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I noticed a variance request sign up on the fence of the parking lot between the Rice Collaborative Research Center construction and the Hilton Hotel. Does anybody know what it could be?

The Marriott at Fannin and Dryden, and the Jesse H Jones Rotary House connected to MD Anderson (run by Marriott).

Sorry. Does someone know how to remove a topic? Geez, I screwed up on my first topic.

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I like it. I hope they include a nice restaurant and upscale bar--they would be great additions for the area.

 

This hotel is geared towards people in visiting the TMC. I think the design is modest because they're being considerate of the reason people are there. I have doubts that they will try to make too flashy, not that upscale or nice necessarily is, but I don't think they're looking to be trendy. But that's just my hunch.

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They need a lot of things in this area period. While it looks like a busy downtown area, it always seemed like a commuter destination and that there was nothing immediately around the area to make it a truely functional urban core. Would be nice if more apartments/condos/hotels/ anything for that matter were intermixed in this part of town or at least within walking distance of the TMC. This will also help relieve the demand for parking. Not to mention it's in a great area of town with lots of things to do.

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There's a new sign up on the site with the above rendering and "Coming 2017"

 

No indication of hotel brand

 

Here's the sign

15381495502_fb4422ff4f_o.jpgIMG_1318 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

 

Across the street is a green fence.

15195126230_4369a638e4_o.jpgIMG_1319 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

 

Looks like a bank, bummer.

15381786845_b2ce340c87_o.jpgIMG_1320 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

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Hotel/residential tower

Location: South Main, north of Holcombe

Developer: Houston-based TRC Capital Partners and Houston-based Medistar Corp.

Original plan: In April, developers said they would start construction later in the year on an HOK-designed 22-story hotel/residential building next to the Texas Medical Center.

Update: "We've been working on refining the programming and putting together the financing package," TRC president and CEO Steve Lerner said, adding that a start date has not been determined.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Cracks-forming-in-commercial-real-estate-market-6037038.php#/0

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That's amazing news! I originally thought...wow they really changed the design...oh wait I see the original...wait is this two towers now? ....wait they are building this an a res tower next to it? lol

 

I still like the first building. The other building has a little to much masonry for me, but it has clean lines and has good massing. I wish they would just combine the parking garage. Maybe that would have lowered the amount of levels of parking overall? I don't know. Overall it's nice that we actually here about a project getting scaled up rather than scaled down.

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Just noticed the link shows that this will be an Intercontinental Hotel.  Not bad...  I'm wondering how Southgate residents will take this 32 story tower.  Not really an Ashby situation if you've got property adjacent to the medical center

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Great news about the residential tower but it looks like the hotel lost it's contemporary patch work. Oh well, such is life. And the poor prudential building in the first rendering...

I realize now the hotel looks exactly the same. If only I would have scrolled up.
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The hotel seems to have lost a few stories in the new rendering, with a bit less striking of a design (balconies are smaller and the "hole" in the corner is a lot smaller), but I'm glad to see the addition of the residential tower!  And things always seem to get scaled back so I'm not too surprised they made the changes.  This will be a great addition to the medical center.  Plus it means a lot more people will be able to walk to work!

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I actually like the residential tower. A nice mix of materials and provies a nice height. I think it will be a great addition to the area. Living near Rice and Med Center and close to Hermann Park sounds pretty good, especially if work is not too far away.

 

When does it start?

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With this and the new Texas Children's Tower going up in close proximity, the TMC skyline is set to have another nice growth spurt.

Add to those the soon to start Methodist Hospital and Herman Hospital towers and there will be some big changes to the Med center.

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Great news about the residential tower but it looks like the hotel lost it's contemporary patch work. Oh well, such is life. And the poor prudential building in the first rendering...

 

That building no longer exists. If they were going to stick in remembered icons of another era, they should have added the Shamrock.

 

I still have to wonder what kind of finances are behind Medistar and whether they can pull this off. If nothing else, the residential building shows they're ambitious.

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That building no longer exists. If they were going to stick in remembered icons of another era, they should have added the Shamrock.

 

I still have to wonder what kind of finances are behind Medistar and whether they can pull this off. If nothing else, the residential building shows they're ambitious.

I had the same thought about financing, but if they are advertising the hotel as an Intercontinental, that gives me a bit more confidence that this could be serious.  

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That building no longer exists. If they were going to stick in remembered icons of another era, they should have added the Shamrock.

 

I still have to wonder what kind of finances are behind Medistar and whether they can pull this off. If nothing else, the residential building shows they're ambitious.

The Shamrock was a icon, but the Prudential Building was a better work of architecture.

 

As for medical construction in this town - time and again we've seen medical construction stay the course through oil busts/downturns.

 

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