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http://www.bxtx.com/construction-preview/22783-medistar-defers-on-downtown-houston-tower.html

 

The Houston Planning Commission agreed on Thursday to a request to defer the partial replat of a proposed downtown tower building.

 

Medistar Houston Medical Center Ltd., the developer, still has an incomplete package, according to the city staff report on University Place First.

At present, the site is a 1.4-acre parking lot located at the corner of Old Main Street and Travis Street. The replat process is being handled by Vernon G. Henry & Associates Inc.

 

At yesterday's meeting, staff requested and was given a two week deferral to allow time for the applicant to provide revised information "before noon next Wednesday." The revisions must include a revised landscape/site plan, elevations and renderings. 

 

"All submitted pictorial documents must be consistent. Provide information regarding parking count, unit count and mix and floor plans for proposed uses. If tehre is a proposed canopy along Travis Street that encroaches into the 10-foot building line, provide revised variance request."

 

Architectural designs have been a joint effort of HOKThe Preston PartnershipKimley-Horn, and Kudela & Weinheimer Landscape Architecture.

While the project's case file name is University Place First, it is also known as Greystart Multi-Family Residential|Medistar Hotel.

 

Medistar Corp. was seeking a variance for the building line of 15 feet from the curb, rather than 25 feet to allow pedestrian canopies at the building entries that would project 10 feet.

 

This is a proposed high-rise building that would stand immediately across from the Texas Medical Center. It will include a hotel in the eastern portion of the building facing Main Street and an apartment complex in the western portion, adjacent to Travis Street.

A garage entry for both will be on Old Main Street. Parking for each use will be separated within the structure and each use will fully satisfy the parking required for that use individually.

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Was curious about this one, so actually watched the planning commission meeting on HTV.  Everything was approved

 

The only real item of interest is that the apartment building was stated as 25 floors on top of a 9 floor garage (34 floors) unless the presenter misspoke

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So ignoring spires on a few buildings, would this make the 2nd tallest building in the Medical Center?  Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza is 430'.  If you count the Spires (426') it would make the 3rd tallest.  Either way, not bad at all

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Looking at the final agenda, there's actually 38 floors, and it will stand at 413 feet. Preston Partnership is the architect.

The hotel is 22 floors at 243 feet.

Edit: Elevations and renders added. I wonder if the hotel will still have apartment units on the top levels?

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An adjustment to that. Looks like HOK is doing the shorter building while Preston Partner is doing the taller. They are probably coordinating with each other since they are working with the same owner I imagine, but it looks like they are both completely separate projects.

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It was listed on the Medistar website as an Intercontinental at one point under developments - it's no longer on their main site but you can google it and still find it elsewhere.  I think that's the only solid piece of info out there

 

Not completely sure what they are doing here as they dug a square hole (maybe 4' deep?).  A lot of workers there yesterday, not that many this morning but they were still digging or doing something with that excavator

 

Still no permits or any sort of announcement that I've seen

 

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I'd prefer the boring over the Randal Davis Gotham City style any day.

 

The pointy thingy (that's a technical term) on the top of the Astoria is pretty nicely visible from my office now and is easily distinguishable from the buildings around it. Boring projects tend to show their age after awhile. The Houstonian Hotel, the Spires, the Parklane, the Huntington, and the Bristol high rise in Uptown all scream generic late 70's/early 80's to me.

Randall Davis' style has grown on me. His buildings have a unique signature that that makes them harder to place in any given development era.

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The pointy thingy (that's a technical term) on the top of the Astoria is pretty nicely visible from my office now and is easily distinguishable from the buildings around it. Boring projects tend to show their age after awhile. The Houstonian Hotel, the Spires, the Parklane, the Huntington, and the Bristol high rise in Uptown all scream generic late 70's/early 80's to me.

Randall Davis' style has grown on me. His buildings have a unique signature that that makes them harder to place in any given development era.

They may seem generic, but they have stood the test of time. They don't call for attention other than their height. When one of RD's hug rises scream for attention, it's not a good one IMO. The Cosmopolitan , Marlowe, and Arabella are decent projects. His others, not so much. I know the Astoria has a little ways to go on the facade before we can really judge it.

Besides that, the TMC is not the place for his style of projects. The Astoria can sink into the beauty of 1200 Post Oak, Monte-whatever, and the Dominion. I would much prefer another Bristol than a Ticky tacky early 2000's Florida panhandle condo tower. Or worse, a Ticky tacky Art Deco inspired one.

Sorry I know some may like his designs but I don't get it.

And FWIW the Houstonian Hotel is quite ugly. Luckily it is over shadowed by the condo tower & pine trees.

Edit: while this hotel building is boring, at least it doesn't stick out in a negative way. Instead it blends into the environment and provides substance to pieces in the TMC that should stand out.

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looks clunky, dated, uninspired.

 

Completely agree. It looks so dated already and it isn't even built. I guess all glass towers can get boring quickly but most of the glass towers they are building right now like the BHP Billiton tower look grand and modern. As for Randall, his newer projects look a lot better than his older projects. He's matured. The Astoria looks amazing in person but I must admit.... the Marlowe looks dated already as well. I don't know why but it feels very late 70s/80s to me.

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Completely agree. It looks so dated already and it isn't even built. I guess all glass towers can get boring quickly but most of the glass towers they are building right now like the BHP Billiton tower look grand and modern. As for Randall, his newer projects look a lot better than his older projects. He's matured. The Astoria looks amazing in person but I must admit.... the Marlowe looks dated already as well. I don't know why but it feels very late 70s/80s to me.

 

It's all the black and white. Very 80s. 

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I guess a mix of all of that?  I can't really pick out one thing, I just don't like it at all.  

 

It's an all glass facade with curves and shapes as opposed to a box but I still hate it.

 

I would liken it to Donna from That 70s Show.  Not a fan.  Some people say it is just the obvious flaw, her James Earl Jones deep manly voice (podium).  I agree her voice is terrible and one of the worst parts but I just dislike the whole package.  She has aspects that should make her hot; red hair (glass facade), boobs (curves), good body (I don't know, balconies?).  Together they just suck on her though.  Some pictures of her may look alright, and maybe she looks OK at night in the dark, but she just doesn't do it for me.  

 

 

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I guess a mix of all of that? I can't really pick out one thing, I just don't like it at all.

It's an all glass facade with curves and shapes as opposed to a box but I still hate it.

I would liken it to Donna from That 70s Show. Not a fan. Some people say it is just the obvious flaw, her James Earl Jones deep manly voice (podium). I agree her voice is terrible and one of the worst parts but I just dislike the whole package. She has aspects that should make her hot; red hair (glass facade), boobs (curves), good body (I don't know, balconies?). Together they just suck on her though. Some pictures of her may look alright, and maybe she looks OK at night in the dark, but she just doesn't do it for me.

Wow...this is at least top 3 most sexist comments I've seen here. Good one, bud.
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Do you ever think a skyscraper is masculine or feminine? Only once on here they had a pink stone accented building with goofy little pyramids that I thought would look for Mary Kay HQ.

 

There was a fictitious skyscraper designed by fictitious architect "Ted Mosby" (portrayed by actor Josh Radnor) in a episode of the TV show How I Met Your Mother that was definitely masculine, or at least sexually unconvinced. :)

 

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I guess a mix of all of that?  I can't really pick out one thing, I just don't like it at all.  

 

It's an all glass facade with curves and shapes as opposed to a box but I still hate it.

 

I would liken it to Donna from That 70s Show.  Not a fan.  Some people say it is just the obvious flaw, her James Earl Jones deep manly voice (podium).  I agree her voice is terrible and one of the worst parts but I just dislike the whole package.  She has aspects that should make her hot; red hair (glass facade), boobs (curves), good body (I don't know, balconies?).  Together they just suck on her though.  Some pictures of her may look alright, and maybe she looks OK at night in the dark, but she just doesn't do it for me.  

 

Wow, I never knew it was possible to not be attracted to Laura Prepon.  You can do waaaaay worse than her.  She was incendiary on That 70s Show, if you ask me...

 

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A permit came through.  It's just for "sitework" but glad to see this is still moving

roject Details   Project No: 15083597 Date : 2015/08/31 00:00:00 USE : SITEWORK-UTILITIES-PAVING FOR FUTURE APT Owner/Occupant : *GREYSTAR-TMC Job Address : 1850 1/2 OLD MAIN ST 77030 Valuation : $ 0 Permit Type : PX FCC Group : Structures Other than Buildings Buyer : *PERMITS PLUS * Address : 5380 W 34TH ST 240 77092 Phone : (713) 686-1728

 

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A permit came through.  It's just for "sitework" but glad to see this is still moving

roject Details   Project No: 15083597 Date : 2015/08/31 00:00:00 USE : SITEWORK-UTILITIES-PAVING FOR FUTURE APT Owner/Occupant : *GREYSTAR-TMC Job Address : 1850 1/2 OLD MAIN ST 77030 Valuation : $ 0 Permit Type : PX FCC Group : Structures Other than Buildings Buyer : *PERMITS PLUS * Address : 5380 W 34TH ST 240 77092 Phone : (713) 686-1728

 

 

Whoa? Wait....you telling me we had a someone working in the permit office in our gang here at HAIF this whole time?

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Whoa? Wait....you telling me we had a someone working in the permit office in our gang here at HAIF this whole time?

 

Nope, just a dork that does Houston online permit searches in his zip code every few days.  I just like knowing what's being torn down and built around me for some reason

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