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Exactly what I was thinking, dated design, good concept. If Houston wants light rail to be worth it, the stations should be surrounded by development that people want to explore and not suburban shopping centers with a sea of parking.

 

Okay, suburban shopping centers WITHOUT a sea of parking. All I know is the developments around the DART stations all seem to be apartments on retail with a parking structure nearby, and they seem to be doing well.

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The second set of apartments are called the "Exchange"   https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Mixed-income-housing-project-breaks-ground-near-14973901.php The 300-unit comp

They were loading out the crawler crane that built the 2 story precast parking garage.

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Okay, suburban shopping centers WITHOUT a sea of parking. All I know is the developments around the DART stations all seem to be apartments on retail with a parking structure nearby, and they seem to be doing well.

 

Sorry.

When I said parking, I meant to say parking lots. Parking structures are fine.

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Okay, suburban shopping centers WITHOUT a sea of parking. All I know is the developments around the DART stations all seem to be apartments on retail with a parking structure nearby, and they seem to be doing well.

 

The city of Houston also requires a certain amount of parking for any development as well and all the wording makes all the difference. In the case of the White Oak Music Hall, there is a debate over whether it is a club or a bar. I don't have all the details but one designation makes a large difference. One designation is based on square footage and the other is based on actual human capacity (I believe). Perhaps someone can enlighten us with more in-depth knowledge about it.

 

My point is, this development would require a certain amount of parking, even if it is next to the light rail station.

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I know nothing of a hurricane relief project.

 

 "Cypress got hurricane relief funds to have mixed income units as part of their hardy yards development. They are shutting down the Hernandez Tunnel this month to have Burnet connect to North Main." 

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I thought all the activity right now was related to the tunnel project...

 

That's the million dollar question. The activity I posted today is not near the tunnel but oddly enough, it could somehow be related to it. Perhaps they are laying pipe to the tunnel.... I'm just not sure. But with the creation of this residential website, there appears to be something on the horizon for the property.

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Will these apartments be the first phase of the whole project, or is the whole project dead?

 

I think your answer is in this excerpt:

 

"part of a comprehensive, mixed-use redevelopment of the hardy yards rail site"

 

 

Would be nice if we could see the master plan though... 

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Residence at Hardy Yards (Burnett St and North Main). This appears to not be infrastructure related here but the layout of a multi-family complex. 

 

Also, it may be difficult to see, but there are also working on the southern end of the lot (look directly to the left side of that large grey warehouse). There are several cranes over there.

 

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Hardy Yards by marclongoria, on Flickr

 

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Hardy Yards by marclongoria, on Flickr

 

This may be infrastructure related though....? I believe this is the dirt from the tunnel area.

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Hardy Yards by marclongoria, on Flickr

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This is probably the one project where my expectations are extremely low. The fact that the there hasn't been some big announcement about the entire site nor do we know what it will look like or who is designing it makes me speculate that it's simply going to be divided up and pieced out to whoever can get it. It's a golden opportunity wasted. I wouldn't be surprised it is a few small apartment buildings and they call it a day, or a couple wraps with some parking garages attached. I almost certain from the lack of transparency and lack of endorsement that this won't be some comprehensive master planned district or multi-use community. sigh...

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This is probably the one project where my expectations are extremely low. The fact that the there hasn't been some big announcement about the entire site nor do we know what it will look like or who is designing it makes me speculate that it's simply going to be divided up and pieced out to whoever can get it. It's a golden opportunity wasted. I wouldn't be surprised it is a few small apartment buildings and they call it a day, or a couple wraps with some parking garages attached. I almost certain from the lack of transparency and lack of endorsement that this won't be some comprehensive master planned district or multi-use community. sigh...

 

After such a long period of dormancy for this site, any work is encouraging. I prefer to take the stance that they simply aren't counting chickens before the eggs hatch.

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http://swamplot.com/part-of-old-hardy-rail-yard-to-become-a-mostly-affordable-near-northside-apartment-complex/2014-12-23/

 

http://residencesathardyyards.com/

 

"Earlier this month City Council approved a performance-based loan of $14,500,000 in federal hurricane relief money to the Houston and Financing Corporation-created entity HY FS LLC to build a 350-residential unit development on part of the 49-acre recently guerrilla-gardened property.

 

One condition of the loan: that 179 of the total of 350 one- and 2-bedroom units be affordable:"

 

 

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there are no nimbys near this area

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Good one. I live in this area. I go to the Superneighborhood meetings. There absolutely are Nimbys here. You should have heard the backlash against light rail. 

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What did they say, triton?

 

That it was going to destroy access to business, bring down property value, limit the amount of available lanes to cars, how long would the trains operate because people didn't want to hear horns late at night, no more bus service, how would this affect the homeless problem on Main, etc. etc. etc.

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