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This is better than the other so-called lifestyle centers closer to town like Gulfgate & Meyerland, which are just fancy, supersized strip malls. At least here you can get out and walk or sit down and relax a bit.

I like to be outside personally but I wonder if these places are just a tad trendy and will be short lived. As much as everyone complains about the humidity here it would seem that the indoor malls would make more sense and attract more shoppers. Maybe people got tired of indoor malls being such teen hangouts.

Speaking of which, when my mom first saw what had become of the new Gulfgate, she mentioned to me that the original Gulfgate was in fact an open-air shopping center that was later enclosed once the owners figured out that...well you know...it rains a lot in Houston. I'd never heard this before. Is this true or is she just full of it?

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The first suburban El Tiempo Cantina restaurant is coming to Vintage Park, opening in March.

They seem to really be expanding. I saw on a new development list on the College Station website that said one is going to built there. Pretty damn good tacos.

Objectively the best tacos in Texas*

I'm not sure why people get so excited over projects like this. This is basically a mall with the roof taken off. It's surrounded by a huge parking lot and subdivision all around. This does not increase density in anyway. There are projects like this all over suburban Los Angeles. The only "town center" in Houston that makes sense would probably be the one in Sugar Land. At least it is making the most use out of it's land by having residential and office space on top of retail and using parking garages instead of parking lots.

Market Square...The Woodlands?

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Speaking of which, when my mom first saw what had become of the new Gulfgate, she mentioned to me that the original Gulfgate was in fact an open-air shopping center that was later enclosed once the owners figured out that...well you know...it rains a lot in Houston. I'd never heard this before. Is this true or is she just full of it?

Prior to the advent of the fully-enclosed shopping mall, there were open-air shopping centers all over the country, many of which were later enclosed. I think Gulfgate was probably one of those.

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Construction begins on retail development on former HP land

Center to bring a touch of the Mediterranean to the northwest

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/cyf...ws/4201016.html

By KIM JACKSON

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

Developers have started construction on the 350,000-square-foot "Vintage Park" retail development on land formerly owned by Hewlett-Packard at the southeast corner of Texas 249 and Louetta Road.

Officials with Vintage Park LLC — a partnership between Interfin Companies LP and V&W Partners — said the lifestyle retail center will be similar to Market Square in The Woodlands and Uptown Park off the West Loop.

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Mediterranean to the northwest? Good grief! MAJOR faux alert!

Why not bring the US Northwest to northwest Houston?

Something that would acutally make sense instead of faux-Mediterranean?

I'll miss this land. We'd jog there during lunch back in my Compaq days.

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Mediterranean to the northwest? Good grief! MAJOR faux alert!

Why not bring the US Northwest to northwest Houston?

Something that would acutally make sense instead of faux-Mediterranean?

I'll miss this land. We'd jog there during lunch back in my Compaq days.

How would bringing Washington and Oregon to northwest Houston make any more sense than bringing the Mediterranean to northwest Houston??

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Well, if you HAVE to be fake, they could take advantatge of the existing trees.

There is a new Wells Fargo in Fall Creek that looks like a mountain lodge which blends in pretty well as opposed to fauxness that is the Mediterranean on 249.

And didn't they already rip-off the Mediterranean in The Woodlands?

But Vincent is so gaudy cheesy, so if he's involved, this should have been expected.

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This is really a bad idea. I'm so sick of "lifestyle centers". Why doesn't any development have an organic feel to it anymore? It's going to look nice, but I feel like it's also going to be very boring as well. I'd almost rather they built a hotel in that area.

There was something in the article about an HEB. Now this is something that I'd be interested in, since I used to shop there during my college days in San Marcos, and because I've become dissatisfied with Kroger and Randalls. Right now I don't think there are any in proximity to the Willowbrook area. You have to drive out to Klein, or Gessner @ Kempwood, which is pretty far.

I'll still be upset though if they build the HEB where the forest of trees runs along the right side of 249 going north at around Cypresswood Dr. I'm not sure if that's where the HEB is going or if that land is still owned by HP. Does anyone know?

" Hewlett-Packard still owns the 94-acre property at the southwest corner of Cutten and Louetta roads. "

I'm hoping that's the corner I'm thinking of, and that the HEB will be closer to Cutten and not right on the freeway.

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Well, if you HAVE to be fake, they could take advantatge of the existing trees.

There is a new Wells Fargo in Fall Creek that looks like a mountain lodge which blends in pretty well as opposed to fauxness that is the Mediterranean on 249.

And didn't they already rip-off the Mediterranean in The Woodlands?

But Vincent is so gaudy cheesy, so if he's involved, this should have been expected.

dubrovnik.jpg

Where is Fall Creek? Are you referring to Market Street in the Woodlands or something else? Market Street isn't Mediterranean themed.

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I too think the idea of a German or Central European (even northern italian - Lake Como?) style shopping center ought to be explored here. We've got the woods. We've got the Germans (highest single % of area residents hold german ancestry per their own website Demographic data, next being central european, northern european) and we've got the history as this part of the city (Klein & Cypress) was settled by German farmers. It would blend more naturally and certainly be more noteworthy.

With that said, I'm confident that this will be a beautiful center. It's something this area definitely wants, I've no doubt it'll be a hit. They do have to appeal to wider demographic and the Italian/Mediterranean look is a proven commodity. I'd just like to see it have a more logical connection with the area in which it sits. More 'organic' as Auteur put it. I want a Lifestyle center. I want a Town Center. I want a Central business district. I want them to realize how prized that property is to the area. It's a beautiful parcel.

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MrFootball, finally we share a sentiment on something. I was thinking the same thing about how tired all the faux-Tuscan/Italian/Mediterranean developments are.

When I said "organic" I meant not only that the architecture would reflect the area's people and geography, but that it would be built by people from that area. Uptown Park is nothing special. It looks nice from the freeway, but when you get in there it feels very faux-ish. Even if they did built The Vintage in German style or Czech style, it would still look like a joke. They need real Germans or real Czechs to come here and develop that parcel, and if that's not possible, why don't the residents of the Klein/Champions area go after it? I'm sure they'd be much more sensitive to the land since they are from the area, and they'd do a better job on the quality of building materials and workmanship.

I just thought of something. Isn't the Willowbrook Plaza on Gessner already Mediterranean themed? Isn't it a lifestyle center with a movie theater, retail, restaurants, and entertainment? Why do we need another one of those?

I wonder if it's too late to change the architectural plans, since nothing has been built yet. I say make it look like an old German village with narrow streets and authentic construction and street lamps, something similar to Old Town Spring. If you want to help me out, I'm thinking of writing a letter to the investment company explaining how much more of a profit they could turn if they change the architectural style. They already own it, might as well convince them.

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They don't fit this city at all. Uptown Park looks more out of place than that neon-blue Ferris Wheel in downtown Houston that the Landry fellow built adjacent to his Aquarium. The Vintage-Kickerillo neighborhood looks so boring, like something that's been done thousands of times before, and I wouldn't even consider looking for a home there. I'd rather buy a custom home designed by Rick Perry himself than to live there, and yes, I mean the governor.

Using Italian names for apartments and subdivisions is about as tired as using mix-and-match with nature words to create names. It's stuff like this that makes me want to go live in the Heights or even the Oak Forest/Inwood Oaks area where there is no new development going on constantly and the commercial markets are relatively quiet.

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Ok, let's step back for a second...

While I think we all have our own opinions and suggestions about this project and all agree that this is a great parcel that we want to see developed as intelligently as possible. I think we should also recognize that its going to be pretty nice.

The architect, Brand + Allen, has done some remarkable designs on Rodeo Drive, NYC, the San Antonio Riverwalk, etc with a pretty significant cache of luxury retail clients.

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so has this been labeled as a "lifestyle" center?

Because they're getting kinda old now... Like, we get it... No really, we get it. Its nice to have 1 every so many miles apart, therefore drawing more people from greater distances and being a bit more original.

But the (for those that play sim city) "Lick's Ice Cream" affect might occur, because there are now so many being proposed.

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Town Centers/Lifestyle Centers aren't getting old. Strip centers are getting old.

What do you propose instead?

I don't prefer strip centers, but I bet when the first strip center -ever- opened up, it was a good idea. (It still is. While they are ugly, they are practical).

I'm just worried about some of them not surviving, because if there are so many.

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Former HP Land Transforms into Upscale Retail Development

By: Valerie Clifton, Staff Writer

Gone will be the days of driving to The Woodlands' Market Street, when in the summer of 2007, Interfin will take the northwest Houston shopping experience to the next level.

The land, once owned by Hewlett-Packard, was purchased by the development company who brought Uptown Park the Galleria area.

At present the 500,000-square foot open-air retail center has 25 future tenants nailed down, including a 105,000-square foot HEB superstore.

The mammoth center will be conveniently poised on the southeast corner of Louetta Road and SH249.

For the complete article, click on link:

http://www.hcnonline.com/site/news.cfm?new...33558&rfi=6

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Anyone heard any rumors on what restaurants or stores will be going into Vintage Park? I see HEB and the banks listed on the website, but I was wondering if anyone new any additional information about stores coming to Vintage Park?

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Crate & Barrel, Banana Republic is the only thing I've seen thus far...and that's from the renderings on their website. They've leased it up fairly quickly from what I've heard.

There are supposed to be 7 or 8 restaurants included.

I did see (on this forum) that Mi Luna is scouting for a location in the area.

I'd like to see a Churrasco's, Maggianos, and maybe an Escalantes'.

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Crate & Barrel is shown in the renderings on their website. I think they've pretty much leased up everything. I imagine it'll probably have a similar mix to The Woodlands Market Street, Uptown Park and maybe Highland Village (a la Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, etc).

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Kelsey-Seybold planning to build new facility

Houston Business Journal - January 10, 2007

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Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has outlined plans to build a new medical and diagnostic center in northwest Houston.

Kelsey-Seybold, Houston's largest community-based physician group, has purchased a 10-acre parcel from V&W Partners Ltd. -- the first step in its plans to develop a 60,000-square-foot, medical and diagnostic center.

Kelsey-Seybold's latest medical office will be part of a 640-acre master-planned development, called The Vintage, located near the HP campus in northwest Houston, at the corner of Louetta on State Highway 249.

Kelsey-Seybold expects to break ground on what it describes as its "Medical Office of the Future" in the spring. Services will include on-site Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerized Tomography (CT), digital X-ray and mammography services, laboratory and pharmacy.

The facility will also feature a 12,000-square-foot St. Luke's Minor Emergency Center providing patient care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will be staffed by St. Luke's Episcopal Health System Emergency Room physicians and medical personnel.

"As the northwest communities continue to expand, so do local families' needs for comprehensive and convenient medical services," said Dr. Spencer Berthelsen, chairman of Kelsey-Seybold.

The Vintage is a joint venture of Kickerillo Companies and Mischer Investments under the newly-formed V&W Partners Ltd. The development will feature a Central Market H-E-B :wub: , single-family homes, apartment homes and an open-air shopping center modeled after Uptown Park in the Galleria area.

Harrell Architects will design the clinic, which will serve as the new home for the physicians and staff currently housed at Kelsey-Seybold's Willowbrook clinic.

"Our vision for The Vintage is to offer the very best, from comfort at home to comprehensive and convenient services, so Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is a natural fit," said Vincent Kickerillo, CEO of Kickerillo Companies. "We approached Kelsey-Seybold because of its long-standing commitment to quality care and medical excellence. Soon, neighbors will be able to eat, shop, bank, and have most of their health care needs met at The Vintage."

As part of the St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's largest community-based physician group. Founded in 1949, Kelsey-Seybold offers the services of more than 300 physicians in over 40 medical specialties at 18 Houston-area locations.

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I just drove past there again today, and noticed that every single tree in the median on Louetta from Cutten all the way to 249 has a red marker tape around the trunk.

I'm a bit concerned. I hope they're not planning on cutting those down. I can see no reason why they would want to do that.

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I saw that too. I wonder if they plan to remove those medians and create three lanes each way. That shopping center is enormous. It sickens me to see those trees come down. I really wish instead of that

mediterrean look, they would have worked with the existing landscape and retained a wooded landscape. That plaza looks like it belongs in Sugarland. Not that it's not nice, it just doesn't fit the area.

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One more thing...I noticed on the Vintage website on the aerial map, there is land pegged for "Patriot Homes". Is that manufactured housing? Are you kidding me? Right next to that shopping center and the million dollar Vintage Lakes homes??? Does anyone know a Patriot Homes other than the manufactured housing company?

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That sounds like a joke, but sure enough, there it is on the website.

Why in the world would they do that to a property they deem as having "nothing but the best". Why would they put manufactured housing so close to their upscale Vintage Lakes development? I realize that is over by the railroad tracks, but one would think that property would've been better off being developed for office buildings, etc.

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Bumping!

Anymore info on this? The aerial map definitely indicates a Patriot Homes AND a City Homes.

http://www.vintageparkhouston.com/map.php?map=aerial

Since my property backs directly up to the plot of land marked Patriot Homes, I have a huge interest in knowing whether we're talking about Manufactured Homes here.

Gosh this is frustrating! If anyone has anymore info on Patriot Homes, please pass it along. Thanks.

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Surely it's the now Lennar-owned Patriot Homes, as the manufactured homes make no sense in this area. Patriot Homes range from $200-$300K, so that poses well for the neighborhood.

Also, they are extending Rodgers Road all the way out to Louetta as soon as the trees are cleared. <_<

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Are you talking about the Rodgers Road that runs through Charter Wood and Majestic Oaks? If so, how are they planning to do that? That road runs parallel to Louetta and I think it Dead Ends at a house in Majestic oaks and 249 on the otherside.

I could be thinking of a different Rodgers Road, please advise.

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Are you talking about the Rodgers Road that runs through Charter Wood and Majestic Oaks? If so, how are they planning to do that? That road runs parallel to Louetta and I think it Dead Ends at a house in Majestic oaks and 249 on the otherside.

I could be thinking of a different Rodgers Road, please advise.

Rodgers cuts through Charterwood & Majestic Oaks from 249. It dead ends at Hollow Rock, but continues again a few blocks over. That is the section that will be cut through to Louetta. If you look at the master plan map for The Vintage, you can see where it ends. It does not have a cul-de-sac, but simply a dead end street with a barricade at the end. When you look through/over the barricade, you can already see the path they're cutting for the new street.

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