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But again, if it were simply a matter of location then why was Midtown (and Fourth Ward) so awful for so many years? If anything I would be willing to bet that the long-term prognosis for Midtown i

some pictures i took tonight of Camden Travis

Midtown's proximity to downtown, Museum District etc. didn't keep it from being a virtual ghost town for decades. I've thought for a long time that the high concentration of apartments in Midtown p

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Speaking of walking in the summer, I was pleasantly surprised how many people walk in Israel. It's just as hot as here, it not hotter. While it's dryer in some parts of the country, it is nearly as humid in places on the Mediterranean like Tel Aviv. The cities are just designed for walking. Even Hassidic Jewish dudes with big furry hats walk around in the hot sun!

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Speaking of walking in the summer, I was pleasantly surprised how many people walk in Israel. It's just as hot as here, it not hotter. While it's dryer in some parts of the country, it is nearly as humid in places on the Mediterranean like Tel Aviv. The cities are just designed for walking. Even Hassidic Jewish dudes with big furry hats walk around in the hot sun!

People in Houston just need to suck it up. It's bad, but not that bad.

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Camden Property Trust (713-354-2500) is developing Camden Travis (18083), a four-story 253-unit Class A complex located at 2830 Travis in Midtown (493T). Proposed unit rental rates will be competitive with those in the area with a current range of $1.40 to $1.60 per square foot. Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2008.

http://www.poconnor.com/market_research/ho...bruary2008.html

Does demolition usually constitute as construction?

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Camden Property Trust (713-354-2500) is developing Camden Travis (18083), a four-story 253-unit Class A complex located at 2830 Travis in Midtown (493T). Proposed unit rental rates will be competitive with those in the area with a current range of $1.40 to $1.60 per square foot. Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2008.

http://www.poconnor.com/market_research/ho...bruary2008.html

Does demolition usually constitute as construction?

really would like to have seen them add a retail component to this... i cant see any reason why they wouldn't.

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Just came across this picture of the South End store from 1926 - the headline: "Houston Boasts the Largest Retail Grocery Establishment in the World"

alas

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Pretty awesome find sevfiv. Gotta love all those Model T's... the car that put America on wheels, as they say.

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Just came across this picture of the South End store from 1926 - the headline: "Houston Boasts the Largest Retail Grocery Establishment in the World"

How funny, that eighty years later the (allegedly) Largest Liquor Store in the World is only a few blocks away.

That's what I call progress.

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I'm a homeowner in this part of town nowadays.. hopefully I'll stay here long enough to realize any gains from these big apartment buildings being laid down on the superblocks.

Last week I saw several tractors on the site moving dirt around. And there was a taco truck there, which means there must be a significant amount of workers there. Hopefully within the next month we will see an actual groundbreaking.

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Lots of construction activity today:

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Here's the trailer across the street on the superblock where construction is being staged:

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Woooooo!!!!! Thanks for the pictures. I might have to walk over there after work. I can't wait to see this area start filling up.

BTW, looks like you work in the HCC building. Any chance your company is hiring programmers/web developers? I've been wanting to work somewhere that I can walk to instead of driving to!

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Figured this thread needed a bump.

The south end of the project has already reached approximately four stories, yet hasn't risen at all on the rest of the site; seems like a different way of constructing a building than is usually done.

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Figured this thread needed a bump.

The south end of the project has already reached approximately four stories, yet hasn't risen at all on the rest of the site; seems like a different way of constructing a building than is usually done.

If you can get me a photo of the site and the partially-completed construction, I can probably tell you what's going on.

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The construction workers need to get their parked cars off Travis in the morning during rush. A tow truck was running off with one of the cars this morning. That'll teach them. Read the signs!

I haven't paid that much attention to the construction as I zip by, but I do recall a lone concrete stucture in the middle of the property that looks like the ramp to a parking garage. It struck me as odd. I'll pay better attention in the morning.

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I do recall a lone concrete stucture in the middle of the property that looks like the ramp to a parking garage. It struck me as odd. I'll pay better attention in the morning.

They're constructing the parking garage first before wrapping wood-framed apartment units around it. This is very common.

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They're constructing the parking garage first before wrapping wood-framed apartment units around it. This is very common.

Good, that will give them somewhere to park during the rest of construction and they can get their cars off Travis. I think one of the Camden Midtown properties is built this way and the other one has parking on the north end.

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The construction workers need to get their parked cars off Travis in the morning during rush. A tow truck was running off with one of the cars this morning. That'll teach them. Read the signs!

I haven't paid that much attention to the construction as I zip by, but I do recall a lone concrete stucture in the middle of the property that looks like the ramp to a parking garage. It struck me as odd. I'll pay better attention in the morning.

Prolly one of them modular sort of buildings.

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They're constructing the parking garage first before wrapping wood-framed apartment units around it. This is very common.

I got a better look this morning. Even though the actual parking structure is positioned on the south side of the property, access to it will be permitted from within the complex. I guess this helps keep the hoodlums out. They have poured some of the slabs for the apartment buildings. Just in passing, it was my impression that they are not at a very high elevation. Is this area prone to flood. Oh, wait, where am I. Nevermind.

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Are there going to be any retail developments to accompany this? I was just up in Dallas this weekend, and as I drove around (mostly in the uptown and Oak Lawn areas) two names seemed all-too familiar... Camden and Post. LOL it was like Camdenville right next to Post City!

But what I really love about the uptown area is the systematic integration of street-level retail. No big surprises (i.e. random surface parking lots, swaths of un-kept and run-down development), simple predictable city blocks. I would never want to trade Houston's randomness, but as we continue to revive the city's urban feel, we must build sustainably.

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Are there going to be any retail developments to accompany this?

Nope... no retail. I have a feeling this project will be boringly similar to Camden Midtown. But still, it will keep adding to Midtown's developing "neighborhood" feel... albeit, judging from the recent spat of break-ins at the Calais, a relatively crime-ridden neighborhood.

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This is not going to be modular construction. Camden doesn't build or manage that kind of crap. Ever.

That is good to hear. :)

do NOT rainbow up LTAWACS pity party B)

Just what do you mean? I dont know what these things look like.

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Nope... no retail. I have a feeling this project will be boringly similar to Camden Midtown. But still, it will keep adding to Midtown's developing "neighborhood" feel... albeit, judging from the recent spat of break-ins at the Calais, a relatively crime-ridden neighborhood.

Camden Midtown is over ten years old. This one will be newer, shinier, taller, more expensive boring stuff.

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Camden Midtown is over ten years old. This one will be newer, shinier, taller, more expensive boring stuff.

Is this the same one as the Ziegler Cooper rendering I posted a few months back?

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I'm not absolutely positively 100% sure, but think that Camden Travis and Camden's superblock are different projects.

I'd guess that would be the case. Half of the undeveloped block across from Camden Travis (which may or may not be the Superblock project someday) that started with the one trailer now has been completely cleared out and filled in with more trailers and equipment and the fence has been blacked out. I'm guessing it's the staging area for the Travis project for the forseeable future.

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Ran into this rendering while poking around the Chron archives:

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It just MAY have SOME retail or something at the base perhaps; either that, or this is just the rendering for the leasing office/complex gym/etc. The design is....typical of what's been going up around Midtown; not exceptional, but somewhat tolerable.

Link to story where render was found: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/busine...ff/5546743.html

Saaay, any word on the Post Midtown expansion? Wasn't that already underway, or has that been mothballed for a while?

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Ran into this rendering while poking around the Chron archives:

226xRefer.jpg

It just MAY have SOME retail or something at the base perhaps; either that, or this is just the rendering for the leasing office/complex gym/etc. The design is....typical of what's been going up around Midtown; not exceptional, but somewhat tolerable.

Link to story where render was found: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/busine...ff/5546743.html

Saaay, any word on the Post Midtown expansion? Wasn't that already underway, or has that been mothballed for a while?

I'm getting a red X here and at the link. Is anyone else?

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Saaay, any word on the Post Midtown expansion? Wasn't that already underway, or has that been mothballed for a while?

I won't divulge any details, but Post Midtown Phase III isn't going to break ground any time in the immediate future. It's still on the drawing board, though.

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Where would Phase III be located?

On the vacant land immediately east of where W. Gray converges with the one-way Gray and Webster streets. Post was also trying to get the City of Houston to abandon the O'Neil Street ROW in that area so that their parcels would be more useful, but was running up against some opposition from the local city councilwoman.

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