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7 hours ago, Luminare said:

Alright thats pretty good Midway. This company knows how to do it folks. Now built it already!

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awesome. I need to start making that part of my route. have the paths been fixed since Harvey? last time I rode there there were some quite unsafe paths, the ground was washed out from under them.

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50 minutes ago, samagon said:

awesome. I need to start making that part of my route. have the paths been fixed since Harvey? last time I rode there there were some quite unsafe paths, the ground was washed out from under them.

 

Are you referring to the hike/bike trail along the bayou? No. That is still partially washed out. Shame too, it was one of my favorites.

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2 hours ago, samagon said:

awesome. I need to start making that part of my route. have the paths been fixed since Harvey? last time I rode there there were some quite unsafe paths, the ground was washed out from under them.

 

The trail on the south side of the bayou is fine...

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Maybe connecting a water or sewer line. They are also using the site for sherrifs office parking for the downtown jail. 

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On 2/18/2020 at 1:37 PM, ljchou said:

Anyone have updates on the progression of this project? Was hoping to hear news of groundbreaking by now.

 

On 2/18/2020 at 2:40 PM, Luminare said:

It

excellent info

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If the president of the GEE is hopeful for an HEB in East River Project then so am I!

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I wonder if this project or any other developing projects get stalled if the economy tanks due to this coronavirus situation.

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To the extent Houston is still an industry town, I would expect phases 2 thru whatever to slow down. The energy industry is going to get absolutely hammered. Have a look at oil and gas stocks over the last month to see what the consensus outlook seems to be.

 

Predictions are that global oil demand could be 10% lower, and prices below $20, which will decimate free cash flow at operators, who will need to slash capital spending to keep paying their dividends (oil majors are very reluctant to cut dividends), which will have a trickle down effect on the supplier base, much of which is still recovering from the 2015-6 slump. There will be bankruptcies. 

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17 hours ago, htownbro said:

I wonder if this project or any other developing projects get stalled if the economy tanks due to this coronavirus situation.

 

I am hopeful that TMC3 can start this spring since it is medical. I don't have much hope for any other Houston project that hasn't broken ground yet.

 

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Our company has tried to start a new building 3 times; first was in 2008, second time in 2015, third time was going to be this year

I think the new building is cursed

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You also would assume no movement at some of the construction sites across town because we aren't supposed to aggregate in a space with more than 10 people, and (hopefully) most people are working from home. So while oil and gas is crazy right now, I also would hope the construction companies are suspending or slowing down construction so they don't have 50 people standing right next to each other every day. 

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14 minutes ago, X.R. said:

You also would assume no movement at some of the construction sites across town because we aren't supposed to aggregate in a space with more than 10 people, and (hopefully) most people are working from home. So while oil and gas is crazy right now, I also would hope the construction companies are suspending or slowing down construction so they don't have 50 people standing right next to each other every day. 

 

Your hope unfortunately just doesn't reflect reality in this case. Most people already don't work that close to one another in a construction site, and due to a lot of regulations, already have to take precautions when it comes to people's safety. The only times when they have to get close to one another is to coordinate for various instances whether it is between disciplines, detailing, etc... A construction site isn't a "gathering" of people, but individual people working in tandem with one another. The worst thing they can do right now is suspend operations unless its absolutely necessary. Its easy for someone in a bougie job like myself or someone who works in an office to say, "oh we should just all work remotely", but that just isn't the reality for the vast majority of people. The real tragedy in all this is the regular working class person because there jobs can't be done remotely. Most jobs can't be done remotely. Even if we had the tech for remote access to be possible, all these jobs require human interaction at some level because most info just can't be conveyed via a computer which is what most simply don't understand. We are seeing this issue come up at the office I'm working at. Yeah fine if a person is working on a task where they can just plug away and work continuously on something then that is fine, but design is a very interactive and collaborative process, and one of the biggest components is face to face human interaction. I can understand people taking precautions, and people should be cautious going forward, but suspending everything or canceling everything is a massive overreaction.

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Piggybacking off Luminare's post, I'm working from home and I can promise you that 2404 Navigation shows no signs of slowing down. Also, there are definitely more than 10 people people on-site. But like Luminare said, they are all spaced out already, not really in close proximity, and just out there doing their thing.

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Posted (edited)

I've actually seen more work being done on the old post building renovation in East Downtown

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43 minutes ago, cspwal said:

I've actually seen more work being done on the old post building renovation in East Downtown


Same. It’s directly in my work from home view.

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9 hours ago, Efkelly25 said:

Wha does that mean?

 

It depends on how they intend to use the land. I've been unable to find any plans or materials for that lot. That said, soil samples are usually performed before foundations get dug/poured.

 

And they are out there again today. 3 trucks.

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43 minutes ago, JBTX said:

 

It depends on how they intend to use the land. I've been unable to find any plans or materials for that lot. That said, soil samples are usually performed before foundations get dug/poured.

 

And they are out there again today. 3 trucks.

 

HEB come on down. Keep the building less than five stories please, I like having a view as do hundreds of others who haven't been obstructed yet. A lot of people will basically be set for the future as far as the view of downtown (including the new development across the street) if this lot isn't a tall building. 

 

 

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

 

HEB come on down. Keep the building less than five stories please, I like having a view as do hundreds of others who haven't been obstructed yet. A lot of people will basically be set for the future as far as the view of downtown (including the new development across the street) if this lot isn't a tall building. 

 

 

 

I have visions of the first dual-use HEB/Specs. If that happens, I would have literally everything I could ever need at my doorstep. 

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30 minutes ago, Mr.Clean19 said:

It's the perfect spot for an HEB. Hopefully this doesnt turn into another midtown Fiesta. The homeless population is horrible here 2-3 days a week.

 

I lived at the apartments across from the site for about a year. While it's close to a lot of things, access to the site is a little tricky coming from EaDo or Downtown. Navigation is a one lane underpass from Chartres and Runnels is often slow due to the train. I think this site would be best suited for another apartment complex. GFR would work here since there is a lot going on in the area.

 

I think the best place for an HEB would be is off Leeland where Reece Supply (2606 Bell St, Houston, TX 77003) currently sits. It would be great for EaDo, Eastwood, and Third Ward. 

 

Thoughts?

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15 hours ago, Efkelly25 said:

Wha does that mean?

 

They are geotechnical crews. They test the makeup and compaction of the soil. This will let the builders know what type of foundation support is required for the type of project.

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29 minutes ago, Efkelly25 said:

Ok, I forgot to mention, this guy said he worked for EPA.

 

EPA at the MDI site makes sense. It's right next to a CERCLA site.

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Frank's MDI site development has already started. He will is working from West to East it looks like. There are townhomes going up called Bayou Fifth which is the name for the whole development. Expect this to take the next 5-8 years to totally build out if the market gets better. 

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On 3/23/2020 at 4:24 PM, JBTX said:

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Soil sample crews are back on site again. Interestingly, the Midway signs have been taken down.

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On 3/27/2020 at 12:31 PM, JBTX said:

 

Soil sample crews are back on site again. Interestingly, the Midway signs have been taken down.

Pretty sure Midway sold that site some time back. 

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21 minutes ago, HOUTEX said:

Pretty sure Midway sold that site some time back. 

 

Their signs had been up at the site the last time I was over there about a month ago and had just been put up within the two years or so. 

 

My understanding is that they were trying to hold onto this lot to attract something like a grocery store or an anchor type building for the East End. Unless they sold to Marquette it would surprise me to find that they let this go to another developer. 

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