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1 hour ago, thedistrict84 said:

Site work underway today. Several flatbed 18-wheelers were lined up on Jensen dropping off large concrete culverts for drainage. It looks like work digging the trenches where they will be placed has started too.

 

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I'm happy that Buffalo Heights is coming along. Once all the phases are completed (and if I'm alive by then :lol: ) this will amazing. Any chance there will be some type of rail along or near the development in the future?

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21 hours ago, Texasota said:

East End MMD wants to do a streetcar on Clinton. Pending funding of course. 

I live in the East End and they have to be the best management district out of all the neighborhoods in this city. They act quickly, they fix actual needs in the neighborhood, and most importantly THEY LISTEN. They have my full support for a street car given how much they do for my part of town. I remember talking to one of the directors and the plans they have for Telephone Rd and other streets is amazing. They aren't neglecting any part of the East End when it comes to improvements. 

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On 5/14/2019 at 2:09 PM, Texasota said:

East End MMD wants to do a streetcar on Clinton. Pending funding of course. 

Gondolas 

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On 5/14/2019 at 2:09 PM, Texasota said:

East End MMD wants to do a streetcar on Clinton. Pending funding of course. 

 

Have there actually been any updates about this? I haven’t heard anything since 2012.

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Not that I know of. It would be a pretty big project for East End though and I'm not sure how they'd make it happen financially.

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16 hours ago, Texasota said:

Not that I know of. It would be a pretty big project for East End though and I'm not sure how they'd make it happen financially.

Probably a combination of private funds, opportunity zone, affordable housing, TIRZ 23, TIRZ 18, and other city funds. I think that there was an estimate waaay back after the property was purchased from KBR that it would take $1.2 to $1.5 billion to revamp the site 

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https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/neighborhood/5-projects-planned-for-eado-and-east-end-98989?&utm_source=outbound_pub_54&utm_campaign=outbound_issue_29053&utm_content=outbound_newsletter1&utm_medium=email

 

There’s some interesting info regarding East River as well as an event on June 4 with developers and investors on the Future of Eado and East End.  

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5 hours ago, Mr.Clean19 said:

Probably a combination of private funds, opportunity zone, affordable housing, TIRZ 23, TIRZ 18, and other city funds. I think that there was an estimate waaay back after the property was purchased from KBR that it would take $1.2 to $1.5 billion to revamp the site 

 

I meant the streetcar. I'm reasonably confident that Midway will make this project work.

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41 minutes ago, I'm Not a Robot said:

http://eastriverhtx.com/

 

site has been updated with two brochures

 

 

I had a feeling the site would be updated in the middle of the year. I visited the site last week and nothing. But this makes me happy!

Talk about a come up for this abandoned site.

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I'm still holding out hope that the movie theater is the first Alamo Drafthouse inside the loop. The Maritime Museum originally planned to break ground in mid 2018 and open in late 2019, so maybe that gives us a timeline of the first phase? With groundbreaking underway maybe we can see some stuff begin to open in late 2020 or early 2021. That's much earlier than I had originally expected. 

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18 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Three things that stood out to me from the proposed renderings of the East River development from Midway, Houston:


1. This apartment building called East River or Easter River One Place, and the surrounding town homes (neither are not marked on the phase 1 map)

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2. The beautiful design of the Maritime Museum

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3.


 

 

3. Profit?

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57 minutes ago, Mr.Clean19 said:

This view kind of interests me because they didnt simulate the new 45 reroute. They also showed development on the Pinto Realty lots that will be taken over by the 45 re-route.

 

https://imgur.com/eIoYjh4

 

 

Not all of the Pinto realty lot is being taken over by 45. Last I've heard, townhomes are going in east of the railroad tracks. 

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20 hours ago, Response said:

It's like Houston is being reborn or something. Never thought I'd live to see the day that something this cool would be built east of downtown. Loving it big time.

Agreed.  Exciting times to be a Houstonian again.  This East River site is going to be massive if all 5 phases come to fruition and will nearly double the size of bayou front properties downtown.  Truly exciting.

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On 5/23/2019 at 11:57 AM, ArtNsf said:

Agreed.  Exciting times to be a Houstonian again.  This East River site is going to be massive if all 5 phases come to fruition and will nearly double the size of bayou front properties downtown.  Truly exciting.

And think of the development that will branch off of this!

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On 5/24/2019 at 8:58 PM, thedistrict84 said:

 

I live within walking distance, on the other side of the Bayou. I’m stoked for this and the wave of development that will occur concurrently and after. You are already seeing the effect of this south of the Bayou, with new townhomes going in, proposed apartments like the one on Fox St, and new retail developments.

 

This will have a drastic positive impact on the East End and the southern portion of Fifth Ward. I can’t wait!

I live right off Canal and I agree. This area is going to explode. 

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On 5/22/2019 at 3:01 PM, CrockpotandGravel said:




Updated renderings of East River from Midway at 4100 Clinton Dr in Houston.


Phase I
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Central Plaza & Retail Pavilion
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Bayou Pavilion
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Ground Floor Retail Under Office Building and Garage
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Anchor retail & Office A
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Office Building C
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Oh my!  Look what Amazon missed out on.  Will this be completed by the time we get another Superbowl?  

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10 hours ago, Mr.Clean19 said:

@hindesky did you sneak on site?

No, although there are several places to get access to get in. This work was going on right next to Jensen and Clinton.

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5 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Amazon screwed every city that participated. I'm actually glad we weren't even considered. The fact a company wants to basically set up shop and drain a city of its financial responsibilities in the form of an "incentive package" for tax breaks is crazy. Amazon wants all the benefits without risking anything. Now that we're seeing Houston developers create an ecosystem of dense walkable pockets in the cities core, I'm sure we'll draw some better suited companies. 

Is Jeff Bezos, an HISD student, less a philanthropist than he should be? I don't know if he has ever done anything for Houston, with his space exploration interests I wish Ellington could get some of his funding as a hat tip to a place he was raised in

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15 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Amazon screwed every city that participated. I'm actually glad we weren't even considered. The fact a company wants to basically set up shop and drain a city of its financial responsibilities in the form of an "incentive package" for tax breaks is crazy. Amazon wants all the benefits without risking anything. Now that we're seeing Houston developers create an ecosystem of dense walkable pockets in the cities core, I'm sure we'll draw some better suited companies. 

 

It's actually worse. From AMZN's perspective, it's better for the company to choose a high-tax location with lots of incentives than a low-tax location with lower incentives. By choosing to locate in states with relatively high state income taxes, (originally VA and NY) they are essentially diverting a portion of their employees' salaries back to the company, just laundered through the state tax system on the way.

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15 hours ago, Timoric said:

Is Jeff Bezos, an HISD student, less a philanthropist than he should be? I don't know if he has ever done anything for Houston, with his space exploration interests I wish Ellington could get some of his funding as a hat tip to a place he was raised in

Never knew Bezos was an HISD student, wow smh

 

 

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21 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Never knew Bezos was an HISD student, wow smh

 

 

 

Wiki says he went to River Oaks Elementary for 4th to 6th grade and went to high school in Florida.

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21 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Never knew Bezos was an HISD student, wow smh

 

 

 

Approximately three years in River Oaks Elementary School.

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52 minutes ago, thatguysly said:

 

Wiki says he went to River Oaks Elementary for 4th to 6th grade and went to high school in Florida.

 

51 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Approximately three years in River Oaks Elementary School.

Now I dislike him even more

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Field Trip goers at Local Schools wait with baited breath as they wrap cans in foil and place in freezer

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46 minutes ago, Timoric said:

Field Trip goers at Local Schools wait with baited breath as they wrap cans in foil and place in freezer

 

Oh the memories . . .

 

I remember several trips out there during elementary school and thinking, why did they put the San Jacinto Monument THERE . . . ?

 

Can't remember, however, when the light bulb finally went off.

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The bayou is wide enough in this location to fit this ship. That would be a huge pull for the new museum and a great view of downtown. 

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6 minutes ago, Mr.Clean19 said:

The bayou is wide enough in this location to fit this ship. That would be a huge pull for the new museum and a great view of downtown. 

 

 

I don't love the idea of it being in the bayou. Seems like it is so wide that it would take up nearly all of the channel. This would place a burden on any potential for a focus on kayaking. I think if it were moved to this area it would be inside of the museum as a focal point. 

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2 hours ago, mattyt36 said:

 

I was thinking the Maritime Museum (if they decide to locate to East River), would be a fantastic location for the battleship.

 

There are 2 problems (and probably a few more) with this location:

 

1. Can they even get the Battleship that far up the ship channel? Is the bayou deep enough to handle a ship that large?

2. This project has deep political ties, and rumors have suggested that those in power want to move the battleship to Galveston in hopes of generating higher visitor numbers. Even if the Bayou is suitable to dock the ship, will the local politicians allow it to happen?

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10 minutes ago, CaptainJilliams said:

 

I was thinking the Maritime Museum (if they decide to locate to East River), would be a fantastic location for the battleship.

 

There are 2 problems (and probably a few more) with this location:

 

1. Can they even get the Battleship that far up the ship channel? Is the bayou deep enough to handle a ship that large?

2. This project has deep political ties, and rumors have suggested that those in power want to move the battleship to Galveston in hopes of generating higher visitor numbers. Even if the Bayou is suitable to dock the ship, will the local politicians allow it to happen?

 

Could it handle major bayou flooding?

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Lot$ of reasons that this would not work. There are, also, at least 7 bridges (roadway and rail), not to mention numerous pipelines, which would require removal and rebuilding, even if the Bayou was dredged and improved to accommodate a vessel this size.   The turning basin is as high is a deep draft, ocean going vessel can (and should) go.    Fun to fanaticize about though. 

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Eh, all the rail bridges open an pivot open. Cut off the tower and re-weld it on arrival. 

 

Problem solved. 

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