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i agree. Without something to vitalize that part of town, more well loved buildings could perhaps, fall into disrepair, so this project will probably save more beloved historic spots.

I agree. I love the look of the Texaco building (much more than the New West Building and Montagu). I'm really hope something good will happen with it soon. So much potential there, and it's depressing to see it empty.

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There will be a buffer where Bond is (was), but it is still close to Stowers, as well as Club Quarters and Texaco.

I hope they release a date soon and create viewing areas - it would be a shame for such an insanely large ($) company to blast the old Cotton into nonexistence without a proper farewell.

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I don't doubt that it makes some people's lives more convenient--if not in time savings then in terms of comfort or just the uppity satisfaction of doing the 'green' thing that Al Gore told them to--but by the numbers, it just doesn't compare to the added level of congestion or the added inconvenience to those that now have to use the Red Line as an intermediate mode that used to be able to avoid an extra transfer.

Not just wrong - in the wrong thread, too.

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Oh, nay-sayers nay-sayers...

I'm all for preservation and stuff, but this is one sweet action project. Houston needs to get out of it's funk and reclaim some of our architectural legacy. Cheap infill ain't gonna do it, so we better build up. The contrast of Main Place in the "old" section of downtown will be super impressive.

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I know there are a lot of people who wish that this could have been built on an empty surface lot where historic buildings wouldn't have to be torn down, but there just weren't any empty surface lots in downtown Houston. Oh wait...

mmhmm....

It also doesn't help that there are a bunch of high class 'lords that buy up and do nothing.

Aside from Masterworks Development Corp/Club Quarters and their fantastic renovation of the Texas State Hotel (okay, honorable mention to the eternally empty Stowers that Spire Realty owns, and the horribly re-veneered Sanguinet, Staats, Hedrick & Gottlieb building at 806 Main - at least it is in use)

we have, in that general block area:

-The Davis Brothers and the Beatty-West Building

-Crescent Real Estate/Texas Co. Building LP and the Texas Co. Building

-Aaron Wiese and the Battelstein Building

-Montagu/Hotel Cotton - complete waste of a good building

-Bond Clothing - another waste, but stuck in the middle of everything

Way to go, guys.

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I know there are a lot of people who wish that this could have been built on an empty surface lot where historic buildings wouldn't have to be torn down, but there just weren't any empty surface lots in downtown Houston. Oh wait...

Please...

This block will help the entire Main Street corridor and hopefully spur a redevelopment of those older, historic towers. This particular block I heard was not too great, and the Stowers building was redeveloped to no success. With MainPlace coming in, I bet some small businesses will move into the Stowers Building. You are just so set on Houston not caring about anything historic.

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Looks like KPMG is going to go for more than 100,000 sq. ft.

But of course, no one is REALLY talking about what's going on. Since KPMG is currently in Bank of America Center, I wonder the remaining tenants are going to swallow up the space.

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When I call i'll ask about weather and viewing areas

Called Cherry, he said 7am Sunday, rain or shine. That they will have a 1 block perimeter, but that he didnt know off hand if the parking garage at San Jacinto would be offlimits or not but that it probably would.

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Called Cherry, he said 7am Sunday, rain or shine. That they will have a 1 block perimeter, but that he didnt know off hand if the parking garage at San Jacinto would be offlimits or not but that it probably would.

Ha - thanks.

I'll copy this over to the Montagu thread

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Your view was better than mine. :angry: I was on the other side watching down Fannin. I think it was Fannin. I won't post my video, because it's the same, but that was awesome. I can finally scratch that off my list of things to see.

I think I might have been where you were, and if so, we were looking east down Rusk. I didn't know that view in the video would actually be there.

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That's where i was - on the northeast corner of San Jacinto and Rusk, looking west(ish).

I had video and camera, and was standing diagonal to the guy that kept yelling about his arm hurting from his massive camera lens :huh:

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I think I might have been where you were, and if so, we were looking east down Rusk. I didn't know that view in the video would actually be there.

I was at Fannin and Capital looking southwest down Fannin. It was a decent view, and I was only kidding. I'll try and post my video when I get home.

I just parked and got out, without much thought of where to watch. It was kind early and I was pretty much still asleep.

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I just installed Google Earth on my new MacBook, and I noticed that Google Earth now has a 3D model of MainPlace in the skyline by default! This is great for giving us an idea of how it's going to look in a few years.

Here's a screenshot.

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If only there was a 3D model for One Park Place...

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I just installed Google Earth on my new MacBook, and I noticed that Google Earth now has a 3D model of MainPlace in the skyline by default! This is great for giving us an idea of how it's going to look in a few years.

Here's a screenshot.

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If only there was a 3D model for One Park Place...

that looks neat. But the view of the skyline seems a bit out of place, but I just can't put my finger on it.

As I passed the construction site, I noticed that there is/was some structures UNDER mainstreet. was the building part of the tunnel system at one point?

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I pulled Google Earth up on my computer and though it is neat, it doesn't make as big of an impact on the skyline as I would have thought...especially from the N. Side and the West side. Even from the south side it looks modest compared to the others. Anybody else think that? Also, how come Google Earth does not 3D the Heritage Plaza anymore? It was, at one point, one of the colored in buildings. Now, it doesn't even pop from the ground. Any thoughts?

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FYI - MainPlace is breaking ground on Monday March 3rd, two months ahead of schedule. Cap beam excavation will start the first week, with first drilling operations the following week. The site will ramp up to 3 drilling rigs by late March.

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FYI - MainPlace is breaking ground on Monday March 3rd, two months ahead of schedule. Cap beam excavation will start the first week, with first drilling operations the following week. The site will ramp up to 3 drilling rigs by late March.

That is awesome. I think this is 3 buildings scheduled to break ground DT in the first week of March!

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