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Drove by the Hilton Americas and I noticed a new sign by that old Ballroom basically it said, "Coming soon: Residential/Retail/Restaurant. Was wondering if anything was set in stone.

For those wondering:

It's bordered by Caroline, Dallas, Lamar, and Crawford.

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So I'm staring out my office window on the 30th floor of One Houston Center, watching the progress on One Park Place (the condo tower in front of Discovery Green), when I notice a bulldozer with the arm extension (not sure the official name of this machine...) roll over to the banquet center that is next to the electrical substation and cater-cornered from the Hilton and One Park Place. This is on the south "curved road" part of Discovery Green. It just started tearing the building down. It's making good progress, as they are half way through one of the sides of the thing, and it's only been about 10 minutes of work.

Anybody know what they plan on doing with this block? It would be ripe for development, given its proximity to the new park, the new condo tower, the hotel, Pavilions, 4 Seasons, etc...

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Yes, the gas leak makes sense. The bulldozer likely just hit a gas pipe or something. There doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency amongst the firemen on site. I can see where a gas leak next to an electrical substation could be cause for concern!

Sorry Jax, I don't have a camera. The scene just has the banquet center with half of one side torn off, an earth moving machine that is not currently doing anything, 2 firetrucks and an ambulance.

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It's a two story structure painted a beige-pink color. No windows. Hideous. Glad to see it getting torn down. I would think that block would be the most valuable one surrounding Discovery Green, given its proximity to everything around there

edit: for those following the "excitement" at the site, all the firetrucks are gone, and the earth mover has moved to another part of the building, but hasn't started wrecking anything else. The machine is emitting a white smoke right now, though!

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Sounds like a really crappy place to have a banquet in. No windows? Damn..

I think I see it on google maps, I've walked that corner many times and it's weird that I don't remember it. It must have been bad. From google it looks like half the block was taken up by a parking lot. I agree, it's an ideal spot. Let's hope they put something nice there and don't just make the parking lot bigger.

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<br />So I'm staring out my office window on the 30th floor of One Houston Center, watching the progress on One Park Place (the condo tower in front of Discovery Green), when I notice a bulldozer with the arm extension (not sure the official name of this machine...) roll over to the banquet center that is next to the electrical substation and cater-cornered from the Hilton and One Park Place. This is on the south "curved road" part of Discovery Green. It just started tearing the building down. It's making good progress, as they are half way through one of the sides of the thing, and it's only been about 10 minutes of work.<br /><br />Anybody know what they plan on doing with this block? It would be ripe for development, given its proximity to the new park, the new condo tower, the hotel, Pavilions, 4 Seasons, etc...<br />
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actually, i mentioned this piece of property a few months back and no one had a clue about it there was a relatively new sign about it being a future multi-use development.

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So I'm staring out my office window on the 30th floor of One Houston Center, watching the progress on One Park Place (the condo tower in front of Discovery Green), when I notice a bulldozer with the arm extension (not sure the official name of this machine...) roll over to the banquet center that is next to the electrical substation and cater-cornered from the Hilton and One Park Place. This is on the south "curved road" part of Discovery Green. It just started tearing the building down. It's making good progress, as they are half way through one of the sides of the thing, and it's only been about 10 minutes of work.

Anybody know what they plan on doing with this block? It would be ripe for development, given its proximity to the new park, the new condo tower, the hotel, Pavilions, 4 Seasons, etc...

FINALLY found the original post on this here. But I guess it went under EVERYONE's radar because no one really discussed it or knew anything about it.

sub(dude!) merge and purge? :)

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It seems like this is the area that a couple years ago, some company out of Colorado bought property with plans to build residential. At the time they bought it though, they said they weren't going to start construction for 4-6 years, they were going to wait until it made sense to build. This was before Pavillions and Discovery Green had gotten started. So maybe the time is right, now? Let me see if I can dig and find something on it, I could just be making stuff up.

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It seems like this is the area that a couple years ago, some company out of Colorado bought property with plans to build residential. At the time they bought it though, they said they weren't going to start construction for 4-6 years, they were going to wait until it made sense to build. This was before Pavillions and Discovery Green had gotten started. So maybe the time is right, now? Let me see if I can dig and find something on it, I could just be making stuff up.

You're thinking of LandCo. They're from Colorado Springs, but their land (Block 98) is north of the park and just north of where Trammell Crow is building Discovery Tower.

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Friday (August 31) at about 2pm I hear these "bangs" and really think nothing of it. I am in 5 Houston Center, and am right next to the new Fingers building and the new park. So hearing bangs is kind of the norm. At around 4 I look out and they have a machine tearing up this building. -- The kid in me was dreaming "I wish I was down there tearing up a building in that big monster machine", it looked really fun!

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If it's supposed to be residential AND retail, the building has to go vertical just to be profitable because the lot is so small. If something is built on here, I wonder how much longer the other lots surrounding the park would last before they start seeing some action, provided the Interest crises doesn't scare anyone off.

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If it's supposed to be residential AND retail, the building has to go vertical just to be profitable because the lot is so small. If something is built on here, I wonder how much longer the other lots surrounding the park would last before they start seeing some action, provided the Interest crises doesn't scare anyone off.

What interest rate crisis?

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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headli...iz/5156092.html

Who was the genius who came up with the idea of building a nice park like Discovery Green in the middle of downtown? There should be a statue erected of him/her. This park is attracting development like bees are attracted to pollen. In 10 years or less DG is going to be like a miniature Central Park right in our own back yard!

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Discovery Green will look great surrounded by three new high-rises!

Renderings from the Chronicle:

http://images.chron.com/photos/2007/09/21/...lineGallery.jpg

There is a mistake on the map. Houston Pavillions is two blocks south between Dallas and Polk.

http://images.chron.com/photos/2007/09/22/...e/0922suite.jpg

(Editor changed the embeded images into links to the images because the Chronicle gets cranky when we embed its pictures)

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Well, when I say miniature, I mean about 8 blocks worth of Central Park. :) Maybe I should have said "microscopic Central Park". But who cares, DG is already a total hit and it's nothing more than a 12 acre pile of dirt at the moment. Just wait until Discovery Green becomes 'green' and full of life and people - it'll be rockin'.

I love what's going on in east downtown, just wish I could add about 10 floors to all the towers going up over there tho. But I'm not complaining....just rambling.

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This is incredible! That park has generated so much new growth. Who was the creator of Discovery Green, anyway?

Wasn't this the park that people submitted names for? My only fear (and I hate being the negative nancy here but..) is that any greenspace in the greater downtown/midtown area seems to attract the homeless.

I really hope this administration can figure out a solution (bus them to San Antonio/Austin/Dallas) before the park & building construction is finished.

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I think Discovery Green will be very populated and, therefore, the homeless will not be a problem. Usually the homeless tend to dwell in quieter, less populated parks and areas. Houston is not alone in homelessness. All the major cities have to cope with the homeless. I am just sorry to see that our government doesn't do a lot more to get these people help and more shelters for them.

Back on the subject, doesn't this remind us of the boom times? It has been years since downtown has had this type of construction activity. I can't wait to see what's next .... a park that isn't a park yet already has developers licking their chops. B)

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Wasn't this the park that people submitted names for? My only fear (and I hate being the negative nancy here but..) is that any greenspace in the greater downtown/midtown area seems to attract the homeless.

I really hope this administration can figure out a solution (bus them to San Antonio/Austin/Dallas) before the park & building construction is finished.

Butch up, nancy!

There has been a few naysayers on this park (including me, I think) about how this wasn't going to be enough to attract development and were proven quite wrong, obviously.

Having read the article, I found it interesting that the (proposed) location for this is the Old Ballroom site we were talking about in the past. My initial concern (regarding the signs on the property) were justified. The plot is too small unless they went VERY vertical. While I believe they can live without the living componant, I do hope they keep a retail/resturant section on the lower floors. This would add a considerable oasis for this part of downtown (which is what I call "Siberia" of downtown) sorely needs for the conventioneers as well as those staying at the americas.

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Looks like a great building, but I would prefer it not have the Embassy Suites logo at the top of it. That takes away from the look, in my opinion

Doesn't the downtown sign ordinance prevent logos/names on the top of buildings? Of course, Hilton has their name on their building, so perhaps the prohibition is for non-lodging businesses?

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There has been a few naysayers on this park (including me, I think) about how this wasn't going to be enough to attract development and were proven quite wrong, obviously.

Add this hotel to the apartment tower and office tower, and I believe that is about $300 million in new construction directly attibutable to this park. These towers also make the other two and a half blocks around the park more valuable for redevelopment. That will bring the City about $2 million per year in new property taxes, in addition to the hotel taxes and sales and mixed drink taxes that the restaurants and retail bring. The idea for the park came from Mayor Bill White, who was criticized by some for trading some land to create the park. This is also the same Bill White who was lambasted in another thread for the "shameful" things he has done to downtown. Given that 7 blocks in that area of downtown are now currently or soon to be under construction (in addition to the 6 blocks that comprise the park), I'd say Mayor White hasn't done too shabby.

Sure would be nice to see construction cranes on that last one and a half blocks between this hotel and Houston Pavillions. That would completely fill in Dallas Street from the convention center to Main Street. :D

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But I'm not complaining....just rambling.

As usual!

Since you're so excited about the park, I think you should apply for a job at the snack bar/restaurant that will be located there. I'm sure they'll be happy to have someone with your energy/enthusiasm down there contributing to making DG an ongoing "hit."

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