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please pardon me...   but am i the only one, that thinks that this incognito activity is a bit weird...    just saying.

 It's almost.... it's almost as if they found something... maybe... just maybe, they found Thor's hammer, Mjölnir.

 

Redevelopment of Main pdf shows the layout of the new office tower here: http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/29592-main-st-improvments/?p=448813

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The size of the building is 406,600 square feet.

Urbannizer you're incredible at finding out all this information! Great job and keep it up. :] Do you remember what thread Hoothrewpoo gave us an estimate on the size on? I don't remember exactly but I thought she estimated 300-400k. Pretty close! Would be nice to have more insider information from her, plus we need an update on how the 2nd Chevron tower's deadline was affected by their recent decisions. Sorry for rambling!

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I like the building. Did Hines sign on for this? What's their role here, if any?

 

Hines is a developer. While they do "develop" some of their own buildings they also make a living by performing "development services" for business or equity sources. I guessing, in this case, the company hired them to oversee the development stages of their building, or some arrangement where they will be the tenant. I don't the exact specifics of their involvement of this one but I do know it is not a speculative development.

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 It's almost.... it's almost as if they found something... maybe... just maybe, they found Thor's hammer, Mjölnir.

 

Redevelopment of Main pdf shows the layout of the new office tower here: http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/29592-main-st-improvments/?p=448813

 

Note that they are closing Main Street in front of the tower and turning it into a plaza, like Main Street Square.

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Is part of Main still going to be closed off to cars?

 

From the schematics I've seen, yes. Main is to undergo some renovations itself (even though it is only 10 years old) and one of the key things is to close off this small section of Main:

 

http://downtownhouston.org/site_media/uploads/attachments/2014-02-07/140203-Main_St-Public_Mtg_Presentation-SM.pdf

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They should have planted densely along Main in mainstreet square. Lots of big thick trees with hanging moss. Then the water feature should have been landscaped with sLopping grass covered mounds.

Make it look like the train is navigating a bayou. It is the Bayou City after all.

The fountains were a good idea, but it never seems to be working.

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They should have planted densely along Main in mainstreet square. Lots of big thick trees with hanging moss. Then the water feature should have been landscaped with sLopping grass covered mounds.

Make it look like the train is navigating a bayou. It is the Bayou City after all.

The fountains were a good idea, but it never seems to be working.

The fountains were meant to be a splashy feature (pardon the pun) to be showcased during the Super Bowl. They served their purpose.

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That would be nice. Not in Houston though.

 

You're right. Certainly not in terms of the cheap townhouses they are throwing up.

 

But I would say inside the loop, most large scale buildings are starting to take a hint and truly invest in sustainable and lasting structures.

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The problem with the fountains is that they function by shooting nice pretty arcs of water.  However, those nice pretty arcs have a habit of getting blown around and onto the sidewalks, aggravated by the Venturi effect created by the nearby buildings.  Whoever came up with the design didn't think through its practical effects.

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That first shot is totally rad! Looks like a completely different city. I have a soft spot for super 80's buildings and the one on the left and 1801 really do it for me. Like the background of the second level of sonic on the original sega.

Sorry for that last part, it's a great shot, and we might not see that same angle for a really long time. Thank you for taking time to shoot it.

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Really good view of the work from the top of the old Foley's garage:

 

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Near the Milam/Dallas corner, you can see where they are framing up a big rebar "cage". No idea what that does. 

 

More toward Lamar, you can see a big terraced excavation with what looks like a concrete bottom. I'm not sure that is is though, could just be the ground prepped really well for whatever is going on top of it. 

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I have a couple of questions about the image of the excavation above.

1. What Is the hole to the left of the terraced sunken area with the yellow x across it?

2. Will the excavation clear the lot to the bottom of the terraced level. I know they'll leave the driveway in until they're finished with the excavation so the dump trucks and loaders can get out.

This is going to be fun to watch.

I count at least 7 cranes up once all these projects get going.

 

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I'd say the square hole covered with caution tape is a crane pad, as is the hole in the lower right side of the pic.

y'all's angle is better than the one I get from the top o the Pavilion's garage   :)

 

The hole with the rebar is fairly close to the Dallas/Travis corner of the property,  It's hard to say, but the big terraced hole could even be a crane pad too given how much the building curves back away from the Travis/Lamar corner. 

 

I was walking by there yesterday and had a minute, so I just went up the elevator in the old Foley's garage. I don't know why I had not done that earlier. 

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I'd say the square hole covered with caution tape is a crane pad, as is the hole in the lower right side of the pic.

y'all's angle is better than the one I get from the top o the Pavilion's garage :)

I just noticed on the site plan that it references the possibility of Main closing on the west side.

No way the city would consider that unless they planned on retail or a major entertainment venue.

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I just noticed on the site plan that it references the possibility of Main closing on the west side.

No way the city would consider that unless they planned on retail or a major entertainment venue.

actually at the Main Street planning agenda meeting or w/e the thread in the downtown subforum was started about, they talked about closing that section of Main St several times.. and is there not retail along the Main side of the garage?

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actually at the Main Street planning agenda meeting or w/e the thread in the downtown subforum was started about, they talked about closing that section of Main St several times.. and is there not retail along the Main side of the garage?

I know, but this site plan is months old an nobody ever noticed it.

And I don't know about the retail . From what I remember everyone was just speculating because it's hard to tell from the renderings.

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what do you mean no one ever noticed it lockmat? as for the "ground floor retail" i mentioned in the quote, yeah that was just my assumption because it looked like store fronts and people walking around the area, and i know the city wanted that intersection to be retail on all four corners.

 

since people are too lazy to click links.. lol

Main street side with ground floor retail
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did anyone else notice this..?
"extension of pedestrian walkway if Main Streets 1 lane of traffic is closed".. maybe that idea to close main street to traffic was more serious than we thought?

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I just noticed on the site plan that it references the possibility of Main closing on the west side.

No way the city would consider that unless they planned on retail or a major entertainment venue.

 

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

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heres the presentation from the Main Street Improvements meeting.. about 2/3rds the way down under Main Street Square: Improvements it talks about closing the block in front of Block 256, and has aerial renderings of what the closed off block would look like.

http://downtownhouston.org/site_media/uploads/attachments/2014-02-07/140203-Main_St-Public_Mtg_Presentation-SM.pdf

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

Good point, but I'm sure they're hoping closing off the street would encourage it though, right?

Also, I just realized this site is the next block over from the square, so it doesn't seem totally unreasonable. Still, I'm curious what Hilcorp's justification would be other than, "why not, the next block over is," unless there is retail. Even then, I'm not sure it makes sense.

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That section of street doesn't serve much purpose besides serving as a place to do u turns from Lamar over to Dallas, so getting rid of it won't effect much.

I still say that's most likely retail along the bottom of the garage on main. Idk why they would have the cut out/overhang like that with the big clear windows just to see into a parking garage..

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Good point, but I'm sure they're hoping closing off the street would encourage it though, right?

Also, I just realized this site is the next block over from the square, so it doesn't seem totally unreasonable. Still, I'm curious what Hilcorp's justification would be other than, "why not, the next block over is," unless there is retail. Even then, I'm not sure it makes sense.

 

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.

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