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...proposed on the site of the old Houston Ballet building on West Gray near Dunlavy. The ballet recently

moved downtown.

The project is referred to as "Graybelle" and Richdale Group is listed as the developer. A site plan is at the end of this blog post.

Both variance requests will be presented Thursday at the city's Planning Commission where there likely will be public testimony from residents who live in the area.

The meeting will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the City Hall annex building at 900 Bagby.

http://blogs.chron.c...4/post_108.html

Developer website: http://www.richdale.com/

Architect website (edi): http://www.ediarchitecture.com/?id=262

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The comments in the chron article are hilarious

You must be GlenW on the chron comments, haha. There was not one single positive comment. It's funny that most of us like news like this, but hardly anyone else does. I mean, they're reading the real estate section, you'd think they'd have a positive outlook on this.

I really don't understand the comments that traffic will get worse and things like this shouldn't be built two miles from downtown. They want it to be built somewhere else, but seriously, where else do they expect it to?

I think Houston is just in a funny situation b/c it's been a suburban city for so long, even inside the loop, and now that it's finally turning into a dense city, the people that have been there so long don't know how to take it. People who lived in the "city suburbs" have been really spoiled for a long time with having a house, a yard, not having to deal with traffic and living near so much great stuff. Times in Houston are a changin'.

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I drove by a few times and there is a garage being belt, is there going to be a building or a high rise there? It's right across the street from Walgreens

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I was googling after somebody opened a new thread on the project.

 

http://swamplot.com/the-apartments-taking-the-place-of-the-houston-ballet-on-west-gray/2011-04-25/

 

This 2 year old swamplot article says it will have groundfloor retail. And had this to add:

 

graybelle-plan.jpg

Am I reading the article correctly? Says the only retail is a leasing office.  "1916 West Gray will indeed have retail space on the ground floor — if you count the facility’s leasing office, that is."

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Am I reading the article correctly? Says the only retail is a leasing office.  "1916 West Gray will indeed have retail space on the ground floor — if you count the facility’s leasing office, that is."

 

See what happens when you skim.

 

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Does anyone know what's going on with this project? To say they are moving slowly is an understatement. It has been dragging for at least the last 6 months.

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Any recent pics? That could yield some clues.

 

Seems like the project has come to a stand still a long long time ago.

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Maybe deliveries are slow. There appear to be shortages everywhere.

 

It seems there is more to it than that.  I see a handful of workers there during the week (less than 6), but  not much progress is being made.  This seems like a prime location for multifamily, so the incentive would be to hurry up and finish.

 

I wonder if they are having cash flow issues - perhaps their construction financing fell through or they are way over budget.  Am hoping someone on this board knows the story.  I live nearby and hate to see this site sit idle.

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West Gray has always been the FRANCE of Houston...don't you think?

It extends FRANCE further East from the San Felipe development, and W Dallas @ Shepherd.

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Houston is starting to become the Las Vegas of residential.  Want your faux-France?  West Gray.  Pseudo-Italian highrises?  Uptown.  Victorian homes in the Heights.  Spanish midrises elsewhere.  Quite an interesting culture.

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I like this building. Classical look to it. Who cares if its stylized off of french architecture. I'd rather have that than Psuedo-Miami-esqe Modern Beach Condos

 

/opinion

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I like this building. Classical look to it. Who cares if its stylized off of french architecture. I'd rather have that than Psuedo-Miami-esqe Modern Beach Condos

 

/opinion

 

I agree. Looks nice. Hopefully brick not cheap stucco

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Oh yeah look at that low quality Sketchup Model which was obviously switched to a line sketch style mode. Quickly cropped from a jpeg in photoshop and then oh lets put a plain green ground with a thrown in sky someone googled.

 

Yes ladies and gentlemen truely the mark of quality!

 

Expect the finished product to be the same...

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anyone have an update on this project? it looks like not much work has been done still to this day

 

Work occurs sporadically at best.  There was a spurt of activity about 1 month ago, but since then nothing has been done as far as I can tell.

 

I'm not in the construction / development business, but is this a sign of financing issues, labor issues, or other?  I can't imagine anyone beginning one of these projects without a clear financial path to completion.  I'd be surprised if anyone would lend money for a project that wasn't 100% financed in some way.

 

Anyone have any insight?  

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I may be wrong but I believe this developer (Richdale?) is also constructing a midrise along S. Voss. It's also been ongoing for a long time.

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I may be wrong but I believe this developer (Richdale?) is also constructing a midrise along S. Voss. It's also been ongoing for a long time.

Is that the one next to the Community Storage? They built the garage and it sat for over a year. Looks like they are almost done. They seem to have used their land with the building almost 100%. Looks decent so far as well.

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Is that the one next to the Community Storage? They built the garage and it sat for over a year. Looks like they are almost done. They seem to have used their land with the building almost 100%. Looks decent so far as well.

 

yup that's the one. 

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Anyone heard anything about this project? The site is starting to look derelict although construction equipment was still present the last time I drove by.  Its going to turn in to an eye sore if it gets any worse...

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Still under construction. It's been over 4 years now. This has got to be even longer than block 334 was.

 

They've really never stopped working on it, just never many people on site.

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4 hours ago, jgriff said:

Still under construction. It's been over 4 years now. This has got to be even longer than block 334 was.

 

They've really never stopped working on it, just never many people on site.

 

Based on the design, some say construction has been going on since the 1800s.

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This project along with the one on Voss have been under construction for the longest time. I wonder what is$ues they may be facing?

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