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WaterWall Place (formerly Turnberry, formerly 1 WaterWall) - 322 homes overlooking the water wall in the Galleria area

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The Hines real-estate firm is planning a luxury apartment complex in Uptown it says will be a "flagship" property for the Houston-based developer as it expands its multifamily business.

The project will be built on three acres in the shadow of the Williams Tower, Galleria mall and Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park.

Details of the Hines project are still being worked out, but senior vice president Alan Patton says the complex will be six to eight stories and contain about 300 units. He said the company plans to break ground in the first quarter of 2012. Construction is expected to last two years.

Hines purchased the property at the northeast corner of Hidalgo and McCue last month from Turnberry Houston Tower.The project will be the first multifamily complex the company has built in Houston since announcing its push into multifamily development nationwide in January.

http://www.chron.com...ss/7603762.html

I'm curious what a Hines multifamily complex would look like. Here is the 16-story one in Chicago...

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http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2011/04/01/demolition-underway-at-old-town-site-construction-imminent.php#n-wells-demolition-6

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Only 6 to 8 stories? Too bad. However hideous Turnberry was, at least it would've added some density to the Uptown skyline. At least something is going on the site, though.

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Only 6 to 8 stories? Too bad. However hideous Turnberry was, at least it would've added some density to the Uptown skyline. At least something is going on the site, though.

My thought was that maybe they're trying to protect the view of the Williams Tower?

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Only 6 to 8 stories? Too bad. However hideous Turnberry was, at least it would've added some density to the Uptown skyline. At least something is going on the site, though.

I think this newer development also adds density to Uptown. May not add height, but definitely at street level.

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Honestly that...actually looks pretty good. It will be interesting to see if the Uptown project actually looks anything like that.

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Walked by earlier today, they appear to be moving some dirt around already?

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That's a different site. The Turnberry site is just south of the Galleria.

Here's the thread for it:

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/24828-2525-mccue/

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This should actually have it's own thread. This will be directly behind BBVA Compass development (Perennial).

It does. Read my post directly above yours.

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With this, BLVD Place, 2200 Post Oak, 3009 Post Oak, 2525 McCue, High Street, and River Oaks District, this small area of Uptown has the potential to be the most actively growing area in the city, if not the state. 7 major projects all within a half mile radius!

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Walked by earlier today, they appear to be moving some dirt around already?

Doesn't look to be related, and actually, not quite sure what is going on there. Appears to be sidewalk and street light work by Uptown District. Wonder if the timing is just coincidental? Would be a shame for construction to destroy whatever they are doing!

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Doesn't look to be related, and actually, not quite sure what is going on there. Appears to be sidewalk and street light work by Uptown District. Wonder if the timing is just coincidental? Would be a shame for construction to destroy whatever they are doing!

They've been working on Post Oak and Hidaldo for a few weeks now. I'd be surprised if it wasn't coincidental.

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They've been working on Post Oak and Hidaldo for a few weeks now. I'd be surprised if it wasn't coincidental.

I think the work on Alabama and McCue is what is being referred to, not that on Post Oak.

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If they make big wide walk-able sidewalks with tree lined parallel parking, that'd be perfect.

Any word on street level cafe/retail to add to the mix to create outside activity?

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Here is a picture of one of the, well, I'm not sure what it is, they are installing on McCue next to the Williams Tower garage. I think they are streetlights, but they are really low and there are a bunch of them (are they solar?). You can see the Uptown shiny silver lights across the street, so I don't get it.

They ripped out the grass and appear to be laying a paver sidewalk. Does anyone know if the TIRZ here still exists, and if so, why? Seems like whatever purpose it served has been realized.

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Here is a picture of one of the, well, I'm not sure what it is, they are installing on McCue next to the Williams Tower garage. I think they are streetlights, but they are really low and there are a bunch of them (are they solar?). You can see the Uptown shiny silver lights across the street, so I don't get it.

They ripped out the grass and appear to be laying a paver sidewalk. Does anyone know if the TIRZ here still exists, and if so, why? Seems like whatever purpose it served has been realized.

looks like it's more for pedestrians than cars, oooo, how urban of them ;P

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looks like it's more for pedestrians than cars, oooo, how urban of them ;P

I agree, it is much more human in scale. However, it's a relatively thin strip of land and so those posts are in the area they appear to be paving. Which will leave very little actual walking space (plus there is a sidewalk on the other side that doesn't get used, so why have two that don't get used?

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Those are the sidewalk lights they've been installing around Uptown for the past year or two. They were clearly designed with aesthetics as the first priority, because I can tell you from walking around at night, they aren't very good at lighting the area.

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I think I may have figured out what they are doing on Post Oak. They have started moving north from Richmond and are now working on the area the passes the Galleria. If they continue up Post Oak like this, then what they may be doing is the Phase 1 work for the light rail line, which was supposed to begin summer of last year. gometrorail.org lists Phase 1 as "Underground utility installation - utilities are relocated to make way for rail construction."

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Here is a picture of one of the, well, I'm not sure what it is, they are installing on McCue next to the Williams Tower garage. I think they are streetlights, but they are really low and there are a bunch of them (are they solar?). You can see the Uptown shiny silver lights across the street, so I don't get it.

They ripped out the grass and appear to be laying a paver sidewalk. Does anyone know if the TIRZ here still exists, and if so, why? Seems like whatever purpose it served has been realized.

found these, thought i'd share ;p

http://www.hessamerica.com/News/Project___Uptown_Houston/

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Those are the sidewalk lights they've been installing around Uptown for the past year or two. They were clearly designed with aesthetics as the first priority, because I can tell you from walking around at night, they aren't very good at lighting the area.

I used to do my evening walks throughout that area and those lights do a good job of lighting the area and are more efficient as most of the light is reflected down rather than outward.

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I used to do my evening walks throughout that area and those lights do a good job of lighting the area and are more efficient as most of the light is reflected down rather than outward.

Then maybe the ones along Ambassador Way and McCue are just bad examples.

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The images in the LD+A article look really awesome. I haven't actually seen them in person yet but feel like a stroll one of these nights to check them out.

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I tried to hold this info hostage at my blog, but I've given in ;p

Not that it's anything super juicy. But it's gonna be called One Waterwall. The rendering below is the best I could find

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Hey, it's more than six stories! I count seven! Maybe The Prophecies are coming true.

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It's very no bueno.

You responded to a post from February?

And why is it, "no bueno".

Would you rather it not be developed?

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Activity at this site this morning. Looks like something is finally moving on this.

Fence is going up around the site. The old asphalt sidewalk/path is torn out. And the oak trees along the street nearest the Williams Tower garage are being cut down.

Don't have a good estimate on the caliper inches being lost though...

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Snarky jokes about "caliper inches" being lost are funny and all, but we lost an estimated 6.6 million trees due to the drought. Shouldn't we be just a little bit concerned about unnecessary tree loss? Would it be too much to ask that a HUGE local player like Hines at least think about relocating those trees?

Yeah, yeah, being green isn't cool. Of course, a sub tropical city without trees isn't very cool either.

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Snarky jokes about "caliper inches" being lost are funny and all, but we lost an estimated 6.6 million trees due to the drought. Shouldn't we be just a little bit concerned about unnecessary tree loss? Would it be too much to ask that a HUGE local player like Hines at least think about relocating those trees?

Yeah, yeah, being green isn't cool. Of course, a sub tropical city without trees isn't very cool either.

You can plant hundreds of trees for the cost to move one, and when you do move a tree the chance of survival is less than 50%. You are correct, we have lost millions of trees from the drought which is all the more reason to plant new trees.

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Ha! I work in an office building right next door! Thanks for the pic.

Anyway, I wonder when they are going to tear down that structure on the top left?

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Tear it down? That's not the Williams Tower parking garage? Or are you talking about something different?

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I think mfastx must have meant the building on the right. That's the old Turnberry leasing office. I was wondering the same thing.

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Tear it down? That's not the Williams Tower parking garage? Or are you talking about something different?

Oops! Sorry, I mean the other left ;)

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Oops! Sorry, I mean the other left ;)

Whew! For a minute I thought you wanted to tear down the Williams Tower itself.

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Ha! I work in an office building right next door! Thanks for the pic.

Anyway, I wonder when they are going to tear down that structure on the top left?

By the way, they started tearing the structure down yesterday or the day before. about 1/3 left.

Shame - the left some nice fixtures etc, in there that could have been scrounged - you can see them now with the walls ripped open.

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This project seems to be moving fast. At least compared to 3100 Post Oak right around the corner which started 2-3 months before this. That project just now has some foundation work visible, while this one has what looks like parking structures already appearing above ground level and a lot of the foundation work done.

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This project seems to be moving fast. At least compared to 3100 Post Oak right around the corner which started 2-3 months before this. That project just now has some foundation work visible, while this one has what looks like parking structures already appearing above ground level and a lot of the foundation work done.

3100 Post Oak appears to have spent a lot of time adjusting the size of the lake on the property and putting in retaining walls, and so now it will be interesting to see each project compete to completion.

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