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3 hours ago, cspwal said:

It's hard to get your bearings since there's only 2 buildings in this photo that survived, but the church on the left is pretty distinctive, and Central plaza in midtown is too

Man the Pierce destroyed some interesting parts of the city smh... seemed pretty dense too... just disappointing

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Under contract   https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/801-St-Joseph-Pky-Houston-TX/12352462/

I wish the HCHA was actually working on this, mixed/affordable housing in Downtown.   http://www.thedgstudios.com/project_houston_view.html            

This is a picture from today of a maintenance crew buttoning up the outside of the building. When I took the picture I ran into a sort of supervisor who shared some of what is going on (at least as mu

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8 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Man the Pierce destroyed some interesting parts of the city smh... seemed pretty dense too... just disappointing

The Pierce demolished some mundane stuff. Before that stuff was built, that area had some very large houses. See this page, about halfway down

 

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Just ran into some guys on site. They had just finished clearing out all the steel from each floor.

 

Apparently the Sheraton is suppose to be done before Super Bowl with a significant pick up in activity in a couple of months.

 

Seems like a really difficult timeline to meet, but it was good seeing activity on site. We shall see...

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8 minutes ago, DrLan34 said:

Just ran into some guys on site. They had just finished clearing out all the steel from each floor.

 

Apparently the Sheraton is suppose to be done before Super Bowl with a significant pick up in activity in a couple of months.

 

Seems like a really difficult timeline to meet, but it was good seeing activity on site. We shall see...

I cannot imagine that they will be open and ready by January 1 so that fans can start to book prior to Super Bowl Sunday.  Seem like a pipe dream to me but, "G'luck."

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1 hour ago, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

I could see that happening if it was being converted to a Motel 6, but, not with an upscale brand.

Well, they have a solid structure up and there's nothing inherently wrong with it, but finishing it in six months seems like a stretch unless they have a near-unlimited supply of labor that can work round the clock.

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3 hours ago, monarch said:

^^^ are there any current renderings / concepts of this proposed development anyone?

 

I don't expect much change to the exterior given the timeline. New windows, Sheraton branding and maybe a power wash.

 

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On July 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM, HNathoo said:

Wow, I could imagine the Exxon building looking like the building on the left as a residential project. 

Don't you touch her. She's a gem. We may never see something like that again and it's original. Ignore the historic aspect and think about diversity. If you don't like it at least appreciate how it helps add to the good ones.

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On 7/2/2016 at 9:27 AM, IronTiger said:

Well, they have a solid structure up and there's nothing inherently wrong with it, but finishing it in six months seems like a stretch unless they have a near-unlimited supply of labor that can work round the clock.

Well the second sky house is finishing up so that crew will be ready to work on something new...

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Somehow I don't quite believe it.  If the old Holiday Inn really were about to be renovated into a Sheraton or whatever, it seems that it would be a lot more widely known.  The activity the article references could just as easily be just minimal upkeep.  

 

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41 minutes ago, Twinsanity02 said:

The wind blew up  or a bird pooped the tree seed up there. Life is tenacious.

Dig a hole.....

 

a 3 acre hole 10 feet deep.

 

let rain water or groundwater fill it up.

 

come back in a few years.

 

there is a good chance that there may be fish in it.  

 

I'm betting its birds popping out eggs too.

 

Life is, indeed, tenacious,. 

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The gates on 3 sides were open today. The air coming from the opening on the west side smelled like air trapped in a tomb for 1000 years. The side facing the south is covered in Human excrement. Giant rats roam the outside of the property.  The stench around the building is unbelievable.  Even the surface parking reads of homelessness even though there might not be one homeless person in site. 

 

I am usually with my pom poms in the air when it comes to preservation, but this one they can blow up and I would not bat an eyelash.

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6 hours ago, terra002 said:

Just blow this building up already! I would love to see some pictures inside this place. I bet its hobo heaven. 

 

We can't blow up this building. What about that tenacious tree up there?!? 

 

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On 9/6/2016 at 8:36 PM, tigereye said:

 

We can't blow up this building. What about that tenacious tree up there?!? 

 

 

yeah, you have to get approval from city hall, you would also have to agree to plant a tree of sufficient caliper inches to replace it.

 

someone should sneak in and cover the roof with seeds and dirt. just see what happens.

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Most of the windows and curtain wall appear to have been removed (at least that's what it looked like from the Metro rail train yesterday).  It's become very see-through.  Very exciting to see SOMEthing happening with this building.

 

EDIT:  I had forgotten about this misbegotten post.  I was obviously tricked by an optical illusion.  My apologies for what turned out to have been an incorrect report.

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2 hours ago, Subdude said:

It seems a bit disproportionate citing it for graffiti when the entire structure is such an eyesore.  Nothing ever came of the Sheraton rumor?

Nor the Rice Dorms rumor, nor the countless other rumors over the years.  It's at the point where the wrecking ball and a resulting surface parking lot would be preferable to me.

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I think the city should move forward with some kind of fines, and retribution to the owners of this property  for allowing it to fall into such a pitiful condition.

If nothing else they should be required to clean out all of the old drapes, graffiti, and anything that is visible to the eye. It wouldn't be nearly as bad if they would just clean up the crap blowing in the wind. I know I'll hear from some building owners who don't think that government should have any control over private property but when it is so glaringly dangerous and unsightly, there should be something that can force these long distance landlords from having a pigsty in downtown. The city should use the ordinance that allows them to tear down abandoned apartments to do the same and then sue the landlords for demo cost.

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12 hours ago, bobruss said:

I think the city should move forward with some kind of fines, and retribution to the owners of this property  for allowing it to fall into such a pitiful condition.

If nothing else they should be required to clean out all of the old drapes, graffiti, and anything that is visible to the eye. It wouldn't be nearly as bad if they would just clean up the crap blowing in the wind. I know I'll hear from some building owners who don't think that government should have any control over private property but when it is so glaringly dangerous and unsightly, there should be something that can force these long distance landlords from having a pigsty in downtown. The city should use the ordinance that allows them to tear down abandoned apartments to do the same and then sue the landlords for demo cost.

The owners of that building are here in Houston...

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I actually knew that Ross, but they act like out of town landlords that don't give a damn about how their own city looks. Who owns this building and why have they been given so much time to do nothing. The city needs to step in and take action. I'm going to get to the bottom of this and make something happen. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. I'll call city hall.

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Ok here is what I have found out so far. Its hard to get the squeaky wheel greased. I called city councilmen Gallegoes office whose district this falls in.

They said that there is relatively nothing the city can do to force them to clean up the property as long as it is in compliance with the law.

Since the building is boarded up it is in compliance even though there are broken windows and it is in disrepair.

They told me I could find out the name of the owners by going to HCAD.

The property is owned by SFK Development.

I googled SFK Development and found the names of the partners.

The three partners are Hasan Manzoor, Mohammad Saeed, and Nadeem Nasir.

I looked up the companies information and found numbers for two, and I called Nadeem first.

Apparently Nadeem Nasir is local physician and I was able to attain his phone number. I left a message for him and we'll see if he returns my call.

Hasan Manor phone number in Dickinson was now a business that knew of no one by that name. Apparently he has moved to Austin and there is no listed phone number for him.

I found out that Mohammad Saeed was listed as the property manager for the Beaumont Medical Center Hotel, one of their over fifty properties,

which is listed on google but apparently has closed. I couldn't find any other records on him.

Im just speculating but I think they are all doctors who decided they could make more selling and developing cheap properties, than practicing medicine.

Doesn't look like its going so well.

Anyway I will continue to reach out to Dr. Nadeem Nasir who runs a local practice and see if we cant get to the bottom of this mess.

I'll see if my friends at channel two might run a story about this blighted building and the upcoming super bowl.

I'll keep you informed.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, bobruss said:

Ok here is what I have found out so far. Its hard to get the squeaky wheel greased. I called city councilmen Gallegoes office whose district this falls in.

They said that there is relatively nothing the city can do to force them to clean up the property as long as it is in compliance with the law.

Since the building is boarded up it is in compliance even though there are broken windows and it is in disrepair.

They told me I could find out the name of the owners by going to HCAD.

The property is owned by SFK Development.

I googled SFK Development and found the names of the partners.

The three partners are Hasan Manzoor, Mohammad Saeed, and Nadeem Nasir.

I looked up the companies information and found numbers for two, and I called Nadeem first.

Apparently Nadeem Nasir is local physician and I was able to attain his phone number. I left a message for him and we'll see if he returns my call.

Hasan Manor phone number in Dickinson was now a business that knew of no one by that name. Apparently he has moved to Austin and there is no listed phone number for him.

I found out that Mohammad Saeed was listed as the property manager for the Beaumont Medical Center Hotel, one of their over fifty properties,

which is listed on google but apparently has closed. I couldn't find any other records on him.

Im just speculating but I think they are all doctors who decided they could make more selling and developing cheap properties, than practicing medicine.

Doesn't look like its going so well.

Anyway I will continue to reach out to Dr. Nadeem Nasir who runs a local practice and see if we cant get to the bottom of this mess.

I'll see if my friends at channel two might run a story about this blighted building and the upcoming super bowl.

I'll keep you informed.

 

 

 

".......Marvin Zindler Eyeeeewitness News"

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I just sent the story idea to KPRC and KHOU and culture map. I gave them an overview and explained how it could tie in with all of the positive things happening downtown and SFK's lack of concern for the downtown. Its too bad downtown doesn't have deed restrictions that they could enforce to keep bad actors from neglecting their property. They remind me of slum lords. If you have the time call 311 and ask for the habitability department and make a complaint. Perhaps the more of these the better.

Oh and by the way would someone please change the heading of this to 801 St. Josephs Parkway. It took me forever to explain where this was to the councilman assistant with the wrong address. Obviously I wasn't paying much attention when I tried to tell her it was in southern downtown just off main and she said, oh no its not. Calhoun runs next to U. of H. Duh!

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