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With the falling of Comcast Sports Net what is the future of the space they are using at GreenStreet? hopefully rootsports will move somewhere else so they can put something more useful in that space

like what dude..So far midway has brought a software company and a up scale salad bar...not exactly the fashion or entertainment nexus this place was supposed to be when it was proposed...right now midway seems more concerned with filling space not with what in that space
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I can't imagine that Comcast is going to give up entirely on CSN, though that may be why the local sports teams are bitching.

sorry man but I think can Houston is dead..they have already fired 75 of their 115 man staff and the rest have had their contact picked up by root...
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Part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy is that the debtor has the option to either accept or reject ongoing contracts (such as leases) as a part of how it is reorganizing.  BTW, "reorganizing" does not necessarily mean that the business will actually continue - perhaps the better way to think of it is as reorganizing who gets paid, how much, and when.  I haven't dug through the bankruptcy docket, but I wouldn't be surprised if this lease ends up being rejected.

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BisNow says the Alessandra is still scheduled to open in late 2016.

One of the hold-ups is the same thing that is affecting all Houston projects - it's taken longer to get started because of higher costs and labor shortages. That may only get worse.

Midway needs another component to make their project more successful. Sure there is a lot of foot traffic that may come from all of this residential development, but Midway realizes that they need something inside Greenstreet itself besides retail.

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having retail, office and hospitality should be plenty

I agree ....

But....

As of now they don't have much retail. What they have is dining and entertainment. There are only two retail stores in GreenStreet (F21 and that BCGmax thing). Much of the space that I thought that they would convert to retail will now be the hotel. Perhaps the hotel will have that space turned into retail on the street.

F21 seems always busy. There does not seem to be a shortage of shoppers who are buying.

GreenStreet has a lot of promise. Hopefully it will be realized but, so far, other than cosmetic changes, nothing more has been improved.

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I agree ....

But....

As of now they don't have much retail. What they have is dining and entertainment. There are only two retail stores in GreenStreet (F21 and that BCGmax thing). Much of the space that I thought that they would convert to retail will now be the hotel. Perhaps the hotel will have that space turned into retail on the street.

F21 seems always busy. There does not seem to be a shortage of shoppers who are buying.

GreenStreet has a lot of promise. Hopefully it will be realized but, so far, other than cosmetic changes, nothing more has been improved.

The hotel is supposed to have like 7,000 sq ft of retail I believe..

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The hotel is supposed to have like 7,000 sq ft of retail I believe..

Great! But I am always skeptical of this..... What "retail" does the "typical" hotel offer? Do they typically offer clothing stores? Maybe. Jewlery stores? Maybe. Discount department stores? No. High end leather goods store? Doubtful. Men's clothing store like Norton Ditto or Sid Mashburn? Maybe, but I doubt it. ...

What hotels tend to offer is..... Wait for it...... Wait for it...... Restaurants, Starbucks, and bars....... Downtown, and Greenstreet in particular, don't need more of that......

Time will tell what this 7,000 sq ft of retail at the bottom of the hotel will be fitted for.

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great points utterly urban.. considering the hotel will already have a bar and restaurant, maybe this will actually be real retail/shopping.

 

A few more details on the hotel:

 

http://www.archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=7309

 

 

“Iconic” is the word that design architect Kap Malik of Gensler emphasized while describing Hotel Alessandra, the latest luxury accommodation set to rise in downtown Houston. Developer Midway

 

Companies commissioned the 25-story, 225-room hotel, which will also feature retail, residential, and entertainment space. Slated for completion in time for Superbowl LI in 2017, the project’s sleek design “looks toward the future,” said Malik.

Client check-in is in a 24th-floor sky lobby. A wine bar, pool deck with a retractable roof, and fine dining restaurant on the 25th floor immerse guests in both luxury and a panoramic view of the city. The ground floor boasts conference facilities. Malik designed the hotel with “something on every level” and each room will be decked out with the latest technology.

Glass ceilings permit guests in the lobby to see through to the top floor restaurant. Visual continuity is a motif that Malik incorporated throughout the design, most noticeably with the use of the “eyebrow,” a unifying design element that stretches from the top of the hotel to the bottom. The swooping line, highlighted at night by LEDs, seeks to communicate elegance and luxury.

Malik’s use of exterior materials dovetails with the eyebrow’s profile, with rough textures graduating to more delicate surfaces up the elevation. The base of the building incorporates stone, glass, and metal, while the tower skin features dichroic glass that emits colored hues when struck by light. The result is a unique pattern that changes throughout the course of each day—a kaleidoscopic effect that offers a uniform brilliance to the whole design.

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If they're starting in March 2015, they'll have only 21 months to get the project done before Super Bowl weekend. That's cutting it close.

 

I also have the nagging suspicion they will ditch a few of the more high-end architectural frills to keep the cost within budget.

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If they're starting in March 2015, they'll have only 21 months to get the project done before Super Bowl weekend. That's cutting it close.

I also have the nagging suspicion they will ditch a few of the more high-end architectural frills to keep the cost within budget.

Ya think?
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beautiful illustrations tigereye.  midway cos, certainly know's just how to bring upon the romanticism.  patron's, are going to want to head up to GREEN STREET just to gaze at the blue fountains at night.  can anyone just imagine what all is set to take place upon the arrival of HOTEL ALESSANDRA...

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beautiful illustrations tigereye.  midway cos, certainly know's just how to bring upon the romanticism.  patron's, are going to want to head up to GREEN STREET just to gaze at the blue fountains at night.  can anyone just imagine what all is set to take place upon the arrival of HOTEL ALESSANDRA...

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It's about to get crazy amazing downtown! It's easy to say Houston is leading right now in urban development and growth in TX. And a solid vibrant downtown is a must if this city sees itself progressing as it should. 

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omg HAIF!  HOTEL VALENCIA RIVERWALK in san antonio,


is also owned / operated as per houston's valencia group.. HOTEL SORRELLA, is also upon their brilliant repertoire.


this boutique hotel is indeed a gem of central texas.  a conde naste award winner.


this can only mean that this new GREENSTREET hotel.. shall indeed become a masterpiece.


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Esperson Gallery has joined the roster of tenants at GreenStreet, where it occupies 3,959 square feet of space at the corner of Fannin and Polk in downtown. The gallery is part of Midway’s mixed-use development. Houstonians David Adickes , Kelley Devine, Allison Hunter, Taft McWhorter, Kent Schaffer, Lee Carrier, Willy Gardiner, and GONZO247, are all represented by Esperson Gallery at GreenStreet, along with New York photographer Lyle Owerko, New York painter/scientist Jen Hannaford,  L.A. artist Steven Silverstein and Chicago artists Richard Blanco and Tracy Jones.

Founder Tammy Dowe said in an announcement:

We are very excited to have opened the new gallery doors this month at Esperson Gallery at GreenStreet. Houston is a world-class arts city, and Esperson Gallery at GreenStreet will offer an exciting, eclectic program of work at the new space – both inside the gallery and at GreenStreet’s vast green space The Lawn.  In addition to visual arts, paintings, charcoals, and sculpture works, visitors and collectors can expect to be treated to culinary arts, cinema, music, spoken word, dance, theatre, literary readings, and much more! The gallery is available for rental for private events, but its first public exhibition, 
Peep Show
, opens on Thursday, November 20, 5 – 8PM, and features works by Museum of Fine Arts Houston permanent collection artist Allison Hunter, sculptor-painter Kelley Devine, and new talent, Willy Gardiner.

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2014/11/retail-wrap-esperson-gallery-in-downtowns-greenstreet-9-rounds-in-montrose-dans-seafood-in-east-houston/

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this is magnificent news!  props for sharing mab.  maintaining  such a fine art gallery upon this site, only enhances the overall objective as per midway cos. to exhibit only the finest merchants / institutions upon this burgeoning development.

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I heard from a higher-up at Gensler that there's a possibility this wouldn't be built. He wouldn't give me any details, so I don't know how strong that possibility is. I hope not very strong.

With $54 oil, I would assume that every developer in town is looking much harder at every planned project that they have and is trying to cypher what the demand for the project will be in two years.

I would like this hotel to be built but, what does hotel demand in downtown look like in two years (after the two weeks of the Super Bowl)? The answer to that will be significantly dictated by where one thinks energy prices are going.

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I heard from a higher-up at Gensler that there's a possibility this wouldn't be built. He wouldn't give me any details, so I don't know how strong that possibility is. I hope not very strong.

 

Uhhh... how about the guy who is actually developing this hotel who said it would start early next year just a few days ago....

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