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all the chain restaurants are only a mile away on 518......so they will have to blow the masses away on this project...but they can't get too high end and snobbish as the chain restaurants and retail stores uaually draw people to these areas....remember that fancy mall in the galleria area a decade ago that struggled and closed down? Houston isn't your typical high-end market...even The Woodlands knows its roots

for the record, the cheesecake factory is severely overrated...what makes that high end? If you don't get a private booth you sit in a long seating with stangers that hear everything...

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I guess when the developers stated that the development would be "geared toward seniors" could've meant the graduating class.    "2013 Seniors forever, yall!  Woooo!"

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I'm glad to hear that most people out here want some higher-end restaurants. I'm literally sick of Chili's, Olive Garden and TGI Fridays. Give us Vic & Anthony's, Grand Luxe, Cheesecake Factory, Brennan's...etc.

LOL sounds like your neighbors really miss some Double Dave's.

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So, when do we get Barack Obama's head?

They will get the head of the new president. Makes me wonder on the color of his statue if he gets elected? I can see the polemic either way they decide to go.

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all the chain restaurants are only a mile away on 518......so they will have to blow the masses away on this project...but they can't get too high end and snobbish as the chain restaurants and retail stores uaually draw people to these areas....remember that fancy mall in the galleria area a decade ago that struggled and closed down? Houston isn't your typical high-end market...even The Woodlands knows its roots

for the record, the cheesecake factory is severely overrated...what makes that high end? If you don't get a private booth you sit in a long seating with stangers that hear everything...

The Cheesecake Factory may be overrated, but it draws people. I can never go there for dinner and not have at least a 30 minute wait. It's also decorated beautifully inside.... :)

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your young kid....the Cheesecake Factory is fine dining to an 18-year old female and an easy way to score some points..lol

the facebook generation doesn't know the value of dining

Man speaks the truth. In fact, I'm going to the one in The Galleria later on today. Let's hope something happens ;). She doesn't know yet...its her birthday. Whoop whoop!

Edit: HBCU, spill the beans on other dining places that would be nice for a 17-year old's budget.

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it's been 13 years since I was 17 but if a girl went to Chilis back in the 90s you was in......lol

Pappadeaux's wasn't even in the equation but it was good for prom night if anything...

now, I don't know what these young females want but from watching my siblings, they don't seem to value fine dining unless it's a "name" place...

best shrimp in town is at Christies off of Westheimer....hands down...fish is fresh, the shrimp...man...

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Good. I'll do that next time, because I have this planned out already. I have a friend who works at the Cheesecake Factory, and I'm asking her to put "Happy Birthday Kelsey" on the plate.

I'm so romantic. You guys should take tips from me ;).

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doesn't seem to want to come up. here are excerpts.

The Nano World Headquarters, located in Houston, Texas, is also being spearheaded by Historic Real Estate. Nano World Headquarters is a $350 million project. It will serve as the leading center for scientific nanotechnology collaboration world-wide and as an accelerator for start-up companies, offering a centralized intellectual hub and a state-of-the-art shared equipment facility. The headquarters will be a point of intersection where private sector, government and academic institutions will come together to create new opportunities for high salaried, high tech jobs and increase the economic development throughout the region.

Specifically, Historic Real Estate's landmark projects include the WaterLights District, a $700 million, 1.9 million square foot mixed-use community in Pearland, Texas, just minutes from downtown Houston. The planned community will feature residential condos, brownstones, luxury apartments, office buildings, retail boutiques, a fresh market, restaurants and wine bars, three luxury hotels, a conference facility, a water wall and a public park along a Grand Canal waterway. WaterLights is strategically located near the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical and research center. Employment in the area is projected to grow by 30,000 within the next six years and the resulting demand for housing, retail, and other community amenities will be met predominantly by the WaterLights District.

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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/tech/news/6128992.html

The bold, but still unfunded, plan calls for the development of a large facility where nascent nanotechnology companies can gain access to lab space and expensive, sensitive equipment without having to buy it.

With nanotechnology, Houston has some built-in advantages over other parts of the country. The basic research of the late Rick Smalley, Rice University's Nobel Prize-winning nanoscientist, and others has made the institution a world leader in the field. The region also has large industrial bases in energy, health and aerospace, fields in which nanotechnology is expected to make a significant impact.

"Houston's in a race to become the global leader of nanotechnology," said the project's developer, David Goswick. "This is how we can win."

For local nanoscientists, the goal is not to dominate academic research into nanotechnology

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I went to the groundbreaking on Thursday. It was really interesting and they have already started digging out the canals. Had a chance to meet the developers too. Really cool people with Historic Real Estate.

For inquiring minds. Can you elaborate on what you thought was "really interesting"? I know that the development team is working hard (as I see the same cars parked at the trailer day after day), but do you think this thing really has a chance? Did they throw out dates? Phase descriptions? Tenants (signed or otherwise)? Moving dirt is a good first step (which shows that they have some financing for the soft/hard costs up to this point), but the real commitment of resources is evident by the installation of the infrastructure (IMO).

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If you go to their website http://www.waterlightsdistrict.com/polling/ they are still taking votes for which restaurants to put in. That tells me they aren't even close. Or they suck at updating their website.

Website still hasn't changed. If you can still vote on the tenants you want (completely different than choosing who lands there), they probably don't have any signed up.

http://www.waterlightsdistrict.com/

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For inquiring minds. Can you elaborate on what you thought was "really interesting"? I know that the development team is working hard (as I see the same cars parked at the trailer day after day), but do you think this thing really has a chance? Did they throw out dates? Phase descriptions? Tenants (signed or otherwise)? Moving dirt is a good first step (which shows that they have some financing for the soft/hard costs up to this point), but the real commitment of resources is evident by the installation of the infrastructure (IMO).

Well, they had t-shirts, development plans, the mayor of Pearland, the lady who is heading up Nano World, and city councilmembers from Pearland. They are definitely digging out the canal and apparently gaining traction in moving forward. It was interesting to me to see the plans, see the progress being made on construction, and visualizing the final development and the presidential park.

I don't live in Pearland so do not know how it will take with residents there, but if it is anything like the anchor Woodlands Waterway (or whatever it is called) this place is going to be a hit with residents, businesses, and visitors to the Houston region.

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Histric Real Estate has announced they will continue with their three major projects despite the economy...

WaterLights District / Presidential Park

Nano World Headquarters

The Peninsula on Clear Lake

http://www.realtynewsreport.com/HoustonDeals.htm

first few paragraphs...

Despite the severe national downturn in real estate development, causing many large-scale projects to halt or slow operations, Historic Real Estate is forging ahead with a multitude of high-profile economic and real estate development projects.

The company

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Found this article (written by HRE)...

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The creation of NWHQ is moving forward at a pivotal moment as the new administration is advocating a stimulus plan (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan) to strengthen large-scale "shovel-ready" projects that will create new jobs, embody energy efficiency approaches, and further scientific innovations. NWHQ is an ideal candidate for funding through the stimulus package due to its potential to strengthen the United States economy in the immediate and long term.

The organization is established as a 501

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Found this article (written by HRE)...

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http://news.prnewswire.com/ViewContent.asp...1391&EDATE=

and this nano blogger doesn't think too highly of the project...

http://cientifica.eu/blog/?p=839

BTW, I have met the principles in HRE and they seem to be a very genuine and dedicated bunch. I like their approach to development.

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I've seen a (not so great) rendering of the Nano Headquarters. Also NanoHeadquarters will be near 288 just outside the loop correct? yes? no?

Here's an artist concept.

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From November.

An artist's concept shows the WaterLights District in Pearland, which would include a waterway, condominiums, hotels, office buildings and a facility that would promote nanotechnology development.

A local developer and a group of scientists hope to show that even the little stuff is bigger in Texas.

They want to create something called "Nano World Headquarters" just south of Houston in a 150-acre Pearland development called the WaterLights District.

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Maybe it's just me and my spotty memory, but I seem to recall driving by signs for Waterlights District for years now: "Coming 2007", "Coming 2008", "Coming 2009".

I'm not saying it's not coming, but I think the developers were a little optimistic with their original timeline.

Does anyone know the real story? I know their property backs up to Clear Creek...maybe the problems have to do with either approvals to develop in floodplain/floodway or maybe some USACE permitting issues? Knowing where the project is, those would be my first two guesses. Either one of those issues could easily delay a project for a couple years.

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That artist's rendition paints (no pun) a rather ambituous development. Seems like I recall the Chronicle making references to a large scale project suited to the growing nanotech industry in Houston but this was from maybe 2004. I doubt this is the exact project they were hinting at then but I could see how it might have grown out of a culture of expanding interests concerning these types of projects.

Hope this is the real groundbreaker for the industry going large here in town.

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The more I think of it, the less it makes sense to build something like this so far away from the universities and the TMC. I know somebody's going to tell me it's not far, but just ask a visiting scientist who wants to work on nanotech research between Rice, the TMC, and the Nano World thing what they think about traveling to Pear Land.

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That sucks. Yeah Carbon Nanotech was Smalley's company which was bought a few years ago by Unidym, but they were supposed to keep their staff here in Houston. I tried to get an internship with them for my Master's at Rice but they weren't interested. They said it had something to do with the merger. Now they are leaving which is bad news for everybody here.

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The city of Pearland projects report for March, 2009 shows this entry on page 30. I am thinking that water and sewer contract is for the Waterlight district. If so, it is not slated to finish until Nov. 2009, and this might be what is holding up other construction there. Of course, I might be totally wrong. -_-

Nope, this must be for the work that is going on on the East side of 288 approaching the Beltway and the east bound service road. They are clearing trees and you can see them installing underground drainage along the Beltway service road. Sorry to let you down but any future Waterlights development is a private matter. It's tough right now for commercial real estate so don't be too anxious. Look at all the vacant retail space around the Shadow Creek area.

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Nope, this must be for the work that is going on on the East side of 288 approaching the Beltway and the east bound service road. They are clearing trees and you can see them installing underground drainage along the Beltway service road. Sorry to let you down but any future Waterlights development is a private matter. It's tough right now for commercial real estate so don't be too anxious. Look at all the vacant retail space around the Shadow Creek area.

Yeah, I had noticed that construction on the east side. Your logic makes sense.

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