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3300 Main by PM Realty Group: 30-story, 336-unit high-rise

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This mid-rise is listed under "current projects" on Allen Bianchi's website. Anyone know more? 

 

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Providing convenience with luxury living this mixed use, mid rise, modern apartment complex houses two hundred units as well as five thousand sq ft of retail. The units surround an outdoor courtyard that contains a pool promoting and engaged community. The retail spaces also provide ample outdoor seating to engage pedestrians.

 

 

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http://www.allenbianchi.com/index.php?option=com_currentprojects&layout=detail&id=2&Itemid=3

 

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Looks like a creative adaptation of a parking garage for urban living. Come to think of it, this is brilliant. Can't think of a better postmodern statement you could make than to take an old parking garage and put lofts in it, exposed concrete I-beams and all. I can just see the NY Times raving about the "subtle commentary on the auto-centric lifestyle of Sunbelt cities."

 

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Reminds me of a section 8 / homeless shelter apartments.

Oh come on, it looks great. 

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A European flat block from 2002. All kidding aside, it looks pretty funky and I really like it. It's very different from what we have seen recently. 

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That is the right spot and the maybe bulldozing to redevelop.

 

Edit: I read the info on it and it was actually a study on how the site can be redeveloped. It also goes on to say that the city ultimately agreed that redeveloping of the site was the right path. 

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http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/City-s-possible-Midtown-property-sale-could-boost-5905207.php#/0

 

PM Realty Group confirmed this week that it is under contract with the Midtown Redevelopment Authority to purchase property at 3300 Main, and City Council on Wednesday cleared the way for that sale by waiving the city's deed restriction on the site. The funds from the sale will go to improvements in the Midtown neighborhood, sandwiched between downtown and the Museum District.

 

PM Realty Group would not elaborate on its plans for the site, and the Midtown Authority officials redirected calls to a public relations firm, which did not respond to questions Wednesday.

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The colorless renderings look like a county jail. The first rendering depicts a slightly different structure. With both office portions protruding over and past the garage a little, as well as a garden above the garage, also the roof top mechanical portion is slightly off. Same idea I suppose. Pretty cold and unwelcoming design. I look forward to more details renderings.

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Weren't those likely just a concept? I imagine the way markets are now, residential is a better idea for this spot than office. Especially if two other nearby office projects get off the ground.

 

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I think there should be some sort of design summit of Houston architects or architect's that design in Houston to discuss potential ideas for parking podiums moving forward since it will remain a fixture of buildings for some time to come. While the objects that are protruding the podium aren't bad (kinda on the bland side though) the complete thoughtlessness that goes into podium design is ridiculous! I mean just a few blocks from my work is 3737 Weslyan and that is an example of at least an attempt to camouflage a 3 story parking podium that is within the structure itself (i'm not talking about the enormous parking garage on it's side of course). But look at this thing!

 

Other than that it's incredible what is going up in Midtown! I mean seriously this is a complete fundamental transformation of an entire area of town in less than 5 years! Craziness. I'm hoping that this gets one more pass through during Design Development.

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I think there should be some sort of design summit of Houston architects or architect's that design in Houston to discuss potential ideas for parking podiums moving forward since it will remain a fixture of buildings for some time to come. While the objects that are protruding the podium aren't bad (kinda on the bland side though) the complete thoughtlessness that goes into podium design is ridiculous! I mean just a few blocks from my work is 3737 Weslyan and that is an example of at least an attempt to camouflage a 3 story parking podium that is within the structure itself (i'm not talking about the enormous parking garage on it's side of course). But look at this thing!

 

Other than that it's incredible what is going up in Midtown! I mean seriously this is a complete fundamental transformation of an entire area of town in less than 5 years! Craziness. I'm hoping that this gets one more pass through during Design Development.

 

 Your summit needs to include parking buildings (and not just podiums).  I fear it may be time for the city to impose some regulations on parking garage design.  That statement does not come easily for me, but developers have been throwing up a lot of hideous parking structures in the last few years.  Initially, I favored imposing such regulations only downtown, but in the spirt of no-zoning, I now think we should impose them city-wide.  (And that will also eliminate the possible negative side-effect of hurting downtown development if the regulations were downtown-only.)

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Looks like the new owners are adding some security until they start redevelopment.

 

That building just beyond in the picture reminds me of the ugliest office buildings ever and Houston has plenty of them...including this one converted to a self-storage near I-45 and Greenspoint.

 

 

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I doubt it.

I also saw soil testing going on at the strip center just west of the railroad track on the north side of San Felipe this morning.

Where the golf shop is. Has anyone heard of anything going on there?

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What are they testing for? 

 

They are soil testing. It's a mandatory part of the construction process. You are testing the soils to see what is the geology underneath the site as well as some other things.

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Wow. This one made a complete 180! I really like the process in how the sculpted the building. I really hope we get more stuff like this coming soon! Would really like to see more images as this still looks very preliminary, but the concepts are solid!

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If I were in Houston I would be scouting out one of these units to buy among the 25,000 to choose from. I remember interning in Rosslyn/Clarendon area of Northern VA across from Georgetown when a bunch of new devs like this were going up and they cost $300K each, wish I would have stretched and got one, since I had to pay $400K for something much less anyway just a few years later and in a worse location and then $500K after that for another one even further away.

 

Curious what posters here think is the best deal, location, building, even unit type of the bunch for say $600K or less.

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This reminds me of elements of 800 Bell, but manages to capture those with a slick, modern twist. A Midtown skyline might actually start to emerge (other than the singular HCC building) between this and the proposed 3003 Louisiana office building. The dream of having an interconnected skyline running from the Med Center to Downtown seems a lot closer now.

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Wow. This one made a complete 180! I really like the process in how the sculpted the building. I really hope we get more stuff like this coming soon! Would really like to see more images as this still looks very preliminary, but the concepts are solid!

 

BIG out of sweden or denmark takes an identical approach to their design... i wanted to work with them on a challenging project here in town. Hopefully I can readdress it in the not too distant future.

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BIG out of sweden or denmark takes an identical approach to their design... i wanted to work with them on a challenging project here in town. Hopefully I can readdress it in the not too distant future.

 

Dude Bjarke Ingels is like....my architecture jesus! I love BIG. They are out of Denmark. He did a great interview about his latest buildings in New York with the New York Times! I've always adored his process and rational. Every step he takes in each concept is well thought out and logical which gives his architecture a great sense of believability even before they are executed. I an environment where crazy architecture ideas in regard to form are at a premium in this town, his process would fit perfectly here. He is the kind of individual that could persuade anyone to buy into his ideas however crazy they might appear on the outside.

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Dude Bjarke Ingels is like....my architecture jesus! I love BIG. They are out of Denmark. He did a great interview about his latest buildings in New York with the New York Times! I've always adored his process and rational. Every step he takes in each concept is well thought out and logical which gives his architecture a great sense of believability even before they are executed. I an environment where crazy architecture ideas in regard to form are at a premium in this town, his process would fit perfectly here. He is the kind of individual that could persuade anyone to buy into his ideas however crazy they might appear on the outside.

He is notorious for this kind of thing.

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He is notorious for this kind of thing.

 

Whats crazy is that the dude is only 40! With some of the projects they have had rolling out over the past few years that means he was looking down some of this stuff even earlier like mid to late 30's! Thats almost unheard of. If there was an architect to break the mold here in Houston he could.

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I want to hone in more on the floor plans for these places to see if anything is changing there. From what I can tell, no one uses a formal dining room, the bathroom and kitchen should be big, and open is best.

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At least in my experience, a formal dinning room is only used for holiday meals with family, but they can also be re-purposed to be studies, home offices, etc.  So a formal dining room isn't necessarily useless.  And if we want to attract families into the city, then they have to be able to have thanksgiving and invite all their family to eat

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