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Block 10 West - 2 Office Towers at Katy Freeway & Beltway 8

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Have only seen a few brief pieces on potential redevelopment of this site at the Katy Freeway and the Beltway, however this is the first I've been able to find on something concrete.

 

Per bisnow...

 

http://www.bisnow.com/commercial-real-estate/houston/bisnow-exclusive-sneak-peek-at-block-10-west/

 

It deals with the conversion of the former Great Indoors store into office space, with plans to add a new 15 story building.

 

PDF of current plans from Hicks. This version says the office building will be 12 stories though. http://www.hicksventures.com/assets/pdf/Block10Max.pdf

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Ah so this is the same company that planned an office tower on post oak but never did.

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They are making a lot of progress with phase 1 of the project. Hopefully this starts a chain reaction for more construction along north of I-10 inside the beltway. 

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Drove by yesterday, and this phase one development is really strange. Seems like an odd use of such a large piece of property.

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No landscaping makes it look like a converted strip center.

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Did it replace one? Those handicap spaces look old.

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Being medical offices would this one have a better chance of making it given current events? Can existing office space get easily converted to medical use, or is it more economical to build it new?

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Medical offices are just offices with specialized equipment.  

 

you don't really need a specialized building until you have beds and surgery centers.

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On 4/1/2020 at 6:02 PM, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

Medical offices are just offices with specialized equipment.  

 

you don't really need a specialized building until you have beds and surgery centers.

 

Really?  It seems like there might be different data and electrical service and/or HVAC requirements, not to mention different load-bearing capacities if there might be medical equipment such as MRIs etc.

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On 4/1/2020 at 6:02 PM, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

Medical offices are just offices with specialized equipment.  

 

you don't really need a specialized building until you have beds and surgery centers.

 

The bones of the building are the same but the finish is significantly different. Medical offices have much more extensive plumbing and wall divisions. They also have different developers and investors who specialize in them. Yes, this building has a much better chance than a general office proposal in Houston.

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