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With it not being on a full block and having over 200 rooms, I am hoping this LaQuinta will break the mold of their typical suburban model hotel. It appears it might since it will have a garage.

It's always nice for developments to go up on empty lots downtown!

You are right. It is pretty much impossible for it to be a suburban-style building. Seems like it would probably have to be 15 stories... maybe?

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Construction to start in only a 3 months or so? They ARE moving rather quickly from announcement to groundbreakings.

They're right, this will be a terrific addition to the area.

So if this has a Rusk address, and the parking is currently being used by Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, then it's going to be very handy to those areas to the BUS, Home Plate, that new Restaurant/bar across from Inn at the Ballpark.

This will add quite a bit to that particular section of DT of what is a rather secluded section.

Once this is up and running, this will help spur additional development to this. Its proximity to Discovery park isn't bad either.

There is also a bit of a bonus that it will (I believe) within a block or two of the new Rail line station.

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That's awsome... we definitly need less expensive hotels Downtown! Plus, that part of Downtown needs more "stuff", so this will be great.... just 2 blocks or so from Discover Green.

Could someone please subtract 1 from the "surface lots left in Downtown Houston" list... thank you! ^_^

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So it looks like this one will be on the new rail line downtown on Rusk. This is actually a real good location as it located is in the middle of MMP and the Discovery Green / GRB . It should attract visitors attending all 3 of these places. I think the center of downtown (East -West axis book ended by GRB and the Hobby Center) is starting to look like it is going to be pretty dense with this project, disco Green, One Park, Pavilions, Disco Tower, Embassy Suites, Main Place and others to be built along this axis.

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This does seem like a really good location and quite a large structure for a La Quinta. I wonder if the people behind it see the Quintaness as temporary.

Build a good hotel in an up-and-coming location, but with a cheap brand. Once the area improves, sell it or affiliate with a better chain for better profits. And if the location doesn't become the next flavor of the month, you still have the current La Quinta brand to fall back on. Seems like a no-lose situation.

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With it not being on a full block and having over 200 rooms, I am hoping this LaQuinta will break the mold of their typical suburban model hotel. It appears it might since it will have a garage.

It's always nice for developments to go up on empty lots downtown!

Not a full block? Did I miss something in the article? Why is not going to be a full one?

Also, since the article, it's been two to three months. I hope we hear something soon.

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Not a full block? Did I miss something in the article? Why is not going to be a full one?

Also, since the article, it's been two to three months. I hope we hear something soon.

It mentions they purchased a "half block" in the article.

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I think it'll help round out the convention schedule downtown, offering more budget accommodations to convention travelers. Other than that, I couldn't care less about this. It will affect me exactly zero. When I like to splurge on a weekend being a tourist in my own city, or spend New Year's Eve, or eat a great restaurant, I like posh hotels.

I'll never set foot in this place and don't care that it's coming here.

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I think it'll help round out the convention schedule downtown, offering more budget accommodations to convention travelers. Other than that, I couldn't care less about this. It will affect me exactly zero. When I like to splurge on a weekend being a tourist in my own city, or spend New Year's Eve, or eat a great restaurant, I like posh hotels.

I'll never set foot in this place and don't care that it's coming here.

It is hard to tell whether you are bragging or complaining. If you care so little about this, why did you bother to post? I hope you aren't as ugly a person as this post makes you seem.

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Most here would probably say that I am. I wasn't bragging, though. I was just pointing out that it's a little odd to care about a La Quinta opening in your town. I don't think locals use hotels like this, aside from putting up family over the holidays or something like that. Who would go to a La Quinta in his own town? Would you eat at the restaurant? Drink at the bar? Stay in a room for a weekend?

I'd be interested in a cool new hotel that offered something for locals. This one will never see any Houstonians who don't work there in low-paying jobs.

In other posts, people were touting this opening as proof that our Downtown revitalization was on-par with Victory in Dallas, where the W opened. I found that odd.

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Most here would probably say that I am. I wasn't bragging, though. I was just pointing out that it's a little odd to care about a La Quinta opening in your town. I don't think locals use hotels like this, aside from putting up family over the holidays or something like that. Who would go to a La Quinta in his own town? Would you eat at the restaurant? Drink at the bar? Stay in a room for a weekend?

I'd be interested in a cool new hotel that offered something for locals. This one will never see any Houstonians who don't work there in low-paying jobs.

In other posts, people were touting this opening as proof that our Downtown revitalization was on-par with Victory in Dallas, where the W opened. I found that odd.

dalparadise... oxymoron for sure .... no one here suggests that a La Quinta is on par with anything. Otherwise, it is another hotel in downtown H-town that will allow convention-goers a place to stay at far more reasonable rates than Hyatt or Hilton or Four Seasons, etc..... No, we Houstonians will not be staying there and I personally won't be staying at the Hyatt downtown either. As far as cool new hotels in and around downtown, we have plenty of them. But not as many as there will be as more hotels are looming on the horizon. Real odd post from you, but anything suggestive in nature of Dallas will be odd and generally written off quickly by the locals. Please point me to the posts that "tout" this with the Victory W hotel inDallas. Thank you.<_<

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Otherwise, it is another hotel in downtown H-town that will allow convention-goers a place to stay at far more reasonable rates than Hyatt or Hilton or Four Seasons, etc..... Please point me to the posts that "tout" this with the Victory W hotel inDallas. Thank you.<_<

That's all I said in my original post-- that it would offer affordable rooms to conventioners and not much else. No big deal really.

I think you misunderstood my post about the Dallas thing. I surely didn't want to get involved in that, which is why I also won't try to drag up the HP vs. Victory nonsense. But, in that childish argument, I remember someone comparing the developments and paralleling the La Quinta (and the rest of the developments) to the Victory development, which really did seem silly and added fuel to that childish fire.

I do not wish to play in that, else I would have gotten involved before that thread was locked.

BTW -- My name on here is not meant to be ironic or oxymoronic or to have anything to do with Dallas at all. It's a play on Sal Paradise, Jack Kerouac's protagonist in On the Road -- just FYI.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal_Paradise

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People aren't interested in this project because it's a La Quinta, but because it's being built downtown. It's not something that is very common yet for downtown. And it gets rid of another surface parking lot, and in theory, the more hotel rooms we can get near the GRB, then maybe we can get more conventions.

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I wonder if Blackstone is planning on opening this as a La Quinta (as previously mentioned), then converting it to a Hilton, another one of their holdings. Perhaps with the rest of the country's economy on a bit of shaky ground, they find it necessary to hedge their bets a bit.

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This board gets excited when a new H-E-B opens. I think this is more interesting.

I'm a little surprised mainly since I tend to associate La Quinta with freeway/suburban hotels, not so much downtown. I wonder how it will look.

Probably will look like the La Quinta in downtown San Antonio...I don't have a picture, but they keep the traditional la quinta look with the beige color with the la quinta sign on top of a ~20-25 story building

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Thanks dalparadise for your reply. For a minute there, I thought this was a us vs. them thing. Whew. Yes, there was a post regarding downtown Houston's HP, One Park Tower, 6 Houston Center, Discovery Tower, Discovery Green, two and possibly three new hotels that someone mentioned how it would have a similar effect on that part of downtown much like Victory has for that part of Dallas. And that is probably not a bad analogy. I walked around that area yesterday and there is construction everywhere. The new hotels are really necessary for the GRB to continue to be competitive in the convention business. It is a good time to be in Houston right now. Houston was first in the nation in number of jobs adding over 94,000. I guess we get a little bang for our bucks ($4 gasoline) here in the energy capital. ;)

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I don't think anyone was ever saying that LaQuinta will make East End Houston 'cool' like the w makes Victory Park 'cool'. I think LaQuinta was only thrown into that sausagefest HP vs Victory thread because it turned into a crane counting pissing contest. And cool or not, LaQuinta (if built) will add another crane to the skyline for awhile. But for the record, I don't think it makes our downtown look bad if we have a nice variety of hotels in the mix. That includes everything from cool to creepy or from 5 star to 5 stain. LaQuinta is respectable and if they can help to eliminate a surface lot and add a 20+ story tower, (and another crane) to downtown, I welcome them with open arms.

I bet a few people in Dallas wouldn't mind seeing a LaQuinta Tower rise somewhere near Victory either.

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The addition of this hotel is within the Hotel Convention Bureau plans to bring more medium and Larger conventions to the city. One of the ways to do that is to bring more rooms within the downtown region.

This will in turn, provide more business to that (dismal) part of downtown.

Is it as sexy as a "W"?

No. It's called "infrastructure", something that is needed. Will Houstonians stay there on weekends? Doubtful, but will people that come nearby towns and cities that are on a budget to attend a concert or conference stay there? Yes.

Will inlaws stay there instead of walking in on uncle albert in his tightie whites in the kitchen? Oh hell yeh.

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Well, if I had a Christmas party downtown, I'd consider the La Quinta for a few hours of drunken rest. Some of my Canadian co-workers attempted to get a room at the Magnolia last week and the rate was $300/night. They may not have made reservations in advance, etc. They (2-girls) ended up staying in the Galleria which they loved.

Bottom line is that it will put more beds downtown and that's what we need.

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I don't think anyone was ever saying that LaQuinta will make East End Houston 'cool' like the w makes Victory Park 'cool'. I think LaQuinta was only thrown into that sausagefest HP vs Victory thread because it turned into a crane counting pissing contest. And cool or not, LaQuinta (if built) will add another crane to the skyline for awhile. But for the record, I don't think it makes our downtown look bad if we have a nice variety of hotels in the mix. That includes everything from cool to creepy or from 5 star to 5 stain. LaQuinta is respectable and if they can help to eliminate a surface lot and add a 20+ story tower, (and another crane) to downtown, I welcome them with open arms.

I bet a few people in Dallas wouldn't mind seeing a LaQuinta Tower rise somewhere near Victory either.

Awww come on kids we don't need any crane pissing contests or "my city is booming better than your city" here. Show some Texas love. Every major city in Texas has a wealth of cranes up, showing that the state has left it's decade-long dry spell. If a Houstonian wants to see a lot of cranes (and I mean a lot of cranes), he/she just needs to run down to the Medical Center. I counted eleven there yesterday.

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Also received an email back from them today. Said they were hoping they'd be under construction by now but they have not recieved financing. They "hope to get some movement with the Banks in the next couple of months so that we can continue this project."

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Also received an email back from them today. Said they were hoping they'd be under construction by now but they have not recieved financing. They "hope to get some movement with the Banks in the next couple of months so that we can continue this project."

Ugh. Not good... I'm afraid all the hope in the world will move forward a project.

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I'm guessing this is up to date and it says it's on the market. I guess they decided not to ever go forward with this project?

http://www.buildingsearch.com/TX/Houston/Land-Listings/1515-Rusk/665118

Also, how come HCAD never shows the owner that the Houston Biz Journal reported from post #1?

http://hcad.org/records/details.asp?crypt=%94%9A%B0%94%BFg%84%8D%80zoi%8El%87tXu%5BW%9E%99%A2%D3%89%95%C2e%7CU%8A%7C%86%C0%AB%A8%AD%86%5E&bld=1&tab=2

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I'm guessing this is up to date and it says it's on the market. I guess they decided not to ever go forward with this project?

http://www.buildingsearch.com/TX/Houston/Land-Listings/1515-Rusk/665118

Also, how come HCAD never shows the owner that the Houston Biz Journal reported from post #1?

http://hcad.org/records/details.asp?crypt=%94%9A%B0%94%BFg%84%8D%80zoi%8El%87tXu%5BW%9E%99%A2%D3%89%95%C2e%7CU%8A%7C%86%C0%AB%A8%AD%86%5E&bld=1&tab=2

They definitely are not going forward with this project.

HCAD sometimes does take a while to update their ownership records, but this is unusual. It could be an HCAD error, a newspaper error, the newspaper's source's error, or a non-traditional deal such as where the developer might've been brought in as a partner.

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They definitely are not going forward with this project.

HCAD sometimes does take a while to update their ownership records, but this is unusual. It could be an HCAD error, a newspaper error, the newspaper's source's error, or a non-traditional deal such as where the developer might've been brought in as a partner.

That's a shame. Well, this can be interesting reading for those of us not ever on the inside of these things...

http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/D/D/5/DD5EF9D8-D3C3-41F5-8327-013CA82FBD90.pdf

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That's a shame. Well, this can be interesting reading for those of us not ever on the inside of these things...

http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/D/D/5/DD5EF9D8-D3C3-41F5-8327-013CA82FBD90.pdf

I would think you would be happy that a 6 story hotel is not being built, considering how disappointed you are with the 19 story hotel down the street. In fact, I'd expect you to be celebrating.

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I would think you would be happy that a 6 story hotel is not being built, considering how disappointed you are with the 19 story hotel down the street. In fact, I'd expect you to be celebrating.

The difference is every La Quinta ever built is an architectural gem.

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I would think you would be happy that a 6 story hotel is not being built, considering how disappointed you are with the 19 story hotel down the street. In fact, I'd expect you to be celebrating.

It was only gonna be 6 stories?

Well, maybe I was thinking that way with ES because it's a more high-profile location and looks so puny next to One Park Place? I guess I was hoping for a more towering surrounding of DG.

Can I retract my ES complaints?

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It was only gonna be 6 stories?

Well, maybe I was thinking that way with ES because it's a more high-profile location and looks so puny next to One Park Place? I guess I was hoping for a more towering surrounding of DG.

Can I retract my ES complaints?

You should probably retract your 'interesting reading' comment first, since you obviously did not even read your own link.

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You should probably retract your 'interesting reading' comment first, since you obviously did not even read your own link.

No, I have not read it, and I did not imply so, but knowing the topic of the .pdf, I know it will be interesting to me and most likely others.

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