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1111 Travis/Block 256 Office Tower, Formerly Macy's

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Maybe it wasn't Hilcorp's decision. It is part of the plans of Downtown Management District. Anyway, just like Main Street Square, closing the road off to cars can create a better pedestrian environment. Main Street Square has trees for shade and etc.

Maybe, but I was the meeting and the downtown district rep said "they" are considering closing the street, so who knows, but you're probably right.

Seems like something hilcorp and the district would decide together.

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Crane is going up.. I'll post a picture later

Already? Houston works fast. I'm dying to see a picture. Post it Tumbleweed_Tx. :)

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I think I'm going to have to start taking my 'puter to work every day so I can post updates... can't figure out how to post Flikr photos to a web page on the android phone

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Awesome!  Just wondering though, has there been an official announcement or press release made concerning this tower going up?  I know the secret is out but not sure if it went out on purpose.

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Why not? The current Main Street Square at the Reliant tower doesn't have street level retail.

 

Corner Bakery and Compass Bank are there in the lobby, or are you referring to something else?

 

That section of street doesn't serve much purpose besides serving as a place to do u turns from Lamar over to Dallas...

 

Can you make left turns on to Main there off of Lamar? If you couldn't do that, it would be completely worthless anyway. In that case, any other alternative of value would be a positive thing.

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so that was concrete/a crane pad in the bottom of the terraced hole.. interesting location for the crane. thanks for the update

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nice.. i wonder what distinguishes projects from getting one crane vs having multiple cranes for the build. i wouldnt think this is much bigger than SkyHouse but SkyHouse only had one crane..

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nice.. i wonder what distinguishes projects from getting one crane vs having multiple cranes for the build. i wouldnt think this is much bigger than SkyHouse but SkyHouse only had one crane..

 

All a matter of paying extra for speed of construction, I would imagine.

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I can't wait to see all these cranes rising in downtown!

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this was the second stop on the stumble today (the one that turned into a stroll...lol)

 

1111 Travis? Is that going to be the Hilcorp address?

Anyway, peeking in the wind screen on Main at Dallas

 

 

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Cranes going up this weekend.

 

Yes, sir.

 

They are putting up the crane at Travis and Dallas right now. It looks to be about 8 stories high so far.

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this once proud block...  and yet "high octane" foley's / macy's stronghold.  has now officially become "the phantom menace" as per downtown houston.  simply weird... 

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I have a short video of the first horizontal piece going on the crane. I'll post it when I get home tonight

 

Awesome!  So did both cranes go up or just one?

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Click the image for higher resolution.

 

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Edit: I tried to capture it as best I could but for over a month now (maybe two) there has been major work on top of the Bank of America Center. You can barely see the scaffolding in this photo.

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I regularly grimace at your posts... but this one picture is one of the best I've ever seen - aside from Priyanka Chopra.

Good photo, man. Keep it up. :-)

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Unfortunately this was the only shot I could get today. There were too many construction crewmembers today. Maybe someone can get a better one this upcoming week.

 

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This pic alone tells why the Exxon building should be left as-is, or renovated more lightly than the proposed steroid renovation.

 

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Good eye H-Town Man, I didn't even notice it at all.  Anyways, I think when a big company like Exxon decided to move out of there completely, that sealed the old building's fate.

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It looks wood is propping up the sides of the old foundation. However, didn't the old Foley's go several levels below ground than that? I seem to recall reading somewhere that it had a fairly extensive underground labyrinth of tunnels, with things like a car center and "Foley's Academy" in the basement, as well as a restaurant.

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^^ IIRC, the car center was across the street in the parking garage, and Foley's Academy was on the same level as the hookup to the rest of the tunnel system.  Over the years the dining option(s) moved all over the place.

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Yeah, that story about an underground labyrinth and multiple levels of basements seems to have turned out to have been nothing but urban myth.

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yep. The bathtub was it. One level of basement was all the Foley's had.

They had to dig down another 10' for the foundation for the new tower, and for the crane anchors

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Could we have a rendering for this? Some of the prior posts confused me as to what the tower will look like. Thanks everyone.

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Could we have a rendering for this? Some of the prior posts confused me as to what the tower will look like. Thanks everyone.

 

 

Seriously? 

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Yes, seriously. Either provide a pix or send me to the post page to refresh my memory. Sarcasm is wasteful. Thanks. ;)

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This is my fav rendering

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Looking east down Dallas at Travis St.

 

According to the roof plan, that notch on the right hand side of the rendering will be a nice spot to see the Main St. canyon and the expanded park below.

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Thank you Infinite Jim. I like that very much. I was a bit disappointed with the seemingly 30 something storey glass ceiling not being shattered (considering that downtown boom is becoming a catch phrase, and the last time that phrase was used HTown was getting 50 something storey towers) BUT, I have embraced the infill, and I really like this one. I am content to view 20, 30 and 40 storey towers rising for the next decade IF we get at least one 60+ by 2020 or so.

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I would be happy with just 20 storey buildings filling up the gaps. The fact that we are getting 30 and 40 storey buildings is just gravy. I wouldn't care if we didn't get another 60+ for years if we keep on getting so many infill projects.

I like supertalls but priority for me is:

1. Infill

2. Increased residential population

3. Increased entertainment options

4. Increased transit options

5. Increased dining options

6. Grocery options to suit the growth

7. Other retailers

8. Improved public spaces

9. A supertall or two

10. Better lighting.

I think that would bee my list in order

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I forgot, what are they doing with the macys parking garage to the west?

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