the street from TMC3. I can see MDA buying an adjoining parcel and building something tall here. In due time!
  9. Main Park is a three-building office/warehouse complex located near the Texas Medical Center at 3610-3620 Willowbend Blvd & 11205 South Main St. https://www.fullertx.com/properties/main-park/
  10. Saw this article in the chron this morning - http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/sarnoff/article/As-far-as-land-goes-large-tract-near-Medical-7252410.php Does anyone know where to find the marketing materials? I checked out the Cushman & Wakefield website but couldn't locate it. It's not quite as close to TMC3 as Nancy seems to think (I think she's looking at the wrong parking lot), but still relatively close
  11. The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System has for sale, 68.666 acres out of 717.3 acres, adjacent to Buescher State Park in Smithville Texas. The sale of additional land may be considered. The land is improved with an approximately 150,000 square foot basic life science laboratory research park, including laboratories, vivarium, office, conference and other support spaces. The property may only be used for research purposes. https://www.utsystem.edu/offices/real-estate/property/68666-acres-improved-basic-life-sciences-research-park-smithville-texas
  12. Anyone remember details about this? I was trying to see if there were any concept renderings. This was going to be located to where the (now) the UT Research Park Complex is. All the TMC players were involved. This was the original TMC3 if you will. This project was proposed in 2001. I'll post a few articles for reference.
  13. Former Bryan Air Force Base to be transformed into multimillion-dollar research hub and education center over next few years (May 2, 2016) Other links: Multi-million dollar research facility to anchor Riverside Campus hub Full steam ahead for RELLIS RELLIS Campus is an exciting project for Texas A&M, this community Texas A&M System breaks ground for first RELLIS facility RELLIS Campus showing signs of its commitment to the future
  14. https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/uh-moment/2018/03/28/275841/uh-moment-uh-sugar-land-breaks-ground-on-new-building/
  15. I was reading through Tory Gattis's blog last week (houstonstrategies.blogspot.com), and I was really intrigued with his idea for a global energy technology conference in Houston. Here are a couple of entries he posted on this: http://houstonstrategies.blogspot.com/2007...technology.html http://houstonstrategies.blogspot.com/2007...or-houston.html A couple of excerpts: ...and then a Chronicle reply: http://blogs.chron.com/houstonpolitics/200...ur_brand_1.html My initial thoughts are that this would be extremely beneficial to the city. I think this is worthy of a discussion here.
  16. Do we know what's happening with TAMU's old Institute of Biosciences and Technology building? When Innovation Plaza was announced, I believe this was covered. Medistar grabbed it right?
  17. Got sucked down the youtube rabbit hole on the Tesla truck announcement and found this video. This is the explination I have been looking for in regards to EV (Electric Vehicles) and Driverless technology. Economics will win the argument at the end of the day and the transition will happen fast. So what does that mean if we have fleets of driverless vehicles.. In 10 years will we need as many parking spots. This guy Tony states that over 40% of Houston's real estate is parking spots. That leaves the potential for a lot of infill... or outfill. Interesting concepts for the community to think of. Skip to 27:00 to see how EV technology and driver less cars will impact real estate.
  18. I went to Houston last week for the first time in a bunch of years, and driving down OST toward the Medical Center I drove past the ugliest building I've ever seen. It's huge and looks like two pyramids glued together. It looks for all the world like something out of Doctor Who - a space age military fortress. It's at 1500 OST, the corner of OST and North Stadium Drive. Does anybody know who built that monstrosity, and for what purpose?
  19. I don't know if this has been talked about yet, but Amazon opened their 18th tech hub in Houston around late July. it's located in City Centre Five (25,000 square feet of the building), in which they plan to higher 150 employees immediately. I have a feeling they're going to expand in the future though. https://blog.aboutamazon.com/job-creation-and-investment/amazon-opens-new-tech-hub-in-houston
  20. http://www.businessinsider.com/drone-technology-uses-2017-7
  21. Someone (I forget who...) said once upon getting to America, "They live in paradise, and yet they will never know it." Do you think that we take a lot of the things we have, especially technology, for granted?
  22. A group of investors led by Mo Vij, the founder of local IT company General Informatics, has acquired an 8.5-acre tract of vacant land at the intersection of Highland Road and Bluebonnet Boulevard for $3.6 million, with plans to develop an office and commercial complex on the site that will be modeled after the campus-style settings of high-tech giants like Microsoft and Apple. The new development will be called @Highland, and it will include a 45,000-square-foot, three-story office building that will front on Highland and be the new headquarters for General Informatics... More at: https://www.businessreport.com/article/high-tech-office-park-planned-8-acre-site-highland-bluebonnet
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