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On 8/8/2017 at 9:11 AM, corbs315 said:

2614 Caroline has a demolition permit today. Its ownership changed to Christus in May.

Does this mean yet another healthcare clinic for the area?

 

On 8/9/2017 at 9:05 PM, Ross said:

Almost anything would be better than the crappy labor pool thing that was there.

 

Dirt is being moved on the lot down a block and across the street from this site (directly across from Weights & Measures). It's been used for an art installation for the past year or two, so I have no idea who owns the lot or what they might be doing. Anyone have insight?

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3 minutes ago, phillip_white said:

 

 

 

Dirt is being moved on the lot down a block and across the street from this site (directly across from Weights & Measures). It's been used for an art installation for the past year or two, so I have no idea who owns the lot or what they might be doing. Anyone have insight?

I heard that that is where the construction workers for the Caroline redo are setting up camp. But I don't know much more than that. If this is the Caroline complete streets project, we sure haven't heard much about it in a while. 

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6 minutes ago, corbs315 said:

I heard that that is where the construction workers for the Caroline redo are setting up camp. But I don't know much more than that. If this is the Caroline complete streets project, we sure haven't heard much about it in a while. 

Last I heard (about 6-9 months ago) that project was on hold indefinitely due to being over-budget. I might try e-mailing the MMD to see if anything has changed.

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2 minutes ago, phillip_white said:

Last I heard (about 6-9 months ago) that project was on hold indefinitely due to being over-budget. I might try e-mailing the MMD to see if anything has changed.

By all means. Would be nice to get a firm source. 

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5 hours ago, corbs315 said:

By all means. Would be nice to get a firm source. 

Caroline redevelopment project is starting! What a great time for the east side of Midtown. Project thread here:

 

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On 8/8/2017 at 9:11 AM, corbs315 said:

2614 Caroline has a demolition permit today. Its ownership changed to Christus in May.

Does this mean yet another healthcare clinic for the area?

Building is gone. Appears the foundation was spared. Maybe this will be parking for now?

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On 7/29/2017 at 9:25 AM, drecey said:

Wow!!! I literally rode my bike past this one a few hours ago and was about to ask if anyone knew what this was going to be. There's a bunch of toilets and debris that looks like it was removed from the building. Great location across the street from MidMain and MATCH! Wow, Midtown is becoming the beer garden Mecca of Houston! (Axelrad, under the radar, woosters, beer market company, this one!)

 

Beer Market should be open this week (if not already) 

 

Holman Draft Hall building is going to look dramatically different from its former VRSI look. Lots of windows added to the building. Can't wait to see the finished product. I'll try and get a pic tomorrow...

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11 hours ago, tigereye said:

 

Beer Market should be open this week (if not already) 

 

Holman Draft Hall building is going to look dramatically different from its former VRSI look. Lots of windows added to the building. Can't wait to see the finished product. I'll try and get a pic tomorrow...

I went to Beer Market Friday. It was great! Almost overwhelming with the number of both beers and TVs.

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On 8/22/2017 at 8:47 PM, tigereye said:

 

Beer Market should be open this week (if not already) 

 

Holman Draft Hall building is going to look dramatically different from its former VRSI look. Lots of windows added to the building. Can't wait to see the finished product. I'll try and get a pic tomorrow...

 

 

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On 7/12/2017 at 1:30 PM, corbs315 said:

Speaking of residential, a development sign finally went up on the lot on the southeast corner of La Branch and Elgin.

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UPDATE 7/19/17: Per the Houston Permitting site, 4 residents have building permits now (Assuming this is 3203-3211 La Branch).

 

UPDATE 7/20/17: But not sexy enough for a new post. They broke ground on this yesterday apparently.

 

I know this remains not sexy, but they've made a lot of progress on these homes in the last month, particularly in the last week. Just bringing it to attention as Harvey appears to have not slowed this construction. Much of the wood frame is already complete.

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On ‎2‎/‎13‎/‎2017 at 4:04 PM, Urbannizer said:

 

This is quite the phenomenal turn of events, considering that you have land whose highest and best use is site assemblage for a residential tower instead being used for a two-story clinic. You have to wonder if HACS acquired the land a few years ago before it was worth what it is now and has to meet a certain time target for developing these.

 

I am not one of those people who hates the sight of clinics and rehab centers and churches and wishes that every block of Midtown could be a microbrewery with architecture resembling a crumpled aluminum can, but it is unfortunate that this compromises the prime block on Main fronting the new park. But if land values keep going up then economics will eventually prevail, although it may be ten years from now.

 

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It will be facing Fannin not Main, and hopefully it will be somewhere that the residents of Midtown can also go for annual physicals

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I've been to medical clinics plenty of times for care and I have never lived any of those places.  But, if this is where People who do live in those places can get care, then great!  This is a big city and veryone needs access to care.  Facilities like this, as well as schools of many different levels, make the city a better place for everybody.  A welcome, and apparently necessary, addition to the neighborhood, IMO.   

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1 hour ago, cspwal said:

It will be facing Fannin not Main, and hopefully it will be somewhere that the residents of Midtown can also go for annual physicals

 

Never said it would face Main. I said it compromises the block on Main across from the park.

 

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Yeah losing the whole block isn't great, but the main street side could still have a nice half block development - maybe a mid-rise with retail or a restaurant with parking in the back

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On ‎7‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 1:30 PM, corbs315 said:

Speaking of residential, a development sign finally went up on the lot on the southeast corner of La Branch and Elgin.

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UPDATE 7/19/17: Per the Houston Permitting site, 4 residents have building permits now (Assuming this is 3203-3211 La Branch).

 

UPDATE 7/20/17: But not sexy enough for a new post. They broke ground on this yesterday apparently.

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On 3/23/2018 at 7:47 PM, skwatra said:

Trying this again. Mound of dirt, some trees, and a weird sign. 01C728E8-55DE-4B67-92D2-3E11E7D4C430.thumb.jpeg.26f97bd5de38c44cc44b2cdf569d4f30.jpeg

 

Oporto Fooding House & Wine!

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Hey I know I posted about the funeral home across from HCC on Almeda earlier that it looked like it's been closed for a while...anyway there was some construction/demo equipment on the site yesterday. Maybe work is progressing on something soon?

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On 3/28/2018 at 5:25 PM, corbs315 said:

Hey I know I posted about the funeral home across from HCC on Almeda earlier that it looked like it's been closed for a while...anyway there was some construction/demo equipment on the site yesterday. Maybe work is progressing on something soon?

On the demo list today. Wonder what's coming. Lot is owned by HCC.

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10 hours ago, _nataliepw said:

Anyone know what the new structure is right next to/in the Art Supply parking lot? 

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I would imagine that's going to be Caydon's leasing office until the tower tops out.

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Found a permit filing for Wanderlust Houston at 4018 CHARTRES ST 77004. That turned up https://www.wanderstayhotels.com/

 

Is this the same hostel for Midtown that was mentioned on Swamplot a while back? I can't seem to find the old article.

 

Seems like a decent location and not too incredibly far from the light rail.

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17 hours ago, phillip_white said:

Found a permit filing for Wanderlust Houston at 4018 CHARTRES ST 77004. That turned up https://www.wanderstayhotels.com/

 

Is this the same hostel for Midtown that was mentioned on Swamplot a while back? I can't seem to find the old article.

 

Seems like a decent location and not too incredibly far from the light rail.

Yea I remember hearing about this too, I think it was originally “Wanderlust” and not “Wanderstay” hostel. I could’ve sworn the original news about it said the location was planned for McGowen St though. I’m sure there’s limited space there with the Caydon plans and Midtown Commons developing that block  

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4 minutes ago, _nataliepw said:

Yea I remember hearing about this too, I think it was originally “Wanderlust” and not “Wanderstay” hostel. I could’ve sworn the original news about it said the location was planned for McGowen St though. I’m sure there’s limited space there with the Caydon plans and Midtown Commons developing that block  

I could have sworn the same. In fact, I remember inquiring about which building was under consideration, since the plan hinted that it would be almost adjacent to the McGowen train stop, and the plans sounded fairly specific (sleeping 46 people).
As I recall, this was announced shortly before the Super Bowl.

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On 4/23/2018 at 8:21 AM, phillip_white said:

I would imagine that's going to be Caydon's leasing office until the tower tops out.

I saw that on yesterday's bike ride and at first thought it might be a mock up of the building but this sounds like a better use. They just need to weed out the homeless that hang out/live on the street north of the Caydon between the Art Supply.

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Will be an interesting to watch the transition from one of the last standing automotive repair hubs in Midtown to gamer mecca.

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On 5/29/2018 at 9:37 AM, phillip_white said:

Going in next to Midtown Common at what is currently the Fast Traffic body shop. Article says it should be open by late summer 2018.

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/05/25/esports-arena-to-open-in-midtown-in-houston.html

Woah this is HUGE! Can we get a new thread for just that?

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Couple things I noticed on the permitting website today:

 

Something called the "Social Beer Garden" at 3101 San Jacinto (appears to have been a series of failed clubs here before).

Something called "The Gypsy Poet" marked as a remodel on 2404 Austin (the old Core Church)

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7 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:



Social Beer Garden at 3101 San Jacinto (Houston midtown) is bar from a guy who owns Shamrock Pub in Humble. I would be surprised if this place survives in Midtown. The Kirby Group and the group with Pub Fiction have a grip on the Midtown bar landscape.

 

Doesn't help that it's not close to any current establishments.   With the current success of all the open air bars and bier gardens how will they make this place more inviting and a destination?  

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I mean, it's within two blocks of Weights & Measures and 13 Degrees Celsius. I think if they can veer more toward that demographic rather than the more stereotypical bro-y midtown scene they'll be fine. 

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Yup, the 3101 San Jacinto location has been, in the past, Club Empire and Club Myst, with dreadful results for nearby residents including a driveby in which 6 people were shot in May of 2015, when it was billed as Club Empire.  The nearby residents and businesses protested the TABC license in 2016 and the place shut down soon after.  

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This tickled me. Feel free to delete if too dumb/off topic. Was browsing the permit site for 77004.

Looks like Hopkins wants a new pool!

 

 

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1 hour ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Wahlburgers opening in Midtown.


From Eater Houston

 

Is Houston the next location for a celeb-owned burger chain with its own reality show? The speculation is on about an outpost of Wahlburgers landing in Houston. Actor Mark Wahlberg and his brothers Donnie and Paul own the chain, which serves burgers, sandwiches, and milkshakes and has its own A&E reality show Wahlburgers.
 

Here are a few pieces of evidence: there’s an Instagram account created for Wahlberg Houston with no content posted yet. In the meeting notes of the Midtown Management District Board of Directors Meeting for April 4, there’s a mention that Wahlburgers is “finalizing negotiations to open a Wahlburgers Restaurant near Midtown Park.”

https://houston.eater.com/2018/7/24/17604666/wahlburgers-houston

 

Perhaps they will be located in the retail strip on the north side of Camden Station apartments? Never heard of this restaurant and don't anything about how large or small their locations are.

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1 hour ago, Sanjorade said:

I believe whalburgers is going on Washington where Grafiti’s was. 

 

WHaT!! Woohooo

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5 hours ago, Sanjorade said:

I believe whalburgers is going on Washington where Grafiti’s was. 

 

Source?

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On 7/26/2018 at 9:58 PM, CrockpotandGravel said:

 

 

 



Really? One of the reason Grafitti's at Union St closed is because of the parking situation. Customers had no where to park with the Tyler Flood building going up and neighbors complaining of customers parking in the streets.

Midtown is the better location. There is parking, parking garages, and it's a walkable area in comparison to Union St and Washington Avenue.

 

Just what I’ve heard in passing. Also, Grafiti’s really sucked. Ha.

 

$18 for an over salted chicken fried steak. No thanks. 

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