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Something is going on at McGowan at Jackson. I presume new townhomes -- the current batch on the back side of this block at Bremond sat half-complete for a couple years before someone bought the project and finished it off. Now they have fenced in the remainder of the lot and started pouring foundations.

Actually, there are several new townhome sections going up. I'll ride around collecting some more photos to post this afternoon. Looks like East Midtown is finally coming back with some new construction. See also: Milhaus Development.

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Something is going on at McGowan at Jackson. I presume new townhomes -- the current batch on the back side of this block at Bremond sat half-complete for a couple years before someone bought the project and finished it off. Now they have fenced in the remainder of the lot and started pouring foundations.

Actually, there are several new townhome sections going up. I'll ride around collecting some more photos to post this afternoon. Looks like East Midtown is finally coming back with some new construction. See also: Milhaus Development.

There are also townhomes almost completed on Chenevert between Holman and Alabama just right by the on/off ramp to 288. I've also seen plenty of Urban Living signs posted around East Midtown.

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There are also townhomes almost completed on Chenevert between Holman and Alabama just right by the on/off ramp to 288. I've also seen plenty of Urban Living signs posted around East Midtown.

Toured those with a friend who is house shopping. Very nice.

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I've also seen plenty of Urban Living signs posted around East Midtown.

Yeah it looks like Urban Living is marketing a bunch of empty lots for development - just south of Gray/East of Taft. Shouldn't be too long until that neighborhood is 100% built out, only a few buildable lots left back in there (other than the derelict apartment complexes, but I expect those to remain for some time).

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Something is going on at McGowan at Jackson. I presume new townhomes -- the current batch on the back side of this block at Bremond sat half-complete for a couple years before someone bought the project and finished it off. Now they have fenced in the remainder of the lot and started pouring foundations.

Actually, there are several new townhome sections going up. I'll ride around collecting some more photos to post this afternoon. Looks like East Midtown is finally coming back with some new construction. See also: Milhaus Development.

I wonder if the builder disclosed the fact that those homes sat partially complete for several years with uncovered window and door openings. I would not be surprised if the owners eventually uncover mold damage, unless the builder replaced the materials in heavily exposed areas.

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I wonder if the builder disclosed the fact that those homes sat partially complete for several years with uncovered window and door openings. I would not be surprised if the owners eventually uncover mold damage, unless the builder replaced the materials in heavily exposed areas.

I wondered about that as well. Those townhomes were nearly falling apart and were torn up from homeless camping inside and the elements.

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The Jackson/Bremond/Chenevert/McGowan block, showing the completed-after-abandonment houses being discussed above. Closer inspection reveals they are all in fact nominally free-standing.

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Dennis at Jackson

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Other side of that block on Drew. I quite like both of the existing house types on this block. Hopefully the new ones will be of similar style.

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The townhomes in your first pic are going to be dumps in a short amount of time. Cheap materials. Cheap windows. Bad placement of windows. And, what in the world were they thinking by spacing them that way? Those side windows must offer some great views...

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The townhomes in your first pic are going to be dumps in a short amount of time. Cheap materials. Cheap windows. Bad placement of windows. And, what in the world were they thinking by spacing them that way? Those side windows must offer some great views...

I was thinking the same thing about the spacing. I would hate having to do any maintenance within the 3 feet of clearance between neighboring walls.

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The townhomes in your first pic are going to be dumps in a short amount of time. Cheap materials. Cheap windows. Bad placement of windows. And, what in the world were they thinking by spacing them that way? Those side windows must offer some great views...

Obviously the developer wanted to add 50k to the price by calling them "detached, free standing."

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I know several folks that have detached townhomes like that. They all seem to really like those windows inbetween the houses. The are generally not really windows, but rather those translucent square bricks. Surprisingly, they bring in some decent light (I suppose any light is better than no light), and people enjoy not sharing walls with neighbors.

Not sure how you can tell that the quality is exceptionally poor from that one picture--they look like all the other townhomes in the area (albeit that likely suggests poor quality).

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Not sure how you can tell that the quality is exceptionally poor from that one picture--they look like all the other townhomes in the area (albeit that likely suggests poor quality).

It's easy to tell the construction quality if you watched them go up. And they were abandoned halfway through, with the bare plywood sheathing exposed to the elements for years. Someone then bought them for 70k each, finished them, and flipped them within a year for 300+k.

Observe, before and after:

http://www.har.com/HomeValue/1706-BREMOND-ST-HOUSTON-77004-M16767394.htm

http://www.har.com/HomeValue/1706-BREMOND-ST-HOUSTON-77004-M85903774.htm

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It's easy to tell the construction quality if you watched them go up. And they were abandoned halfway through, with the bare plywood sheathing exposed to the elements for years. Someone then bought them for 70k each, finished them, and flipped them within a year for 300+k.

Observe, before and after:

http://www.har.com/H...4-M16767394.htm

http://www.har.com/H...4-M85903774.htm

I actually feel really bad for the people who bought those homes; they were actually originally built by Waterhill Homes, which had terrible build quilty to begin with. They actually got sued by several homeowners in Hyde Park at one time due to poor construction that did not have proper run off of water and caused mold. I believe they ended up filing bankruptcy which was the same time these homes (above) were going up so they stopped construction of those homes.

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I actually feel really bad for the people who bought those homes; they were actually originally built by Waterhill Homes, which had terrible build quilty to begin with. They actually got sued by several homeowners in Hyde Park at one time due to poor construction that did not have proper run off of water and caused mold. I believe they ended up filing bankruptcy which was the same time these homes (above) were going up so they stopped construction of those homes.

About 10 years ago, I lived closer in and one of my good friend neighbors was a self-employed roofing contractor. He had stopped doing run-of-the-mill tear-offs and had started doing custom metal roofing with copper etc. He was an excellant craftsman, but his real bread and butter came from repairing all the new townhomes that had begun sprouting up in the late 90's - early 00's. He said that some of them leaked as soon as they were finished. And a lot of it was due to bad design - where the roofs would drain to the middle of the building instead of the edges or to dead-end valleys with too small drains and then in a heavy rain, people would basically have several hundred gallons backed up on their roof. The roofs were designed soley for aestetics and not for practical purposes. By the time he was called it - the builder was long gone and people were having ruined intereriors etc. I remember he would come home well after dark 6-7 days a week. He had more work than he could do. Doesn't sound like a lot has changed in the townhome construction area since then.

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It's a real problem.

Builders/Developers OWN this State. Literally. Just look at how much Perry, Weekley, etc... have donated to politicians over the years. Consumers have almost NO protections against these guys and that's exactly how they want it to be.

Heck, some of the local builders actually plan on bankruptcy after a few years to protect themselves from angry home owners. They'll throw up hundreds of homes/condos, sell them, declare bankruptcy, and move on to set up another company under a different name. Some of the "biggest" names in the industry have this pattern in their history.

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It's a real problem.

Builders/Developers OWN this State. Literally. Just look at how much Perry, Weekley, etc... have donated to politicians over the years. Consumers have almost NO protections against these guys and that's exactly how they want it to be.

Heck, some of the local builders actually plan on bankruptcy after a few years to protect themselves from angry home owners. They'll throw up hundreds of homes/condos, sell them, declare bankruptcy, and move on to set up another company under a different name. Some of the "biggest" names in the industry have this pattern in their history.

We can all thank Rick Perry for this. Hasn't the TRCC been abolished yet? if so, then who is "in charge" of its responsibilities?

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http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Check-out-these-notable-urban-spaces-2970603.php

"From the semipastoral we turn to the strictly urban. The Independent Arts Collaborative in Midtown, where a still-undetermined number of the city's strongest mid-level arts organizations will join forces, will provide a unique platform for creativity and entertainment, a sort of multiplex for the arts. And private development will add to the idiosyncratic retail mix already there, creating the possibility that Houston will get its first 24/7 urban neighborhood. We've had to wait a long time for the Main Street light rail line to generate a significant urban development, but by 2015 that time will finally have arrived."

"Still more projects are underway. Houston Community College is redeveloping its historic Central Campus in Midtown."

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There seems to be a good amount of retail going in. We have the new shopping center on McGowen and Louisiana, then the 3 story retail/office complex next to Alamo Drafthouse, then the retail at the park, and finally the new retail at Post Midtown's new spot.

Speaking of Post... Anyone know anything about whats going into the corner spot? Seems like that would be hot venue for food, bar or music

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That shopping center on Tuam between Fannin and San Jacinto would be an ideal and convenient location if the folks that own it would actually make an effort to attract desired neighborhood business ventures. (Dry cleaners, coffee shops, overly pampered dog supply stores, etc)

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I had the chance to meet with Lucky Chopra the other day and he said that his company is moving forward with the White House restaurant at Elgin and Austin street... new roof coming in May.  I though this project might have been cancelled so this is good news.

 

http://www.chron.com/business/article/Houstonian-turning-old-buildings-into-bars-1710645.php

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bump, I think a few of these other than the Superblock will start this year.

 

http://www.bisnow.com/commercial-real-estate/houston/midtown-under-development/

 

1. Studio RED’s Bill Neuhaus thinks Midtown will be the first transit-oriented development in Houston, as activity springs up around the Ensemble/HCC station. His firm is working with Lake Flato to design the Independent Arts Collaborative, a 67k SF art complex in the works for 25 years.

 

2. RHS Interests’ Bob Schultz is planning a mixed-income multifamily community (perhaps partially student housing) with retail, office, and a 1,000-car garage, and he’s redeveloping the antique store at Main and Berry into a boutique hotel.

 

3. Trinity is partnering with an affordable housing expert, and its master plan calls for a 100-unit multifamily complex with seniors, low-income, and workforce housing plus parking.

 

4. He tells us the old Midtown code enforcement site is selling to an apartment developer

 

5. Camden and Midtown are gearing up a three-part development at the Superblock (a multifamily community, park, and retail/ commercial buildings)

 

6. Urban Deal’s Adam Brackman is redeveloping the old Sunnyland Furniture store (empty since 1989's TS Allison) into a mixed-use retail/office/multifamily building.

http://sunnylandgroup.net/Location.html

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bump, I think a few of these other than the Superblock will start this year.

 

http://www.bisnow.com/commercial-real-estate/houston/midtown-under-development/

 

1. Studio RED’s Bill Neuhaus thinks Midtown will be the first transit-oriented development in Houston, as activity springs up around the Ensemble/HCC station. His firm is working with Lake Flato to design the Independent Arts Collaborative, a 67k SF art complex in the works for 25 years.

 

2. RHS Interests’ Bob Schultz is planning a mixed-income multifamily community (perhaps partially student housing) with retail, office, and a 1,000-car garage, and he’s redeveloping the antique store at Main and Berry into a boutique hotel.

 

3. Trinity is partnering with an affordable housing expert, and its master plan calls for a 100-unit multifamily complex with seniors, low-income, and workforce housing plus parking.

 

4. He tells us the old Midtown code enforcement site is selling to an apartment developer

 

5. Camden and Midtown are gearing up a three-part development at the Superblock (a multifamily community, park, and retail/ commercial buildings)

 

6. Urban Deal’s Adam Brackman is redeveloping the old Sunnyland Furniture store (empty since 1989's TS Allison) into a mixed-use retail/office/multifamily building.

http://sunnylandgroup.net/Location.html

 

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/video?id=9185142

 

#2 - " A 360 unit mid-rise apartment complex, over 30,000 square feet of retail space, is on the way.  It will include a 800 spot parking garage with zip cars, catering to young professionals, and college students without cars"

 

"... plans for that retail and apartment complex will be officially publicly revealed next month"

 

"... two renovated parks, 453 new apartments, and 74 new townhomes, in all 143 million dollars in new buildings..."

 

" ... new parking garage near Sparrow and The Breakfast Club"

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"Best Little Barber Shop" is moving from the soon-to-be-demolished Fiesta center at Dunlavy and Alabama.

 

I'm sure there is another thread for this, but couldn't find any info. The old fiesta center on Dunlavy and West Alabama is pretty much demolished. Any one know what's going in, if anything, there?

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