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Sorry for the delay!  Was this what you had in mind, @bobruss?    

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I just spoke with the guy operating the excavator, and he confirmed that the digging is for a patio for franks (i.e. beer garden). This is good news and bad news. I love the idea of a beer garden, but it would be great to see the tower construction begin.

So this new luxury property is going to share a property line with a noisy outdoor beer garden?

Many would not have a problem with this but I would not rent on a low floor on that side of the building. Too noisy for me.

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You'd be suprised, I lived on the 19th floor in Houston House for years, and I could hear people coughing at the bus stop down below.

Yep.

I was in a New York City hotel a bit ago on a floor in the high-teens as I recall. Outdoor patio below (confined by 4 walls ... 1 my tall hotel wall.... 3 other less than 4 stories each). I could hear all the hootin' and hollerin' from about 10 total people as if they were standing at my window.

Noise is part of city life. That is true. And if you live in the city you must be somewhat tolerant of that fact.... But, as I said, many will not find this outdoor beer garden a noise issue, many others, including myself, would pass on a place on a lower floor that overlooked it.

Does anyone know if there will also be amplified music piped into this beer garden or will it just be for seating only?

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When I ran Cabo's at night downtown, when it first opened Randall Davis would come over to complain that his tenants were complaining about the trash being thrown out late at night. Lots of beer and liquor bottles hitting those metal dumpsters make a lot of noise. I would imagine that these new towers will have better windows for sound absorption. I think I might have made that word up but I'm sticking with it. Also I'll mention it again , I did get a call from hines office yesterday. I had called to find out from them about this project. The guy called back and said it was a definite go. They just got final drawings and now have a contractor. My brother lives next to a hines exec and I asked him to ask about their projects. He said that both the Market Square and Caroline museum district towers would be going up before December.

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Yep.

I was in a New York City hotel a bit ago on a floor in the high-teens as I recall. Outdoor patio below (confined by 4 walls ... 1 my tall hotel wall.... 3 other less than 4 stories each). I could hear all the hootin' and hollerin' from about 10 total people as if they were standing at my window.

Noise is part of city life. That is true. And if you live in the city you must be somewhat tolerant of that fact.... But, as I said, many will not find this outdoor beer garden a noise issue, many others, including myself, would pass on a place on a lower floor that overlooked it.

Does anyone know if there will also be amplified music piped into this beer garden or will it just be for seating only?

 

 

You'd be suprised, I lived on the 19th floor in Houston House for years, and I could hear people coughing at the bus stop down below.

 

They might be able to install dampening, but that sound is going to reverberate quite a bit off the concrete walls and ground.  It will be really bad for residents if they allow live music.

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They might be able to install dampening, but that sound is going to reverberate quite a bit off the concrete walls and ground.  It will be really bad for residents if they allow live music.

 Doesn't seem like a large enough space for live music, but that magician may get a little rowdy. Market Square Park has live music occasionally.

 

 

 

A garden immediately next to an active construction site sounds like a pretty poor place to enjoy a beer.

Unless you're an HAIFer.

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On the same token, if you make the decision to live in a city's downtown area with action and nightlife surrounding you, you should expect that this is what comes with urban living.

You are not in a high rise in the middle of a cow pasture in Lumberton Texas, and shouldn't expect it to be as quiet.

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A garden immediately next to an active construction site sounds like a pretty poor place to enjoy a beer. Frank must be taking the long view on this one.

indeed, it could be a haifer hangout. I think it might be a great place after the construction is done.

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The excavator that was digging at Franks has broken ground in the middle of the lot (it also appears that they took down the pay station). I spoke with the excavator operator the other day, and he said that Cherry (the company) was going to excavate both lots. Maybe they are ready to move on this project too?

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Is it really going below surface?

 

Oh, yeah - it sure is.  I walked by it this morning and was surprised by how deep it was going right next to the back wall of the Citizens Bank Building.

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Difficult to tell exactly what they are digging out. It certainly does not look like a systematic clearing of the entre lot at this point, but it may be.

 

But I'll play wild speculation anyway. I suppose it is possible that they are going after particular old foundations under the parking lot pavement, but that is nothing but a barely supported guess based on the huge number of sample holes I saw drilled in the lot a while back.

 

In any case, they have not taken down the power line feed to the pole in th center of the lot yet.  The lot is not yet fenced, but looking at it this morning, it looks like they filled in the holes that were dug up yesterday.

 

Maybe that supports my pre-build planning archaeology theory.

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I was wondering the same thing, since they're basically using a hedgerow and caution tape as barriers.  Makes me think they are just clearing the lot now due to the fact that they happen to have someone with an excavator next door.

 

If I'm viewing the picture accurately, there is no fence surrounding the property. Could there be a liability issue as per the excavation?

 

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Now named...One Market Square

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2014/09/18/more-details-unveiled-in-houston-high-rise.html?page=2

 

One Market Square

Location: Travis Street and Preston Street, in downtown Houston
Size: 32 stories, including an eight-story podium garage
Number of units: 274, ranging in size from 650-square-foot studios to 3,000-square-foot units
Average unit size: 1,200 square feet
Amenities: 24/7 concierge, valet and porter service, gym, grand living room, Internet cafe, gourmet cooking kitchen, movie theater and aqua lounge. Granite countertops, Italian cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, gas stoves and hardwood floors inside the units
Rent price: Not yet released, but will be priced higher than Hines’ other two multifamily projects under development
Estimated completion: September 2016

Unique feature: Built in a historic district, the high-rise’s base incorporates historical architectural features, like brick and cast stone, while the tower will be built out of modern glass and steel. The ground level will feature retail — including a restaurant, café and possibly a boutique grocery store — as well as a pocket park,

 

 

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Yeah idk what's with all the "One" namepicks for all the towers. One park pl, One Market Square, etc.

Starting to sound a little cheesy to me.

Only two examples... :P

When developers can't come up with swanky names I prefer just the street address. OPP gets away with it in my eyes because it's focal point of Discovery Green.

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"Amenities: 24/7 concierge, valet and porter service, gym, grand living room, Internet cafe, gourmet cooking kitchen, movie theater and aqua lounge. Granite countertops, Italian cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, gas stoves and hardwood floors inside the units"

What the hell are "Italian cabinets"? And, for the record, why would I, or anyone, care?

Are these "Italian cabinets" better for storing pasta then other cabinets?

Oh, and those appliances. Are they Chinese appliances?

Mexican hardwood floors? And New Hampshire granite?

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It is a marketing throwaway like "Corinthian leather". It is supposed to be evocative of style, but you are not supposed to think about it.

Darn it! There I go thinking again.

Personally, the stone counterops have more relevance to me. "Brazilian granite" or something might actually mean something if I was a rock hound.

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