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Had a chance to view these renderings.  This building will have even more terraces than Texas Tower.  I think this forum will be very impressed by the redesign.  High quality project - hopefully it ge

46 stories w a bit of a crown.

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Is it just coincidence that this building shrunk by almost exactly the amount 609 Main allegedly grew, almost at the same time? 

 

Well I think they had already shrunk this down much earlier in the year....closer to when 609 Main was first leaked.  I would think that might have more to do with it than Hines adding a few floors.

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it would be awesome if someone photoshopped the tower to be closer in height to the 41 story version, but you can tell this will still be very prominent from the north side. this really needs to get built!

hope no one minds me posting this. it was on another site and the cropped version of this rendering has already leaked.

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I LOVE this building but hate the location. It doesn't mesh well AT ALL with the other buildings around it. It looks very alien---like it just doesn't belong. I think this building would be better suited for an area near DG or uptown. I think it is a GREAT addition but to be so bold and center like that would, IMO, take away from the north view skyline.

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I LOVE this building but hate the location. It doesn't mesh well AT ALL with the other buildings around it. It looks very alien---like it just doesn't belong. I think this building would be better suited for an area near DG or uptown. I think it is a GREAT addition but to be so bold and center like that would, IMO, take away from the north view skyline.

 

Personally I think it works. Houston's downtown consists a mix of claddings anyway but it will blend in nicely with Group Place and Hines' new tower.

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I LOVE this building but hate the location. It doesn't mesh well AT ALL with the other buildings around it. It looks very alien---like it just doesn't belong. I think this building would be better suited for an area near DG or uptown. I think it is a GREAT addition but to be so bold and center like that would, IMO, take away from the north view skyline.

I don't even know what this means... Sound like you're complaining simply for the sake of complaining.

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Of course. It will make a beautiful addition to the skyline. In that area, though, would it be tunnel connected?

Yes, there will be access to the tunnels. From what I hear, the entrance to the tunnels will be very public and accessible from the street (almost).

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I LOVE this building but hate the location. It doesn't mesh well AT ALL with the other buildings around it. It looks very alien---like it just doesn't belong. I think this building would be better suited for an area near DG or uptown. I think it is a GREAT addition but to be so bold and center like that would, IMO, take away from the north view skyline.

 

The tower if built would be just outside the historic district so they are free to build what they want.

http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/HistoricPres/maps_of_districts/MainStMarket.pdf

But I agree it is out of place for that neighborhood.

 

That block would be better served with residential. But that's just my two cents.

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I LOVE this building but hate the location. It doesn't mesh well AT ALL with the other buildings around it. It looks very alien---like it just doesn't belong. I think this building would be better suited for an area near DG or uptown. I think it is a GREAT addition but to be so bold and center like that would, IMO, take away from the north view skyline.

 

Proving once again that HAIFers are NEVER happy.

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The tower if built would be just outside the historic district so they are free to build what they want.

http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/HistoricPres/maps_of_districts/MainStMarket.pdf

But I agree it is out of place for that neighborhood.

 

That block would be better served with residential. But that's just my two cents.

 

Mixed-use would have been great.

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Either way there is some residential coming along in downtown such as the skyhouse, the 38 story tower replacing the Texaco, and marvy's residential near minutemaid

 

Don't forget Hines residential which will be in the same area as this tower, around Market Square.

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I can't wait for all these buildings to be complete... SkyHouse, Hines new tower, Skanska replacing the Houston Club, the new Cheveron tower, and a couple mid-rise residential buldings. This is the development that will create a thriving downtown. Once we establish our city with a solid downtown, the media is going to swarm like crazy. I can already see it... we are the next great American city, finally gaining the respect we've deserved for years. We already have a ton of national news as the coolest city in America, we hold a top 10 public green space in Buffalo Bayou, the Super Bowl and Final Four, the list goes on and on.  :D

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I can't wait for all these buildings to be complete... SkyHouse, Hines new tower, Skanska replacing the Houston Club, the new Cheveron tower, and a couple mid-rise residential buldings. This is the development that will create a thriving downtown. Once we establish our city with a solid downtown, the media is going to swarm like crazy. I can already see it... we are the next great American city, finally gaining the respect we've deserved for years. We already have a ton of national news as the coolest city in America, we hold a top 10 public green space in Buffalo Bayou, the Super Bowl and Final Four, the list goes on and on.  :D

 

I'm so excited too and I think all of these projects will be ready before the Super Bowl. Also the list of projects will grow as we get closer to the Super Bowl, which means we will have more than whats planned now.

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Agreed with both posts.. Very exciting times for Houston, and the list is sure to keep growing. I'm not sure I would consider a 38 story building to be a midrise though.. (New residential tower at Texaco redevelopment site), lol. Don't forget all the new hotels too.. The Marriott Marquis will be at least 30 stories. Can't wait for Houston 2017.. Downtown is going to be a completely different place.

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A lot of projects have been shelved in the past, because lets be honest, after the oil bust back in the day Houston was a scary place for investors. Now that we have gained some national spotlight for once, the city is getting the projects that we deserve. Investors and developers are taking a new chance on Houston. And this time around we are more stable than ever. What you go through only makes you stronger, and Houston is a stronger city. Here's proof, Skyhouse, Discovery Green, etc. etc. etc. We hadn't had development downtown in almost 25 years before Minute Maid Park was built. I'm glad the city forced them to build downtown. Actual city planning is a beautiful thing.

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To expand on what you ere saying . . . This was such a different place 25 yrs ago, even despite the oil bust. The city was very much in it's modern day infancy. For those who have been here all this time, I think it's safe to say that this is the most diverse our economy has ever been. Yeah Oil and Medical still power this town but in 25 years we've added a much bigger legal, logistical, and manufacturing base than we had back then. I'd say banking has stayed about the same although BBVA Compass really seems to be setting up shop. I wouldn't be surprised if more major worldwide banks give this place a long look in the next 20 years. And to think, they project another 2 million people here within 20 years.

And yeah, a little planning and some beautification do go a long way. I can't think of a single more transformative project in the last 25 years than the East side of downtown. I remember going there in the early 80s and seeing the utter dereliction. I credit MMP somewhat and Discovery Green mostly. The GRB was all alone out there previously and never really did anything for that side of downtown. My only lament is that Discovery Green isn't twice as large.

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@j_cuevas To expand on what you ere saying . . . This was such a different place 25 yrs ago, even despite the oil bust. The city was very much in it's modern day infancy. For those who have been here all this time, I think it's safe to say that this is the most diverse our economy has ever been. Yeah Oil and Medical still power this town but in 25 years we've added a much bigger legal, logistical, and manufacturing base than we had back then. I'd say banking has stayed about the same although BBVA Compass really seems to be setting up shop. I wouldn't be surprised if more major worldwide banks give this place a long look in the next 20 years. And to think, they project another 2 million people here within 20 years. And yeah, a little planning and some beautification do go a long way. I can't think of a single more transformative project in the last 25 years than the East side of downtown. I remember going there in the early 80s and seeing the utter dereliction. I credit MMP somewhat and Discovery Green mostly. The GRB was all alone out there previously and never really did anything for that side of downtown. My only lament is that Discovery Green isn't twice as large.

 

Absolutely agree 100%, I remember moving to Waco for about 4 years (so happy to be back in Houston), and during this time Houston was barely in its beginning phases to redevelop downtown. I believe the Cotswold street projects were the beginning of the transformation back in 1995 up until about 2000 right before Minute Maid Park was built. Since then, I've seen a complete transformation of downtown before my eyes. From rooting for the Stros and Rockets to stay in Houston, to hoping and praying that Pavilions would get built. We went through the phase where all these bars and clubs were trying to capitalize on the recent improvements, and once that phased out (thank God) we are now beginning to see a more stable downtown. The businesses that have survived are those that economically were meant to survive according to the demand downtown. It's been a beautiful thing to witness since then. Anyone else remember the Cotswold streetscape projects?

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