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just talk to somebody that was finishing construction in the area. He said a tower will be at least a 25 stories. He didn't give a date on when it will start, but he is already contracted to work on it.

 

 

Lot B will be a new tower.

 

Can you confirm or deny this two year old statement from Ricco?

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Among the goofy decisions in the Katy Freeway design was putting a below grade intersection directly across Rummel Creek's channel (at West Belt).  It originally didn't have any detention ponds around it at all, just a routinely overwhelmed pumping station.

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http://swamplot.com/whats-going-into-metronationals-energy-gateway-district-across-i-10-from-its-death-star-hq/2015-07-01/

 

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METRONATIONAL APPEARS to have concrete plans for the new development it’s putting together for the 24-acre corner of Gessner Rd. and the Katy Fwy. feeder directly across I-10 from the company’s distinctiveheadquarters: It’s already signed up building materials company Cemex USA to become the lead tenant in a new office building intended for a portion of the site, a source tells Swamplot. The company will be leasing around 80,000 sq. ft. of space in the Energy Gateway District.

 

Cemex is currently leasing space in the Memorial Hermann Tower at 929 Gessner; the new lease with MetroNational will be an expansion, according to the source.

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MetroNational announced plans Tuesday to build a 240,000-square-foot office building in Memorial City on an 18-acre tract, as part of the company’s long-term vision to redevelop the area.

Mexico-based Cemex, which has had an office in Memorial City since 2005, will anchor the development as the building’s first tenant with 80,000 square feet on the building’s second and third levels.  The Houston location will be the cement and building materials company’s U.S. headquarters. The six-floor building will be located at the northwest corner of Gessner Road and the Katy Freeway at 10100 Katy Freeway, directly across from Memorial Hermann Tower.

“The northwest corner is MetroNational’s newest commercial development and the first step in expanding Memorial City north of I-10,” said Jason Johnson, president of MetroNational, in a statement. “Similar to other Memorial City office developments, this building’s proximity to Memorial Hermann, Memorial City Mall, the Westin, and many restaurants will attract employees looking for great amenities.”

The building will feature 40,000-square-foot floor plates. The first floor will include 15,000 square feet of retail. Amenities will include 24-hour security, card key access and connections to other Memorial City locations via shuttle service.

“Cemex is excited to continue our relationship with MetroNational as construction begins on our new U.S. headquarters.  We look forward to creating an inspiring, state-of-the art space to better serve our customers and our employees,” Cemex USA president Karl Watson, Jr. said in a statement.

The project is slated to break ground in fall 2015 and open in fall 2016.

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For those wondering, what the heck is this? Don't worry... this property is massive. Expect more things here! ;)

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I had higher expectations but I trust you Triton

Think I stated this already, but if it's any reassurance, sounds like Swamplot is hearing the same general things. It's just too early to publish anything at this point. 

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SpringBranch - 

 

This building will go on the Southeast Corner of the lot, right at the intersection of I-10 feeder and Gessner.  If you look on Page 2 of this thread at Urbanizer's post, you can see lot "B" in the Variance.  That is this building.

 

This is further confirmed by the construction fence they erected and are currently finishing around this part of the property...

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Among the goofy decisions in the Katy Freeway design was putting a below grade intersection directly across Rummel Creek's channel (at West Belt).  It originally didn't have any detention ponds around it at all, just a routinely overwhelmed pumping station.

It wasn't a "goofy decision", it was a decision forced by the railroad that paralleled I-10 (that caused a myriad of other problems). The original design for the five stack was that the "-1" level was the frontage roads so they wouldn't interfere with the railroad, then the Katy Freeway and the Katy railroad on the first level, then the Beltway on the second, then the ramps on the 3rd and 4th level to make the full five-stack.

With the railroad gone, making the frontage roads avoid the rail wasn't an issue anymore and the frontage roads were built on ground level. Interestingly, the Beltway (main lanes) bridge had been built so that it didn't need to be rebuilt at all. If you drive southbound on Beltway 8, take a look to your right as the ramps begin to split off, you'll notice a small bit of the ramp that was actually kept in the redesign.

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Seems like there's less retail then what was here originally, as this seemed to hold a pretty decent commercial strip. There was a Champ's here and it what looks like a Kroger.

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Another play was filed yesterday for this. Can't pull the image up but if anyone has an account (it's free) on the County Clerk's website it's under "Maps & Condo's"

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Another play was filed yesterday for this. Can't pull the image up but if anyone has an account (it's free) on the County Clerk's website it's under "Maps & Condo's"

 

As I stated last year, MetroNational has big plans for this site. A twin tower of the Memorial Hermann Tower was in the works but that may have been cancelled with the oil slide (contrary to popular belief, the tower is mainly office, not medical).

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As I stated last year, MetroNational has big plans for this site. A twin tower of the Memorial Hermann Tower was in the works but that may have been cancelled with the oil slide (contrary to popular belief, the tower is mainly office, not medical).

 

I refuse to believe that crown is not one large stadium seating operating room where people are secretly turned into bionic super beings a-la- the million dollar man.

 

[/7 year old imagination] 

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So the plans for the renovation of the Conrad Sauer Detention Basin are now on Mylars, meaning they'll get signed and sealed by the city/county, then should be put out to Bid soon.

 

However, I'm not sure if it's for the full renovation, or only the underground utilities. Either way, it's moving forward.

 

P.S; there was a plat filed for the Northwest corner of I-10/Conrad Sauer called Hessed Development, though I'm not sure if it's part of this whole development.

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It's hard to tell but in that photo, I unknowingly also captured a three car accident on the main lanes heading east at the middle left of the pic. You can see the wrecker backing up. :S

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rooftop lighting was on tonight, an orange color, to match the development around the mall

 

sorry, no pic.

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I know most of y'all think the MC skyline is tacky, but I love the consistency and visibility of their skyline. I would love if Uptown was the skyline with the blue lights.

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Not a huge fan of the tower, but I do like the lighting.  Last night (Halloween) it was colored to resemble candy corn.

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I feel like the more buildings that buy into the Memorial City style with the blue lights, the better it looks.  Driving through there at night is awesome.  Very Houston.  I'm supportive.

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I suspect the reason those buildings are lit up is that they are owned by the same company.  Even the construction cranes have the same lighting.

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23 hours ago, august948 said:

I suspect the reason those buildings are lit up is that they are owned by the same company.  Even the construction cranes have the same lighting.

 

They're owned by Metro National and I'm sure the Memorial Management District has something to do with it too. They're responsible for the lit towers along i-10.

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On 11/2/2016 at 4:53 PM, SkylineView said:

I feel like the more buildings that buy into the Memorial City style with the blue lights, the better it looks.  Driving through there at night is awesome.  Very Houston.  I'm supportive.

 

We should just call it "Houston Blue" and add it as a requirement in the building codes. You're right, it looks good at night and the city planners ought to keep the night lighting in mind.

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I work near this site and am hoping for some nice restaurants to open in the CEMEX building. Also looking for updated plans on the lengthening of Mathewson Ln from Conrad Sauer to Gessner Road which seams to be under construction now.  

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I have looked around and can't find any updates on the construction that's currently happening to extend Mathewson Ln.  I wonder what the timeline is for the new park over Conrad sauer and the project on Gessner Rd from I-10 to Westview also.  Anyone have any start dates for those 2 projects?

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Drove by and saw they're demolishing a building today right on the corner of I-10 and Conrad Sauer, is this in any way connected to Metro National?

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I don't understand people that store their stuff. My old apartment had a storage unit and my new one didn't - so I discovered that the Christmas decorations could fit in the back of the closet, and the rest of the stuff I could trash or sell.  I've already made more selling some of that stuff than I would have spent on a storage unit for the next year

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I'm sorry but that is one tacky M, on top of this building. The craftsmanship much less the design is so bad. They must have gone to the Randall Davis school of design.

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1 hour ago, bobruss said:

I'm sorry but that is one tacky M, on top of this building. The craftsmanship much less the design is so bad. They must have gone to the Randall Davis school of design.

 

I think it's worse....

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