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several new renderings in that link - great find.  the other proposed market square residential is quite tall.

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Does anyone remember when CentralHouston used to issue the perspective maps showing the existing buildings on angle, with the proposals rendered onto it?  Usually the perspective was from the southeast looking northwest.  I still have some from 1999 and 2000 (I loved those).  Just curious.  I kind of wished they would put out a map like that again so we can all see the scale of these buildings more clearly - though it would be crowded!

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Thanks to Urbannizer for posting the Central Houston pdf! Here's probably the best timeline we've had on all of the projects coming forward!

 

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Direct link to image to view all the little details: http://i.imgur.com/2Z26jWT.png

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Triton,

Nice find. Remove the red box before extracting it like this, and the chart is even easier to read (click for the full 1854x1106 image):

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I'm just posting this here as a go by for a few years from now when this image is drastically different.

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SkyCam 3-19-14 by brijonmang, on Flickr

Yes! Every 6 months or so we should add an updated picture from this cam to the front page to create a timeline on the development for this exciting part of downtown. Maybe that's wishful thinking, but that would be awesome if you could Urbannizer!

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I have a dreeam that one day we will have removed the vast majority of these parking lots....But this does remind me How much residental  poteninal  the south end of Dt has

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Excuse my crude drawing, but based on the above photo I placed outlines of where all the buildings planned for the next 3 years (from the March Downtown Houston Development Map) will go.  It's amazing how much will be filled in!

 

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Excuse my crude drawing, but based on the above photo I placed outlines of where all the buildings planned for the next 3 years (from the March Downtown Houston Development Map) will go. It's amazing how much will be filled in!

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Holy mother of pearls

Total lots: 24 (blocks with more than 90% surface parking)

Total scheduled to be annihilated: 12

Remaining: 12

Parking lots -50%

Awesome!!

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Downtown Houston has 99 parking lots (any block plot that is 10% or more surface parking) and 118 total vacant plots (99 are parking lots, 19 are some grass plots).

This does not include what's under construction now or the proposed. Excluding 609 Main, Skanska Capital, and Hilcorp since they're replacing existing/recently demolished structures. All the new development will kill 28 surface lots. Let's round 99 up to 100, we're talking about a 28% decline in surface parking in just 3-4 years. Those 19 grass plots are all north of the bayou and south of I-10. We'll have to wait forever for those.

Thoughts anyone?

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Only 1 of the top 6 towers u/c is office.. The rest are residential. Quite an interesting turn of the market in Houston it would seem. Of course many of the taller office towers are not too far off, but then again so are other new tall residentials. Has there ever been a time when Houston has had this much residential high rise activity?

 

Are any of these condos for sale or are they all apartments?

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Best webcam ever.  I just wish it could extend a block further west to the Capitol Tower site.  Capitol Street is going to be one big construction zone.

 

 

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Downtown Houston has 99 parking lots (any block plot that is 10% or more surface parking) and 118 total vacant plots (99 are parking lots, 19 are some grass plots).

This does not include what's under construction now or the proposed. Excluding 609 Main, Skanska Capital, and Hilcorp since they're replacing existing/recently demolished structures. All the new development will kill 28 surface lots. Let's round 99 up to 100, we're talking about a 28% decline in surface parking in just 3-4 years. Those 19 grass plots are all north of the bayou and south of I-10. We'll have to wait forever for those.

Thoughts anyone?

 

I think that is pretty good. I can't imagine we can do much better than that rate. Lets say you're right in all the stated facts, so rounding again, in 4 years we will have 70 lots. take out the 20 above the bayou* and we have 50. Assuming the rate of develipment continues, by 2022 we would have 20 lots open south of the bayou in the downtown loop! 20 lots left will be a very small number and promote a land grab / cooler projects / taller projects. I think this is great progress.

 

 

*I think that area has a TON of potential to be developed into something really cool - but I am content waiting until a higher downtown density forces Houston to be creative and thoughful with the plans - something like the NYC riverside park

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does anyone else find it interesting that they list US-59 with i45 under the same reconstruction project around downtown?

could this be an indicator that they have already made up their mind for the alternative they are going to choose? surely they wouldnt do construction on both highways at the same time unless they were both part of the same project, like the (what im hoping they choose) alternative of rerouting i45 along US-59 and i10, so they can tear out Pierce Elevated, or the one way loop option? i dont think they would list them both/do construction on both routes around downtown at the same time if they were only planning on widening the Pierce, and/or us59.

i really hope they reroute 45 along 59/10.. the blvd they are proposing to replace the Pierce Elevated and Pierce St is wider than i would prefer though (i feel they really only need to add 1 more lane onto the already 5 lane wide Pierce St, so they have 3 lanes each way/make it bidirectional), but its better than the hulking barrier that exists on the south and west sides of downtown currently.

the ideal situation would be to do what i said and add one more lane to Pierce St, so it functions and has similar capacity as Allen and Memorial, and leave the majority of the space that existed under the Pierce Elevated/45 ROW for development of new highrises, parks, ect..

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I know we have that construction graph up there, but what are all the projects we believe will start in April?

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Isn't there also that luxury apartment complex in the Woodland Heights? 

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Hotel Allesandra

Finger Ballpark residential

Hines Main tower

Skanska tower replacing Houston Club

Market Square tower (Hines or Finger, can't remember)

Alliance residential

Cultural Heritage Center near the ballpark

Macy's replacement (forgot the name, sorry)

 

GRB renovations

Texaco building renovation

Savoy building renovation

Old Central Bank building renovation

 

I know I'm missing like two or three other projects for downtown, I've never seen it like this before!

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Is this article a canary in the coal mine that things are going to slow down in Houston soon and are we about to see the new buildings slow to a trickle?

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2014/04/energy-execs-more-pessimistic-about-future.html

No our onshore energy industry is booming while offshore declines until 2018 when LNG takes off. It'll stay at equilibrium. Our imports (offshore) will decline and our exports (again offshore) won't really take off until LNG infrastructure is ready in 2018. Our energy companies have spent the last few decades investing heavily into domestic onshore, now we're planting seeds in our offshore markets too. It will take off, just be patient.

All the construction activity will be needed.

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Very good, thanks. Do you know how accurate the height is for the Crawford apts?

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Bravo!  I hope all of these get constructed so that your job gets a lot easier!  That takes a lot of time and work to do, there's just too many to add to the current skyline.

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Some of the colors have been adjusted to make it easier to see.  I don't exactly know how accurate the height of the Crawford apts are.  I used the rendering and the photo to guesstimate.  In the rendering it's a lil bit shorter than the Inn at the Ballpark. The photo gave me an idea that since it's a block behind the 4story bldg it may not look like 3 stories taller.  The structure is 120 ft tall in the original that I posted, granted that may be a lil high.   Realistically 10-12 foot residential floors plus the small decorative top would still only put the apts shy of 100' so I went back and scaled them down to 100 for optimistic purposes :).

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How many of those buildings are actually under construction? 

 

Three.

 

One demo. 

 

One groundbreaking this Friday.

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Thanks.

Whoops. I forgot the south side.

Skyhouse Houston. Alliance multifamily. Hilcorp headquarters. 609 Main. 500 Crawford.

So five are under construction.

One demo which will be Capitol Tower.

And then Marriott which is groundbreaking this Friday.

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The north maybe the most interesting view but my favorite view has long been from the south east.

Love that view from UH. The density really shows from there.

I also like the view from midtown.

My least favorite view is the one the show constantly on the news and on commercials- the view from the west/ ET park.

That side is like a wall of six or seven tall buildings and it looks like there is nothing in between makes Houston look like Lincoln Nebraska.

I like the views coming in from 288 too. From as far back as the beltway.

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I like the views coming in from 288 too. From as far back as the beltway.

 

Except for the hellish traffic, that's the one thing I'll miss about living in Pearland near 288. The view of downtown, the Galleria, Reliant park, and the medical center was just incredible everytime you travelled on an overpass on 288. 

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great graphics. It makes it so much easier to see the impact of all of the proposed and u.c. projects.

Thanks for the time it took to put those together.

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these illustrations are extravagant.. and yet totally cool,  thanks for sharing, and not too mention the hard work involved.

 

Just to give a rough idea of the changes in DT

 

 

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Haha, thanks for the comments yall! I was procrastinating a jazz test online lol, got an A, so no worries.  Lemme know if I've missed anything or would like to see something added. All I need is a height and address for the most part.  

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When is Hines Market Square suppost to start? I remember they closed the parking lot a month ago.

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Haha, thanks for the comments yall! I was procrastinating a jazz test online lol, got an A, so no worries.  Lemme know if I've missed anything or would like to see something added. All I need is a height and address for the most part.  

 

Hmmmm... Is it possible to label them? I pretty much know most of them but there are maybe 2 im not sure of.  Great work BTW! I love stuff like this

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Here's a development map for all of Houston. The best thing about it is that anyone can add a project to the map, and it's pretty easy to use. I've added quite a few, hope you guys contribute as well. :)

 

http://devmap.io/cities/houston/developments

 

I am the owner / builder of http://devmap.io and I'm really excited to see all of your contributions! Please feel free to give any feedback / suggestions, I want to make devmap.io a really simple, collaborative reference for all things development. Also, if you'd like an easier to remember way to get to Houston's map you can use http://houston.devmap.io.

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Looking at that development map and then looking at what all is happening in Atlanta and I must admit I'm actually bummed we don't have some more significant buildings being built here.  Seems like the same tired old cliche about Houston architecture being true...  Take away what Hines is doing and its really quite sad actually considering just HOW much money is being pumped into this city.

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Looking at that development map and then looking at what all is happening in Atlanta and I must admit I'm actually bummed we don't have some more significant buildings being built here.  Seems like the same tired old cliche about Houston architecture being true...  Take away what Hines is doing and its really quite sad actually considering just HOW much money is being pumped into this city.

 

Can you post a couple of examples or a link to whats going on in Atlanta? Can we hope for more with HOK - Chevron Tower?

 

Oil and Gas companies just tend to be extremely conservative. It would be nice to see some development from another source - hoping to see some really groundbreaking (pun intended) designs that are attention grabbing. Hotel Alessandra / 609 Main will help. Even the Weslyan tower will help. The ante in Houston needs to be upped. If this economic success can be sustained, we may be lucky enough to see something.

 

Another thought to keep in mind, the buildings we are seeing are about 1-3 years old. That is right when the economy was picking back up. I hope the next few years we will see the product of serious investment and creativity.

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I guess I'm just bummed that ATL's downtown has a lot more residential than Houston.  Their residential buildings - and a few commercial buildings are more innovative than just about anything we have.  Go click on the map and center around the Downtown area, they have a lot of nice proposals under works.

 

609 is nice - but I would hardly call it ground breaking (considering Hines did Pennzoil/Transco/Republic Bank).  Hotel Alessandra is nice too.  All the buildings except Chevron in Downtown are spec buildings, so I won't blame oil companies conservative design nature (if they are indeed) on those.

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Honestly, I'm actually pretty impressed with the state of Houston development. I wasn't expecting to see as many strong proposals as I did. I'm also jealous of the grid. Atlanta's is inconsistent at best which makes for some interesting challenges when it comes to building a lively urban area.

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