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If it's anything like the firm's other projects, then it should fit in well with the midtown gentrification trends, sans Perry. Oh, and the retail is a plus.

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This project has been delayed for quite some time so take this with a grain of salt.

I spoke to who I thought was the developer or someone close to the developer today over the phone.

I asked him when he thinks the project would be completed. He said 12-14 months until it is completed, and then when he said - are you talking about retail or office, i said office... he said more like 14 months.

He said they were finalizing the desing and in 1 months time there will be more information at the physical site.

So, if the statements above are true, groundbreaking should be somewhat soon.

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This project has been delayed for quite some time so take this with a grain of salt.

I spoke to who I thought was the developer or someone close to the developer today over the phone.

I asked him when he thinks the project would be completed. He said 12-14 months until it is completed, and then when he said - are you talking about retail or office, i said office... he said more like 14 months.

He said they were finalizing the desing and in 1 months time there will be more information at the physical site.

So, if the statements above are true, groundbreaking should be somewhat soon.

Per InnerLooped yesterday, Elizabeth Glover Park across Austin St from this site will be revitalized and should take a year to complete. So the timing of this info above doesn't suprise me at all ...these projects should really do wonders for revitalizing the lower McGowen corridor.

http://innerlooped.com/975/meeting-today-about-a-new-park-in-midtown/

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These signs have been posted for years on this lot! I would have loved to see this come up, however all that is there now is a bunch of homeless and a boarded up former prostitution house!

let me add too, that retail on this corner doesn't make too much sense. Most retail has been kept west of Main street in the midtown area.

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These signs have been posted for years on this lot! I would have loved to see this come up, however all that is there now is a bunch of homeless and a boarded up former prostitution house!

let me add too, that retail on this corner doesn't make too much sense. Most retail has been kept west of Main street in the midtown area.

Not sure where you've been, but that house was demolished months ago. The discussion on the plans for this lot are new (I've talked with the designers). Midtown also just received the funding for it so it is now happening. They are in the process of finalizing the designs right now.

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Not sure where you've been, but that house was demolished months ago. The discussion on the plans for this lot are new (I've talked with the designers). Midtown also just received the funding for it so it is now happening. They are in the process of finalizing the designs right now.

The house I was referring to right there south of McGowen @ LA Branch (and just south of this proposed project) is still boarded up. Someone bought the first house and has cleaned it up, but the second, closer to McGowen has random signs for a Car Wash and is in serious demise. And yes, that corner, with the Metro stop is crime central!

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The house I was referring to right there south of McGowen @ LA Branch (and just south of this proposed project) is still boarded up. Someone bought the first house and has cleaned it up, but the second, closer to McGowen has random signs for a Car Wash and is in serious demise. And yes, that corner, with the Metro stop is crime central!

Sorry for the misunderstanding, I thought you were referring to Glover Park. The lot you are referring to is still waiting for funding (last I heard).

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The house I was referring to right there south of McGowen @ LA Branch (and just south of this proposed project) is still boarded up. Someone bought the first house and has cleaned it up, but the second, closer to McGowen has random signs for a Car Wash and is in serious demise. And yes, that corner, with the Metro stop is crime central!

I live in that first house (2502 La Branch) with my friends. We ourselves want the property next door to us (one with the MidTown Carwash sign) gone as crack dealers from 3rd Ward usually go into the backyard of that property to handle their business. We've called the cops numerous times on them, as well as let the owner know (whom lives in Austin IIRC) but nothing has ever been done.

Until tonight ....cops were on that property, I assume busting up a crack deal. Bout Damn Time.

And FTR - I can't wait until that proposed development is built. It will really help the McGowen corridor and take away the bums playground in one single shot.

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I live in that first house (2502 La Branch) with my friends. We ourselves want the property next door to us (one with the MidTown Carwash sign) gone as crack dealers from 3rd Ward usually go into the backyard of that property to handle their business. We've called the cops numerous times on them, as well as let the owner know (whom lives in Austin IIRC) but nothing has ever been done.

Until tonight ....cops were on that property, I assume busting up a crack deal. Bout Damn Time.

And FTR - I can't wait until that proposed development is built. It will really help the McGowen corridor and take away the bums playground in one single shot.

Very cool. I'm curious, but could you share some of the story on your house? I noticed it was renovated last year. Do you all rent it? It looks like an awesome place.

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Very cool. I'm curious, but could you share some of the story on your house? I noticed it was renovated last year. Do you all rent it? It looks like an awesome place.

A good friend of mine bought the place in February 2009 and we rent in. The home was gutted and completely renovated then (finishing in June of that year). The house kept much of its same classical look, existing wood floors and wall paneling refinished. Supposedly the house was built in 1893 ...or so I've heard. But it's awesome to live in.

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What we know from the mailer:

 

Planning Meeting is 8/18 at 2:30 PM

Applicant is Knudson, LP

Planned off-street parking spaces: 142 (more than the 110 required by the City)

Approximate lot size: 100ft x 250ft

Proposed structure: 81,773 sq ft

71 individually owned units

Ground floor appears to be parking and storage.

Their intention is to keep all existing mature trees bordering the property.  (If loading dock requirement is not waived, two large trees will be removed.)

Any guesses on floor count?  I'm thinking 6 (including the garage).  edit: Urbannizer already noted 8 floors above.

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More information from an additional mailer:

 

The developers are hoping to get 0 ft setback as well as no visibility triangles.  Planning Office said they would support these variances if ground floor commercial or residential units were included.  Developer apparently did a market review that determined neither would not be supported by the current neighborhood makeup. (BOO!)

Green screens for the parking garage are being proposed instead.

Three levels of parking.  Five levels of residential.

Parking garage entrance on Austin St.

Renderings are referenced in the documents, but were not included.  I have requested them via e-mail from the developer.

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1 hour ago, temp said:

Seems like the ground floor would be perfect for a coffee shop or bar, especially with the large trees providing shade for a small patio.

Agreed!  Weights and Measures, Thien An Sandwiches are close to this block and do very well.  A well-managed coffee shop and/or other business could do very well here, especially with the continued residential development in the vacinity.  It seems like not adding retail is a lost opportunity.

 

McGowan, in general, could be a nice little retail business strip if people give it a chance.

 

On a side note, the pool seems I'll-placed on the north side...

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I like that they layed out their considerations so reasonably.  If there is such a requirement though, why couldn't they build some of the ground floor in a method that is convertible to retail at some point in the future?  They could argue that much easier. 

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When the Post properties were built 15 years ago there was nothing in the area at all except a lot of empty derelict buildings. 

That didn't stop them from realizing the power and importance of how building pedestrian oriented developments would help in their early marketing. Now that area is teeming with people walking from home to breakfast or shopping for clothes or dining at one of the many restaurants and bars in the immediate neighborhood. They created their own magnet and look how many people it caught.

 

Until developers begin to realize that they are building for the future, a future that will see the midtown area as a walkable desirable midtown environment and  they don't plan for the future they will be creating areas that aren't as popular or desirable. As long as suburban car oriented projects are built this will continue to be a car zone. People who want to live in this area want to be able to walk out their door and go to shops or services just around the corner. Attitudes are changing with the younger more connected.

Now here is a little treat for those who like guacamole. Its a link to a  short film 1:41 minutes from the academy award nominations a few years ago.

I promise you'll get a kick out of it.  http://digg.com/video/fresh-guacamole-pes

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The problem is still the city itself. Fine, I get it...we all get it that this city isn't going to dedicate time to manufacture proper zoning measures, but what it can do is set guidlines and restrictions, zones of influence, designate areas of focused development (designate streets that will be retail/res mix and others that are pure res), then find ways to create incentives for accomplishing those goals. You won't get developers on board until the city backs these streets or areas as retail corridors or zones. If not the city then Midtown TIRZ should create these themselves. McGowan would be an excellent retail corridor, but that have to designate that from the beginning as a requirement for developing there that any part of the property that faces that street will have "x" amount of dedicated retail space.

 

The TIRZ already function like this, but they should be given more power by the city to essentially become self run districts that make their own general laws if Houston doesn't want to grow a pair and issue requirements themselves.

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19 hours ago, Luminare said:

The problem is still the city itself. Fine, I get it...we all get it that this city isn't going to dedicate time to manufacture proper zoning measures, but what it can do is set guidlines and restrictions, zones of influence, designate areas of focused development (designate streets that will be retail/res mix and others that are pure res), then find ways to create incentives for accomplishing those goals. You won't get developers on board until the city backs these streets or areas as retail corridors or zones. If not the city then Midtown TIRZ should create these themselves. McGowan would be an excellent retail corridor, but that have to designate that from the beginning as a requirement for developing there that any part of the property that faces that street will have "x" amount of dedicated retail space.

 

The TIRZ already function like this, but they should be given more power by the city to essentially become self run districts that make their own general laws if Houston doesn't want to grow a pair and issue requirements themselves.

 

Just FYI, the city and Midtown are actually standing their ground on this one.  I talked to someone in the planning department that said enough neighbors have contacted them opposing the project that they will not let them move forward without some sort of street presence.  I'm looking forward to seeing how the meeting goes tomorrow.

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4 hours ago, phillip_white said:

 

Just FYI, the city and Midtown are actually standing their ground on this one.  I talked to someone in the planning department that said enough neighbors have contacted them opposing the project that they will not let them move forward without some sort of street presence.  I'm looking forward to seeing how the meeting goes tomorrow.

The beginning of change right there! That is what it takes. People making an effort and the districts putting their foot down.

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The residents actually yearn for a retail presence, whether coffee shop, dry cleaner, or noodle house, we are asking the COH to deny the variances (both set back and visibility triangle) sought for establishing the current plans.  The developers have put forward a "study" by Minich that encapsulates that they are designing for yesterday and not tomorrow.  They have not taken into account the Surge Homes development a block away or the Caroline Street Redevelopment that will begin in 2017, all of which will take the pedestrian into account, unlike the current, foreboding three-story garage proposed to run the entire block along McGowen.   

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