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They were spraying the side of the building with the water cannon.  They were finishing up when I walked over - I don't know how long they were there

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"KHOU 11 met with the owners on Tuesday. They didn’t want to go on camera, but did say they have nearly completed an $85 million dollar hotel renovation plan.

However, they said they are still trying to get financing."

http://www.khou.com/news/future-remains-uncertain-for-dangerous-downtown-building/456267629

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2 hours ago, downtownian said:

"KHOU 11 met with the owners on Tuesday. They didn’t want to go on camera, but did say they have nearly completed an $85 million dollar hotel renovation plan.

However, they said they are still trying to get financing."

http://www.khou.com/news/future-remains-uncertain-for-dangerous-downtown-building/456267629

 

I hope they are right and wish them luck, but a nearly completed plan without financing isn't anywhere near complete.

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I mean I have a nearly complete plan for a subway on westheimer but unless I found a suitcase full of cash it's a pointless plan

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Geez.. i like to dabble in photography and explore, but I can't say I've done much urban exploration, or know anyone into urbex to go with me to check this building out.. im not stupid enough to go alone, so I haven't ever been, but this has always seemed like it would be an amazing place to check out.

Though after reading these posts about being held hostage and the place being deemed "dangerous", the allure of exploring this has worn off a bit.. Haha.

 

And yeah.. the owners development plans being close to "finalized", with no sign of financial backing is pretty comical.

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the windows have been removed from the bottom few floors.

 

it's either a work in progress or crackheads.

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No, this is great news and I hope that some of my letters and emails to all city office holders and Bob Eury helped stir the city into a more aggressive approach. I saw images of it in swamplot today.

Its going to improve the skyline view from the Pierce elevated going north. It won't be quite the eyesore thats its been for far too long.

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11 hours ago, ToryGattis said:

With 8 foot ceilings, I can't see how it could be any luxury brand hotel.

 

I doubt 8 foot ceilings would keep it from becoming a luxury hotel.   See, for example the renovation of the Statler Hilton in Dallas.  

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Isn't the old Savoy a Holiday Inn (regular) now.

 

IHG has a ton of non-HI brands, but referencing Holiday Inn with a "triple branded" option seems like they would use them all up.

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42 minutes ago, Nate99 said:

Isn't the old Savoy a Holiday Inn (regular) now.

 

IHG has a ton of non-HI brands, but referencing Holiday Inn with a "triple branded" option seems like they would use them all up.

 

IHG has at least a dozen different flags.  They currently have a Holiday Inn and a Holiday Inn Express downtown. That leaves them with 10 flags to choose from, without duplicating.

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14 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

 

IHG has at least a dozen different flags.  They currently have a Holiday Inn and a Holiday Inn Express downtown. That leaves them with 10 flags to choose from, without duplicating.

 

Right, I was essentially wondering why the article didn't refer to IHG instead of "Holiday Inn".  Plenty of brands to choose from, but probably no Holiday Inn varieties.

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They should make the first hexatruple branded property at the old Astro world site - bring 6 flags back to Astro world

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Any word on what the scaffolding is for? 

Maybe they are getting rid of done if the graffiti and boarding up some of the windows. I noticed a lot of shattered glass around the building

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Most of the windows appear to be removed from the south side of the building. I haven't seen it from the north, but I would imagine those are gone too due to how clear it is looking through.

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4 minutes ago, phillip_white said:

Most of the windows appear to be removed from the south side of the building. I haven't seen it from the north, but I would imagine those are gone too due to how clear it is looking through.

Weird.  I wonder what's going on here?

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5 minutes ago, UtterlyUrban said:

Weird.  I wonder what's going on here?

I did some digging:

http://www.khou.com/news/local/exclusive-look-inside-dangerous-vacant-downtown-hotel/456536135

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He said they are beginning to clean the graffiti from the exterior and will be placing large cinder blocks at the entrances to the property.

The contractor told KHOU 11 News if work progress continues at this rate, the building will be completely gutted and cleaned by the end of the summer.

SFK Development, Inc. owners say they are nearly 90 percent finished with a hotel development plan for the building.

 

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Most of the windows and the exterior facade itself is in the process of being removed as we speak/read/write/post/forum/whatever.

 

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33 minutes ago, kbates2 said:

Note to self: be a security guard now.

 

Four "shifts" to cover 24/7/365 with 20% for overhead still gets you $110k per guard.  There seems to be some heavy inefficiency working in that calculation.

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Also, if you cannot afford $550,000 for security then you might not want to purchase a high rise with plans to redevelop it into a hotel. Not. Buying. It. 

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50 minutes ago, KinkaidAlum said:

Also, if you cannot afford $550,000 for security then you might not want to purchase a high rise with plans to redevelop it into a hotel. Not. Buying. It. 

 

Can't tell if the recent news is positive to the situation, but the earlier quotes from the ownership group did sound like they were in way over their heads and close to begging for money.

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I like it as is actually. 

And I'd rather it stay derelict and graffiti bespected than destroyed. 

It should be turned into a hotel. It would look clean with new glass and light fixtures. 

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39 minutes ago, Timoric said:

 

It reminds me sort of the Post Office in Detroit where all my people live, where you could see the flash of gun fire - was so tall, not sure they ever tore that one down.

 

The Michigan Central Station?

 

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20 hours ago, Nate99 said:

 

The Michigan Central Station?

 

Detroit%2BTrain%2BStation.jpg

 

HGTV should branch out into real estate and buy this building. Create a new show called ultimate fixer upper, unleash all their fixers to build a whole bunch of condos each of them styled in their own fashion.

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That show would make huge ratings too.  Especially if the people on the show had to pay for the condo space (like $50k or something), I could see that making money

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The good news about Michigan Central is it is still standing and near Corktown, one of the only areas of Detroit that isn't a hell hole. Lots of empty lots but few burned out/abandoned buildings/tire dumps so there's maybe future potential?

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13 hours ago, BeerNut said:

implosion ready...

 

Sounds good to me. If no one is ever going to renovate this thing or keep claiming they are, it should just be taken down. Can't believe I'd prefer a parking lot over this crap.

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1 hour ago, Sanjorade said:

Turn it into a cool art gallery.

Agreed...... as soon as the owners flatten the current shell, the empty lot that remains would make a great art gallery enclosed in a lovely new building.

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People flock to take their social media-filtered posts at Austin's graffiti wall/park. Lets one up them. Hipsters would love it and it could help lure Amazon II. It's on the light rail too! Win-Win-Winning. 

 

(sarcasm)

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I'm just pleased that its been cleaned up. IT looks so much better. I just drove on Pierce elevated from 45 south yesterday for the first time and it still stuck out only because I was blown away by how much better the skyline looked now without the eyesore.

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