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Wow...more growing pains for The Woodlands. In the Houston Chronicle, it was announced that the Condo tower being planned for The Woodlands Waterway will stand at 20+ floors. It didn't give an exact number, but said it would top out higher than 20. Not only this, but several other mid-rises are planned for Woodloch Forest drive and The Woodlands Parkway. Read the article below.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/woo...ws/5644653.html

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Cool, even though we've already confirmed residential towers aren't as tall as commercial towers with the same amount of floors.

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:lol: At crane city. Nice tower, though and The Woodlands is becoming a (semi) urban satellite city. Can't wait to see what it does when it becomes an actual city. Edited by Trae

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Anadarko is like 32 stories right? Floors on office towers are also a bit taller than residential floors.

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Yeah, "rival Anadarko" is a bit... way off.

For some examples, a 20 story residential tower may be around 245-250 Ft or so in height (Museum Tower is 20/'248), while a 25 story building might be a bit shy of '300 (2016 Main is 26/'296). The figures vary for any number of reasons, but should generally be within 10-15 feet on either side of those figures.

Anadarko Tower is 32 floors of OFFICE and is '439.

Edited by ChannelTwoNews

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I'm glad this is happening! It was nice to read about the "largest pedestrian-friendly" area in the Houston region. I hope this ethic spreads to the other side of the mall, though. During Christmastime I walked around Lake Woodlands Dr. with my brother to do some shopping (because parking was just insane) and I was surprised at how pedestrian-UNfriendly those streets around the mall and Best Buy were. The crossing signals were way too short in duration (out of sync with the allotted times for vehicle traffic) and it was nearly impossible to see the signals for oncoming traffic, which made the experience more exciting than I would've preferred.

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a few high rises and veneered strip malls don't make a low density auto dependent suburb an 'actual city.' all of these communities are fundamentally structurally deficient in terms of urban fabric. you couldn't reconfigure them without razing and starting from scratch. the chances of their zoning boards ever allowing something like that? I'd say, probably zero.

Sorry I'm so cynical in every thread lately. I'll try to turn it off. My friend told me she's moving to Zurich.

Edited by woolie

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a few high rises and veneered strip malls don't make a low density auto dependent suburb an 'actual city.' all of these communities are fundamentally structurally deficient in terms of urban fabric. you couldn't reconfigure them without razing and starting from scratch. the chances of their zoning boards ever allowing something like that? I'd say, probably zero.

Sorry I'm so cynical in every thread lately. I'll try to turn it off. My friend told me she's moving to Zurich.

Allow what? A highrise? Have you seen Anadarko Tower? If your referring to the reconfiguring of The Woodlands, why would we want to do that? We've won numerous awards for the layout. I don't think we're trying to be the big shot by any means. It's just that we have a lot of people moving into Montgomery County. We're going to have a population of over a million in the next 20 years...many of those in the southern part of the county.

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Yeah, "rival Anadarko" is a bit... way off.

For some examples, a 20 story residential tower may be around 245-250 Ft or so in height (Museum Tower is 20/'248), while a 25 story building might be a bit shy of '300 (2016 Main is 26/'296). The figures vary for any number of reasons, but should generally be within 10-15 feet on either side of those figures.

Anadarko Tower is 32 floors of OFFICE and is '439.

Yeah, I fogot that the height of floors are different for residential structures vs. offices. Still, a 20+ story building means greater than 20 but less than 30. 25, 26, 27, 28 stories would be awesome!

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Plus, it will be the second tallest without question. So even if it doesn't 'rival' anadarko, it will surely hold its own in the Woodlands 'skyline.'

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Plus, it will be the second tallest without question. So even if it doesn't 'rival' anadarko, it will surely hold its own in the Woodlands 'skyline.'

Absolutely. The way The Woodlands is growing, I have a feeling this is only the beginning. I have a feeling that many highrises are on the way for Montgomery County...especially in The Woodlands. Shenendoah is also getting in on the action. They have a 10 story planned for I-45 south, south of 242 in Vision Park. Also, a new mid-rise going up at the corner of Sawdust and 45. Need I mention the numerous buildings being planned for The Woodlands Town Center?

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^^And not all in The Woodlands. Don't forget New Caney.

Edited by Trae

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Where is 'the square?' Is that by the old movie theatre or market street? Because I wonder if this condo tower will go on that empty spot by starbucks/jamba juice and parking garage at market street or over by the old theatre?

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Before you know it, it will look like the Energy Corridor.

I still have not figured out where this corridor is. Is it basically just the katy freeway? If so, I doubt the Woodlands will begin to rival that. There's a lot over there. Plus, TW towers will hardly be visible from the freeway b/c of all the trees, which the west side of houston hardly has.

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From about Beltway 8 to Barker Cypress. and The Woodlands won't have a skyline if the buildings are short enough to where the trees overshadow them. Those are some big pines. The towers are visible around the mall there.

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Where is 'the square?' Is that by the old movie theatre or market street? Because I wonder if this condo tower will go on that empty spot by starbucks/jamba juice and parking garage at market street or over by the old theatre?

I'm really not sure, and I've lived here since 89'.

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From about Beltway 8 to Barker Cypress. and The Woodlands won't have a skyline if the buildings are short enough to where the trees overshadow them. Those are some big pines. The towers are visible around the mall there.

The buildings are definitely visible...especially crossing the fly over 45 onto The Woodlands Parkway.

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a few high rises and veneered strip malls don't make a low density auto dependent suburb an 'actual city.' all of these communities are fundamentally structurally deficient in terms of urban fabric. you couldn't reconfigure them without razing and starting from scratch. the chances of their zoning boards ever allowing something like that? I'd say, probably zero.

Sorry I'm so cynical in every thread lately. I'll try to turn it off. My friend told me she's moving to Zurich.

I think Trae meant when they 'incorporate' and The Woodlands will become an actual city, whereas it is not now. Please correct me if my statement is untrue.

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I'm glad this is happening! It was nice to read about the "largest pedestrian-friendly" area in the Houston region. I hope this ethic spreads to the other side of the mall, though. During Christmastime I walked around Lake Woodlands Dr. with my brother to do some shopping (because parking was just insane) and I was surprised at how pedestrian-UNfriendly those streets around the mall and Best Buy were. The crossing signals were way too short in duration (out of sync with the allotted times for vehicle traffic) and it was nearly impossible to see the signals for oncoming traffic, which made the experience more exciting than I would've preferred.

I thought that title belonged to Galveston's downtown.

Edited by J.A.S.O.N.

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I think Trae meant when they 'incorporate' and The Woodlands will become an actual city, whereas it is not now. Please correct me if my statement is untrue.

Yep, that's what I meant.

And what is "Woodforest"?

Edited by Trae

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Yep, that's what I meant.

And what is "Woodforest"?

Woodforest Bank has a tower in the Woodlands across from Anadarko on the pond/lake. Woodforest Bank has proposed a twin that will be built in the next few years (months?).

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Yep, that's what I meant.

And what is "Woodforest"?

Woodforest is another Master Planned Community between the Woodlands and Conroe. Supposed to be the way the Woodlands was, or something to that effect. Being built by an X-Woodlands President of some sort.

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Woodforest is another Master Planned Community between the Woodlands and Conroe. Supposed to be the way the Woodlands was, or something to that effect. Being built by an X-Woodlands President of some sort.

Oh okay. Doesn't look like it will compare in size to TW.

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Woodforest is another Master Planned Community between the Woodlands and Conroe. Supposed to be the way the Woodlands was, or something to that effect. Being built by an X-Woodlands President of some sort.

Huh? Seriously?

Boy, was I wrong! I thought Woodforest Bank was building a tower....

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Supposed to be the way the Woodlands was, or something to that effect.

What's 'the way the Woodlands was', or was supposed to be? To be fair, the only time I've been to the Woodlands was as a child in 1977, when my parents were looking to move. We went to Kingwood, the Woodlands, and Mason Rd like 3 times each looking at different model homes. At the end, my mom said the it was all the same except for the pine trees, and the houses with the trees cost more. We ended up in Katy (and my dad planted 2 pine trees.)

I do remember it being very pleasant and wooded and nothing else around. Is that the idea behind this new Woodforest?

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What's 'the way the Woodlands was', or was supposed to be? To be fair, the only time I've been to the Woodlands was as a child in 1977, when my parents were looking to move. We went to Kingwood, the Woodlands, and Mason Rd like 3 times each looking at different model homes. At the end, my mom said the it was all the same except for the pine trees, and the houses with the trees cost more. We ended up in Katy (and my dad planted 2 pine trees.)

I do remember it being very pleasant and wooded and nothing else around. Is that the idea behind this new Woodforest?

By looking at the website, Woodforest is just a large community being built in the forest and rolling terrain. The closest community that I could compare it to would be maybe Firethorne in Katy.

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I thought that title belonged to Galveston's downtown.

Perhaps it does currently, but I was only quoting the article from the first post.

In greater context:

" Also nearing completion in front of the Waterway Lofts is a new koi garden, an Oriental inspired park that will feature two islands. That facility is expected to open within the next several weeks.

"We are creating the largest pedestrian friendly environment in the Houston region," Leverett said. "

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/woo...ws/5644653.html

Edit: I could've quoted it better, to be sure. My bad.

Edited by mojeaux131

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I think sugar Land is better than the Woodlands my opinion

Well, your entitled to your opinion, but I don't see what all the hype over Sugar Land is either. It's not THAT great.

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Galveston is more walkable than even the best parts of Houston. And it has a beach. Unfortunately it isn't Houston.

I go to UTMB frequently and often think about how nice it'd be to live on the island. But it's a million miles from the things I like in Houston. This is about the only thing it has in common with the Woodlands.

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Well, your entitled to your opinion, but I don't see what all the hype over Sugar Land is either. It's not THAT great.

Neither is TW.

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Neither is TW.

Please, TW is IT as far as master planned communities go. :)

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Neither is TW.

i agree with trae, i used to live in the woodlands for around 3 years and it is overhyped.

( i do miss my best friend that lives there though. :( )

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I think sugar Land is better than the Woodlands my opinion

I personally like The Woodlands better than Sugar Land aesthetically speaking with all the tall pines & natural beauty, but the sheer amount of diversity in Sugar Land & all of Fort Bend County for that matter is worlds away from The Woodlands.

Edited by Metro Matt

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I personally like The Woodlands better than Sugar Land aesthetically speaking with all the tall pines & natural beauty, but the sheer amount of diversity in Sugar Land & all of Fort Bend County for that matter is worlds away from The Woodlands.

Well, you know I lived there. Pines trees provide no privacy when it comes to the residental areas. Hardwoods do that, and there are none there. In order not to see into your neighbor's house you had to plant a wall.

So that's my opinion of the Pine Trees.

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all i can say is it's really freakin' cool to work in the woodlands town center! if you like development, as i do, it is great fun to watch us oncology rise from the forest while ground is being cleared for the next nine story office building right next door to where the twenty story condo tower will be. the new gourmet grocery & cafe is being completed just a few steps away from americas and four other amazing new restaurants and bars. friday after work is superior as everyone decides which cool place to patronize. and, the convenience of walking home, if you've had too many brewskies..........priceless.

not just another bedroom community................. ;)

btw, the new americas design is uber cool. find me in one of the floor level booths on a friday evening after a hard day of work.

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http://www.hcnonline.com/site/news.cfm?new...36250&rfi=6

The article above in the last paragraph mentions new office buildings and the condo tower. It says they will be opening soon! That means they're getting ready to break ground pretty quick.

By the way, those fountains are going to be awesome! Can somebody grab some pics? I won't be here, I'll be at A&M for parents day. That is, my parents are coming to see me. The article mentions a firework display as well...a little added incentive.

Edited by wxman

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Thanks for sharing. I'll try to drag some people to it with me and see if I can get some images.

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I was in The Woodlands this evening and 24 Waterway is illuminated by blue lights. It was amazing! The waterway is really coming along. The blue light illuminated the entire front side of 24 waterway...all 13 floors. Can't wait to see what the fountains look like. I wish I would have gotten a picture. You can't imagine how pretty it was.

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Too bad they can't do something super cool with the Buffalo Bayou waterway where it winds north of downtown.

Is there some way to make the bayou cleaner for a mile or so?

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So let me get this straight - The Woodlands becomes a sort-of "actual city" and the people who moved there to get away from the "actual city" now have to go to - what, Willis?

Part of the suburban folly is people moving "away from it all" only to have "it all" follow them out to the sticks....

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