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All indications from the HBJ is that this new 5 star hotel will be new construction. They are looking for sites downtown, not convertable spaces.

I love the idea of someone finally doing something with the beautiful old Texaco Bldg, but I am also excited about another vacant lot being developed (hopefully).

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I love the idea of someone finally doing something with the beautiful old Texaco Bldg, but I am also excited about another vacant lot being developed (hopefully).

What are they doing to that? You're not referring to the Omni project I posted, are you?

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What are they doing to that? You're not referring to the Omni project I posted, are you?

No - the Omni is a conversion right across from the Hyatt.

The Texaco building was rumored as a Ritz Carlton once upon a time, which is why I mentioned it.

Now this project is another high end, but now 5 star, hotel, that may be new construction in downtown,

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I hope it's not a Mandarin. Dallas is getting one. Instead, Houston could/would be the first city in the south and the fourth in the US to get a Peninsula Hotel.

Here's the website.

http://www.peninsula.com/

I think this would do great in Houston.

Forget it. We don't have that strong or kind of cleintel for a peninsula. Note what major cities worldwide have one, and which ones don't.

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No condos? That's disappointing. :(

I'm glad I'm not the only one that likes the hotel/condo concept.

As a single man, the concept of living in a condo with 24 hour room service to feed me, as well as house keeping, in house laundry, valet, concierge, etc is great to me. condo complexes like the ville de este and montebello cannot even compete with these services.

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the embassy suites is not five star, right? this hotel is in addition to the embassy suites?

You are correct. Embassy Suites would not be a 5-star hotel. And the earlier news about a team planning to develop a 5-star hotel downtown was a different group than the group building the Embassy Suites. So there should be more hotel excitement in our future.

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Judging by this past weekend, more hotels are needed.

I tried booking a downtown hotel 2 weeks ago for Friday-Monday. The Hilton Americas, Hyatt, Doubletree, Crowne Plaza, Club Quarters, Magnolia, Icon, Alden, Residence Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, and Lancaster were totally booked.

The ONLY one with any space was the Inn at the Ballpark. Of course, the remaining space they had were corner suites on the top floor!

I know there was a huge convention in town, but not being able to offer last minute travelers any space is NOT a good thing. By the time I checked in, even the Inn at the Ballpark was booked up.

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I was driving downtown along San Jac today when I noticed a large ugly concrete building somewhere between Jefferson and Pease with a fence around it and a Fentz construction sign. Does anybody have any idea what's going on?

I went to their website and this (http://www.fretzconstruction.com/portfolio/current/shcc.htm) looks slightly similar to the building with the fence around it. Are they turning that ugly building into some sort of church building?

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Would it be possible for you to post Google maps instead of live.com maps? Those map links won't work outside of Internet Explorer.

For real? That stinks. I like lives angle much better. But I do like google's ability to show street names w/ their satelite image.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Houston,+TX,...&iwloc=addr

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I think you're talking about the old Federal Reserve building. This has been purchased by the Archdiocese of Houston-Galveston for their Cathedral Centre. It will basically be a bunch of office/classroom/activity space to supplement the cathedral's presence downtown. First, they have to renovate it and bring it up to code, but I think is supposed to open later in 2008.

http://www.sacredhearthouston.org/document...Heart_flyer.pdf

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I was driving downtown along San Jac today when I noticed a large ugly concrete building somewhere between Jefferson and Pease with a fence around it and a Fentz construction sign. Does anybody have any idea what's going on?

I went to their website and this (http://www.fretzconstruction.com/portfolio/current/shcc.htm) looks slightly similar to the building with the fence around it. Are they turning that ugly building into some sort of church building?

I drove by BLVD Place construction site the other day and the sign read 400 residential units instead of the original 500 units.

I drove by BLVD Place construction site the other day and the sign read 400 residential units instead of the original 500 units.

With only 400 residential units instead of the planned 500, that means that either the 3 buildings with be shorter or there will be just two high rises. I am not surprised that it was scaled down - typical of Houston.

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With banks not lending for most new commercial projects, do anyone know if the rehab of the old Days Inn is still a go. And has anyone purchased the old Savoy Hotel. Both project would be a major lift to that end of downtown. I am aware that the luxury condo project across from Discovery Green is having such a hard time selling units that they have decided to rent them at bargain rates until the economy improves, which could spell trouble for all those other projects in the works downtown.

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I am aware that the luxury condo project across from Discovery Green is having such a hard time selling units that they have decided to rent them at bargain rates until the economy improves, which could spell trouble for all those other projects in the works downtown.

I presume you are referring to One Park Place??? That has never been planned as condos for sale, and has always been planned as a rental building. (And I haven't heard anybody refer to them as "bargain rates" ;-)

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Old vacant buildings have a better chance of survival during a recession than during times of economic prosperity. Historic preservation is one of the few positive results of poverty. However, poverty also results in deferred maintenance and neglect. New Orleans is a perfect example of this.

How true about New Orleans. The last time there we did a lot of walking in the CBD. The old deco office buildings there that have just been abandoned to rot are a shame. It looks like Charity Hospital is going to end up the same, unless some deep pockets intervene.

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I presume you are referring to One Park Place??? That has never been planned as condos for sale, and has always been planned as a rental building. (And I haven't heard anybody refer to them as "bargain rates" ;-)
With banks not lending for most new commercial projects, do anyone know if the rehab of the old Days Inn is still a go. And has anyone purchased the old Savoy Hotel. Both project would be a major lift to that end of downtown. I am aware that the luxury condo project across from Discovery Green is having such a hard time selling units that they have decided to rent them at bargain rates until the economy improves, which could spell trouble for all those other projects in the works downtown.

Actually they did start out as for sale, but I don't think they had enough people interested so now they are for rent. This happened well before all the harder financial situations happened with the banks and the economy though.

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Just to throw it out there, but what's up with the conversion of the old Sheraton Lincoln into an Omni Hotel? I thought that was supposed to be well on the way by now...

It will break my heart if this doesn't happen, but I would lay money it is effectively dead. So many redevelopment plans for the Sheraton Lincoln have fallen though for one reason or another. I hate to see that building just a shell for years on end.

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Actually they did start out as for sale, but I don't think they had enough people interested so now they are for rent. This happened well before all the harder financial situations happened with the banks and the economy though.

Check your history. You are completely, absolutely 100% incorrect. Finger's building has been planned as a rental from its initial conception forward, long before it had its name or exact size.

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Maybe when Savoy becomes a BIGGER pile of bricks, they'll knock it down and build something useful. that place has been vacant forever it seems. Go by there one day and see the brick pile behind the garage. The black widow gate is a nice touch! The newer side is not that bad looking, I guess its what's attached to it crumbling to the ground that's the problem. It still looks better than that fugly old Days Inn Building. I thought that sold recenty and there where high hopes of turning it into condos and businesses. That Days Inn seems to get a little uglier every day!! Does anyone know if that sale really went through with Days Inn?

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Maybe when Savoy becomes a BIGGER pile of bricks, they'll knock it down and build something useful. that place has been vacant forever it seems. Go by there one day and see the brick pile behind the garage. The black widow gate is a nice touch! The newer side is not that bad looking, I guess its what's attached to it crumbling to the ground that's the problem. It still looks better than that fugly old Days Inn Building. I thought that sold recenty and there where high hopes of turning it into condos and businesses. That Days Inn seems to get a little uglier every day!! Does anyone know if that sale really went through with Days Inn?

I'm assuming it sold because work had started several months ago and I remember reading that they were gutting it. However, I've not seen any further activity recently.

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The JW Marriott is like you dug up a long buried corpse, replaces its rotting skin with saran wrap, and introduced it as your significant other to your family over Thanksgiving dinner,

As it shambled around, they would all smile and nod, but they would all be thinking the same thing:

The JW Mariott is an abomination.

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