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I would like to see the companies that I work for/with take up some of the space in the 30-40 year old buildings instead of moving to the suburbs. I've been involved in 2 moves to the suburbs because of the high cost of office space in the core. Shouldn't some of the space being opened up by the flight to quality make the older buildings more affordable or is there some economic reason that this doesn't work. 

 

Bottom line, why do I have to work in Sugarland or halfway to Katy when there is empty space downtown? Maybe we need to stop upgrading to attract new tenants and invest that money in lowering lease rates to attract more businesses to the core. 

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Since the previous image I posted in the Regent Square thread was so well received, I thought I'd do another one, but with a bigger scope that includes other big projects (not all for sure).  

Now try. As well as those that probably couldn't see it before. Forgot to press the share button and give permissions to those who have the link to access the map. Let me know if it works.  

LATEST DEVELOPMENT MAP, 2019 - thanks @Luminare!   https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/viewer?hl=en&ll=29.74450800320124%2C-95.37503325305198&z=16&mid=1J_89cR1sxP4muIAHRJlm6TajoQPy

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21 minutes ago, jgriff said:

Maybe we need to stop upgrading to attract new tenants and invest that money in lowering lease rates to attract more businesses to the core. 

 

Your basically advocating for rent freezing or how affordable housing is regulated which not only has been proven not to work in the general sense (only really works in isolated instances) it certainly goes against the ethos of our city. The market at some point or another figures it out, and finds a way to correct itself.

 

23 minutes ago, jgriff said:

I would like to see the companies that I work for/with take up some of the space in the 30-40 year old buildings instead of moving to the suburbs. I've been involved in 2 moves to the suburbs because of the high cost of office space in the core. Shouldn't some of the space being opened up by the flight to quality make the older buildings more affordable or is there some economic reason that this doesn't work.

 

This is exactly what I'm talking about though. Not only do we have an abnormal amount of office stock compared to the size of our population, but its also scattered throughout the entire city and isn't concentrated in one location. Because there is so much cheap space to choose from elsewhere in the city people can avoid the more costly aging stock in downtown. If the enormous stock in the burbs didn't exist then your only option would be downtown, but even if we took the burbs away you still have options in multiple hubs from Downtown, TMC, Uptown, City Centre, Energy Corridor, 1-10 in general, North 610 in general, 290 in general, SpringWoods Village, The Woodlands, etc... What we could do as an option is retrofit older offices to new using like housing whether luxury or affordable housing, whatever it is that we need. The only market that is booming is new construction because again, while spec is still being built its more match with the actual market than the pure speculative building during the boom/bust cycles. The other trend is new office that is focused on one main tenant before its even built, and the it loads up with smaller ones to fill it out rather than just build one building and the lease it all afterwards.

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On 2/7/2020 at 2:25 PM, Luminare said:

This is exactly what I'm talking about though. Not only do we have an abnormal amount of office stock compared to the size of our population, but its also scattered throughout the entire city and isn't concentrated in one location. Because there is so much cheap space to choose from elsewhere in the city people can avoid the more costly aging stock in downtown. 

 

Land values are still fairly cheap throughout Houston but with so much office stock is there any reason to think we will start to see office to apartment/condo conversions outside of Downtown?

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13 hours ago, BeerNut said:

 

Land values are still fairly cheap throughout Houston but with so much office stock is there any reason to think we will start to see office to apartment/condo conversions outside of Downtown?

 

Few of my projects outside of Houston have been office --->hotel conversions. Havent seen it too much in Houston yet. 

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On 2/7/2020 at 1:52 PM, jgriff said:

I would like to see the companies that I work for/with take up some of the space in the 30-40 year old buildings instead of moving to the suburbs. I've been involved in 2 moves to the suburbs because of the high cost of office space in the core. Shouldn't some of the space being opened up by the flight to quality make the older buildings more affordable or is there some economic reason that this doesn't work. 

 

Bottom line, why do I have to work in Sugarland or halfway to Katy when there is empty space downtown? Maybe we need to stop upgrading to attract new tenants and invest that money in lowering lease rates to attract more businesses to the core. 

I would too.

I miss the charm of downtown. 

The plethora of dining options.

The ease of transit.

The parks.

 

The souless suburban blandness is really depressing. It's like a daily dose of plain oatmeal- wholesome but so unexciting.

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1 hour ago, Avossos said:

 

 

that is a great analogy. working downtown is great.

It has its problems. Getting parking, exiting parking at the end of the day rush hour, some streets are stinky, getting accosted by the homeless... But the amenities in an organically grown business district for me far out-weight  any perks of suburban office parks. 
 

@Texasota by wholesome I mean being safe and isolated in one's own little car, not having to interact with homeless (or pigeons), cleaner (sterile) less hustle and bustle, safely surrounded by huge lots  tucked in to an office parks. In other words, wholesome in the minds of people who appreciate limited city interaction

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---Sunday Update---

v.02 - Alpha - Content Development - Development Update 004

 

For the next few updates I'll be focusing exclusively on "content", in other words, the projects themselves and getting as many on the map and spreadsheet as possible, as this is still the most lacking. I'll be adding a few other things here and there, but that will be the focus going forward.

 

This update had been delayed for a bit due to irl obligations, but I did manage to get one big item off my list and that was all the MetroNext updates off my plate. The title of the update might as well be that, but I also did some other stuff as well. Anyway, lets get to it.

EDIT: Every Wednesday following an update all designations such as "NEW", "UPDATED", and "CHANGE OF CATEGORY" will be wiped clean to make room for the next update, so if you want to see what I did, then please look on the spreadsheet before Wednesday to see what is new, updated, or changed categories before I wipe it clean.

 

Reminder, I do name things different than names of topics on this forum. This is so I can manage both the map and spreadsheet more effectively, and keep things rather standardized. If a name doesn't sound familiar to you then please refer to my new spread sheet! Which can then help you locate the forum discussion and the address which you can then find on the map. Link below:

 

(Spreadsheet)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12R-HUQA61iHwOnsu3ejahd4vDlz3UuWjOSaE_na2xp4/edit?usp=sharing

 

(Map)

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/viewer?hl=en&ll=29.74450800320124%2C-95.37503325305198&z=16&mid=1J_89cR1sxP4muIAHRJlm6TajoQPyoswJ

 

--Added to Spreadsheet--

 

(ON-THE-MARKET, POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT)

 

-WESTMONT

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL J - FUTURE

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL F - FUTURE

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | POTENTIAL UTHEALTH / MDA EXPANSION

-HARDY YARDS | HARDY YARDS EAST

-HARDY YARDS | HARDY YARDS WEST

-HARDY YARDS | HARDY YARDS RESERVE

-HARDY YARDS | UNNAMED POTENTIAL PROJECT

-KIRBY CROSSING + HEB

-METRORAIL | METRONEXT | POTENTIAL PARTNERSHIP FROM FANNIN TO SUGARLAND

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 1

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 2

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 3

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 4

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 5

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 6

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 7

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 8

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 9

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 10

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 11

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 12

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 13

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 14

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 15

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 16

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) THE MARKET AT SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE

-POTENTIAL MULTIFAMILY (1933 DRYDEN RD)

 

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

 

-HARDY YARDS | THE EXCHANGE

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE | THE CANOPY @ SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE

-CITY PLACE @ SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE | HPE HQ

-BOONE MANOR

 

(PROPOSED)

 

-HAVEN AT ELGIN

-SCOTTS STREET LOFTS

-VISTA EAST

-HARRISBURG LOFTS

-2222 PIERCE

-5601 CANAL

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL I - PARKING/RETAIL

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL A - POSSIBLE TEXAS A&M SITE

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL B - POSSIBLE TEXAS A&M SITE

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL C - TMC COLLABORATIVE

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL D - TMC INDUSTRY

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL E - UT SYSTEM

-2100 MEMORIAL

-EDLOE SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING

 

(PROPOSED (PARKS & REC))

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | "DNA" HELIX PARK/PLAZA


(PROPOSED (INFRASTRUCTURE))

 

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | INFRASTRUCTURE

-METRORAIL (LRT) | METRONEXT | GREEN/PURPLE LINE EXTENSION | THEATER DISTRICT TO COURTHOUSE

-METRORAIL (LRT) | METRONEXT | REDLINE EXTENSION | CROSSTIMBERS TO N SHEPHERD TC

-METRORAIL (LRT) | METRONEXT | GREEN LINE EXTENSION | MAGNOLIA PARK TO HOBBY AIRPORT

-METRORAIL (LRT) | METRONEXT | PURPLE LINE EXTENSION | MLK TO HOBBY AIRPORT

-METRORAPID (BRT) | METRONEXT | BRT FROM MISSOURI CITY TO W LITTLE YORK TC
-METRORAPID (BRT) | METRONEXT | BRT FROM WESTCHASE TO TIDWELL

-METRORAPID (BRT) | METRONEXT | BRT FROM WESTCHASE TO TIDWELL (GULFTON SPLIT)

-METRORAPID (BRT) | METRONEXT | BRT FROM DOWNTOWN TO IAH

-METRORAPID (BRT) | METRONEXT | BRT FROM DOWNTOWN TO HSR STATION

-METRORAPID (SIGNATURE BUS SERVICE) | METRONEXT | FROM DOWNTOWN TO HWY 6

-TEXAS CENTRAL RAILWAY (TCR) | HSR HOUSTON-DALLAS LINE | ROUTE + AFFECTED AREAS

 

(NEAR COMPLETION/COMPLETION)

 

-THE PARKER AT THE PARK

-HOUSTON METHODIST ADMIN BUILDING

 

(ON HOLD)

-SOVEREIGN AT THE BALLPARK (FORMERLY REGALIA AT THE PARK)
 

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--Updated Info on Spreadsheet--

 

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

 

-TEXAS TOWER

-THE PRESTON

-ALEXAN RIVER OAKS

-HILTON GARDEN INN / HOME2 SUITES

-THE DRISCOLL AT RIVER OAKS

-THE ASPIRE POST OAK

-ZADOK JEWELERS BLDG

-NOVEL RIVER OAKS

-MID LANE (PHASE 3) | PARK PLACE RIVER OAKS

-UTHEALTH | CONTINUUM OF CARE CAMPUS FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

-WOMANS HOSPITAL OF TEXAS | MOB + GARAGE

-THE TRAVIS

-BOWEN RIVER OAKS

-HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS - STAYBRIDGE SUITES UPTOWN

-ALTA WEST ALABAMA

-ALTA RIVER OAKS

-FAIRFIELD RESIDENTIAL MIDRISE

-VILLAGE TOWER PLAZA (PHASE 1)

-ALTA WASHINGTON

-ELAN MEMORIAL (PHASE 2) | THE BYRDIE

-EMANCIPATION CENTER ONE

-THE ALLEN (PHASE 1) | THE RESIDENCES AT THE ALLEN / THOMPSON HOTELS

-THE ALLEN (PHASE 1) | RETAIL PAVILION

 

(PROPOSED)

-AMCAL MIDTOWN

 

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION (RENOVATION/REUSE))

-SOUTH MAIN INNOVATION DISTRICT (PHASE 1) THE ION

 

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--Added to Map--

 

(ON-THE-MARKET, POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT)

 

-WESTMONT

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL J - FUTURE

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL F - FUTURE

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | POTENTIAL UTHEALTH / MDA EXPANSION

-METRORAIL | METRONEXT | POTENTIAL PARTNERSHIP FROM FANNIN TO SUGARLAND

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 1

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 2

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 3

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 4

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 5

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 6

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 7

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 8

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 9

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 10

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 11

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 12

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 13

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 14

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 15

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) PLOT 16

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE (FUTURE PHASES) THE MARKET AT SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE

-POTENTIAL MULTIFAMILY (1933 DRYDEN RD)

 

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

 

-HARDY YARDS | THE EXCHANGE

-SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE | THE CANOPY @ SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE

-CITY PLACE @ SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE | HPE HQ

 

(PROPOSED)
 

-HAVEN AT ELGIN

-SCOTTS STREET LOFTS

-2222 PIERCE

-5601 CANAL

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL I - PARKING/RETAIL

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL A - POSSIBLE TEXAS A&M SITE

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL B - POSSIBLE TEXAS A&M SITE

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL C - TMC COLLABORATIVE

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL D - TMC INDUSTRY

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | PARCEL E - UT SYSTEM

-2100 MEMORIAL

-EDLOE SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING

 

(PROPOSED (PARKS & REC))

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | "DNA" HELIX PARK/PLAZA


(PROPOSED (INFRASTRUCTURE))

 

-TMC|3 RESEARCH CAMPUS | INFRASTRUCTURE

-METRORAIL (LRT) | METRONEXT | GREEN/PURPLE LINE EXTENSION | THEATER DISTRICT TO COURTHOUSE

-METRORAIL (LRT) | METRONEXT | REDLINE EXTENSION | CROSSTIMBERS TO N SHEPHERD TC

-METRORAIL (LRT) | METRONEXT | GREEN LINE EXTENSION | MAGNOLIA PARK TO HOBBY AIRPORT

-METRORAIL (LRT) | METRONEXT | PURPLE LINE EXTENSION | MLK TO HOBBY AIRPORT

-METRORAPID (BRT) | METRONEXT | BRT FROM MISSOURI CITY TO W LITTLE YORK TC
-METRORAPID (BRT) | METRONEXT | BRT FROM WESTCHASE TO TIDWELL

-METRORAPID (BRT) | METRONEXT | BRT FROM WESTCHASE TO TIDWELL (GULFTON SPLIT)

-METRORAPID (BRT) | METRONEXT | BRT FROM DOWNTOWN TO IAH

-METRORAPID (BRT) | METRONEXT | BRT FROM DOWNTOWN TO HSR STATION

-METRORAPID (SIGNATURE BUS SERVICE) | METRONEXT | FROM DOWNTOWN TO HWY 6

 

__________________________________________

 

--Updated Info on Map--

***Same As Spreadsheet***

 

__________________________________________

 

--Change in Category--

 

(DEMOLITION TO UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
 

-HANOVER SQUARE | PHASE 1 | BUILDING A

-HANOVER SQUARE | PHASE 1 | BUILDING D

-HANOVER SQUARE | PHASE 1 | BUILDING E

-THE MONTROSE COLLECTIVE

 

(DEMOLITION TO PROPOSED)

 

-HANOVER SQUARE | PHASE 1 | BUILDING B

-HANOVER SQUARE | PHASE 1 | BUILDING F

 

(DEMOLITION TO UNDER CONSTRUCTION (PARKS & REC))

 

-HANOVER SQUARE | PHASE 1| GREEN SPACE

 

(DEMOLITION TO UNDER CONSTRUCTION (INFRASTRUCTURE))

-HANOVER SQUARE | SITE INFRASTRUCTURE

 

(PROPOSED TO UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

-BOONE MANOR (MAP ONLY)

-HARDY YARDS | THE EXCHANGE (MAP ONLY)

 

__________________________________________

 

I'm now tracking on the spreadsheet:

 

61 ON-THE-MARKET/POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS (previously 33)

2 DEMOLITIONS (previously 10)

78 UNDER CONSTRUCTION (previously 70)

65 PROPOSED (previously 49)

3 UNDER CONSTRUCTION (RENOVATION/REUSE) (same)

0 PROPOSED (RENOVATION/REUSE (same)

3 UNDER CONSTRUCTION (PARKS & REC) (previously 2)

10 PROPOSED (PARKS & REC) (previously 6)

5 UNDER CONSTRUCTION (INFRASTRUCTURE) (previously 4)

16 PROPOSED (INFRASTRUCTURE) (previously 4)

5 NEAR COMPLETION/COMPLETION (previously 3)

0 DEAD (same)

1 ON HOLD (same)

3 ARCHIVED (same)

 

__________________________________________

 

---Other Updates---

 

-Added designations for changes to projects on the spreadsheet; "NEW", "UPDATED", and "CHANGE IN CATEGORY"

-Added columns to display these new designations along with a date from the previous Sunday Update I posted on here so you can see what has changed since then

-Added a "Change Log" sheet to track changes of versions of the spreadsheet. The posts I make here will be posted as a note which you can hover over in the change log.

-spreadsheet is now on what I'll be calling version v.02 - Alpha - Content Development

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12R-HUQA61iHwOnsu3ejahd4vDlz3UuWjOSaE_na2xp4/edit?usp=sharing

 

__________________________________________

 

As a reminder, please feel free to let me know if you have any ideas to help improve the spreadsheet or the map.

 

Further reminder that this is something that I do on my free time, so not everything is either on the map or spreadsheet, so if it isn't on there it doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but that I simply haven't gotten to it yet, etc...

 

As always, thanks to everyone who keeps up with each project thread with valuable info and photography. Without it all, this spreadsheet and map would not be possible.

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---Sunday Update---

v.03 - Alpha - Format Development - Development Update 005

 

Before adding more to the spreadsheet I thought It would be best to significantly flesh out the format a bit, so no project updates on both spreadsheet and map this week. My hope is with this update the spreadsheet will have a better flow as one reads per column, but also with the added subsections one can scroll quickly to the relevant info they want to digest.

 

__________________________________________

 

Reminder, I do name things different than names of topics on this forum. This is so I can manage both the map and spreadsheet more effectively, and keep things rather standardized. If a name doesn't sound familiar to you then please refer to my new spread sheet! Which can then help you locate the forum discussion and the address which you can then find on the map. Link below:

 

(Spreadsheet)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12R-HUQA61iHwOnsu3ejahd4vDlz3UuWjOSaE_na2xp4/edit?usp=sharing

 

(Map)

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/viewer?hl=en&ll=29.74450800320124%2C-95.37503325305198&z=16&mid=1J_89cR1sxP4muIAHRJlm6TajoQPyoswJ

 

__________________________________________

 

--Format Changes--

 

(NEW FORMAT OF SPREADSHEET) ***CHANGES COLORED IN CYAN FOR UPDATED, PURPLE FOR NEW, AND DARK BLUE FOR CHANGE IN ORDER***

 

*LAST HAIF UPDATE

-UPDATED BY WHO?

-SINCE LAST UPDATE

 

>GENERAL INFO<

-STATUS

-ADDRESS

-NAME

-PHASE

-UPDATED

-LAST PHOTOGRAPHED/SITE VISIT

-VISITED BY WHO?

-CITY

-AREA

-OVERVIEW

-BUILDING COSTS

-HEIGHT(FT)

-FLOORS

-RENDERS?

-PLANS?

-VISUALS ON MAP?

 

>TIMELINE<

-PROPOSED START

-OFFICIAL START

-PROPOSED END

-OFFICIAL END

 

>PRE-DEVELOPMENT<

-REAL ESTATE BROKER

-OWNER

-STATUS

-SALE / INVESTMENT / LEASE

-ACRES (AC)

-SPACE (SQFT)

-AD LINK

 

>DEVELOPMENT TEAM<

-DEVELOPER

-FINANCIER

-ARCHITECT

-DESIGN ARCHITECT

-INTERIOR ARCHITECT

-LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

-ADDITIONAL SERVICES (DESIGNERS, ARTISTS, ENGINEERS, ETC...)

-GC (GENERAL CONTRACTOR)

 

>PROGRAM<

-PREVIOUS SITE USE/FORMER BLDG

-NEW USE(S)

-OFFICE (SQFT)

-TENANTS (OFFICE)

-RETAIL (SQFT)

-TENANTS (RETAIL)

-SPECIALTY (SQFT)

-TENANTS (SPECIALTY)

-OTHER

-RESIDENTIAL (UNITS)

-RESIDENTIAL (TYPE)

-HOTEL (KEYS)

-HOTEL (TYPE)

 

>ACCREDITATION / CERTIFICATION / AWARDS<

-LEED CERTIFICATION

-ADDITIONAL / OTHER ACCREDITATION AND/OR CERTIFICATION

-AWARDS

 

>DISCUSSION / PUBLICATION<

-FIRST DISCUSSED

-BY WHO?

-HAIF FORUM DISCUSSION

-FIRST PUBLISHED

-BY WHO?

-LINK

 

>LATEST NEWS<

-DATE

-BY WHO?

-LINK

 

(PREVIOUS FORMAT OF SPREADSHEET)

 

*LAST HAIF UPDATED:

-SINCE LAST UPDATE

-STATUS

-ADDRESS

-NAME

-PHASE

-UPDATED

-LAST PHOTOGRAPHED/SITE VISIT

-CITY

-AREA

-OVERVIEW

-BUILDING COSTS

-PROPOSED START

-OFFICIAL START

-PROPOSED END

-OFFICIAL END

-PREVIOUS SITE USE/FORMER BLDG

-HEIGHT (FT)

-FLOORS

-RENDERS?

-PLANS?

-VISUALS ON MAP?

-DEVELOPER

-ARCHITECT

-DESIGN ARCHITECT

-LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

-INTERIOR ARCHITECT

-DESIGNER

-GC

-USE(S)

-OFFICE (SQFT)

-RETAIL (SQFT)

-RESIDENTIAL (TYPE)

-RESIDENTIAL (UNITS)

-HOTEL (TYPE)

-HOTEL (KEYS)

-SPECIALTY (SQFT)

-TENANTS (OFFICE)

-TENANTS (RETAIL)

-TENANTS (SPECIALTY)

-OTHER

-LEED / OTHER CERTIFICATIONS
-FORUM DISCUSSION

-NEWS

 

__________________________________________

 

---Other Updates---

 

-Added a "To Do List" Sheet

-Spreadsheet is now on what I'll be calling version v.03 - Alpha - Format Development

 

__________________________________________

 

As a reminder, please feel free to let me know if you have any ideas to help improve the spreadsheet or the map.

 

Further reminder that this is something that I do on my free time, so not everything is either on the map or spreadsheet, so if it isn't on there it doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but that I simply haven't gotten to it yet, etc...

 

As always, thanks to everyone who keeps up with each project thread with valuable info and photography. Without it all, this spreadsheet and map would not be possible.

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2 hours ago, Luminare said:

---Sunday Update---

v.03 - Alpha - Format Development - Development Update 005

 

Before adding more to the spreadsheet I thought It would be best to significantly flesh out the format a bit, so no project updates on both spreadsheet and map this week. My hope is with this update the spreadsheet will have a better flow as one reads per column, but also with the added subsections one can scroll quickly to the relevant info they want to digest.

 

__________________________________________

 

Reminder, I do name things different than names of topics on this forum. This is so I can manage both the map and spreadsheet more effectively, and keep things rather standardized. If a name doesn't sound familiar to you then please refer to my new spread sheet! Which can then help you locate the forum discussion and the address which you can then find on the map. Link below:

 

(Spreadsheet)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12R-HUQA61iHwOnsu3ejahd4vDlz3UuWjOSaE_na2xp4/edit?usp=sharing

 

(Map)

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/viewer?hl=en&ll=29.74450800320124%2C-95.37503325305198&z=16&mid=1J_89cR1sxP4muIAHRJlm6TajoQPyoswJ

 

__________________________________________

 

--Format Changes--

 

(NEW FORMAT OF SPREADSHEET) ***CHANGES COLORED IN CYAN FOR UPDATED, PURPLE FOR NEW, AND DARK BLUE FOR CHANGE IN ORDER***

 

*LAST HAIF UPDATE

-UPDATED BY WHO?

-SINCE LAST UPDATE

 

>GENERAL INFO<

-STATUS

-ADDRESS

-NAME

-PHASE

-UPDATED

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-HEIGHT(FT)

-FLOORS

-RENDERS?

-PLANS?

-VISUALS ON MAP?

 

>TIMELINE<

-PROPOSED START

-OFFICIAL START

-PROPOSED END

-OFFICIAL END

 

>PRE-DEVELOPMENT<

-REAL ESTATE BROKER

-OWNER

-STATUS

-SALE / INVESTMENT / LEASE

-ACRES (AC)

-SPACE (SQFT)

-AD LINK

 

>DEVELOPMENT TEAM<

-DEVELOPER

-FINANCIER

-ARCHITECT

-DESIGN ARCHITECT

-INTERIOR ARCHITECT

-LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

-ADDITIONAL SERVICES (DESIGNERS, ARTISTS, ENGINEERS, ETC...)

-GC (GENERAL CONTRACTOR)

 

>PROGRAM<

-PREVIOUS SITE USE/FORMER BLDG

-NEW USE(S)

-OFFICE (SQFT)

-TENANTS (OFFICE)

-RETAIL (SQFT)

-TENANTS (RETAIL)

-SPECIALTY (SQFT)

-TENANTS (SPECIALTY)

-OTHER

-RESIDENTIAL (UNITS)

-RESIDENTIAL (TYPE)

-HOTEL (KEYS)

-HOTEL (TYPE)

 

>ACCREDITATION / CERTIFICATION / AWARDS<

-LEED CERTIFICATION

-ADDITIONAL / OTHER ACCREDITATION AND/OR CERTIFICATION

-AWARDS

 

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-FIRST DISCUSSED

-BY WHO?

-HAIF FORUM DISCUSSION

-FIRST PUBLISHED

-BY WHO?

-LINK

 

>LATEST NEWS<

-DATE

-BY WHO?

-LINK

 

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*LAST HAIF UPDATED:

-SINCE LAST UPDATE

-STATUS

-ADDRESS

-NAME

-PHASE

-UPDATED

-LAST PHOTOGRAPHED/SITE VISIT

-CITY

-AREA

-OVERVIEW

-BUILDING COSTS

-PROPOSED START

-OFFICIAL START

-PROPOSED END

-OFFICIAL END

-PREVIOUS SITE USE/FORMER BLDG

-HEIGHT (FT)

-FLOORS

-RENDERS?

-PLANS?

-VISUALS ON MAP?

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-DESIGN ARCHITECT

-LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

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-GC

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-OFFICE (SQFT)

-RETAIL (SQFT)

-RESIDENTIAL (TYPE)

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-HOTEL (KEYS)

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-OTHER

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-NEWS

 

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---Other Updates---

 

-Added a "To Do List" Sheet

-Spreadsheet is now on what I'll be calling version v.03 - Alpha - Format Development

 

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As a reminder, please feel free to let me know if you have any ideas to help improve the spreadsheet or the map.

 

Further reminder that this is something that I do on my free time, so not everything is either on the map or spreadsheet, so if it isn't on there it doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but that I simply haven't gotten to it yet, etc...

 

As always, thanks to everyone who keeps up with each project thread with valuable info and photography. Without it all, this spreadsheet and map would not be possible.

Luminare, this is a Tour de Force. Magnificent job.

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Luminare, this is a Tour de Force. Magnificent job.

 

Thanks, I appreciate it!

 

On 2/10/2020 at 5:35 PM, BigFootsSocks said:

@Luminare Do you have anything on your list that includes the plot of land (and more, idk) that Polka Dot Dogs currently leases a warehouse on? It’s on Ella & 25th and they are supposedly being kicked out for an apartment development. 

 

Yo, for some reason this got lost in my notifications. I remember plotting a bunch of stuff on Ella and 25th. I'm going to start methodically going through a bunch of stuff on the map to get things updated and placed on the spreadsheet soon. I'll be sure to take a look at this when I get to these streets.

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List of high-rises currently under construction:
1. The Preston: 549 ft and 46 floors

2. Texas Tower: 735 ft and 47 floors

3. Discovery Tower: 468 ft and 42 floors

4. Camden Conte tower 2: Unknown but probably 264 ft and 21 floors

5. TAMU Innovation mixed-use 1: Unknown but it's 30 floors ( might be in the 400-500 ft range)

6. TAMU Innovation mixed-use 2: Unknown but it's 19 floors 

7. The Allen main tower 1: 478 ft 11 inches/ 34 floors (Paco Jones clutch)

8. The Allen office tower 2: Unknown but looks to be 22 floors 

9. The Allen tower 3: looks to be around the same height as the office tower so probably 22 floors

10. The Allen tower 4: Looks to be around 18-19 floors

11. RESIDENCES AT LA COLOMBE D'OR : 393 ft and 34 floors (basically done but hey makes list look bigger)

12. The Driscoll at River Oaks: 345 ft and 29 floors

13. Hanover square phase 1 Residential Tower 1: 254 ft and 22 floors

14. Hanover square phase 1 Residential Tower 2: looks to be 27 floors so around 320-340 ft

15Hanover square phase 1 Office Tower: looks to be 20 floors and around the same height as resi 2

16. Gables Westcreek: 173 ft and 15 floors

17. Bowen River Oaks: 286 ft and 25 floors

18. Holiday Inn Express: 171 ft and 14 floors

19. 1660 Post Oak Blvd: 453 ft and 40 floors 

20. Booner Manor 5318 Crawford St: 159 ft so probably 13-15 floors 

21. 3300 Main St: 351 ft and 29 floors

22. Blossom Hotel Houston: 202 ft and 16 floors

23. Centennial Tower: 511 ft and 29 floors

 

Let me know if I missed anything!!!

Also there's a lot of planned ones that are likely going to break ground soon, so hopefully we can add to this list soon. Some of these planned one are developments like innovation tower, TMC^3 hotel/residential, and a lot of the Regent Square towers. 

 

On another note if everything doesn't completely go to shit, there might be around 10+ 150m+ towers going up in the next couple years. As the sea of midrises and lowrises take over inner loop Houston.

 

 

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These Are Houston’s Biggest Office Projects Under Construction

The development pipeline totals nearly 4.2M SF, with 45% of that space already pre-leased, according to Madison Marquette Senior Vice President Ariel Guerrero. The largest concentration of activity is found in the Inner Loop, where 1.7M SF is underway.

However, the city continues to struggle with high vacancy and availability rates. Houston’s total office vacancy rate was 23% in the third quarter, while its total availability rate was 27.1%, according to NAI Partners’ Q3 office market report. Coupled with the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, office construction is expected to slow in 2021.

“Office construction activity has slowed due to constraints from COVID-19,” Guerrero said. “Limited groundbreakings are expected over the next 12 months due to weaker demand and an oversupply of existing space.”

Guerrero said the continued flight to quality will continue to place pressure on existing office buildings to measure up to the amenities and tenant experiences that new developments can offer. As a result, property owners are focused on repositioning their existing inventory to be more competitive with significant capital improvement projects.

“The pandemic will likely reinforce this trend, as companies and their workforce will prefer buildings with state-of-the-art HVAC, elevator and security systems,” Guerrero said.

Here are the top 10 office developments underway in Houston by square footage, excluding corporate-owned projects, according to data from Madison Marquette.

 

 

 

Project Name: Texas Tower

Developer: Hines

Size: 1.1M SF

Target Completion: Q4 2021

Texas Tower is a 47-story, 1.14M SF office tower on the 800 block of Texas Avenue in Downtown Houston, the former site of the Houston Chronicle. The building will feature multiple restaurants, networking spaces, a full-service conference facility, public gardens on level 12, a high-performance fitness center and an internal 11-level parking garage to accommodate more than 1,500 cars. Hines broke ground in July 2018, and the project is expected to reach completion in late 2021.

Texas Tower is 40% leased. Hines is relocating its global headquarters to the property, with a 15-year lease for 180K SF across six floors. Law firm Vinson & Elkins signed a 16-year lease for 212K SF to occupy the top seven floors, and law firm DLA Piper signed a 14-year lease for 31K SF on one floor of the building. 

 

 

 

Project Name: Hewlett Packard Enterprise HQ

Developer: Patrinely Group

Size: 568K SF

Target Completion: Q4 2021

Hewlett Packard Enterprise landed in the spotlight last week when it announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from San Jose, California, to its new Houston campus.

The project is in CityPlace, the urban and commercial center of Springwoods Village, a 2,000-acre master-planned community in north Houston. The campus will consist of two five-story buildings totaling 440K SF, with a bridge connector at each level. There will also be structured parking for 2,055 cars. Patrinely Group, in partnership with USAA Real Estate and CDC Houston, broke ground in February and topped out the project in October. The campus is expected to open in spring 2022.

 

 

 

Project Name: Texas A&M Innovation Plaza – Horizon Tower

Developer: Medistar Corp.

Size: 485K SF

Target Completion: Q1 2023

Texas A&M University announced in February that it planned to build a $546M campus in the Texas Medical Center, one of several major projects underway in the area. Texas A&M Innovation Plaza will consist of two new towers, as well as the purchase and renovation of 1020 Holcombe Blvd., an 18-story building. One of the new towers is a student housing project, while the other is a mixed-use development for medical offices and retail.

The mixed-use building, known as Horizon Tower, is an integrated medical plaza of 17 stories sitting atop a 13-story parking garage and will cater to life sciences, clinical, biomedical, technology and office uses. Medistar Corp. held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony for the campus on Oct. 1, and Horizon Tower is slated for completion in January 2024.

 
 

Project Name: One MRO (Marathon Oil)

Developer: Hines

Size: 440K SF

Target Completion: Q4 2021

Marathon Oil Corp. is building its new headquarters, One MRO, at 990 Town and Country Way near Midway’s CityCentre mixed-use development. The 15-story, 440K SF office building will replace the firm’s existing offices at Marathon Oil Tower at 5555 San Felipe St., near the Houston Galleria. Company employees will move to the new office workspace in the second half of 2021.

On Oct. 5, a partial stairway collapse at the One MRO construction site killed three workers and injured one other. The families of two workers killed in the incident have since filed a lawsuit against Marathon Oil and several contractors involved in the construction.

 

 

 

Project Name: Museo Medical Office Building

Developer: Testa Rossa Properties

Size: 364K SF

Target Completion: Q4 2021

Testa Rossa Properties broke ground on its 10-story, 364K SF medical office tower at 5115 Fannin St. in the Museum District in January. The building represents Phase 1 of Museo, a mixed-use development touted as a gateway to the district.

Mann Eye Institute founder Paul Michael Mann and his son, Paul Mann, are the driving force behind the building. Their clinic will anchor the project, occupying 37K SF on the top floor and an additional 10K SF surgery center. The building will feature five parking garage levels above the ground-floor lobby, which will include 16K SF of event space.

 

 

 

Project Name: 9753 Katy Freeway

Developer: MetroNational

Size: 190K SF

Target Completion: Q2 2021

MetroNational is building a 190K SF, nine-story tower at 9753 Katy Freeway as part of a 4-acre mixed-use project at the southwest corner of Bunker Hill and Katy Freeway in West Houston. The first floor of the building will have retail and restaurant space, a two-level lobby, public WiFi and conference rooms. It will connect to an elevated parking garage via a skybridge.

The developer broke ground on the building in February, and according to Madison Marquette, it is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2021. Other buildings in the mixed-use project include The McKinley, a 332K SF, 25-story luxury residential tower.

 

 

 

Project Name: Montrose Collective

Developer: Radom Capital LLC

Size: 170K SF

Target Completion: Q3 2021

The Montrose Collective is a mixed-use development underway on lower Westheimer. The project will comprise five buildings, including 100K SF of creative office space, and more than 50K SF of retail space. In addition, the project has 10K SF set aside for the relocation of the existing Freed-Montrose Library branch at 4100 Montrose Blvd.

The Montrose Collective will provide six new dining options, as well as 15 boutique retail spaces for local and first-to-market merchants. Construction began in February, and a topping-out ceremony was held on Oct. 28.

 

 

 

Project Name: 9655 Katy Freeway (Village Tower Two)

Developer: Moody National Cos.

Size: 150K SF

Target Completion: Q1 2021

Moody National’s multiphase, mixed-use development at Bunker Hill and I-10 sits just east of Memorial City. The development is composed of two six-story office buildings with ground-floor retail space. Each office building is 150K SF, and the development will have a seven-story open parking garage.

Tower One was completed in June. Tower Two is still under construction and has an estimated completion date of March/April 2021.

 

 

 

Project Name: POST Houston

Developer: Lovett Commercial

Size: 150K SF

Target Completion: Q1 2021

POST Houston is a mixed-use project in Downtown Houston, redeveloping the former Barbara Jordan Post Office, which was occupied by the U.S. government until 2015. The project will have restaurants, retail, an international market hall, creative workspace and a 210K SF rooftop park and farm. Future expansion plans include a concert venue, a hotel and an entertainment room.

POST Houston was originally slated to open to the public in 2020, but public health concerns and tenant fit-out have delayed the opening to 2021. The project is 19% pre-leased, according to Madison Marquette.

 

 

 

Project Name: 7500 Fannin St.

Developer: Healthpeak Properties Inc.

Size: 116.5K SF

Target Completion: Q4 2021

Healthpeak Properties broke ground on its 116.5K SF medical office development at 7500 Fannin St. in late May. The five-story, Class-A building is on the campus of The Women’s Hospital of Texas and is being constructed alongside a new parking garage.

The building is part of a larger master-planned expansion that includes a redesigned hospital entrance that will provide access points from Old Spanish Trail and Fannin Street. The property is 42% pre-leased with the largest commitment from Houston Women’s Care Associates, a 14-provider practice that is expanding its on-campus footprint.

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A Third Of All New Houston Construction Is Inside The 610 Loop

December 16, 2020 Christie Moffat, Bisnow Houston

 

The densification of Houston is evident in the growing number of cranes and construction sites in the urban core, with a third of all new development underway inside the city’s Inner Loop, according to CoStar Group.

The combined Neartown/River Oaks submarket is the busiest in the city, with 7.3M SF of commercial projects under construction. That accounts for 15% of total construction in Houston. Other Inner Loop areas with significant construction underway include Downtown Houston (12%), Medical Center/West University (6%) and the Heights (4%).

CoStar Director of Market Analytics Justin Boyar told Bisnow that the flurry of activity in Neartown/River Oaks is a reflection of the higher rate of mixed-use and multifamily projects underway in the area, particularly along the Allen Parkway, West Dallas and Washington Avenue corridors.

“The area along Allen Parkway is seeing an unprecedented amount of mixed-use construction in a relatively small area. This supports the thesis of pedestrian-oriented development, playing off proximity to Buffalo Bayou Park,” Boyar said. “The overall theme via increased density will mean increased property values and thus taxes. Houston’s urban core is densifying rapidly.”

Several large mixed-use projects along Allen Parkway have received fanfare, including DC Partners’ The AllenHanover and Lionstone’s Autry Park and GID’s Regent Square.

The second-busiest area for construction by square footage is Waller County, accounting for 5.6M SF. Activity in that area is being driven by large-scale industrial projects, such as the Ross Stores Distribution build-to-suit project, Empire West Business Park. and The Uplands Twinwood DC 1 industrial park. Waller County encompasses a large part of the west and northwest region of Houston, including parts of Katy. 

“In Houston’s furthest outlying areas, such as Brookshire, farmland is being converted into large big-box distribution facilities. The increase in jobs there will likely spur rooftop development and later retail, multifamily, health care, etc. development to serve that population growth. The Grand Parkway is also supporting development on the west side,” Boyar said.

Construction activity is well underway in Northwest Houston, which comes in third at 4.5M SF. Notable projects in the area include the HPE headquarters and campus, Nexus Park Northwest and Creekside Park.

The next largest submarkets by square footage under construction are Sugar Land/Missouri City at 3.5M SF; Downtown Houston at 2.9M SF; the Texas Medical Center/West University submarket at 2.8M SF; Southwest Houston at 2.5M SF; and Lake Houston at 2.2M SF.

Boyar noted that in the Texas Medical Center and Midtown, there has been a major push in the direction of life sciences and tech incubators, as well as large mixed-use projects that will serve the need for lab space. Some of that activity may spill over into the East End, he added.

“As Houston’s urban core densifies, the need for infrastructure and mass transit improvements will intensify as population growth and densification place added pressure on Houston’s ailing roads and utilities and as densification increases traffic congestion,” Boyar said. “TxDOT and METRO have massive plans to address these needs, although they still face challenges from the local communities that these megaprojects will impact.”

 

 

 

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A Third Of All New Houston Construction Is Inside The 610 Loop

December 16, 2020 Christie Moffat, Bisnow Houston

 

The densification of Houston is evident in the growing number of cranes and construction sites in the urban core, with a third of all new development underway inside the city’s Inner Loop, according to CoStar Group.

The combined Neartown/River Oaks submarket is the busiest in the city, with 7.3M SF of commercial projects under construction. That accounts for 15% of total construction in Houston. Other Inner Loop areas with significant construction underway include Downtown Houston (12%), Medical Center/West University (6%) and the Heights (4%).

CoStar Director of Market Analytics Justin Boyar told Bisnow that the flurry of activity in Neartown/River Oaks is a reflection of the higher rate of mixed-use and multifamily projects underway in the area, particularly along the Allen Parkway, West Dallas and Washington Avenue corridors.

“The area along Allen Parkway is seeing an unprecedented amount of mixed-use construction in a relatively small area. This supports the thesis of pedestrian-oriented development, playing off proximity to Buffalo Bayou Park,” Boyar said. “The overall theme via increased density will mean increased property values and thus taxes. Houston’s urban core is densifying rapidly.”

Several large mixed-use projects along Allen Parkway have received fanfare, including DC Partners’ The AllenHanover and Lionstone’s Autry Park and GID’s Regent Square.

The second-busiest area for construction by square footage is Waller County, accounting for 5.6M SF. Activity in that area is being driven by large-scale industrial projects, such as the Ross Stores Distribution build-to-suit project, Empire West Business Park. and The Uplands Twinwood DC 1 industrial park. Waller County encompasses a large part of the west and northwest region of Houston, including parts of Katy. 

“In Houston’s furthest outlying areas, such as Brookshire, farmland is being converted into large big-box distribution facilities. The increase in jobs there will likely spur rooftop development and later retail, multifamily, health care, etc. development to serve that population growth. The Grand Parkway is also supporting development on the west side,” Boyar said.

Construction activity is well underway in Northwest Houston, which comes in third at 4.5M SF. Notable projects in the area include the HPE headquarters and campus, Nexus Park Northwest and Creekside Park.

The next largest submarkets by square footage under construction are Sugar Land/Missouri City at 3.5M SF; Downtown Houston at 2.9M SF; the Texas Medical Center/West University submarket at 2.8M SF; Southwest Houston at 2.5M SF; and Lake Houston at 2.2M SF.

Boyar noted that in the Texas Medical Center and Midtown, there has been a major push in the direction of life sciences and tech incubators, as well as large mixed-use projects that will serve the need for lab space. Some of that activity may spill over into the East End, he added.

“As Houston’s urban core densifies, the need for infrastructure and mass transit improvements will intensify as population growth and densification place added pressure on Houston’s ailing roads and utilities and as densification increases traffic congestion,” Boyar said. “TxDOT and METRO have massive plans to address these needs, although they still face challenges from the local communities that these megaprojects will impact.”

 

 

 

 

I'm happy that Houston is finally paying attention in a positive way to my small home town of Brookshire (population now well over 5000 from about 1000 when I was much younger) and Waller County.  For decades developers have consistently bypassed this not that small of a city in favor of areas north and south and even west of town.  Many of us in the town have our own educated guesses as to the main reasons why, but that's a discussion which should be included in a much larger American problem that has come to light in the past few years. 

Brookshire has so much to offer in terms of people resources and land and Texas history having it's western border as the historic southern part of the Brazos River, where we used to marvel at how large the water way was and how shear the sandy cliffs were along each side.  (Fun fact, Brookshire has already achieved having a two term Gay mayor in that  small rural town, not exactly a bastion of liberal progressive politics, very recently. And some of his term was during the Mayor-ship of another historical mayor of Houston and a friend, Anise Parker.) 

Seems now, that not only developers, but wealthy Houstonians are discovering the high quality land and extremely cheap land prices, and snatching up many of the available large land plots that they can get their hands on these days.  I guess the conventional wisdom all these decades was that the Katy Area should be the western most part of the metro area and that hasn't been true for a very long time, despite what some news media outlets in the area would have us believe.  In addition to the resources and land opportunities mentioned above, Brookshire should have been developed long before the Fulshear area and southwestward.  At least this growing town is bisected by a little bitty Interstate Highway known as I-10, and in the middle of downtown, the MKT Railroad passes east to west into Houston.  Plus, it's definitely NOT in the "middle of now where's-ville" like other over developed and inconveniently out of the way parts of Waller and Fort Bend Counties.  Plus, as far as tiny Waller County goes, it has way more diverse of a population than any other city completely encompassed by the County itself.  Another plus for expansion and an employment base from which to choose, with great, albeit not "wealthy" public schools.  Although we need farms and ranches in Texas to remain viable and in operation for food production, I really don't think eliminating a few gigantic (mostly rice) farms in that area in favor of sustainable, flood conscious development that has respect to the Coastal Plains and natural marshlands which then quickly become the Blackland Prairie part immediately to the west side of the town, will hurt American food production in any measurable way. 

Interesting side note:  Most people to this day don't even realize that Brookshire has had Waller County's only true MUSEUM since the late 1970's.  It is a fascinating journey at life in the county and that area from the early 1800's with slavery, cotton fields, and plantations, to emancipation, growth and social progress right up to present day.  In fact, I'll boast that my recently late Mom was one of the original construction staff, as in hammers, nails, boards, and elbow grease, as well as original founders of the Museum, after our Father suddenly passed away in late 1977 and she was forced to find work (she always adored history, especially Texas history) to support her nine young children, including myself.  A lot of pride you say? Yes, and well-deserved at that.

(addition to side-note:   Ever since Hurricane Harvey did major flood damage to the Waller County Historical Museum in downtown Brookshire several years ago, it has been closed and undergoing sporadic repairs and more flood prevention supposedly in the works to be put in place.  UNFORTUNATELY, the brilliant powers that be out of Hempstead where the County Seat is located have not made any effort that anyone I know, is aware of in order to complete this now 3+ year old repair project. And so it sits stagnant as a monument to the lack of common sense priorities and respect for the historical value of that part of the SE Texas region.  The Waller County Historical Museum Board also based in Brookshire, has worked hard to try to get the ball rolling, or rolling faster, but as they will tell you themselves, all of their carefully thought out and researched recommendations for revival and reopening have been either delayed, put on hold, or shot down complete for at least the last 3 years. This is a board that my Mom was on for many years after she retired from the staff of the Museum, because of her love of preserving the local history and my family's historical involvement of building, cultivating and investing in Waller County, right up until just before her passing in late 2019 at nearly 91 years old.)

So, here's to the beginnings of a new opportunity for Houston's development and western expansion by way of this article and informing my fellow readers and bloggers of the HAIF forum from Bisnow Houston.

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I'm happy that Houston is finally paying attention in a positive way to my small home town of Brookshire (population now well over 5000 from about 1000 when I was much younger) and Waller County.  For decades developers have consistently bypassed this not that small of a city in favor of areas north and south and even west of town.  Many of us in the town have our own educated guesses as to the main reasons why, but that's a discussion which should be included in a much larger American problem that has come to light in the past few years. 

Where are the decades worth of developments north, south and west of Brookshire for which you believe developers bypassed Brookshire?  They aren't showing up on Google Maps.  ;-)

It seems Brookshire (and Waller County in general) were never bypassed, but are beginning to have greater attention paid to them now for the simple reason that, they are the next in line geographically.

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On 12/28/2020 at 2:25 PM, Houston19514 said:

Where are the decades worth of developments north, south and west of Brookshire for which you believe developers bypassed Brookshire?  They aren't showing up on Google Maps.  ;-)

It seems Brookshire (and Waller County in general) were never bypassed, but are beginning to have greater attention paid to them now for the simple reason that, they are the next in line geographically.

wow, is this hater behavior something you live for ?  You seem to do this a lot on this forum to anyone that you disagree with for whatever reason.  no, i don't have to answer any of your questions.  most of my words for simple observations with some historical background.  it was not presented as a critical piece of Pulitzer prize winning literature for you to critique for your own amusement.  so, no there is no need for you and Google to get involved in trying to falsely debunk my words.  now, you have made it personal.  so my advice is to take a seat and be quiet, I and the rest of the adults are in the room.

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wow, is this hater behavior something you live for ?  You seem to do this a lot on this forum to anyone that you disagree with for whatever reason.  no, i don't have to answer any of your questions.  most of my words for simple observations with some historical background.  it was not presented as a critical piece of Pulitzer prize winning literature for you to critique for your own amusement.  so, no there is no need for you and Google to get involved in trying to falsely debunk my words.  now, you have made it personal.  so my advice is to take a seat and be quiet, I and the rest of the adults are in the room.

 

Whoah there!    There is nothing hateful or personal about asking for a little clarification/backup for a post.  No, you don't have to answer any of my questions, but since this is a forum for discussion . . . 

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