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I just returned from a morning trip downtown. I walked the superblock around the whole space. The park is going to be incredible. The water feature along the west side is so much nicer than I was expecting and the bermed wall at the southern end with the limestone entrance is 

powerful. They've planted some beautiful selections of flowering and greenery that is just going to take peoples breaths away and to think its right there on Main Street which as everyone knows is never going to get developed. On a stupid railroad. Never work!

Truly remarkable. Much more diverse and beautiful than Disco.

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I guess the crane is coming down? It looks like the weather might be affecting this. 

 

Crane

 

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I talked with some Camden workers who said the wind was gusting up to 35mph at the tower crane and it was too windy/dangerous to attempt the tower crane removal today. They will try again on Sunday as they have a street closure permit till 5 am Monday.

 

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This is PSA for the new park:

This is from RDA

Join us next Wednesday, May 10th, 4 pm to 5 pm to preview the Midtown Superblock Park. Developed by the Midtown Redevelopment Authority (MRA), the Midtown Superblock Park includes a 3-acre park with a 400-car underground parking garage. The site is located on Main Street adjacent to the METRORail Station. The full six-acre site which includes a mixed used residential development is bounded by Main, McGowen, Travis and Anita. 
 

Get a first look at the space with design team members from Walter P Moore and Design Workshop leading this special curated tour. As with all our programs, this tour will earn you 1 CEU. 

There are limited spots available at $25 for RDA members and $35 for non-members. The tour is open to anyone 18 years and older.  On-site registration is not available.

 

Just thought I'd pass this along

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On 5/4/2017 at 4:27 PM, j_cuevas713 said:

$35!? Lol I'll wait for the park to officially open

If you're interested in design/architecture it might be worth your while to gain the insights of practicing professionals in the field. Just sayin' I know $35.00 can be a lot for a student but if you join the RDA it's only $15.00 per year for students and you get Cite mag subscription. $45.00 otherwise if you're not a student.

 

http://www.ricedesignalliance.org/membership/

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Yes. This whole block seems to be at a standstill. 

Thought the park was on the cusp of opening. But, that was a couple months ago. 

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Rush to get it done before the superbowl, don't make the target, slow down to try to recoup the losses on trying to make the superbowl deadline

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12 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

Yes. This whole block seems to be at a standstill. 

Thought the park was on the cusp of opening. But, that was a couple months ago. 

I don't know about the park delays but the building seems to be going in phases. The only side not pictured is the Travis street side. Most of the focus appears to have been on that side for the last 2-3 weeks.

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I guess they were going to open a partially finished park for the super bowl because they are now laying stone pavers and adding more to the structures so they were no where close to being finished during Super Bowl. The park when finished is going to be a great addition to Midtown,

and I'm sure it will help motivate the other two or three developers Caydon and the one planned for the old permit building site that was recently razed just north of Match.

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Campo was interviewed on Bloombery today outside of Camden Travis Street.  Stated that Camden expected all apartment units to be absorbed late 2018, early 2019, but that Harvey moved it up by a year.  He also spoke about how Camden relaxed typical market rent and required minimum lease terms for people affected by Harvey.

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/harvey-delivers-windfall-to-lucky-few-who-built-on-high-ground

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https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/09/21/future-midtown-park-newly-opened-museum-seeking.html

 

In which HBJ makes this unfortunate error:

 

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In August, Current Standing Development sold a 41,000-square-foot site across from the new park to Caydon Property Group. The Melbourne, Austria-based developer will convert the space for an additional high-end residential, retail and large parking garage on the site.

 

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On 9/22/2017 at 3:43 PM, corbs315 said:

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/09/21/future-midtown-park-newly-opened-museum-seeking.html

 

In which HBJ makes this unfortunate error:

In August, Current Standing Development sold a 41,000-square-foot site across from the new park to Caydon Property Group. The Melbourne, Austria-based developer will convert the space for an additional high-end residential, retail and large parking garage on the site.

 

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Checked out the park last night, security was out in force doing a great job, keeping people with dogs off the hill and no bums to be found.

 

Park is very well done , you can't help think about the Aussie Tower across the street and how different it will feel once completed. 

 

I remember when it was just that field that free press was in for a few years, big change!

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Wow! This area has never looked better. I wasn't sure I'd ever live to see the day that Midtown Houston would look this good.

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On 3/19/2018 at 3:39 PM, HoustonIsHome said:

Interesting. Why?

It was a joke smh lol... I hope 

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I believe that mural is by Houston artist Dixie Friend Gay. Her work is also featured in a very large public arts project out at Intercontinental airport.

She also did the three incredible 10 foot tall birds, 'Words Of a Feather",  at the new library on Griggs east of MacGregor park.

Her work is wonderful. Adds so much color to the park.

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13 minutes ago, bobruss said:

I believe that mural is by Houston artist Dixie Friend Gay. Her work is also featured in a very large public arts project out at Intercontinental airport.

She also did the three incredible 10 foot tall birds, 'Words Of a Feather",  at the new library on Griggs east of MacGregor park.

Her work is wonderful. Adds so much color to the park.

 

That is correct. Dixie is my dad's girlfriend.

http://www.dixiefriendgay.com/

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I've known Dixie since about 1990, when I showed her around the Blossom street, Washington Ave. and Shepherd area looking for property to buy.

Don't see her very often but occasionally at art events. She is a great asset to Houston and her work is all over the country. 

Probably one of the most successful public art artists in Houston. Tell hr I said hi!

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On ‎3‎/‎19‎/‎2018 at 3:29 PM, samagon said:

unpopular opinion: I kind of miss the big grass field......

 

:P

I just wish that while it was still there, that it had been planted to bluebonnets, and a few Texas longhorn cattle allowed to graze.
Imagine the photo ops.

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Drove down the Travis side of this yesterday and noticed they hd taken down the netting, and lo and behold it looks really nice. I was not paying great attention due to traffic, 

but it appeared there were a couple of retail spaces going in with signage. At least in my peripheral vision I thought I recognized retail signage.

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The scaffolding has been coming down slowly the last month or more. The Main Street (light rail) side scaffolding is still up. Ii don't know about the ground floor commercial. The leasing office is open and the other spaces seem to me to be tenant areas (mail boxes, community rooms, that sort of thing) when I compared it to the apartment building across the street. The park is beautiful and the designers and buildings deserve a pat on the back for their work. Now it just needs to be maintained at a high level.

 

I'm new to Houston and originally from NYC and a big fan of street front commercial, but considering all of the vacant street front commercial around this area (and others), would it matter if there was more street front commercial added in this development? I know the area is changing dramatically with all of the new construction, but I'd like to see the existing commercial space absorbed before more is thrown on the market. But I'm new in these parts, and I've been wrong before, so maybe I am wrong again. Every market is unique.  What I'd really like is some larger commercial development added to Midtown (retail stores like Target or similar, BedBathBeyond type store, multiplex movie theaters, sporting goods, office supply, etc). That is what I think is missing now.

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3 hours ago, Brooklyn173 said:

The scaffolding has been coming down slowly the last month or more. The Main Street (light rail) side scaffolding is still up. Ii don't know about the ground floor commercial. The leasing office is open and the other spaces seem to me to be tenant areas (mail boxes, community rooms, that sort of thing) when I compared it to the apartment building across the street. The park is beautiful and the designers and buildings deserve a pat on the back for their work. Now it just needs to be maintained at a high level.

 

I'm new to Houston and originally from NYC and a big fan of street front commercial, but considering all of the vacant street front commercial around this area (and others), would it matter if there was more street front commercial added in this development? I know the area is changing dramatically with all of the new construction, but I'd like to see the existing commercial space absorbed before more is thrown on the market. But I'm new in these parts, and I've been wrong before, so maybe I am wrong again. Every market is unique.  What I'd really like is some larger commercial development added to Midtown (retail stores like Target or similar, BedBathBeyond type store, multiplex movie theaters, sporting goods, office supply, etc). That is what I think is missing now.

 

Good points Brooklyn. Here is my take as a native Houstonian and world traveler:

 

I think street front retail is always welcome if not necessary. One day in the future there will be a huge need. As bedroom density increases, there will be an increased need for stores. there will need to be a variety that maybe is not supported today. Every new development makes the need for storefronts increase. As midtown densifies, storefronts will be taken up. I rather have more now, albeit empty, so that in the near future there could be a vibrant mix of activity.

 

You reference the medium sized and large sized retailers. I agree we have a huge void in our urban environment for those stores. Perhaps it is just too soon - these stores can live and thrive in areas that are only accessible by car. Until a target or BB&B realize they are missing out on a market that is ONLY fed off of pedestrian traffic, then I can see it happening. I am pretty stoked about the urban HEB's coming, as well as the Whole Foods. Phonecia is so crowded it is uncomfortable now. As the success of these type of developments becomes harder to ignore, we will see this paradigm finally shift. The start has happened... how long it will take? Not sure, but I am excited.

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