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22 Waugh: 25-story tower near the Heights

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It's clean, I like it.

Why would Stream build this on a spec basis when they haven't even obtained enough tenants for their downtown site? Different markets/price points?

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This is an invasion! Think about the amount of traffic this will bring! Think about the jobs that will be lost when they have to tear down the outdated existing building! Why should I get a closer convenient Walma-- I mean, why should I get a closer convenient job! This will undoubtedly improve the infrastructure on the surrounding streets but I prefer to find the potholes and cracks to be historic! I hate progress. I absolutely hate it. 

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Also, another score for swtsig for tipping us off to this one last week.

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This should have gone downtown.

 

I'd imagine the amount of money to buy this property would be cheaper than having to buy downtown. 

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It's clean, I like it.

Why would Stream build this on a spec basis when they haven't even obtained enough tenants for their downtown site? Different markets/price points?

 

That probably has more to do with it than anything else but a 25 story building with 220,000 SF is a much safer bet than a 40-50 story tower with 800,000+SF.  

 

I think it's safe to assume this is a direct result of the Walmart opening up the street.  It's really transforming the area :)

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So this will most likely take up the NW corner I would guess?

 

I know Walmart isn't a "cool" development and can't say that this is the motive for development in the area, but between the strip mall developments and apts near the railroad this is a pretty nice infill.

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Not on a corner at all. Southwest side, second lot south from the corner.

 

So is it going on the land surrounded by Barnes St, Hartman St, & Waugh Dr . . . Or Waugh Dr, Raymond St, South Heights Blvd, & Barnes St?

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The address is 22 Waugh, which puts it on the SW corner of Waugh and Rose. The lot currently contains a low-rise building that appears to be used by HCC. It's definitely an improvement to what's here now.

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Always nice to see a new high rise proposal, I hope it comes to fruition.

It seems like spec developments are more likely to happen since they don't have to wait for a tenant to sign first

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Is this tower taking the land under the town-homes to the south of the HCC bldg? That rendering POV looks to be about from Sammy's across the street.

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Austin Commercial has been verbally awarded 22 Waugh, a new 22-story boutique office building for Stream Realty. The $40 million, 220,000-square-foot project is located just west of downtown Houston at the corner of Waugh & Washington, and features 11 stories of office building on top of 11 levels of parking. Preconstruction starts immediately, with groundbreaking currently scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.

http://www.austin-ind.com/news/commercial/austin-awarded-boutique-office-building-project-in-houston/

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22 Waugh provides an unmatched opportunity to be in astate-of-the-art new building with direct access to I-10, as well as proximity to Houston’s finest neighborhoods such as River Oaks, Tanglewood and the Memorial Villages. In addition to on-site retail, the building is within walking distance of Washington Avenue, which hosts a wide array of dining and shopping choices in this high-energy area. The podium structured building provides unobstructed, 360-degree views of the CBD, Galleria, Buffalo Bayou and Memorial Park, creating an ideal office environment on every floor.

http://www.streamrealty.com/property/Houston/Twenty-Two-Waugh

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So this will replace Jack-in-the-Box?

Jack in the box is on shepherd. I think this will be replacing an old Spanish style lowrise office building a block south of Washington on Waugh. I could be wrong, but that lot seems large enough for this development. They boast uninstructed views, but the sterling bank building could be a problem there

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But the name of the roads change when it gets to Washington its then called Height's Boulevard. So is it going to be on W Dallas or Washington.

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It's nice to have 360-degree views and it seems this is a factor in location choices for developers. I wonder if this fact will keep downtown and the galleria area from densifying more quickly?

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Twenty-Two Waugh is being designed to be in a state-of-the-art, Class AA office building with direct access to major streets and freeways, as well as proximity to Downtown Houston and many of Houston’s finest residential neighborhoods. In addition to on-site retail, the 221,425-square-foot building is within walking distance of a lively dining and shopping district.

The podium-structured, 25-story building will provide unobstructed, 360-degree views of Houston’s central business district, the Galleria, Buffalo Bayou and Memorial Park, creating an ideal office environment on every floor. A roof-top terrace on top of the parking garage will be available to all tenants. The project is planned to meet LEED certification.

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http://pagethink.com/v/project-detail/Twenty-Two-Waugh/6n/

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Decent-looking building.  But this must be the most inappropriately-located development project of everything going on in Houston right now.  I hope this one does not happen.

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It's like an old man in the middle a bunch of cool college kids. It does seem a little out of place.

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Uhh.... why is it inappropriate? There are several other office towers right next to this.. In fact, my stepmom works in one right next to this that was built in the 80s. 

 

Edit: Right next to this is 12-story 55 Waugh and then a much small office building called 100 Waugh.

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Should we file a nuisance suit against the developer? C'mon, this site is along a six-lane thoroughfare within a half mile of two major controlled access parkways.

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Uhh.... why is it inappropriate? There are several other office towers right next to this.. In fact, my stepmom works in one right next to this that was built in the 80s. 

 

Edit: Right next to this is 12-story 55 Waugh and then a much small office building called 100 Waugh.

 

That's kinda the point.  The largest building in the area, by far, is 12 stories.   Everything else in the Waugh/Washington area is low-rise. This proposal is 25 stories.  FWIW, I'm not crazy about Hines' San Felipe proposal either, but it is less inappropriate than this one.

 

For the record, Triton apparently has a different definition of "next to" than I do.  According to Google maps, right next to this site (to the south) is a community of townhouses, not a 12-story building.  Next to the community of townhouses is the 2-story United Way headquarters.  The 12 story building is across Waugh from the United Way HQ.

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Should we file a nuisance suit against the developer? C'mon, this site is along a six-lane thoroughfare within a half mile of two major controlled access parkways.

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Too often, threads turn into a non-ironic "2/10, Would Not Build" competition.

 

Let's be thankful that we're in Houston and there are so many building projects throughout town, compared to pretty much any other place in the country.

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That's kinda the point.  The largest building in the area, by far, is 12 stories.   Everything else in the Waugh/Washington area is low-rise. This proposal is 25 stories.  FWIW, I'm not crazy about Hines' San Felipe proposal either, but it is less inappropriate than this one.

 

For the record, Triton apparently has a different definition of "next to" than I do.  According to Google maps, right next to this site (to the south) is a community of townhouses, not a 12-story building.  Next to the community of townhouses is the 2-story United Way headquarters.  The 12 story building is across Waugh from the United Way HQ.

 

It's all about context. I'm guessing you don't even live in this area so you don't know what this area truly looks like from the ground.

 

I guess we need to tear down Memorial by Windsor because it is sooooo out of place next to the other townhomes. I think you need to look at the area again and stop judging this tower based off the renderings because, first off, the renderings purposely take out even the minor things such as all the powerlines along Washington. They also scrub out 55 Waugh. It's not that out of place.

 

Again, you need to go to Google Maps again and look at this area in context.

 

You want to talk about inappropriate? What about the America Tower right down the road! Wow.

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Waugh at Memorial/Allen Pkway = office building central and this one wont even be the tallest.

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Waugh at Memorial/Allen Pkway = office building central and this one wont even be the tallest.

 

Exactly.

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I don't mind the building itself or even the location, but the chaos that is washington is doomed for failure.

 

It takes no zoning to new heights.  Parking lots, garden apts, office building, strip mall, body shop...

 

I really wish some developer would take Washington near downtown and build off of market square outwards...not just a bunch on BS scattered on a 2 ish mile stretch.

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It takes no zoning to new heights.  Parking lots, garden apts, office building, strip mall, body shop...

 

This is the reason I like it. It stays true to the Houston form.

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It's like an old man in the middle a bunch of cool college kids. It does seem a little out of place.

Its the light tan and light blue colors, IMO. I don't know, I like this one, but something about it just screams "I'M FROM 1995!"

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Its the light tan and light blue colors, IMO. I don't know, I like this one, but something about it just screams "I'M FROM 1995!"

Haha! I don't know what your're talking about but that tower is state of the art. It will become the crown jewel of Houston architecture in the new millennium, literally taking the crown away from the Memorial City Memorial Hermann.

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It's all about context. I'm guessing you don't even live in this area so you don't know what this area truly looks like from the ground.

 

 

 One has to live in an area to know what it looks like from the ground?    Very odd.

 

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I guess we need to tear down Memorial by Windsor because it is sooooo out of place next to the other townhomes. I think you need to look at the area again and stop judging this tower based off the renderings because, first off, the renderings purposely take out even the minor things such as all the powerlines along Washington. They also scrub out 55 Waugh. It's not that out of place.

 

Of course you know very well nobody suggested tearing anything down or, for that matter, even blocking construction.

 

I have looked at the area in person (even though I don't live in the immediate neighborhood I am allowed and able to do that).

 

 

I know very well that it is all about context and I don't think this building fits in the context of Washington Ave ... at all.  I recognize you disagree.  That's totally cool.  C'est la vie.

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