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any construction updates or pictures on all the new projects? i've been out of town and will be for the next 3 weeks...

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any construction updates or pictures on all the new projects? i've been out of town and will be for the next 3 weeks...

Construction at the Boy Scout site is continuing full steam ahead -- not much more to see yet, as they are still working on the foundation (underground stuff)...supposedely Bagby is going to be closed around the construction until August...signs are up all around the area for detours...it is still open as of this morning, although it is only one lane

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Construction at the Boy Scout site is continuing full steam ahead -- not much more to see yet, as they are still working on the foundation (underground stuff)...supposedely Bagby is going to be closed around the construction until August...signs are up all around the area for detours...it is still open as of this morning, although it is only one lane

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http://www.rebusines...ptype=Mixed-Use

"LANDMARK HOUSTON HOSPITALITY TO REVITALIZE SCOUTS SQUARE

HOUSTON — Landmark Houston Hospitality Group (LH2G) is revitalizing Scouts Square, a redevelopment of the former headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America building. Landmark will add an additional floor to the existing building as well as a full renovation and an outdoor area with a large patio and gardens. Phase I of the project, which broke ground earlier this year, will consist of 50,000 square feet of retail and office space with a seven-story parking garage. Anchor tenants will include the Moroccan themed Moor's Restaurant & Hooka Bar and Black Finn Saloon. Meanwhile, Phase II will consist of first floor retail, apartments and additional parking with a construction date slated for early 2012."

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First time I heard about some details (although vague) regarding phase 2.

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I read that as "homeless bums can sleep and urinate here all they want...."

...haha don't get too excited...

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Where on earth are they planning to expand? I get putting retail on the first floor of the garage, but additional parking and apartments?....maybe down the street towards west dallas?

http://www.rebusines...ptype=Mixed-Use

"LANDMARK HOUSTON HOSPITALITY TO REVITALIZE SCOUTS SQUARE

HOUSTON — Landmark Houston Hospitality Group (LH2G) is revitalizing Scouts Square, a redevelopment of the former headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America building. Landmark will add an additional floor to the existing building as well as a full renovation and an outdoor area with a large patio and gardens. Phase I of the project, which broke ground earlier this year, will consist of 50,000 square feet of retail and office space with a seven-story parking garage. Anchor tenants will include the Moroccan themed Moor's Restaurant & Hooka Bar and Black Finn Saloon. Meanwhile, Phase II will consist of first floor retail, apartments and additional parking with a construction date slated for early 2012."

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First time I heard about some details (although vague) regarding phase 2.

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more information and new renderings

http://blogs.chron.com/primeproperty/2011/03/a_look_inside_scouts_square_co.html

"Construction is underway at Scout Square, a

redevelopment of the former headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America building in Midtown.

In a nod to the Boy Scouts, signage on the building will incorporate the youth group's emblem.

Below are renderings of a back-lit sign that is planned for the garage, as well as a preliminary design for a mosaic that would be on the front of the old Boy Scouts building.

The sign on the 238-space, 7-story garage will face Interstate 45, according to the plans.

The first floor of the garage will be home to a BlackFinn American Saloon. Plans are for an October opening, said Jiten Karnani, president of Deccan Development.

The developer plans to add an extra floor to the building, which will include a night club in the basement and an 8,133 square foot banquet hall on the second floor.

Other tenants include the previously announced Moroccan themed Moor's Restaurant & Hooka Bar.

Karnani said he expects exterior construction to be completed by the end of August."

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Good question regarding where the second phase will be built? Do they own more land, and where? because it doesn't appear anything else can be built next to the garage or the boy scout building. Maybe they'll fit a few apts north of the boy scout building, but additional parking too and retail?

Should this be moved to going up? Not sure what the rule is with that.

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Good question regarding where the second phase will be built? Do they own more land, and where? because it doesn't appear anything else can be built next to the garage or the boy scout building. Maybe they'll fit a few apts north of the boy scout building, but additional parking too and retail?

Should this be moved to going up? Not sure what the rule is with that.

i would say yes, 7 story parking garage with retail seems substantial enough along with whatever other buildings may come

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http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/17061521/1911-Bagby-Houston-TX/

"Description

Scouts Square is Midtown's newest development. 1911 Bagby will consist of a basement bar/club, 1st floor Moor's Restaurant, 2nd floor banquet space and 3 floor office. Unique opportunity to build to suit your specifications located on 3rd floor. Est 10,000 sqft and can be divisble. Across the street will be 10,000 sqft restaurant, Blackfinn American Saloon, and a parking garage directly above. Please refer to the renderings.

Prime Location in the heart of Midtown. Corner of Bagby and Pierce across from New Edge Condominiums & The Rise. Parking garage located across the street and Accessible from major freeways: I-45, I-10, SH 288, Hwy 59."

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http://www.loopnet.c...gby-Houston-TX/

"Description

Scouts Square is Midtown's newest development. 1911 Bagby will consist of a basement bar/club, 1st floor Moor's Restaurant, 2nd floor banquet space and 3 floor office. Unique opportunity to build to suit your specifications located on 3rd floor. Est 10,000 sqft and can be divisble. Across the street will be 10,000 sqft restaurant, Blackfinn American Saloon, and a parking garage directly above. Please refer to the renderings.

Prime Location in the heart of Midtown. Corner of Bagby and Pierce across from New Edge Condominiums & The Rise. Parking garage located across the street and Accessible from major freeways: I-45, I-10, SH 288, Hwy 59."

I like the model. Are those people and cars computer generated?

gallery_723_64_1890.jpg

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I am looking forward to this development and the adjacent garage as some good infill for Midtown, but doesn't the old Scout building retro-fit look a little strange? Maybe even tacky? Judging by the renderings, the old and new components of this building don't mesh.

Maybe some architecture buffs out there can help explain otherwise, but I just don't get it.

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I am looking forward to this development and the adjacent garage as some good infill for Midtown, but doesn't the old Scout building retro-fit look a little strange? Maybe even tacky? Judging by the renderings, the old and new components of this building don't mesh.

Maybe some architecture buffs out there can help explain otherwise, but I just don't get it.

I agree, it looks a little strange but I'm hoping that the real product will blend together a little better than it does in the rendering. I like the parking garage though.

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I like the model. Are those people and cars computer generated?

gallery_723_64_1890.jpg

The entire thing is CG i believe.

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<br>The entire thing is CG i believe.<br>
Maybe it is just me but it looks like that might be somebody standing outside of a window on the left side of that picture, which would mean all of it couldn't be CG. If it is in fact CG I would have made sure those umbrellas were straight.My opinion is that it is a model. Edited by fatesdisastr

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I am looking forward to this development and the adjacent garage as some good infill for Midtown, but doesn't the old Scout building retro-fit look a little strange? Maybe even tacky? Judging by the renderings, the old and new components of this building don't mesh.

I like the look. However, if people complain that it's ugly down the road... they could always put that same metal trim along the roof line over the stone sides. That would make the entire building mesh.

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Maybe it is just me but it looks like that might be somebody standing outside of a window on the left side of that picture, which would mean all of it couldn't be CG. If it is in fact CG I would have made sure those umbrellas were straight.My opinion is that it is a model.

I think they made it look whacky intentionally. Check out the front tire on that car. It's pointing completely sideways.

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I think they made it look whacky intentionally. Check out the front tire on that car. It's pointing completely sideways.

It's a proposed newer model car that can turn on a dime.

My only major concern about this development is how are they going to handle the traffic situation there.

People coming onto bagby from 45 have a tendency to just zoom by. I've seen more than a few accidents there with cars, add a few more pedestrians to the mix and you got a recipe for disaster.

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It's a proposed newer model car that can turn on a dime.

My only major concern about this development is how are they going to handle the traffic situation there.

People coming onto bagby from 45 have a tendency to just zoom by. I've seen more than a few accidents there with cars, add a few more pedestrians to the mix and you got a recipe for disaster.

They shold add some flashing lights like they have around schools.

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They shold add some flashing lights like they have around schools.

I doubt it would work by themselves, but maybe put up a speed a couple of moderate speed bumps. I just have feeling after a couple of auto-peds, they might have to close down that bagby turn.

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Hi All,

I wrote this e-mail to the Midtown planning committee. Any suggestions on how to make this idea a reality would be welcomed... it is regarding the CVS at Bagby and McGowen:

Midtown CVS at Bagby and Gray - Parking Lot to Green Space

"Thank you for your time today, I really appreciated discussing the idea of adding green space to the Midtown CVS parking lot with you.

In summary, this is a few highlights of what I am thinking about:

- CVS at Bagby and Gray has clearly stifled development and pedestrian activity east of Bagby. It has helped to isolate the pedestrian areas west of Bagby and Gray (Post Midtown Square) from other urban developments such as 2222 Smith St, Lil Woodrow's, etc.

- CVS is currently subjected to the CBD parking requirements (thank you Marlon, I did not know this before), not suburban parking requirements so it seems like it may be possible to eliminate some of the parking spaces in the parking lot and still meet city requirements for parking.

- The corner of Bagby and Gray is a model corner like you said over the phone, especially with one of the only mixed used developments in the city underconstruciton at its doorstep (Scout's Square) and the already extremely successful Post Midtown Square. We need to expand on this tradition.

I suggest that we explore working with the owners of the CVS to:

- Break up the parking lot sections along Bagby and Gray and replace them with green space that would be an addition to the current Midtown park

- This green space will inlcude a clearly defined large pedestrian paved entrance that focus' on bringing customers to CVS' front door

- Parking for CVS can be concentrated along the Brazos and Webster side of the building on the current lot that it occupies

- If additional parking is needed, public street parking along Gray and Webster can be disignated for CVS in order to meet minimal parking space requirements

- Maybe we can use some of the funding designated for pedestrian enhancements for this project or even give tax incentives to the owners (these are just suggestions as I am not well versed in these options, additional research for funding will be required)

- We may not be able to convince CVS to take out all parking along Babgy and Gray, but maybe most of it. CVS's main concern will be about the entrance so there will need to be clearly defined paths from the back parking area to the entrance of CVS.

The main issue is that the CVS has cut a large hole into the urban fabricate of Midtown. It is possibly on one of the most important corners of our neighborhood. We should continue to turn out ideas to revitalize this important lot. I understand the management district has done a lot already and I am very impressed with what they have done with the neighborood.

The district has made Midtown a great place to live.

Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to any feedback or questions you may have."

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Hi All,

I wrote this e-mail to the Midtown planning committee. Any suggestions on how to make this idea a reality would be welcomed... it is regarding the CVS at Bagby and McGowen:

Midtown CVS at Bagby and Gray - Parking Lot to Green Space

"Thank you for your time today, I really appreciated discussing the idea of adding green space to the Midtown CVS parking lot with you.

In summary, this is a few highlights of what I am thinking about:

- CVS at Bagby and Gray has clearly stifled development and pedestrian activity east of Bagby. It has helped to isolate the pedestrian areas west of Bagby and Gray (Post Midtown Square) from other urban developments such as 2222 Smith St, Lil Woodrow's, etc.

- CVS is currently subjected to the CBD parking requirements (thank you Marlon, I did not know this before), not suburban parking requirements so it seems like it may be possible to eliminate some of the parking spaces in the parking lot and still meet city requirements for parking.

- The corner of Bagby and Gray is a model corner like you said over the phone, especially with one of the only mixed used developments in the city underconstruciton at its doorstep (Scout's Square) and the already extremely successful Post Midtown Square. We need to expand on this tradition.

I suggest that we explore working with the owners of the CVS to:

- Break up the parking lot sections along Bagby and Gray and replace them with green space that would be an addition to the current Midtown park

- This green space will inlcude a clearly defined large pedestrian paved entrance that focus' on bringing customers to CVS' front door

- Parking for CVS can be concentrated along the Brazos and Webster side of the building on the current lot that it occupies

- If additional parking is needed, public street parking along Gray and Webster can be disignated for CVS in order to meet minimal parking space requirements

- Maybe we can use some of the funding designated for pedestrian enhancements for this project or even give tax incentives to the owners (these are just suggestions as I am not well versed in these options, additional research for funding will be required)

- We may not be able to convince CVS to take out all parking along Babgy and Gray, but maybe most of it. CVS's main concern will be about the entrance so there will need to be clearly defined paths from the back parking area to the entrance of CVS.

The main issue is that the CVS has cut a large hole into the urban fabricate of Midtown. It is possibly on one of the most important corners of our neighborhood. We should continue to turn out ideas to revitalize this important lot. I understand the management district has done a lot already and I am very impressed with what they have done with the neighborood.

The district has made Midtown a great place to live.

Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to any feedback or questions you may have."

You also forgot to mention that the owner of "The Junction" (formally "The Wet Spot") isn't able to complete its deck construction because it is SHORT *2* parking spaces. nevermind that there is an acre of parking across the street.

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You also forgot to mention that the owner of "The Junction" (formally "The Wet Spot") isn't able to complete its deck construction because it is SHORT *2* parking spaces. nevermind that there is an acre of parking across the street.

really?? I didn't know that. I'll bring it up,.

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From 002 Magazine http://002mag.com/wordpress/digital-edition/

"Midtown Scout Square Property - Dr. Lucky Chopra with Deccan Development is renovating the historic Boy Scouts Building in Midtown and Repurposing it into a mixed-use building which will inlclude club space and restaurant space as well as banquet and/or conference center and office space. The building will feature a 3-story wine tower & waterfall integrating three entertainment floors destined to be a one-stop destination for fun, food, and music. The project has great visibility from the Pierce elevate and is expected to transform the Midtown skyline. Expected completion is September 2011."

Wine tower & waterfall? sounds pretty cool.

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. The building will feature a 3-story wine tower & waterfall integrating three entertainment floors destined to be a one-stop destination for fun, food, and music.

Sounds like a fit for the Midtown crowd. I wonder if they will have an acrobat to retrieve the wine bottles, like in this London Radisson.

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From 002 Magazine http://002mag.com/wo...igital-edition/

"Midtown Scout Square Property - Dr. Lucky Chopra with Deccan Development is renovating the historic Boy Scouts Building in Midtown and Repurposing it into a mixed-use building which will inlclude club space and restaurant space as well as banquet and/or conference center and office space. The building will feature a 3-story wine tower & waterfall integrating three entertainment floors destined to be a one-stop destination for fun, food, and music. The project has great visibility from the Pierce elevate and is expected to transform the Midtown skyline. Expected completion is September 2011."

Wine tower & waterfall? sounds pretty cool.

midtown has a skyline?

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From 002 Magazine http://002mag.com/wo...igital-edition/

"Midtown Scout Square Property - Dr. Lucky Chopra with Deccan Development is renovating the historic Boy Scouts Building in Midtown and Repurposing it into a mixed-use building which will inlclude club space and restaurant space as well as banquet and/or conference center and office space. The building will feature a 3-story wine tower & waterfall integrating three entertainment floors destined to be a one-stop destination for fun, food, and music. The project has great visibility from the Pierce elevate and is expected to transform the Midtown skyline. Expected completion is September 2011."

Wine tower & waterfall? sounds pretty cool.

I've seen the one in at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas and it is pretty cool but what would really be cool would be a wine waterfall. :lol:

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I've seen the one in at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas and it is pretty cool but what would really be cool would be a wine waterfall. :lol:

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it would be fitting to call it the "whine" waterfall after a couple of members on here.

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midtown has a skyline?

haha ya I didn't know Midtown had a skyline other than Post Rise Lofts... but I'll take it!

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The Rise, Central Square, HCC, the Ventana, St Joseph's Prof Bldg, etc... It's not much of a skyline, but it's there.

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Anyone have any details on the liklihood of Camden City Centre II moving forward this year? The presentation makes it sound like 2011 might be a likely year for the project to start.

http://www.snl.com/C...&FID=1001157718 from March 14, 2011

Slide 27

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Potential 2011 Development Starts

Camden City Centre II - Houston, TX - 260 projected homes - 36 million projected cost

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Older news about the developments, I assume the other block they are talking about is the superblock

http://blog.chron.co...llion-offering/

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Funny, I have a friend that works for Camden in their corporate office. She told me on Friday that they are going to break ground on a new "downtown" property later this year. When I pushed her for more info, she actually said the location is in Midtown. I believe she said it was going to be on Travis St. though. Isn't the current Camden City Centre on St Joseph Parkway near The Edge?

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Anyone have any details on the liklihood of Camden City Centre II moving forward this year? The presentation makes it sound like 2011 might be a likely year for the project to start.

http://www.snl.com/C...&FID=1001157718 from March 14, 2011

...link says "page not found"

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The land across from Camden Travis is probably what you are referring to. I talked to one of the managers that works at Camden Travis and they are supposed to break ground in the fourth quarter. I have been told that it will be retail on the first floor and apartments on the next three floors.

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Midtown is definitely in a building boom. So glad to see!!

Speaking of, does anyone have the scoop on a very fast construction at Louisiana and Hadley. My guess is a Taco Cabana, based on the store layout.

I LOVE Taco Cabana!!!

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The land across from Camden Travis is probably what you are referring to. I talked to one of the managers that works at Camden Travis and they are supposed to break ground in the fourth quarter. I have been told that it will be retail on the first floor and apartments on the next three floors.

So I guess it's not going to be a park like some hoped it would.

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Midtown is definitely in a building boom. So glad to see!!

Speaking of, does anyone have the scoop on a very fast construction at Louisiana and Hadley. My guess is a Taco Cabana, based on the store layout.

I LOVE Taco Cabana!!!

Really? Fake Tex-mex food IMO.

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Midtown is definitely in a building boom. So glad to see!!

Speaking of, does anyone have the scoop on a very fast construction at Louisiana and Hadley. My guess is a Taco Cabana, based on the store layout.

I LOVE Taco Cabana!!!

It's going to be a new bar concept owned by the owners of Pub Fiction

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