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looks like they're gutting the interior and starting over again- probably an asbestos abatement. There's a chute on the north side of the building for the waste... all the curtains are gone, the windows open.

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Took the train into downtown last Saturday for beer fest and the last stop was Downtown Transit Center due to construction. As we  walked past the Savoy the trash shoot was loud as a lot of junk was going through it. and there was a dust cloud in the air from all the trash.

 

My friends were like wtf?, but I knew ,having read haif religously since i don't know when.

 

 

 

 

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Took the train into downtown last Saturday for beer fest and the last stop was Downtown Transit Center due to construction. As we  walked past the Savoy the trash shoot was loud as a lot of junk was going through it. and there was a dust cloud in the air from all the trash.

 

My friends were like wtf?, but I knew ,having read haif religously since i don't know when.

 

Did it look like this?

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Was driving down Travis this morning and noticed someone surveying the surface parking lot that takes up the other half of the Savoy's block. Anyone have an idea it's for? Why would they need to survey the whole block for renovations on the already existing building?

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Was driving down Travis this morning and noticed someone surveying the surface parking lot that takes up the other half of the Savoy's block. Anyone have an idea it's for? Why would they need to survey the whole block for renovations on the already existing building?

 

An expansion of the base/lobby area?

 

All I'd seen before was just regarding the current tower, but maybe there are plans to modernize the entry area that haven't been mentioned yet.

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Parking garage with amenities on top would be my guess. Full-service Holiday Inns usually have things like banquet rooms, meeting facilities, pools, and full service restaurants and there's very little room in the original building for those things.

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I mean as long as this thing is brought back to life that's all I care about. Just happy to finally see these abandoned buildings on the southern part of downtown get revitalized.

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Yeah, I'm not sure *every* tower downtown needs to be solid glass.

 

I would very much agree.  Drastic remodeling to appear "modern" rarely seems to be a good idea in the long run.  Better to stick with the period charm.  In evidence I offer 806 Main, the Lamar Hotel, the West Building and others that were modernized in the 1960s.

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I agree every tower doesn't need a shiny new glass curtain wall, but this building doesn't look that great with all the exposed concrete IMO. Maybe ill be surprised..

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I expect they'll give it a nice new paint job, or more likely, give it the fake stucco treatment.  That always seems to be popular with hotels.

 

 

 

 

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Doesn't look like too much is going on, besides new windows.

I think someone or an article the other day said all the work done so far was on the inside.

I need to find out what block this is. Seems a little strange that construction has started but no rendering has been made public.

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I think someone or an article the other day said all the work done so far was on the inside. I need to find out what block this is. Seems a little strange that construction has started but no rendering has been made public.

ha, i was just doing some searching on google earlier trying to find a rendering of this.

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Yeah, I wonder what those 2 extruding slabs were for.  Really bizarre, since they extend out from the masonry wall, not from an openable window or door.  So ... resting site for birds?  Tempting spot for suicide-prone people?

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Looks like that's where the proposed bldg (above the parking garage) would have "sky connected" to the existing bldg. 

 

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I wonder if they've pulled out the old school shuttle bus/van from the garage yet? I'd love to get a hold of that beast and restore it.

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Anyone have a for sure update on this? After reading about the Old Central Square building somehow not being renovated, I want to make sure this doesn't pop up in a Swamplot article as well in the next few weeks

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I think Swamplot has it wrong. I even emailed him with no response. (the gentleman who writes the article).

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I agree. I suspicious of the swamplot article. Why would they gut a building without a Purchase order for future plans? Unless theyre trying to make the building more appealing to developers...

 

thats my only thought...

 

 

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^  Swamplot is quickly losing their credibility.  They've always been a little heavy on the snark, but lately seem to be letting the desire for snark override the presentation of facts.

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It seems as if the guy also doesn't check HAIF much anymore, because he can find new information on projects (and use that info to dig up more) here and post it on his website. We need a Curbed Houston or HAIF blog.

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It seems as if the guy also doesn't check HAIF much anymore, because he can find new information on projects (and use that info to dig up more) here and post it on his website. We need a Curbed Houston or HAIF blog.

Or you could be a real estate reporter like Houston19514 suggested the other day! I mean the last HBJ weekly article I got from was a cut and paste of GHP's 2014 regional job forecast presentation. I mean it's $100 a year and that's the best they can do! You could do a much better job Urbannizer. Swamplot seems to be the bottom of the barrel now just posting whatever will get the most knee jerk reactions, and Nancy never follows up on a project so they either die and no one knows about it or they are just miraculously done(unless it's Exxon then it's aerials for days). You're information is always a lot better, Urbannizer.

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Or you could be a real estate reporter like Houston19514 suggested the other day! I mean the last HBJ weekly article I got from was a cut and paste of GHP's 2014 regional job forecast presentation. I mean it's $100 a year and that's the best they can do! You could do a much better job Urbannizer. Swamplot seems to be the bottom of the barrel now just posting whatever will get the most knee jerk reactions, and Nancy never follows up on a project so they either die and no one knows about it or they are just miraculously done(unless it's Exxon then it's aerials for days). You're information is always a lot better, Urbannizer.

 

Agree. Urbannizer, you should either start a blog and sell advertising similar to Swamplot or become a reporter. If you started a blog, I would read it daily.

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I went to the Main Street TIRZ meeting this evening. Largely uneventful as they only have a budget of $9mm and have to make repair and small upgrades to the entire length of downtown Main Street (although the landscaping will look nice). In this photo of their South Downtown streetscape, there is a rendering of the renovated Holiday Inn. Not sure if the actual hotel rendering is from the actual owner:

 

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wtf.. they left those stubs sticking out on the right side that was supposed to be for a skybridge to the old building or something?

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I went to the Main Street TIRZ meeting this evening. Largely uneventful as they only have a budget of $9mm and have to make repair and small upgrades to the entire length of downtown Main Street (although the landscaping will look nice). In this photo of their South Downtown streetscape, there is a rendering of the renovated Holiday Inn. Not sure if the actual hotel rendering is from the actual owner:

 

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Ah, I wanted to take a photo but wasn't sure if that'd be okay. I was the only one there tonight that wasn't a resident or works downtown. 

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Official or not, this is one ugly hotel, but from what I read on here it will be a cheap (perhaps even the cheapest) hotel option in downtown.  I like that type of honesty so alright.  But I wish they imploded it along with the building on the right (Days Inn). 

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But I wish they imploded it along with the building on the right (Days Inn). 

 

Careful, statements like that will have the preservationists on this board at your throat in no time.

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I'm frequently among the preservationists on the board, but in this case I don't think the Savoy has any particular architectural value that would merit its preservation.  It's nice and all that they are re-using the existing building, but if they had chosen to demolish it wouldn't have been much of a loss.  I kind of like it better with the revised paint scheme.

 

 

 

 

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Careful, statements like that will have the preservationists on this board at your throat in no time.

 

Nah, as one of the "preservation twins," I can say it wouldn't be a big deal if either of these were imploded, and if it were the Days Inn, I'd help swing the wrecking ball myself.  The thing about us preservationists, we don't just want to preserve buildings because they're old, but mainly if they are historically significant or contribute to the architectural landscape, like the Astrodome (world's first domed stadium) or 806 Main (Houston's first skyscraper) or the recently demolished Prudential Building (landmark example of an early modern skyscraper / Houston's first highrise outside of downtown).

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The Days Inn is quite something. I doubt that it will even make visually interesting urban decay as it rots away. It's freaking huge too in a sea of mostly empty lots.

 

Maybe they'll eventually build tall buildings all around it and hide it from everyone.  

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