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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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6/27

Octagonal shape footings for foundation, three done and many more to finish.

From Jamail Skate Park.

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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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