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Anyone know approximately how many highrise cranes are now erected in Houston? Also, what determines how many cranes will work on any given site? For example I see some high-rises that have two cranes per tower, while others the same height only have one.

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Thanks. Another query, I see some towers that have cranes which seemingly come out of the tops of them. How tall do buildings have to be for the cranes to be attached to them?

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I count 13:

Astoria: 1

BHP/Five Oaks Place: 2

Hanover Post Oak: 1

2929 Weslayan: 2

Willowick Place: 2

Kirby Grove: 1

3737 Buffalo: 1

Brazos Tower: 1

609 Main: 1

SkyHouse: 1

Thanks. Another query, I see some towers that have cranes which seemingly come out of the tops of them. How tall do buildings have to be for the cranes to be attached to them?

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Richmond and Sam Houston Tollway? Development? AND I saw another crane on the horizon as I crossed from SH to I10. It seemed to be on my right. Any thoughts? Also, approaching Richmond via SH, on the right side, seems to be a lot preparing for something? Any thoughts?

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Thanks sky guy. Saw others erected; one at Richmond and Sam Houston, 5 at Briarlake, a new one at Citi Centre, another by Eldridge ( west side), another going up in Memorial City. It's just astounding to me the number of cranes I. This city. Let's not even talk about the Woodlands area!

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Thanks sky guy. Saw others erected; one at Richmond and Sam Houston, 5 at Briarlake, a new one at Citi Centre, another by Eldridge ( west side), another going up in Memorial City. It's just astounding to me the number of cranes I. This city. Let's not even talk about the Woodlands area!

 

Yeah, I was going to say between Exxon, Hughes Landing, SWE is 20 or 30 by itself. 

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I can spot a ton from my balcony....

 

BHP - 2

BLVD Place - 1

Astoria - 1

40 story on Wesleyan - 2

W. Alabama @ Wesleyan - 2

MidLn - 1

Buffalo Speedway @ Richmond - 1

Levy Park - 1

Sovereign - 1

Westheimer @ Shepherd - 1

Memorial by Rice Military - 1

Something out by the stadium... - 1

Somewhere north of Hobby airport (maybe AT hobby airport...?) - 2

 

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SkylineView, lucky, lucky, lucky. Please keep us posted! I am transported to HTown circa 1983! I was a kid growing up in the sticks, and came to HTown to collect on rental properties with my dad. I drooled over the cranes then, as well as the freeway expansion. Now, as an adult, the same thing is happening again. I am a lucky man to feel nostalgia during my daily commutes.

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That view on 59 has been interesting to watch over the past few months. It will soon look dramatically different. Crane watching around town has become a fun spectator sport.

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Although we have the community backed http://devmap.io/cities/houston/developments in place, it appears Biz Journals now has a map of their own:

 

*qoute removed for sanity*

 

 

 

Click here for map! http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/datacenter/crane-watch.html?ana=RSS%26s=article_search

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Just now, cloud713 said:

Woah, why do quotes sometimes paste into that crazy long narrow format?

Yea I'm not sure how to fix it.

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Exxon Mobil has a multi billion addition to their existing olefins plant in Baytown also at their Mount Belvieu plant  and so does Chevron in Baytown. Lots of crawler cranes.

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4 hours ago, Twinsanity02 said:

Anyone know anything about the zillion cranes out along the east freeway? 

 

I'm guessing you are referring to the construction at the Chevron Phillips Chemical plant.

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5 hours ago, phillip_white said:

There are quite a few parking lots along Austin in downtown that would look nice with a building growing out of them.

I looked at all of Austin.  It goes from Buffalo Bayou to Herman Park, and there are 9 parking lots on it (11 if you count the Camden project that seems to be perpetually delayed), 2 blocks that only have a small building on it, 1 completely vacant block in midtown, and 1 mostly vacant block.

 

Interestingly, there's a parking lot at the end of Austin on the Bayou.  It's split by a really nice (but short) promenade to a few benches overlooking the bayou into a 1.65 acre lot and a 0.84 acre lot.  I could see that this could be a good place to put something except the joint processing center is right there next to it, so I don't know what would be a good use of this nice looking location.

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3 hours ago, cspwal said:

I looked at all of Austin.  It goes from Buffalo Bayou to Herman Park, and there are 9 parking lots on it (11 if you count the Camden project that seems to be perpetually delayed), 2 blocks that only have a small building on it, 1 completely vacant block in midtown, and 1 mostly vacant block.

 

Interestingly, there's a parking lot at the end of Austin on the Bayou.  It's split by a really nice (but short) promenade to a few benches overlooking the bayou into a 1.65 acre lot and a 0.84 acre lot.  I could see that this could be a good place to put something except the joint processing center is right there next to it, so I don't know what would be a good use of this nice looking location.

 

I looked at Austin... except with much less detail. I scouted a couple locations in downtown and one in Midtown that might work for a structure of this size, but I might have to go back and look now that you pointed all of this out.

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On 8/29/2016 at 11:33 AM, cloud713 said:

Ah well, I just didn't know if someone more tech savy than me knew why that happens. Thanks for the link..

Wow just viewed this page on mobile. Looks terrible. Think I'm just going to remove the qoute. 

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18 hours ago, phillip_white said:

 

I looked at Austin... except with much less detail. I scouted a couple locations in downtown and one in Midtown that might work for a structure of this size, but I might have to go back and look now that you pointed all of this out.

 

Were you thinking of the grass field vacant block in midtown? That one confuses me - every other vacant block has a parking lot but for those two. What makes them so special?

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On 8/30/2016 at 2:35 PM, Urbannizer said:

5-story, 204 unit mid-rise proposed for a site somewhere along Austin St. 

http://www.sdcarchitects.com/on-the-boards

 

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I don't get it. Why can't they just do the kind of thing they are doing for Denver. Look at that one. Very nice, sleek, and contemporary. This facade looks like something a post modernist would do in the early 90's.

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11 hours ago, cspwal said:

 

Were you thinking of the grass field vacant block in midtown? That one confuses me - every other vacant block has a parking lot but for those two. What makes them so special?

 

As I recall, those two blocks were slated to be identical midrise apartments built in two phases.  I don't remember if their variance requests were approved, but nothing has moved forward on that since.  Based on the size of the footprint, I was thinking it would be one of the full blocks near Root Square.  Merely hoping/speculating, of course.  And those parking lots cannot remain profitable forever.

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Any idea how many cranes are currently located in the Uptown district? Seems to be only one at the Hanover BLVD Place?

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River Oaks & Uptown has the most cranes in the city right now.  It’s like we’re watching a small city being built. Here’s my count as of today.  Anything I missed?

 

(2) Aspire Post Oak

(1) Dual brand hotel on the W. Loop

(2) Gables Westcreek

(1) Hanover River Oaks

(2) Novel River Oaks

(1) Park Place Tower

(1) River Oaks Baptist

(1) The Driscoll at River Oaks

(1) The Revere at River Oaks

(2) Tradition Woodway

 

14 cranes :o

 

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