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Hope your right Luminare.  This project has had so many starts and stops it was feeling like Charlie Brown and Lucy with the football. Too bad about the trees though, but if it goes up it will be a decent addition to the skyline view along I-69.

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Height: 468’ Work begins 4/20, light one up for this one 😆    https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=430526526&row=2

https://www.highstreetresidential.com/en/portfolio/block-98   42-stories, 2Q 2022 completion  

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2 hours ago, Twinsanity02 said:

Hope your right Luminare.  This project has had so many starts and stops it was feeling like Charlie Brown and Lucy with the football. Too bad about the trees though, but if it goes up it will be a decent addition to the skyline view along I-69.

 

If what transpired at Block 387 near the METRO building is any indicator then this should be the case.

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3 hours ago, Paco Jones said:

The project is underway.  They are currently working on underground utilities.

 

does that mean they are digging up some dirt?

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On 6/2/2020 at 11:19 AM, Paco Jones said:

The project is underway.  They are currently working on underground utilities.


Cars were parked in the lot during the march on Tuesday when you posted this.. Unless the underground utilities were in the city ROW/not interfering with parking.

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On 6/6/2020 at 11:46 AM, MarathonMan said:

Not much happening construction-wise, but I ran by there yesterday and they were removing the parking signs from the entrances.  It’s not much. . . but it’s something.  

 

23 minutes ago, CaptainJilliams said:

So much for this one starting soon lol?

 

Maybe we need to confirm if this is an active parking situation... meaning... are the signs indicating this is parking gone? Are there places to pay? access is available?

 

groundbreaking tends to get delayed on most projects.

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1 hour ago, ZRFkris said:

Should be taller than Hess tower correct? Hard to tell from the rendering. 

 

25 minutes ago, Paco Jones said:

This will be 43 stories and 469'4" tall.

 

Emporis lists Hess as 490'

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1 hour ago, wxman said:

Nice edition but will be cloaked from view from all sides of downtown except the east side. In-fill is still good tho.

Best kind, such a small and weird lot. The views from the units looking north will be super sweet.

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1 hour ago, wxman said:

Nice edition but will be cloaked from view from all sides of downtown except the east side. In-fill is still good tho.

 

You might be pleasantly surprised driving in from 45 North. I think it's going to stand out almost as much as the Hess Tower and help fill the gap between it and the Marriott Marquis.

41 minutes ago, Montrose1100 said:

Best kind, such a small and weird lot. The views from the units looking north will be super sweet.

 

Great use of the small plot of land they have to work with.

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What are the benefits for a developer being confined to such a small, confined lot? At first glance, it's hardly big enough for a row of portable potties much less a highrise. It seems like if I was the developer, I'd want a full city block or at least half of one. Is it as simple as the price of the lot?

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On 6/26/2020 at 9:58 AM, CREguy13 said:

Went by here earlier this morning and saw what looked like superintendents and project managers walking the site.  Again, nothing matters until dirt turns but hopefully this is more of a positive sign that we should see/hear something soon.

You are correct, it was superintendents and PM's.  That was a meeting with the city for re-striping and lane closure.

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On 6/26/2020 at 5:38 PM, H-Town Man said:

 

With a small site, there are going to be constraints in the parking garage, ...


Back in 2015 i was on a tour of some downtown developments with the urban land institute and the person giving the tour commented on this property and how steep the ramp in the parking garage will have to be (I believe he said the steepest parking garage in the state?).

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5 hours ago, cloud713 said:


Back in 2015 i was on a tour of some downtown developments with the urban land institute and the person giving the tour commented on this property and how steep the ramp in the parking garage will have to be (I believe he said the steepest parking garage in the state?).

 

It's best to take those kinds of comments with a huge grain of salt.

 

BTW, did we know this project has a website?   https://www.trammellcrow.com/en/projects/block-98

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6 hours ago, cloud713 said:


Back in 2015 i was on a tour of some downtown developments with the urban land institute and the person giving the tour commented on this property and how steep the ramp in the parking garage will have to be (I believe he said the steepest parking garage in the state?).

 

I'd believe it, given the small size of the site. Although there are towers on some pretty small sites in Austin, so who knows.

 

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35 minutes ago, phillip_white said:

I'm confused as to why the ramp would be any steeper than the garage next to it? The lots are both the same length. Do they not own the whole strip?

 

They have to provide ground floor retail which the garage next to it does not. Also their garage will be much narrower in width, which makes everything tighter.

 

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2 hours ago, CREguy13 said:

Looks like this is finally kicking off... They've closed 2 lanes on Crawford, are in the process of fencing off the entire parking lot and have construction trailers set up in the vacant lot catty-corner from the site.  Cheers to another 40+ floor multi-family development in downtown!  

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I was thinking they should use that parking lot as their Supervisors trailer/laydown yard just the other day. I mean where else could they possibly go. But I was also looking in the parking garage next door to see if they might set up in there.This makes more sense as long as they have someone spotting for trains as they cross.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Tumbleweed_Tx said:
On 7/13/2020 at 4:07 PM, nate4l1f3 said:

I won’t believe it until it’s completed haha


Right? Breaking ground right before the economy crashes and we tumble into a deep recession? Ballsy

 

4 hours ago, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

this building would be an excellent candidate for an automated garage


Great point! I wonder if they considered that option.

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9 hours ago, Twinsanity02 said:

With construction finally starting on this one, I believe that leaves only two left from the downtown living initiative: Another Camden Conte and a Marquette highrise north of Minute Maid Park. Looking good.

 

This may be the last one to break ground for a little while. A lot of backlog of proposed towers is drying up around town. There are still some great ones but less in Downtown and Uptown. Med Center, Museum District, Midtown, and along Allen Parkway going strong.

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1 hour ago, thatguysly said:

 

This may be the last one to break ground for a little while. A lot of backlog of proposed towers is drying up around town. There are still some great ones but less in Downtown and Uptown. Med Center, Museum District, Midtown, and along Allen Parkway going strong.

 

Are you saying the proposed towers in downtown are dead? paused? or just don't count on it... ?

 

I am pleasantly surprised this one is going up... it was a long time in the making, so i think it is the right call to get this started. I would love to see:

 

- 1 Market Square (best location / redesign makes it attractive)

- 6 Houston Center - their marketing strategy has been antiquated IMO - offices that pull the trigger and start tend to lease up before these 'proposals' get any attention

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- Marquette Ball Park tower - I think that corner of downtown could be really special

- Camden phase 2 - they had spoken about the possibility of getting started on this in the past...

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- Hanover - I know they are busy, but why haven't they been downtown / midtown at all? I guess they are inching closer with BBP development. 

- Skanska - They might have a transformative development downtown.. I have high hopes

 

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1 hour ago, H-Town Man said:

 

Agreed. This is us:

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Special recognition to Paco Jones who told us it was going to happen and CREguy13 who kept us updated.

 

I would also include jermh, who I doubted when first read their post. Thought they were seeing a mirage from the heat.

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1 hour ago, Avossos said:

 

Are you saying the proposed towers in downtown are dead? paused? or just don't count on it... ?

 

I am pleasantly surprised this one is going up... it was a long time in the making, so i think it is the right call to get this started. I would love to see:

 

- 1 Market Square (best location / redesign makes it attractive)

- 6 Houston Center - their marketing strategy has been antiquated IMO - offices that pull the trigger and start tend to lease up before these 'proposals' get any attention

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- Marquette Ball Park tower - I think that corner of downtown could be really special

- Camden phase 2 - they had spoken about the possibility of getting started on this in the past...

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- Hanover - I know they are busy, but why haven't they been downtown / midtown at all? I guess they are inching closer with BBP development. 

- Skanska - They might have a transformative development downtown.. I have high hopes

 

 

I think some may come around but seems like it has been very quiet lately. Though this one came out of almost no where. I really hope Shanska happens. I just feel like we might hit a lull until the next wave. A lot of companies are hitting pause with COVID. I hope I am wrong and some race to beat others to open like you see on Allen. I just feel like the list you listed was always more of hopes instead of expected to happen.

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