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The HCC building would be much more attractive with a lighter glass.  That black & white color pattern clashes with the current and proposed structures around it.

 

since the HCC building was there first, don't the newer buildings clash with it? Maybe they should have considered it in their designs :)

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Wow what a remarkable first photo. Definitely following this photgrapher. I mean, that image just says so much... from abandoned to restored, from new to old, from dirt to concrete.

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It's crazy how the only two things that stick out like sore thumbs in that first pic are the old Holiday Inn and the needed redevelopment of the 800 Bell site. Other than that, things are looking very nice.

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Seriously? You like 2016 Main better than 800 Bell?

Yeah actually I do... 800 Bell isn't nice from a distance but up close it's nicer. Either way the redevelopment is needed for that building.

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Leave my 800 Bell tower alone darn it.

A city with all shimmering glass boxes is boring.

Nothing spectacular about the shape of 800 bell, it's height no longer make it a titan of Texas, but the classic look of the building still makes me think of Houston. Exxon, Boa, Esperson, Heritage and Gulf should not be F'ed with.

Days Inn, yes! Blow that sucker up.

Apart from a washing here and there, or some paint, don't touch my 800 Bell :P

We do need a gap filler where that crane is peaking out on the right

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Yeah, 800 Bell is a classy building. I like the proposed changes at the ground and tunnel levels, but whats proposed for the building itself will just rob it of its character and create another boring glass box.

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Leave my 800 Bell tower alone darn it.

A city with all shimmering glass boxes is boring.

Nothing spectacular about the shape of 800 bell, it's height no longer make it a titan of Texas, but the classic look of the building still makes me think of Houston. Exxon, Boa, Esperson, Heritage and Gulf should not be F'ed with.

Days Inn, yes! Blow that sucker up.

Apart from a washing here and there, or some paint, don't touch my 800 Bell :P

We do need a gap filler where that crane is peaking out on the right

Hahaha sorry sorry... I mean up close the building looks nice but from a distance, idk what it is... it just sticks out to me.

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Did I miss something or did Camden change their minds and go with the whole project.

I thought the last official word that I read on this site from Camden was that they were going to put a hold on the residential

part of the project and just build out the garage and park for Superbowl and wait for some recovery before actually building the development. I thought this was going to be like Skanska Capital project downtown. Just get the garage built and sit on it.

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Did I miss something or did Camden change their minds and go with the whole project.

I thought the last official word that I read on this site from Camden was that they were going to put a hold on the residential

part of the project and just build out the garage and park for Superbowl and wait for some recovery before actually building the development. I thought this was going to be like Skanska Capital project downtown. Just get the garage built and sit on it.

I remember reading the same thing Bob.
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I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that these are good to go unless you have a source that says otherwise. The only thing that I can see that they're pouring at the moment is the garage.  For all we know, they could just cover it all with dirt and wait two years to proceed..

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Last thing I heard was Campo was a go for this project. That's why he put the downtown project on hold until this one was complete and the economy got better.

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This is from a March 2015 article.

 

https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/multifamily/montrose-still-has-a-huge-pipeline-45952

 

Camden McGowen Station    

Developer: Camden    

Units: 315    

Move-ins: January 2017

 

Camden boldly started its Midtown community amid falling oil prices at the end of 2014. Since little else started around that time, CEO Ric Campo says there will be a gap in deliveries in 2017, and this property will be there to fill it.

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Taken tonight.  Looks like some of you devout Camdenites may have been right about this project going vertical ASAP.  I'm not drinking the kool-aid yet, but I'm starting to believe in miracles.

 

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Btw, sorry for the poor quality.  I missed twilight by about 30 minutes.

 

edit: double pics posted.

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I was bummed walking around the site last night thinking how amazing the park's downtown view would be if it wasn't for that pesky apartment complex being built in the way.

 

The miracle would be if this didn't go above ground and the whole Superblock eventually became a park.

 

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It is a shame that it won't look at the downtown skyline

 

I was curious about what it will look like and found the most recent article about it, from the groundbreaking in May

 

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2015/05/officials-midtown-superblock-to-be-completed-in-time-for-super-bowl/

 

The beautiful skyline view

midtown2.jpg

 

I can't tell very much from the plan they have on there (does anyone have a hires version?) but it looks like there will at least be a plaza on the downtown side.

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I hope this park just doesnt turn into a homeless refuge. Look at Herman park around Fannin and Cambridge, its very uninviting.

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Just like Discovery Green and Market Square park have been developed to keep the parks active and the public involved I'm sure this park like the other Midtown park will have activities, dog walking areas and other

events to keep the park full of midtown inhabitants. By creating these events and restaurants and other

activities in the newly redesigned parks downtown, it has been proven to be an effective way to keep the

street population away.

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That, plus good lighting and tenants that have a vested interest in what is their front lawn.  I think the staff and Niko Nikos does the heavy lifting keeping Market Square nice

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Who kicks people when they are down in life? Homeless people have every legal right to be and go anywhere as anyone else.

 

In fact, I prefer homeless people over santimonious narcissists who move into the city with their suburban mentalities of exclusion. Speakin of taking and never giving anything back...these types of sentiments are worse than homeless people. A moral homelessness, if you will.

 

Make sure to hate and aschew the homeless at church this weekend.

 

 

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Who kicks people when they are down in life? Homelss people have every legal right to be and go anywhere.

 

In fact, I prefer homeless people over santimonious, narcissists who move into the city with their suburban mentalities. Speakinof taking and never giving anything back. Make sure to hate and aschew the homeless at church this weekend.

 

Terrance Jones

 

http://nba.nbcsports.com/2013/07/31/rockets-terrence-jones-arrested-for-allegedly-kicking-homeless-man/

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Who kicks people when they are down in life? Homeless people have every legal right to be and go anywhere as anyone else.

 

In fact, I prefer homeless people over santimonious narcissists who move into the city with their suburban mentalities of exclusion. Speakin of taking and never giving anything back...these types of sentiments are worse than homeless people. A moral homelessness, if you will.

 

Make sure to hate and aschew the homeless at church this weekend.

 

I didn't take anyone's comment as "kicking" the homeless. I think people just want to see these new urban parks be successful and it has often happened that a significant lingering homeless population drives other people away and leads to the park being neglected by those in charge of taking care of it.

 

That being said, I will concede that Houstonians and Americans in general are more easily scared by the homeless and have more trouble coexisting with them than other places I've lived, and this is not something to be proud of.

 

Last, the comment about churches was petty; churches do more than anyone to help the homeless. If you are going to point fingers and accuse people of "moral homelessness," better make sure that you are doing more than those churches.

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Who kicks people when they are down in life? Homeless people have every legal right to be and go anywhere as anyone else.

 

In fact, I prefer homeless people over santimonious narcissists who move into the city with their suburban mentalities of exclusion. Speakin of taking and never giving anything back...these types of sentiments are worse than homeless people. A moral homelessness, if you will.

 

Make sure to hate and aschew the homeless at church this weekend.

I do not have problems with people living on the streets and refusing all assistance offered to them. I do have a problem  with them urinating and defecating wherever and whenever they please.  I have been on metro buses where passengers ( mainly urban and black )gave up rows of seats to get away from the smell. You seem to think folks in the city have no problems with this and it is only suburbanites . You are very wrong.

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I really love the HCC building. I read some comments on it on a Chron article about Houston's ugliest buildings (when looking for the Godzilla architect), and everyone said it looked like a prison. I know it's no LA Water Works but it has style and the park & apartments will have great views of it.

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Who kicks people when they are down in life? Homeless people have every legal right to be and go anywhere as anyone else.

 

In fact, I prefer homeless people over santimonious narcissists who move into the city with their suburban mentalities of exclusion. Speakin of taking and never giving anything back...these types of sentiments are worse than homeless people. A moral homelessness, if you will.

 

Make sure to hate and aschew the homeless at church this weekend.

 

so many things bother me about this crazy statement...as no one is saying that homeless people cant go anywhere they want, but they shouldnt be able to pee, poo, sleep, loiter where us with nice apartments cant  :blink: (there is a ton of great resources out there for homeless people and when able or when they are receptive i actually take the time to say hi and tell them about them when the opportunity presents itself...i hate that we take care of other countries before we take care of our own and homelessness truly makes me sad, as i cannot image just how horrible that is and dont want to)

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The shorter red tower crane on the southern portion is gone, I wonder when it came down?

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According to Swamplot, permits for "a 4,297-sq.-ft. pavilion, a ticket canopy, and a bathroom building" have been approved, as well as "broader sitework".  They liked Hindesky's photo (and gave him credit)

Here's the site plans for reference (I hadn't seen zoomed in versions)

midtown-park-2015-siteplan.jpg

midtown-park-2015-closeup.jpg

midtown-park-2015-closeup-2.jpg

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