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There was an article in the Chronicle today outlining some new developments in the Midtown area that sound incredible... Houston Chronicle

In short:

1. Big white mansion at Elgin @ Austin will be renovated ($3 million cost) into a new upscale restaurant, lounge, and event center

2. Old Boy Scouts of America building at Bagby and Victor: Work on the Boy Scouts building will begin in February. The $20 million project will include Moor's Restaurant and Tapas Lounge, serving mainly Moroccan and Spanish cuisine and be leased and operated by Hicham Naffaa and Ali Bendella, owners of Coco's Crepes, Cava American Bistro and Cielo Mexican Bistro. The building, scheduled to open in October, will also have banquet space and Chopra's offices.

3. Parking garage w/ retail: Across the street, Chopra owns land on which he plans to build a seven-story public garage with street-level retail. (NOTE: I believe this is the lot at Bagby and Victor across the street from Christian's Tailgate)

Here's a Google view of the areas being talked about:

Old Mansion

Boy Scout building and new garage w/ retail across street

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3. Parking garage w/ retail: Across the street, Chopra owns land on which he plans to build a seven-story public garage with street-level retail. (NOTE: I believe this is the lot at Bagby and Victor across the street from Christian's Tailgate)

I guess I now know what my view will be - I live in the EDGE overlooking that lot....since the beach-club-bar fell through (although the sign is still there) I wondered what would be built there....

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There was an article in the Chronicle today outlining some new developments in the Midtown area that sound incredible... Houston Chronicle

In short:

1. Big white mansion at Elgin @ Austin will be renovated ($3 million cost) into a new upscale restaurant, lounge, and event center

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It's great to hear that that nearly 100-year-old mansion will be saved. Kudos to Atul ChopraI for finding creative ways to save old Houston buildings.

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The building at Austin and Elgin was much better looking before it was painted white some time between 1999 and 2002 (I don't remember exactly when that travesty occurred). It will be interesting to see just what the new owner does for renovations.

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The owners of Hearsay were planning to convert the mansion into a restaurant called The White House, and they were going to put a sushi restaurant in the Boy Scout building. I guess those plans fell through.

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Speaking of new development. I noticed that a rendering of a new mixed retail/office building was posted on the corner of Austin and McGowen this weekend. It looks nice. This will be very exciting if it happens.

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Speaking of new development. I noticed that a rendering of a new mixed retail/office building was posted on the corner of Austin and McGowen this weekend. It looks nice. This will be very exciting if it happens.

That's awesome news! If it's the lot I'm thinking of (along McGowen between La Branch and Austin)... I met the developer (http://parradesigngroup.com/) for this last year who said he was going to build it in 2010. He said it would have retail on the bottom w/ residential and office on the second floor w/ balconies looking down onto McGowen. The sidewalk was widened along there during the McGowen rebuild to work with the development so it will look really nice once it's built. I'll have to go check out the rendering today. Here's the old meeting on it (La Plaza de Midtown, first thing talked about in section D)... HTV

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That's awesome news! If it's the lot I'm thinking of (along McGowen between La Branch and Austin)... I met the developer (http://parradesigngroup.com/) for this last year who said he was going to build it in 2010. He said it would have retail on the bottom w/ residential and office on the second floor w/ balconies looking down onto McGowen. The sidewalk was widened along there during the McGowen rebuild to work with the development so it will look really nice once it's built. I'll have to go check out the rendering today. Here's the old meeting on it (La Plaza de Midtown, first thing talked about in section D)... HTV

The sign actually says it will be retail with office above........nothing about residential. Parra did say last year it would include residential but that must have fallen through the cracks....I think it needs residential in order to keep the homeless off the property after hours. More eyes on site the better....

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More info on La Plaza de Midtown, today.

Parra Design Group hopes to break ground on La Plaza de Midtown, a mixed-use project on the corner of McGowen and Austin, this year.
...waiting for the retail sector to pick up before building.
Camilo tells us Houston's transit corridor ordinance has a problem: It lacks a comprehensive parking plan. A city committee is working on one, and he thinks the city might need to erect a garage along the rail line.
Camilo says he originally planned to use the land for residential purposes, but as Midtown developed, he realized it had more commercial potential, especially because it’s close to the light rail. Parra hasn’t gotten financing yet

source: http://www.bisnow.com/houston_commercial_real_estate_news_story.php?p=7902 (rendering also posted there)

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2. Old Boy Scouts of America building at Bagby and Victor: Work on the Boy Scouts building will begin in February. The $20 million project will include Moor's Restaurant and Tapas Lounge, serving mainly Moroccan and Spanish cuisine and be leased and operated by Hicham Naffaa and Ali Bendella, owners of Coco's Crepes, Cava American Bistro and Cielo Mexican Bistro. The building, scheduled to open in October, will also have banquet space and Chopra's offices.

There is now a sign up in front of the building for Moors...

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The article in post #1 says he wants to build a public garage. That just means he's going to allow the public to use it, but for a fee, right...as opposed to a private garage just for his businesses? There's no way he would build it and just let anyone park in it for free, would he? He sounds like he's for the greater good, not just there to make a buck.

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The article in post #1 says he wants to build a public garage. That just means he's going to allow the public to use it, but for a fee, right...as opposed to a private garage just for his businesses? There's no way he would build it and just let anyone park in it for free, would he? He sounds like he's for the greater good, not just there to make a buck.

I think a public garage would make sense, as long as the price and security is competitive to those in the Medical center as opposed to those public open lots that have seemed to mushroomed along the line. Of course, it will all have to depend on the design, pity he doesn't think additional residential would help, but perhaps when Camden finally gets off hit's collective poopy head, it'll build.

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Figured I'd update this thread I started. I went to Hearsay last week for dinner (awesome food btw) and the manager started chatting my wife and I up on the cool building. I mentioned I live near "The White House" on Elgin and said I saw I sign on it, but was wondering when they'd start construction on the new restaurant. He said they are going through design approvals, and the fact that it's a historic building is making it take longer. They cannot move any interior walls, but said he hopes construction will start in a couple months. He said the place is going to be really fancy, with separate dining rooms throughout the house. They will have a valet pull up in the front of the house.

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culturemap update

culturemap saying the groundbreaking starts in august (article dated sept 29th, 2010). not sure if they mean next year or should have broken ground by now.

They must have updated the article because it says mid-November ground breaking. I had no clue they were going to add an extra floor to the building... that will be awesome. As for the White House mentioned in the article... still no activity at the building from what I've seen.

On a side note, I was at Tacos a Go Go last night and noticed that the Supper N Punch (and other shops about to open) are coming along nicely. They had a live horse grazing on the lot next door wearing a sign that just said "Opening October 1". It was hilarious to see a horse grazing in Midtown.

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They must have updated the article because it says mid-November ground breaking. I had no clue they were going to add an extra floor to the building... that will be awesome. As for the White House mentioned in the article... still no activity at the building from what I've seen.

On a side note, I was at Tacos a Go Go last night and noticed that the Supper N Punch (and other shops about to open) are coming along nicely. They had a live horse grazing on the lot next door wearing a sign that just said "Opening October 1". It was hilarious to see a horse grazing in Midtown.

Yeah, Sig's Lagoon is going to be moving over to that building too.

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That looks like a pretty dingy building and doesn't look historic. And where are the planning to put the garage; it doesn't look like there's room. Is this the righ location?

http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&cp=nyry2n71jvsr&scene=32456093&lvl=1&sty=b&where1=1911%20Bagby%20St%2C%20Houston%2C%20TX%2077002-8594

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They must have updated the article because it says mid-November ground breaking. I had no clue they were going to add an extra floor to the building... that will be awesome. As for the White House mentioned in the article... still no activity at the building from what I've seen.

On a side note, I was at Tacos a Go Go last night and noticed that the Supper N Punch (and other shops about to open) are coming along nicely. They had a live horse grazing on the lot next door wearing a sign that just said "Opening October 1". It was hilarious to see a horse grazing in Midtown.

That could be a disaster in the making. I've seen many close calls because of those offramps nearby.

As far as the other development, I wish I can see a rendering of what's going on over on main street.

How DOES that antique store across the street stay in business?

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That looks like a pretty dingy building and doesn't look historic. And where are the planning to put the garage; it doesn't look like there's room. Is this the righ location?

http://www.bing.com/...TX%2077002-8594

That's the right location. From what I remember in the Chronicle article from awhile back... the garage will be built on the empty lot across from Christian's Tailgate. The building itself is that rectangular two story one in the middle of your link. The White House that is mentioned is here: http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&cp=nypxrg71jy99&scene=32457314&lvl=2&sty=b

As far as the other development, I wish I can see a rendering of what's going on over on main street.

How DOES that antique store across the street stay in business?

I don't know of any renderings because it's just a rehab of an existing building. It's the building in the middle of this view: http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&cp=nypt9n71jhsf&scene=32460678&lvl=2&sty=b The horse was grazing on the lot to the right of it. The storefronts reminded me of Guadalupe St in Austin.

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That looks like a pretty dingy building and doesn't look historic.

That style of architecture (with the random placing of rounded stones on the exterior) seems to have been popular in the late 50s. There are a few examples in the Montrose area (a couple of apartment complexes on W Alabama are most prominent.)

Is there a name for this look? I've heard the term 'Organic' used, but that seems to be a stretch. Bedrock/Flintstones?

At any rate, improved landscaping and the proposed alterations may perk the old girl up.

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I saw a new sign for a Magnicat House events center on the other side of the fire station from the White House. Could this be casting doubt on the success of a restaurant in this area? Hope not. I realize charities are good, but was hoping for something more supplemental to the town home community at that lot. Anyone have an update on the White House?

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I saw a new sign for a Magnicat House events center on the other side of the fire station from the White House. Could this be casting doubt on the success of a restaurant in this area? Hope not. I realize charities are good, but was hoping for something more supplemental to the town home community at that lot. Anyone have an update on the White House?

I noticed this too, but I think it will be good for the area. It looks like a nice office/admin building. They've owned the land forever, and considering they own almost every house on the street across from the White House already (used for housing even, not an office/admin), I don't see why it would have any impact on the project. They also own the most incredible old white house mansion one block down as well. Last I heard (when eating at Hearsay) is that the project is just slower because they are figuring out a way to do construction on the White House w/out tearing up the historical insides too much.

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I noticed this too, but I think it will be good for the area. It looks like a nice office/admin building. They've owned the land forever, and considering they own almost every house on the street across from the White House already (used for housing even, not an office/admin), I don't see why it would have any impact on the project. They also own the most incredible old white house mansion one block down as well. Last I heard (when eating at Hearsay) is that the project is just slower because they are figuring out a way to do construction on the White House w/out tearing up the historical insides too much.

The Houston Midtown website is upgraded and looks good.

http://www.houstonmidtown.com/midtown.cfm

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I got wind of a new club coming to Midtown. I'm not sure where or when, but was told that it will be a cross between Meteor and South Beach. That means dancing, a stage for shows and lounges. It is not a project by the owner of the previously mentioned venues. Can anyone think of an existing building that could be renovated to accomodate such a venue. Sorry for the vagueness, but that's all I have for now.

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It's called Mainstage and I think they're already open at 2016 Main. Their website is leavetheboyfriendathome.com. I'm curious to if they have a dance floor and what kind of music they would play...

I got wind of a new club coming to Midtown. I'm not sure where or when, but was told that it will be a cross between Meteor and South Beach. That means dancing, a stage for shows and lounges. It is not a project by the owner of the previously mentioned venues. Can anyone think of an existing building that could be renovated to accomodate such a venue. Sorry for the vagueness, but that's all I have for now.

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What happened the the jazz place that was in there? Something about sammy's lounge?

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I got wind of a new club coming to Midtown.

My Google alert recently sent me info about a new club opening next to Ruby Tequila's called Bar Munich. I think it's supposed to be more of a sports bar though.

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MainStage is not new, it's been around for at least 6 months. I saw Vanilla Ice in the flesh there.

In the flesh? Was it a good tattoo at least? :)

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MainStage is not new, it's been around for at least 6 months. I saw Vanilla Ice in the flesh there.

Was it a different name or something - the website says their opening was last weekend....

How big is the place?

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Prolly the same size... not much differnt.

There are 9 new townhomes that are going up on W Webster (Two blocks from Taft and Gray) next to JunaMon's International Sandwich shop. Some will have observation decks. They already started prepping the land and construciton is supposed to start next month.

I'll see if I can get some floor plans or somthing soon. Hopefully the new school magnet school at Taft and Gray will start soon...

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I got wind of a new club coming to Midtown. I'm not sure where or when, but was told that it will be a cross between Meteor and South Beach. That means dancing, a stage for shows and lounges. It is not a project by the owner of the previously mentioned venues. Can anyone think of an existing building that could be renovated to accomodate such a venue. Sorry for the vagueness, but that's all I have for now.

Okay, so it's on the border of Midtown/Montrose, on Tuam across the street from Late-Nite Pie. The building is an old printing company or something.

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Is Pub's place going in on Louisiana next to Howl at the Moon and do you have any details about the place?

The owner of Pub Fiction brought renderings of the building to a Midtown Planning meeting awhile back. If plans haven't changed since then... the building is going to be awesome w/ a nice entrance on the corner w/ columns. It will be multi story (I think 2 or 3) with a roof bar thing w/ parking in the back. It will be built to the sidewalk (I think he's going to even widen the sidewalk some and add lighting) so it will fit in perfectly with the neighborhood.

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Is Pub's place going in on Louisiana next to Howl at the Moon and do you have any details about the place?

Yes, and please see brian123's comments below regarding a description.

Has anyone tried out the updated Leon's Lounge, and if so, how was it?

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Yes, and please see brian123's comments below regarding a description.

Has anyone tried out the updated Leon's Lounge, and if so, how was it?

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Edited by DrLan34

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I saw a new sign for a Magnicat House events center on the other side of the fire station from the White House. Could this be casting doubt on the success of a restaurant in this area? Hope not. I realize charities are good, but was hoping for something more supplemental to the town home community at that lot. Anyone have an update on the White House?

Finally made it over to the lot and put a pic of the Magnificat rendering on my new blog: Rendering I actually like the look of it a lot. It would be nice if a multi-story had made it to Elgin... but this looks fairly decent at least.

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Finally made it over to the lot and put a pic of the Magnificat rendering on my new blog: Rendering I actually like the look of it a lot. It would be nice if a multi-story had made it to Elgin... but this looks fairly decent at least.

Good luck with your blog. I have it book marked and will look forward to checking in.

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Good luck with your blog. I have it book marked and will look forward to checking in.

Thanks! :)

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I found a rendering for a potential building acorss from Starbucks on Gray from HAR. This might be completely dead but if someone has some info, please pass it along.

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There was an article in the Chronicle today outlining some new developments in the Midtown area that sound incredible... Houston Chronicle

In short:

1. Big white mansion at Elgin @ Austin will be renovated ($3 million cost) into a new upscale restaurant, lounge, and event center

2. Old Boy Scouts of America building at Bagby and Victor: Work on the Boy Scouts building will begin in February. The $20 million project will include Moor's Restaurant and Tapas Lounge, serving mainly Moroccan and Spanish cuisine and be leased and operated by Hicham Naffaa and Ali Bendella, owners of Coco's Crepes, Cava American Bistro and Cielo Mexican Bistro. The building, scheduled to open in October, will also have banquet space and Chopra's offices.

3. Parking garage w/ retail: Across the street, Chopra owns land on which he plans to build a seven-story public garage with street-level retail. (NOTE: I believe this is the lot at Bagby and Victor across the street from Christian's Tailgate)

Here's a Google view of the areas being talked about:

Old Mansion

Boy Scout building and new garage w/ retail across street

Guys,

Do you think the closing down of Cielo's downtown will delay Ali's plan to remodel the Old Boy Scouts of America building?

Any updates for #2 and #3 listed above?

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Guys,

Do you think the closing down of Cielo's downtown will delay Ali's plan to remodel the Old Boy Scouts of America building?

Any updates for #2 and #3 listed above?

I have seen guys rummaging around in the empty lot across from the future Alis (where the parking garage is supposed to go) over the last couple of weeks....they are measuring, pointing, talking, measuring some more...etc...

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I found a rendering for a potential building acorss from Starbucks on Gray from HAR. This might be completely dead but if someone has some info, please pass it along.

When I lookup 610 Gray on street view it shows me the Starbucks building. I wonder if this is just an old rendering of the Starbucks building that they are trying to lease out?

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