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Got to take a hardhat tour of the site yesterday. Still a lot of work to be done. They're shooting for an October 26th grand opening, with about the first 15 or 16 floors complete at that time. The 39

That's a great shot.  And to give an idea of how much things have changed from this angle recently, below I have attempted to highlight everything that's new in the last 15 years:

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Thank you for the pictures Graystone and welcome.  You have the perfect view for this project, keep 'em coming!

 

Thanks! I will try to post updates as I can. I think its neat how you can see the old foundation walls of the buildings that used to be there before it was a parking lot. There is some cool history up thread on them. Sad that they are gone but I am happy to see something new being built here.  

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Thanks! I will try to post updates as I can. I think its neat how you can see the old foundation walls of the buildings that used to be there before it was a parking lot. There is some cool history up thread on them. Sad that they are gone but I am happy to see something new being built here.

That is cool - I think these were basement walls. Appreciate the pics, keep 'em coming!

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Full sized backhoe and dump truck on site at 6 this morning. Now they are really starting to dig and haul away dirt.

Hmmm, for done reason I thought Hines would have been the first to start. We have only gotten two renderings fir this building while Hines has shown us a lot about their plans

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Full sized backhoe and dump truck on site at 6 this morning. Now they are really starting to dig and haul away dirt.

Hmmm, for done reason I thought Hines would have been the first to start. We have only gotten two renderings fir this building while Hines has shown us a lot about their plans

I am curious if Hines will now delay their plans. Two buildings a block from each other coming on market at exactly the same time and looking for tenants may not be the best marketing strategy. Hines may now go back and check its research: is there enough demand? At what price points?

I know zero about real estate development but, if Hines delayed a year and brought their project online in 2018 (a year after this one opens) they may project a better leasing environment?

Of course, if demand is projected to be strong regardless, they just might launch now anyway.

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I walked by there yesterday and the Hines lot is empty, but nothing going on.  I think the market is there the latest population estimates for Houston is 2,195,995 for 2013 from the census bureau.  Forbes rank Houston the 4th coolest city.  A lot younger people are moving here and want to live inside the loop.

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Two buildings a block from each other coming on market at exactly the same time and looking for tenants may not be the best marketing strategy. Hines may now go back and check its research: is there enough demand? At what price points?

My guess is demand should still be good. With very few homes on the market and lot shortages affecting even the exurbs, this town can't build residential fast enough to meet demand. Only labor shortages and soaring materials prices can stop the developers.

 

Besides, the City's paying them to build. :P  <_<

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Thanks, Graystone, for the pics.  I'm your neighbor upstairs.  I was going to report this, but no one believes me without photo proof. :mellow:  The first few layers of dirt looked like good soil and then it went red.  Where do you suppose they are dumping all of this dirt?

 

Also, Harvey Construction is building out an office space on the first floor of the G-Rodge.  No construction trailers for this site (no room).  Of course, I may be just making this up too. :P 

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Thanks, Graystone, for the pics.  I'm your neighbor upstairs.  I was going to report this, but no one believes me without photo proof. :mellow:  The first few layers of dirt looked like good soil and then it went red.  Where do you suppose they are dumping all of this dirt?

 

Also, Harvey Construction is building out an office space on the first floor of the G-Rodge.  No construction trailers for this site (no room).  Of course, I may be just making this up too. :P

 

Howdy Neighbor! :D

 

I don't know where the dirt is going though the dump trucks seem to head east out once they leave the site. I've attached the pics I took during lunch. Notice in the last picture it looks like they are doing more soil samples. Enjoy!

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I saw a detached container being pushed over to the Milam side of the dump truck road, today.  It looked like the load was bricks.  Notice that the north foundation wall of the center configuration, is gone.  I guess bricks would be dumped at another location than dirt.  It's to the right of your last pic.

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By looking at all the digging, when can say that this project is moving foward. Also I couldn't help but to think that this tower was going to be built right in front of the new Marriott Marquis. Glad it's not because this project will have a great impact on the Houston skyline. :)

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I am curious if Hines will now delay their plans. Two buildings a block from each other coming on market at exactly the same time and looking for tenants may not be the best marketing strategy.

Hines may now go back and check its research: is there enough demand? At what price points?

Hines will just have to get back to the drawing board and work harder to impress us wouldn't they? Double the height Hines :D

Lol. By

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Think of all the cranes that'll be towering over the skyline in about a year. 609 (2 or 3 cranes), One Market Square (2 cranes), Hess Tower (2 cranes), Marriott (2-3 cranes), the 10-story building next to GRB (1-2 cranes), 6 HC (2-3 cranes), Macy's site (3 cranes). It's gonna be bad ass. It'll rival the exxon site I bet.

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Think of all the cranes that'll be towering over the skyline in about a year. 609 (2 or 3 cranes), One Market Square (2 cranes), Hess Tower (2 cranes), Marriott (2-3 cranes), the 10-story building next to GRB (1-2 cranes), 6 HC (2-3 cranes), Macy's site (3 cranes). It's gonna be bad ass. It'll rival the exxon site I bet.

Hess Tower?

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Think of all the cranes that'll be towering over the skyline in about a year. 609 (2 or 3 cranes), One Market Square (2 cranes), Hess Tower (2 cranes), Marriott (2-3 cranes), the 10-story building next to GRB (1-2 cranes), 6 HC (2-3 cranes), Macy's site (3 cranes). It's gonna be bad ass. It'll rival the exxon site I bet.

Not only will it rival, it will beat it. Imagine driving into houston and seeing downtown clogged with cranes. We will literally watch our skyline morph. As developments in midtown and along the bayou come up, it will be humbling to see!

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It would have been interesting to have been able to do a little digging around the site before they started construction to see what artifacts could have been found. This was the location of the Cellar and Warrens and everything else from the beginning of Houston. No telling what they are digging up and taking away to the dump.

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I'm still wondering how the existing garage will be renovated.  It sure is ugly.

 

From what I read it's probably going to shrink a couple levels as they specified that they will not be needing that much parking and I'm guessing they are integrating it into the new building so that should help.

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From what I read it's probably going to shrink a couple levels as they specified that they will not be needing that much parking and I'm guessing they are integrating it into the new building so that should help.

 

Sounds great, hope they do just that!  It's just too big in my opinion. 

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Here are some photos I took this morning. You can see the basement walls more clearly than he photos I took yesteday. I have some more I took during lunch that I will post later.

 

The building on the right corner was the Bertallot Building, best known for housing The Cellar club (see article above).  Demolished in May 1981.  The smaller foundation immediately to the north of that was the Bethje-Lang building, which was the site of the original Warren's.  It was built around 1868 (thanks "Last of the Past, Houston Architecture 1847-1915").

 

It doesn't say anything about what buildings were on the left along Preston, but my 1940 "Downtowner" map shows a whole string of businesses there:  Breier, N Ulman, Barber, cafe, B&M Sales, another cafe, Newport K, Liberia, Bargain, N Halstead. 

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Think of all the cranes that'll be towering over the skyline in about a year. 609 (2 or 3 cranes), One Market Square (2 cranes), Hess Tower (2 cranes), Marriott (2-3 cranes), the 10-story building next to GRB (1-2 cranes), 6 HC (2-3 cranes), Macy's site (3 cranes). It's gonna be bad ass. It'll rival the exxon site I bet.

Talked to a supervisor at 609 Main on Sunday morning (8/17/14), he said 3 tower cranes will be used. 2 for the office and 1 for the garage.

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My theory.. Since they don't have underground parking this will spring up like the SkyHouses, straight out of the ground without large excavations. They may of just needed to clear the old foundations so they don't interfere with the new pilings?

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Can you elaborate?

Digging up old utility lines and relocating them away from the structural supports of the sure. I imagine there would be a few utility lines running through the site since it was just a parking lot before construction. If there were, then they would need to be dug up and rerouted on a more linear path away from the site, most likely under the lane they have closed. This is just a guess though.

This might just be because of the picture quality but if you zoom in you can see that it looks like they leveled out the site into a shallow pit. There's a ladder on the right side that goes down into pit as well as one in the top right corner. So maybe I was wrong based on my initial observation.

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