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The Allen: Allen Parkway/Gillette Mixed-Use 6 Acres

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3 hours ago, BlindTiger said:

Are any of the towers included in phase 1?

This is from April of 2017, so it may not be up to date:

 

Phase one of the project will include a luxury hotel and condominium tower, retail pavilion and office building with more than 200,000 square feet of space.”

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/04/26/renderings-revealed-for-new-luxurymixed-use.html

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3 hours ago, samagon said:

it's going to take a while to build if all they have is that one piece of equipment.

 

Even with one piece, it will still probably finish before Dolce Living on West Gray.

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Looks more like the digger is lost. Like it got separated from the rest of its digger family.

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10 hours ago, Triton said:

 

Even with one piece, it will still probably finish before Dolce Living on West Gray.

 

Haha---Dolce deserves a little more respect. Le Palais on W. Gray started a full year before, and it's still under construction. :)

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Let's hope the Allen goes the way of Alta West Gray rather than Dolce Living or Le Palais. I am personally jazzed about the possibility of an Equinox in the neighborhood.

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2 hours ago, talltexan83 said:

Do the plans still include a pedestrian bridge over Allen Pkwy?  I think that would be a cool feature.

 

Pedesestrian bridge was unnecessary. Use the crosswalk.

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4 hours ago, EllenOlenska said:

Looks like they nixed it last rendering I saw.  I could be wrong. 

 

I noticed that too.. too bad.

I agree that it wasn’t “necessary”, escapecially with the new Allen parkway pedestrian improvements, but there was just something cool about the idea of a private developer directly tying in their project to Buffalo Bayou Park.

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It looks great on paper. Now, we have to hope it gets built. They're already into the 4th quarter of 2018 so now its time to see some boots on the ground!

 

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30 minutes ago, houstontexasjack said:

Transwestern sent out an email about leasing space in the Allen today.  The downloadable brochure below was included:

 

https://download.transwestern.com/flyers/Houston/retail/flyers/The Allen/TheAllen_Brochure.pdf 

 

There’s some new info mentioned in the brochure

 

- 41,800 sq ft movie theater (8 rooms)

- Rooftop helipad for the high-rise

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Interesting line at the bottom says "For Investment Opportunties [sic], Please Contact," and then there are two names with "eb5" in their e-mail addresses. I wonder if they have all their financing yet?

 

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1 minute ago, H-Town Man said:

Interesting line at the bottom says "For Investment Opportunties [sic], Please Contact," and then there are two names with "eb5" in their e-mail addresses. I wonder if they have all their financing yet?

 

From what was previously discussed, it sounded as though they were ready to go on the tallest building but would flesh the rest out later.

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Looks like some more progress on site. Not sure what is going on. Any thoughts? They’ve only been working on the southwest portion of the land.

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Doesn't look like the kind of foundation you'd pour for a 20-story building, but it seems too big to just be a sales office.

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3 hours ago, Angostura said:

Doesn't look like the kind of foundation you'd pour for a 20-story building, but it seems too big to just be a sales office.

Likewise, I am confused as to what this will be fore as it does not look like what you'd expect for a tower foundation. 

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I thought they were putting in a christmas tree lot at first, before I saw the last image of the foundation mattes.

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I'll get excited when I see an actual building go up.

Go down to Dunlavy and Allen Parkway where there stands a wonderful leasing office thats been there for almost ten years and what does Regents Square have to show for that leasing office? 

Not much.

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1 minute ago, bobruss said:

I'll get excited when I see an actual building go up.

Go down to Dunlavy and Allen Parkway where there stands a wonderful leasing office thats been there for almost ten years and what does Regents Square have to show for that leasing office? 

Not much.

 

I was wondering why they needed such a heavy foundation for a leasing office (instead of a lightweight post/beam) but I guess this is a good example.

 

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Thats a pretty light foundation actually. Grade beams and a slab on grade. Dont have any pictures showing drilled piers, but this foundation looks like something youd see for a residential building. 

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28 minutes ago, Purdueenginerd said:

Thats a pretty light foundation actually. Grade beams and a slab on grade. Dont have any pictures showing drilled piers, but this foundation looks like something youd see for a residential building. 

 

My thoughts exactly. Was wondering what you might have to say about it. Looks like a slab you would see out in the burbs for a 1-2 story single fam. Once they do build what they want to build it's not exactly going to cost an arm and a leg to demo.

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41 minutes ago, Purdueenginerd said:

Thats a pretty light foundation actually. Grade beams and a slab on grade. Dont have any pictures showing drilled piers, but this foundation looks like something youd see for a residential building. 

 

Why do you need a permanent foundation for a leasing office? Why not just do concrete blocks and posts on top of the ground instead of pouring concrete into the ground? Like a construction office. I'm sure the answer is, because leasing offices have to look/feel nicer, but still think it's silly.

 

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11 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

 

Why do you need a permanent foundation for a leasing office? Why not just do concrete blocks and posts on top of the ground instead of pouring concrete into the ground? Like a construction office. I'm sure the answer is, because leasing offices have to look/feel nicer, but still think it's silly.

 

 

That is the most likely answer. And if if it going ot be there a little while it is easier ot permit through Harris County with the stricter foundation and other permitting requirements post Harvey.

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The foundation sits along the location of the office building, within the Phase One of the project. I guess they will build the luxury hotel and condominium tower (A), and retail pavilion (B) before they build the 18 floors office building (C).

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This will be the greatest leasing office in all of the lands. One cannot mistake the prestige of this spectacle of a charter bureau. Hope they have cookies tbh.

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On 12/11/2018 at 8:03 PM, H-Town Man said:

 

Why do you need a permanent foundation for a leasing office? Why not just do concrete blocks and posts on top of the ground instead of pouring concrete into the ground? Like a construction office. I'm sure the answer is, because leasing offices have to look/feel nicer, but still think it's silly.

 

 

 

I'm not super familiar with temporary structures but I would imagine if theres a specific duration that the building will be there, it will still have to comply with IBC 2012 CoH Amendments (building code for Houston)

 

The slab-on-grade with grade beams is going to be more durable than cinder blocks and like you commented, will probably look nicer. 

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Not to be a Debbie downer but I’ve heard that the distinctive condo/hotel tower will be significantly value engineered. IOW, expect this one to get the infamous “houston developer” treatment. 

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57 minutes ago, swtsig said:

Not to be a Debbie downer but I’ve heard that the distinctive condo/hotel tower will be significantly value engineered. IOW, expect this one to get the infamous “houston developer” treatment. 

 

So does that mean that:

 

(1) We will see a shorter/redesigned version of the tower or

(2) Cheaper materials will be used or

(3) All of the above?

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1 hour ago, swtsig said:

Not to be a Debbie downer but I’ve heard that the distinctive condo/hotel tower will be significantly value engineered. IOW, expect this one to get the infamous “houston developer” treatment. 

Heard from who?  Sources please.

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3 hours ago, swtsig said:

Not to be a Debbie downer but I’ve heard that the distinctive condo/hotel tower will be significantly value engineered. IOW, expect this one to get the infamous “houston developer” treatment. 

 

Hopefully more of an Alessandra-type downgrade and not a Randall Davis, wish-it-hadn't-been-built type job.

 

Edit: Remembering some pages back, it looks like they're getting their funding from the same place as Randall Davis does.

 

 

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