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I am surprised nobody has mentioned this news... Lyme Properties of Cambridge, MA has announced that it has closed on property located at 1911 Holcombe between the Spires Condo and the Ronald McDonald House. Plans call for a building that will house 25,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space, 125,000 square feet of research and lab space, and 350,000 square feet of medical office space.

The best news is that Lyme Properties erects FIRST CLASS projects. Here's a look at a similar sized building rising in Boston's Longwood Medical Center right now. The Blackfan Research Center will have underground parking and rise 300 feet above ground (18 floors).

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It's also another sign that the Texas Medical Center is really taking off. I cant wait to see what the Houston project will look like. To see more examples of Lyme's work, check out www.lymeproperties.com

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WOW! This thing looks awesome, although it will change the way the Holcome entrance into the Main TMC will look like. Ive always enjoyed the nice wooded drive into the main part. oh well, this is a beautiful building!

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Actually, 1900 Holcombe is a different project located across the street.

1900 is a proposal for a 30 floor residential tower featuring rental units. The developer is the same one that is constructing the Dominion on Post Oak building right now.

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The only empty lot on Holcombe between the south bank of Braes Bayou and Almeda, on either side of the street, is between the Spires and the Ronald McDonald House. This lot was, I believe, originally intended for a twin of the Spires. There is a 'Now Leasing' sign on the property which has been in place for several months. Between that lot and the RMc House is where the already approved Cambridge Street bridge (connecting at the Confederate monument on MacGregor) is to be constructed. Is it possible the VA is releasing that corner on the south side of Cambridge? They have already relinquished a very large easement for the widening of Cambridge Street to Old Spanish Trail, which includes a 30 foot buffer, separating the Devonshire neighborhood from the pending street project. Incidentally, the bridge, which was highly contested along with the street project by the local homeowner's associations, is supposedly to be an 'ornamental-type' design. Anyone know who's designing it?

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The only empty lot on Holcombe between the south bank of Braes Bayou and Almeda, on either side of the street, is between the Spires and the Ronald McDonald House. This lot was, I believe, originally intended for a twin of the Spires. There is a 'Now Leasing' sign on the property which has been in place for several months. Between that lot and the RMc House is where the already approved Cambridge Street bridge (connecting at the Confederate monument on MacGregor) is to be constructed. Is it possible the VA is releasing that corner on the south side of Holcombe? They have already relinquished a very large easement for the widening of Cambridge Street to Old Spanish Trail, which includes a 30 foot buffer, separating the Devonshire neighborhood from the pending street project. Incidentally, the bridge, which was highly contested along with the street project by the local homeowner's associations, is supposedly to be an 'ornamental-type' design. Anyone know who's designing it?

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http://listings.cushwake.com/us/exclusive/...;SL=No&FS=1 says

As exclusive agent, we are pleased to offer the following property for sale: 2.0 Acres Available tab_L.gifP r o p e r t y D e s c r i p t i o n tab_R.giftrans.giftrans.gifProperty Type: Land Property Size: 2.0 AC Sale Price: $ 13,184,250 trans.giftrans.gifDescription: On NEC of Holcombe Boulevard and the Cambridge Street extension (to be completed by spring 2008). Full utilities to the site. Amenities: On NEC of Holcombe Boulevard and the Cambridge Street extension (to be completed by Spring 2008); excellent potential for medical, office, residential or mixed-use; full utilities to the site.

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Lyme Properties pulled out of the project about six months ago and sold the property. The property is for sale again--the price I heard was $9.2 million, not $13+ million. The Cambridge extension will take a little land from that site, but most will come from the Ronald McDonald property. There are Relaint easements along the bayou side of the property which was one of the reasons Lyme pulled out. GSO has been contemplating putting property at the SE corner of Holcombe and Cambridge on the market. Several medical institutions (as well as Lyme) have discussed the property, but nothing has happened. The government moves slowly. I expect Lyme lost interest when they abandoned their plans for the property adjacent to The Spires.

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Does anyone know what will happen to the little Devonshire neighborhood? That's the small(three streets) neighborhood between Cambridge and Staffordshire, behind where the proposed Cambridge Tower on Woodbury will go and in front of the propsed Baylor Hospital..

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Does anyone know what will happen to the little Devonshire neighborhood? That's the small(three streets) neighborhood between Cambridge and Staffordshire, behind where the proposed Cambridge Tower on Woodbury will go and in front of the propsed Baylor Hospital..

it will all be gone in a matter of time. at last count, there are only about seventeen 1920s - 50s era homes left.

there's more talk about Devonshire in these threads:

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...?showtopic=7864

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...showtopic=11102

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Bisnow reports of a 2 acre site at Cambridge and Holcombe in medical center that will be put into the market. It's said a highrise will be seen there.

 

http://www.bisnow.com/commercial-real-estate/houston/multifamily-monday-private-equity-goes-suburban/

 

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 And in a few weeks, they're bringing to market a Med Center site—pictured, two acres at Cambridge and Holcombe—that'll see high-rise development (they've already received hotel and multifamily offers).

 

 

 

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Renderings and latest info:

 

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2015/01/dinerstein-to-break-ground-on-high-rise-rental-tower/#21137101=0

 

 

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Sweet! I was just wondering if anything else would ever go up near The Spires

 

Haha, I know. I knew it was a matter of time before something would be announced.

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Not really surprised - the original plan for The Spires called for two identical residential towers. The bust in the 80s killed that version of the proposal though.

 

Looking forward to seeing more about the plans for this site.

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Not really surprised - the original plan for The Spires called for two identical residential towers. The bust in the 80s killed that version of the proposal though.

Looking forward to seeing more about the plans for this site.

That explains why it's called the SpireS, plural.. They said plans would be announced in a few weeks right?

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No that it will be put into the market in a few weeks.

 

Exactly.  They are putting the land on the market in a few weeks

 

They said they'd received some off the market offers that lead them to believe it will wind up being a high rise, but it seems we're a ways off from hearing anything concrete on this

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I'm wildly in love with this. Love the shape, colors, everything about it. Even the parking garage.

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wait am I really the only person who thinks this is bad 1980s design?

 

definitely looks like something designed before I was born, but it's a-ight.

 

garage is barf worthy

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I know. Why couldn't it have been shaped like a square box? We need more buildings with 4 sides and a flat roof.

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I really like it. Yes...looks also a bit retro Miami, without seeming too phony. Something new for houston. Good design for park front...since we don't have beachfront.

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I too get the retro vibe from this design.  It mainly reminds me of so many 3-winged hotels (often Hyatts) from the 60-70s with circular revolving restaurants on top.  Even the 1957 Dallas Statler Hilton has that general shape (minus the revolving restaurant).

 

However, the big, undisguised parking podium does make it seem more uniquely Houston.  

 

That said, I don't hate it.  At least the details of the facade are more interesting than those of The Spires next door. 

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Yeah the building itself is somewhat retro, but the real problem is the parking podium.

It's pretty horrible and it's siting just seems bizarre and disconnected from everything.

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I like it. It's going to have great views and a great location right next to Hermann Park. Dinerstein usually does rental apartments and I'd have to think there's a huge market being right next to the Med Center. 

 

The people in the Western units of The Spires on floors 4-20 will lose their views but that was going to eventually happened. This is the lot that had a medical/office planned for it by some company out of Cambridge, Mass. 

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Parking podiums are a necessary evil. Additionally, this is adjacent to the Braes Bayou and I know first hand the garage at The Spires has flooded before. Would you rather a parking podium flood or the main lobby of the tower?

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I wasn't criticizing the fact that there's a parking podium; I was criticizing the fact that this particular parking podium is bad and completely isolates the tower from its site and context. 

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I actually kind of like the garage.. But agree the layout/podium isolates the tower from any street/bayou interaction._

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I wonder if the circular feature at the top is just a crown or whether that area will be used for something.  It could be a cool amenities room for parties.  

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There's no law that says that parking podiums (podia?) must take up every square inch of whatever floor they're on.  Downtown and the medical center are replete with buildings that have lobbies, common ameneties, GFR, etc. on the first floor (or maybe two), podium above that, and people space above that.  Likewise, I'm perfectly comfortable with the idea of form following function, but really, do we have to advertise that it's a parking ramp?

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