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1 hour ago, swtsig said:

would this be deep enough to support a highrise at a later date? i guess it would have to do with how deep the pour the footings/piers for the foundation.

 

My understanding is that they're still planning to build their tower on the northern half of the block at some point, not above the garage. If somebody else someday decided to build over the garage, I'm not sure if that could be done, although I imagine they don't make the footings etc. much stronger than they need to for a garage.

 

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20 minutes ago, AREJAY said:


Looks to be the same model as last year.
 

 

 

Ah ok, thanks.

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Nice shot Hindesky. That looks like a great view of Pennzoil, Jones, Republic and Calpine. 

Having the Chronicle down creates some really nice sitelines. 

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3 hours ago, wxman said:

 

So this tower is still a thing then? If so, given the giant excavated hole in the ground, is this under construction now or still on hold?

 

This is for the one retail space in the garage. The building rendering is there to attract retail interest.

 

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4 hours ago, wxman said:

 

So this tower is still a thing then? If so, given the giant excavated hole in the ground, is this under construction now or still on hold?

 

Similar to Capitol Tower, the garage is being built first; tower portion later once a tenant signs on.

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This is good news if it comes to fruition. I imagine the rents on the north side, where there is no high rise competition, will be higher than the south side where Hines may put up a high rise (unless she is a stunning beauty) . If this building and a potential Hines high rise occur these will be skyline enhancers. Good news indeed.

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I can't tell if that curvilinear sheath (for lack of a better word) makes up the outer wall of the building or is a separate ornamental structure. 

 

 

 

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On 4/3/2017 at 9:49 PM, Sunstar said:

I can't tell if that curvilinear sheath (for lack of a better word) makes up the outer wall of the building or is a separate ornamental structure. 

 

 

 

Well this one is at least unique and will compliment 609. From the north side anyways.

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18 hours ago, hindesky said:

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wow, this is so exciting.  they are definitely prepping for some sort of tower given the excavation work going on below grade.  the question is when ?  and how many stories tall ?  crossing my fingers and toes !

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39 minutes ago, ArtNsf said:

wow, this is so exciting.  they are definitely prepping for some sort of tower given the excavation work going on below grade.  the question is when ?  and how many stories tall ?  crossing my fingers and toes !

Your right went Downtown Saturday and it is a huge foundation for a garage.

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Hate to rain on the parade, but isn't the tower going up in the northern portion of the lot, or has something changed form the design? The big hole is in the southern portion.

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iirc, the plans are similar to the Capitol tower and 609 Main - one building that only half rises to the full height

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If they succeed ( I hope) following the Capitol tower model ( garage then tower) will this be connected to the downtown tunnels? I imagine a selling point will be the park, restaurants, nearby apartments and lofts, and nearby Theater district. The ballpark and convention center are easy walking distance also.

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13 minutes ago, Twinsanity02 said:

If they succeed ( I hope) following the Capitol tower model ( garage then tower) will this be connected to the downtown tunnels? I imagine a selling point will be the park, restaurants, nearby apartments and lofts, and nearby Theater district. The ballpark and convention center are easy walking distance also.

It will be connected. The tunnel connection was recently litigated between this developer and Hines (owner of the Chronicle site). The two sides reached a settlement ensuring tunnel access.

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Also the street has been closed for the past couple of weeks to install "tunnel structure"

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Actually the street is still open, at least during the day, but down to two lanes.  Thick steel plates cover the excavation when the road is open so cars can still drive over it.

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If I didn't know any better, it sure looks like they're preparing to go vertical with a major skyscraper. Too bad it's only a garage.

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On April 21, 2017 at 9:29 AM, Nate99 said:

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I know where they could put the downtown swimming  hole!

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On ‎4‎/‎21‎/‎2017 at 8:29 AM, Nate99 said:

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yep, looks like a perfect place for that new supertall we've all been wanting for over 30 years now !  hmmm.....

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That is how read it also. Surprised the money invested in underground parking construction is less than just building a few more over ground levels.  Anyone know different?

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If they really think they're going to build the building, why not dig up the whole block and have more garage underground? I know underground parking is more expensive, but one would think if underground parking is economical for half of the block, it would be for the whole block as well.

 

If there's one spot in Houston that I'd love to see a ton of underground parking, it's this block.

 

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Well corporate relocations seem to be the thing these days with Shell moving out, BOA moving to Capitol Tower and United moving to 609 Main. Who else I wonder would consider moving into a brand new skyscraper with their namesake on the front? Gotta be somebody out there looking at these renderings with a raised eyebrow. It would be one of the more sexy buildings in Houston for sure.

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10 minutes ago, Chi-Char-Hou-Dal said:

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I like the idea. Unfortunately, they pretty recently (9 years ago) moved into a new headquarters facility custom built for them (and part of a master plan that was said at the time to have been planned to handle their growth for 30 years).  So that one does not seem at all likely.

 

Waste Management seems to be scattered about in a number of different buildings (mostly downtown).  They might be ripe for a consolidating move.

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That area certainly has changed. It's true what is said about Houston.

 

If you haven't seen Houston in five years , you haven't seen Houston.

 

Things do change here.

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I believe the opening on the left is where the tunnel connection would come in (crossing the Hines block to the south).

 

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1 hour ago, Subdude said:

I believe the opening on the left is where the tunnel connection would come in (crossing the Hines block to the south).

 

 

Presumably so. You can see exposed utility lines that they have uncovered in that hole in the foundation wall. I presume that they will have to dig under those when it comes time to connect.

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4 hours ago, Subdude said:

I believe the opening on the left is where the tunnel connection would come in (crossing the Hines block to the south).

 

 

It's in the right place for it.

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There's a much closer view of the excavation from the covered sidewalk area across from Franks/El where you can see behind the green fabric on a section of fence. I didn't think to take a picture though..

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4 hours ago, cloud713 said:

There's a much closer view of the excavation from the covered sidewalk area across from Franks/El where you can see behind the green fabric on a section of fence. I didn't think to take a picture though..

Ten hell marys, and report to detention.

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Was that a typo, or Freudian?  (...quickly pulls fingers back off of the desk to avoid The Ruler)

 

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