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LOL! So I should know this by now, but anybody have a time frame? I imagine it takes a month or so to dig and set the pillars/foundation. We should start seeing a floor a week by what, Mid December?

I'm not certain, but that strikes me as being a bit ambitious. How far along is the Sovereign?

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Definitely a watered down version of the Studio Gang's Aqua Tower (pun intended), but grateful for a step in the right direction for Houston.

Look for Hines to develop the super block just east of this project - surrounded by W Alabama/Westheimer and Buffalo Speedway/private street just east of St. Luke's Methodist Church.

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Definitely a watered down version of the Studio Gang's Aqua Tower (pun intended), but grateful for a step in the right direction for Houston.

Look for Hines to develop the super block just east of this project - surrounded by W Alabama/Westheimer and Buffalo Speedway/private street just east of St. Luke's Methodist Church.

are you talking about the Taub site near blanco's?

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I count 40 floors on that rendering. 40>35!

Good eye, you called it months before any of us knew the floor count was going to increase! Never dismiss subtle clues!

I can't recall ever seeing a project such as this make the FRONT PAGE of the newspaper before. Maybe I'm not going back or thinking hard enough, but now everyone knows it's coming.

And I think Blanco's is ON the Taub site. It's likely if this site gets developed, Blancos would go away, which would be sad. It's a side note to this thread, but I'm curious, what exactly is Hines planning?

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Definitely a watered down version of the Studio Gang's Aqua Tower (pun intended), but grateful for a step in the right direction for Houston.

Look for Hines to develop the super block just east of this project - surrounded by W Alabama/Westheimer and Buffalo Speedway/private street just east of St. Luke's Methodist Church.

What is it going to be developed in to ?

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Yes.

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Too early to tell; Architect has not yet been selected. Broadly speaking, it will be a residential mixed-use development - mid-rise, possibly a high-rise component.

Wow Hines is really building a lot of residential in the area with this project, the cafe adobe site, and the WaterWall project. Hopefully they will build something downtown as well.

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for those who drive by the site, are they only clearing the western area or the entire thing? It seems like they'll only need the western portion and the eastern would be enough room for another development.

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Definitely a watered down version of the Studio Gang's Aqua Tower (pun intended), but grateful for a step in the right direction for Houston.

Look for Hines to develop the super block just east of this project - surrounded by W Alabama/Westheimer and Buffalo Speedway/private street just east of St. Luke's Methodist Church.

When you say superblock, do you mean from W. Alabama to the left field fence of the baseball field, or all the way to Westheimer?

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Obviously there are neighborhoods in between that will never be torn down for high rises BUT, at the rate we're going, I think one day uptown and downtown skylines will merge, not as dense as new york or chicago but definitely enough that if you look at a panoramic pic one day, all the buildings will look "connected". The path is slowly being made from weslayan to kirby and along and up allen parkway into downtown...

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Obviously there are neighborhoods in between that will never be torn down for high rises BUT, at the rate we're going, I think one day uptown and downtown skylines will merge, not as dense as new york or chicago but definitely enough that if you look at a panoramic pic one day, all the buildings will look "connected". The path is slowly being made from weslayan to kirby and along and up allen parkway into downtown...

I totally agree. I just wish that more developers would build buildings such as this one instead of the 5 story buildings that are going up. I understand mid rises going up on the larger sites being developed but smaller sites like the cafe adobe site that Hines is redeveloping should be high rises.

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Anyone think downtown and the Med-district could join too?

It would require more highrise construction in Midtown... possible?

I think so if Midtown ever gets any highrises. It's the perfect location for a residential highrise neighborhood with its city block layout. However all that seems to be developed in Midtown are mid rise apartment complexes, suburban shopping centers, and town homes. You would think with land prices as high as they are in Midtown that high rises would be built.

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updated renderings from Culturemap:

signature restaurant that will occupy part of the 12,500 square feet of retail space on the bottom floor will be his or her kitchen. Nail wants it to be upscale enough for special occasions, but casual enough that residents can eat there every day. Catering will be available for room service and pool deck delivery.

The remaining retail space will be occupied by amenities that will benefit the residents, like a day spa and a dry cleaner, set off by a 20-foot high wall fountain in the lobby.

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/11-14-12-new-luxury-high-rise-upped-from-35-to-40-floors-a-sneak-peek-at-houstons-tallest-apartment-tower/

the distinctive facade was "inspired by a flowing evening gown,"

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It'll be slightly removed from the Greenway skyline but not by much. Keep in mind that a 40-story apartment tower vs. a 40-story office tower are two very different heights. While this will be a TALL building, it probably won't dwarf the Greenway skyline.

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It'll be slightly removed from the Greenway skyline but not by much. Keep in mind that a 40-story apartment tower vs. a 40-story office tower are two very different heights. While this will be a TALL building, it probably won't dwarf the Greenway skyline.

Of course there are no 40 story office buildings in Greenway Plaza. I believe the tallest is 31 stories and 465 feet. Nevertheless, because of the floor height differences between office and apartment building, you are probably correct that this building will not dwarf (and may not even be as tall as the tallest buildings in) the Greenway Plaza skyline.

What height do we expect for this building... in the 425-500 range?

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Of course there are no 40 story office buildings in Greenway Plaza. I believe the tallest is 31 stories and 465 feet. Nevertheless, because of the floor height differences between office and apartment building, you are probably correct that this building will not dwarf (and may not even be as tall as the tallest buildings in) the Greenway Plaza skyline.

What height do we expect for this building... in the 425-500 range?

one park place is 501 feet at 37 floors. Your range sounds about right, it all depends on architectural elements as well...

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I was going to draw comparison to 1 Park Place. Keep in mind that 1PP has a vaulted roof which causes the building to graze by the 500 ft mark. The building on Weslayan will have a flat roof so I suspect both buildings will be about the same height.....right around 500 feet.

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Nancy mentioned that this should be the tallest residential tower in Houston. This may have been based solely off of the # of stories, but I suspect she got that tidbit from the developer. 502 feet?

Either way, 500 feet will LOOK much taller in this location than 1PP does.

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Nancy mentioned that this should be the tallest residential tower in Houston. This may have been based solely off of the # of stories, but I suspect she got that tidbit from the developer. 502 feet?

Either way, 500 feet will LOOK much taller in this location than 1PP does.

Taller then The Huntington? In that location it will make quite an impression on the skyline.

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Place will have a bunch of competition with the 552 apartments that will be built across the street.

Culturemap:

Fein will construct three projects with a total of 552 units on a 10-acre tract at West Alabama and Las Palmas.

The aging Willowick Court Townhomes project is being torn down to yield the 10 acres.

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Place will have a bunch of competition with the 552 apartments that will be built across the street.

Culturemap:

If the rents are comparable, then I don't see any competition. This unique tower will win out over the project that is going up across the street which is townhomes and 8 story apartment buildings that looks exactly like a bunch of other apartment buildings that are going up.

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Look for Hines to develop the super block just east of this project - surrounded by W Alabama/Westheimer and Buffalo Speedway/private street just east of St. Luke's Methodist Church.

Looks like this isn't going to happen since St. John's school purchased the land.

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