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13 minutes ago, Triton said:

 

What would be the replacement?

 

standard entrance and exit ramps, traffic signals, left turns...  I think the idea of removing the cloverleaf interchange has been pretty much abandoned.

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21 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

 

standard entrance and exit ramps, traffic signals, left turns...  I think the idea of removing the cloverleaf interchange has been pretty much abandoned.

I'd say that would be the perfect spot for a SPUI. Only question is if you keep running Waugh over Memorial, or elevate Memorial, keeping Waugh at surface level and facilitating development in the areas freed up by the removal of the outside ramps.

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4 hours ago, pablog said:

This is the first time I've seen that plan, and I love it. I hope the city still follows this plan closely and references back to it. 

 

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is what's driving the plan, although the city may spend money on certain elements. They are getting the low-hanging fruit and kicking the far-fetched stuff down the road. Attention has shifted to the eastern stretch after the big west side makeover that ended last year.

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16 hours ago, ADCS said:

I'd say that would be the perfect spot for a SPUI. Only question is if you keep running Waugh over Memorial, or elevate Memorial, keeping Waugh at surface level and facilitating development in the areas freed up by the removal of the outside ramps.

 

I think the idea was more park land, not room for development.

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18 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

 

I think the idea was more park land, not room for development.

 

No doubt there will be park land on the south side of Memorial, along with the area adjacent to Spotts Park, but I'd be shocked if the northwest side weren't developed. It's already isolated from the rest of the Buffalo Bayou Park system, and would be one of the most prime plots of land for a residential tower.

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Sure. But master plans are rarely developed to their original specifications.

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20 hours ago, ADCS said:

I'd say that would be the perfect spot for a SPUI. Only question is if you keep running Waugh over Memorial, or elevate Memorial, keeping Waugh at surface level and facilitating development in the areas freed up by the removal of the outside ramps.

 

Another of the configurations floated for this was "right-turn" ramps only, with michigan lefts (u-turn lanes on Waugh).

 

The only real area opened up for development would be on the NW corner of the intersection. The NE corner would probably be an expansion of Spotts Park, and the SE and SW corners would probably be given over to BBP. But selling the land on the NW corner could defray part of the cost.

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54 minutes ago, ADCS said:

Sure. But master plans are rarely developed to their original specifications.

 

Nothing in the above comments suggests that anyone was unaware of this.

 

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2 minutes ago, Angostura said:

 

Another of the configurations floated for this was "right-turn" ramps only, with michigan lefts (u-turn lanes on Waugh).

 

The only real area opened up for development would be on the NW corner of the intersection. The NE corner would probably be an expansion of Spotts Park, and the SE and SW corners would probably be given over to BBP. But selling the land on the NW corner could defray part of the cost.

 

Hopefully if the cloverleaf is removed, Memorial would be stretched northward to create more parkland adjacent to the bayou. Floodplain is also a major factor. With all the high end development happening nearby, might not be a bad idea to have a large bowl/sponge right here.

 

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7 hours ago, BigFootsSocks said:

I wasn't aware they owned all of that extra property...wonder if these boundaries might expand or have I just missed this info?

I had read they owned some of those commercial properties a few months back. Would like to see them consume lots like the old J Blacks, enterprise, etc to make that entire block more cohesive and conducive to walkable mixed use. And get rid of that smoke shop on the corner. 

 

As a side note, I wouldn't hate another Lifetime gym here. Citycentre's location is inconvenient to the point of demotivating to even attempt to go. Unless you office out of citycentre or live within 2 miles....

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I don't think one entity owns all of those properties. HCAD shows different owners with different addresses. Doesn't mean they aren't related, but it's unlikely. When I get time, I'll see if the County Clerk's office shows any changes that aren't in HCAD

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On 8/21/2017 at 0:11 AM, Urbannizer said:

 

It's good, but it could be better.

 

Get rid of the double-row of surface parking in front of the HEB. In fact, since there's all that structured parking, get rid of ALL the surface parking. Then you can make the RoW's of the internal streets much narrower (say, 20 ft), with retail on both sides, and restrict a lot of them to pedestrian (plus emergency vehicle/delivery) access.

 

With narrow RoW's, you don't need street trees, since buildings provide the shade. That lets you get rid of the stupid, useless street-side "green space" that no one uses and put in actual park space that people DO use. Why you would put in 140-ft right-of-ways in a pedestrian-oriented development is beyond me.

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This is from 2015, wonder how realistic this project is? I haven't heard or seen much about it recently. Would fit in with what it seems they are doing at buffalo heights. 

Really interested to see the plan for the remainder of the Archstone lot. 

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I recall them making a reference to it being "like city centre, but better".  Haven't seen any type of master plan yet. If that comes to fruition it would transform Washington Ave. 

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How many stories is the crane set at now? Gauging perspective since I can see the crane from my dining room. 

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On 4/11/2018 at 8:35 PM, Visitor said:

How many stories is the crane set at now? Gauging perspective since I can see the crane from my dining room. 

I don't think they will have to jump the tower crane to finish this job, so it's probably as tall has it needs to be.

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I heard phase 2 is already in the planning phases. Any idea on the footprint of that or the type of development?  

 

Been waiting to hear about new Archstone residents getting a notice. 

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https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Collvill-Office-Properties-hired-to-lease-Buffalo-12922831.php


 

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Collvill Office Properties hired to lease Buffalo Heights project

By Katherine Feser

May 17, 2018 Updated: May 17, 2018 1:24pm

 

Collvill Office Properties has been tasked with finding office tenants for the H-E-B-anchored Buffalo Heights development going up in the Heights area.

 

BKR Memorial II, privately held company of the Russell and Glenda Gordy family, and Houston-based developer Midway have retained Colvill Office Properties to lease One Buffalo Heights, the 37,000-square-foot office portion of Buffalo Heights District Phase I.

 

The seven-story development on Washington Avenue, between South Heights Boulevard and Studemont, will also have 232 apartments and a 96,000-square-foot urban prototype H-E-B. It opens next year.

 

Michael Anderson and Connor Saxe are handling the assignment.

 

 

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I didn't snap a pic but from Yale/Washington this looks massive all of a sudden. Really looking forward to it and the rest of the infill that it may spur. 

 

Personally I'd love to see that heights/Washington quadrant completely redeveloped. Porch swing/car wash/cafe luxor/smoke shop/jblacks(new bbq spot)/enterprise/old cash advance & dry cleaner all razed.

 

I use that enterprise often, go to Sammies, and am looking forward to the bbq spot.  But that area has so much more potential. Especially aesthetically and with regard to walkability. 

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Added cafe luxor to the demo list

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Yeah lets get rid of what makes Washington desirable so we can have more giant apartment blocks. 

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14 hours ago, Visitor said:

I didn't snap a pic but from Yale/Washington this looks massive all of a sudden. Really looking forward to it and the rest of the infill that it may spur. 

 

Personally I'd love to see that heights/Washington quadrant completely redeveloped. Porch swing/car wash/cafe luxor/smoke shop/jblacks(new bbq spot)/enterprise/old cash advance & dry cleaner all raised.

 

I use that enterprise often, go to Sammies, and am looking forward to the bbq spot.  But that area has so much more potential. Especially aesthetically and with regard to walkability. 

 

Did you mean raised, as in higher in the air, or razed as in demolished? (yes, I'm being a grammar pedant today)

 

11 hours ago, jmitch94 said:

Yeah lets get rid of what makes Washington desirable so we can have more giant apartment blocks. 

 

People have to live somewhere, and the places Visitor mentioned are dumps with few redeeming qualities.

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11 hours ago, jmitch94 said:

Yeah lets get rid of what makes Washington desirable so we can have more giant apartment blocks. 

 

The bros have to live somewhere before going to their bars and clubs.

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1 hour ago, Ross said:

 

Did you mean raised, as in higher in the air, or razed as in demolished? (yes, I'm being a grammar pedant today)

I did mean razed, good catch :)

 

But at the same time I wouldn't hate to see some vertical development as well. Washington has so much potential and I'd like to see it realized.  Buffalo Heights could be the catalyst as well as the 1818 Washington development.

 

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16 hours ago, jmitch94 said:

Yeah lets get rid of what makes Washington desirable so we can have more giant apartment blocks. 

 

That ship sailed long ago, when Washington was transformed from the live music corridor of Houston to a Disneyland for the doucherati. 

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On 7/27/2018 at 7:09 PM, Visitor said:

Personally I'd love to see that heights/Washington quadrant completely redeveloped. Porch swing/car wash/cafe luxor/smoke shop/jblacks(new bbq spot)/enterprise/old cash advance & dry cleaner all razed.

 

Do we know anything about the "New BBQ Spot" ? Name? Lots of work going on at the old J Blacks...

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