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Awesome video and great find! That is a prime spot so I wouldn't be surprised if this is going up in the next year or so(or sooner then that since it looks like the ad was put together 6 months or a year). I like the conceptual rendering that looks in the 60 story range but don't think we'd be getting anything like that!

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I'm on the road but have the vimeo app. Anyone willing to share the video title.

Won't work on chrome on my iPhone.

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Video doesn't work for me either, so thanks for grabbing the shot.  I like the building, though I have to laugh... what a piss-off for the guys in Cosmo.  Their view down Post Oak Blvd was awesome.

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Ok yeah, the video on link given by mab doesnt work anymore but the video in lockmats does. I'll be sure to screenshot everything. :)

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I guess we can expect to see another highrise there, maybe a supertall but I'm not holding my breathe. Houston has been very surprising lately.

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damn.. poor Cosmopolitan.. first Five Oaks Place, now this.. they soon they wont have a view except for the narrow sides facing east and west.
i know its conceptual, but its neat to see them place a tall building like that on this plot. was this proposed as all office space?

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damn.. poor Cosmopolitan.. first Five Oaks Place, now this.. they soon they wont have a view except for the narrow sides facing east and west.

i know its conceptual, but its neat to see them place a tall building like that on this plot. was this proposed as all office space?

The video really didn't say or give a hint on what it would be. My guess is mixed-use, thats the trend we have going on. Although its just for marketing purpose.

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damn.. poor Cosmopolitan.. first Five Oaks Place, now this.. they soon they wont have a view except for the narrow sides facing east and west.

i know its conceptual, but its neat to see them place a tall building like that on this plot. was this proposed as all office space?

That conceptual tower looks connected to The Cosmo, doesn't it? Sea strange.

Depending on the east/west width of this ghost tower, I think they could still have a decent view, at least from their balconies.

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A prime Galleria-area corner set amid new office towers, luxury apartment buildings and upscale shops, has hit the market, giving a developer the chance to rebuild yet another piece of this booming Uptown neighborhood.

 

The property, a small shopping center at the northwest corner of Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe, is likely to be torn down and the site redeveloped into perhaps a multistory apartment complex or hotel.

Houston-based AmREIT has owned the property for almost 10 years and recently negotiated a lease termination with the last tenant in the center, allowing it to start marketing the site for redevelopment in 2015.

"We believe this site will be well received by prospective hotel and/or multifamily partners," H. Kerr Taylor said in a recent conference call to discuss the company's quarterly earnings.

The only occupant in the shopping center, called the Courtyard at Post Oak, is a Verizon store. The rest of the property, which formerly housed a Mexican restaurant and dessert shop are vacant.

The single-story center at 1616 Post Oak Blvd. includes about 14,000 square feet of retail space and sits on 1.59 acres.

HFF is marketing the property, but an asking price was not disclosed. AmREIT said it would like to create a joint venture with another firm to develop the site.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Prime-Post-Oak-parcel-up-for-grabs-5267366.php#/2

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Like I said earlier (but was mocked about "and cars will fly" which was funny) these one story strip centers and box stores are obsolete. The land values are dictating more dense use of the land.

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Like I said earlier (but was mocked about "and cars will fly" which was funny) these one story strip centers and box stores are obsolete. The land values are dictating more dense use of the land.

 

Yes you are right that in due time strip centers and box stores will become obsolete in these high traffic, high concentration areas. The part that I found redundant and comical was the, "not sure when but it will happen" addition. In due time everything we want to happen in this city will, whether it be in our lifetime or 100-200 years plus.

 

 

This is certainly a very hot piece of property. I'm surprised Icon Bank/AT&T across the street was able to renovate and that property wasn't taken for better usage as well.

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i have to give it to them, location wise.. it will be a perfect spot for an iconic new tower. the property lines up perfectly with the middle of Post Oak when you are heading north. not to mention it would balance out the Uptown Skyline w/ Williams Tower (if its ~60 stories or so like the conceptual renderings indicated a building could be)

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I wish Damac properties would build an extremely high end condo here, here are some examples:

 

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due to my employment, as per the fluor daniels corporation...  dubai, uae, just so happens to be the "port of entry" inward vs outward, as per our personnel working abroad, throughout the "theater of afghanistan".  therefore, i always have privilege vs honor, of being in dubai during their continuous vs stupendous growth upsurge.  

 

deyaar, emaar, damac, just to name a few of their respective luxury property developers, are very obviously spending untold sums as per their marketing programs alone.  i'm always having the opportunity to focus upon many of their marketing advertisements basically all over dubai vs the middle east.  (and i do mean everywhere).  many times, one just cannot tell for whom is leading at the moment.  they are always preparing to construct something or another, as well as alway's marketing their respective vs prospective venues.

 

many times, as i have traveled upon "sheik zayed rd" upon my quest to reach jumeirah beach, mall of the emirates, as well as the dubai mall, i cannot help but feel as though i am in some modern day middle eastern fantasy...  for this experience alone, tends to take one's breath away.  the entire panorama as per this part of this futuristic city, is simply amazing.

 

for those "haif" members that have longed to travel to dubai, uae,..  i for one, may only suggest that you please try to get there, for you would love it.  there is so very much to do.  all one has to bare in mind, is that, dubai is a modern day muslim country.  all they shall ask, as per any prospective tourist, is that they respect the religious aspects as per their country, vs their laws and customs.   i simply love dubai!

 

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Sounds like the project may be 50-floors; we already have people against the project (and the BRT Line).

 

The catalyst for the creation of the PAC occurred when news surfaced that Houston-based AmREIT is proposing to construct a 50-story tower 2 feet from the property line of the Cosmopolitan high-rise at 1600 Post Oak Blvd., where Scarborough and some other members of the PAC live.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/breaking-ground/2014/05/new-pac-opposes-transit-plan-on-post-oak-boulevard.html

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Let me get this straight...

 

1) He helps start a PAC to fund political campaigns who will support his case to end BRT plans on Post Oak

2) He is against a 50 story tower not because he lives next door but because he is worried about a heart attack

3) He is worried about congestion blocking ambulances but is against transit options

 

This guy is a grade-A tool. Seriously, if you are worried about an ambulance's response time then you should live at The Spires, not over on Post Oak.

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I like how he threw in the sunset reference to make it crystal clear he isn't concerned about views.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/breaking-ground/2014/05/new-pac-opposes-transit-plan-on-post-oak-boulevard.html?page=all

 

 

 

The catalyst for the creation of the PAC occurred when news surfaced that Houston-based AmREIT is proposing to construct a 50-story tower 2 feet from the property line of the Cosmopolitan high-rise at 1600 Post Oak Blvd.,...

 

:ph34r:

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I love how he opposes BRT, yet at the same time is asking for traffic studies to be made.....he is literally destroying his own argument. I would like to hear his solution to traffic problems. If he has a better idea then BRT or rail then he should present an alternative. Just because you don't like it or understand it doesn't mean you should oppose it. If he has an amazing solution to the problem then awesome! lets use it, but I hate opposition just for the sake of opposing change. Clearly what's there now isn't working meaning that change has to come and to stop it is simply saying that you do not care about finding a solution.

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Wow, opposing a hirise on post oak? Now I've heard it all?

On one hand they are worried about traffic but they are also against the BRT that would help alleviate traffic?

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Well, I like seeing the proposal for the 50-story highrise just down the street from me. I am less keen on this myopic PAC, which, despite Mr. Scarborough's assertions to the contrary, looks like textbook NIMBYism. 

 

 

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Happily, other businesses along Post Oak should have a vested interest in opposing Mr. Scarborough and this PAC. AmREIT, Randall Davis, Hines (still out of the Williams Tower), and others need reliable development opportunities along major corridors in Houston.  

 

His mention of the "sunset" is a nice slip as to what's clearly his problem.

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On the bright side, at least these ideas must gain some sort of hold from the electorate to be successful and other business interests can more readily challenge them than in the more limited forum of the courts.

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In his aguement he posts his concern about how the streets will be able to handle the extra traffic, yet he opposes the brt, which is a measure to reduce the traffic. Poor guy seems a bit conflicted. Sure. Definitely NOT about obstructing his view.

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Oddly enough, he is correct in some aspects, particularly towards the end when he asks how these streets will be able to handle all of this development. My main concern right now is actually Westheimer near Highland Park. He's right...the streets cannot currently handle the amount of development on the way. But where he gets it wrong is, all of this development is going to come here either way. No PAC will be able to stop it and even if it can stop it, that has to be the most anti-Houston PAC I've ever heard of. What type of PAC would be against jobs, growth, and opportunity? Would he rather be in Detroit?

 

Austin learned the hard way that they'll come whether you build it or not. Most Houstonians have not experienced the nightmare that is I-35. Austin didn't plan well and I-35 is definitely something you do not want to take. And Austin is booming more in its downtown area more than Houston is, at the moment, which is sure to make matters even worse. 

 

Now maybe he is right... maybe BRT is not the right thing to do. But if not, then what?? We can't keep limitlessly expanding our roads. Forget about the freedom of cars. There comes a time when you reach a dead-end to how far you can expand and you have to think of moving people in larger amounts in more efficient ways. Even if you kill the development, you have to think of all the foreigners that are coming to the Galleria area just to shop! That will keep growing until the next recession. 

 

Either way, I don't see this PAC gaining Republican nor Democrat support. It just doesn't look good either way. We need a PAC for solutions, not a PAC of "No. No. No."

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Why do these people even live in an urban environment if they can't handle what comes with it?

 

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Wow, opposing a hirise on post oak? Now I've heard it all?

On one hand they are worried about traffic but they are also against the BRT that would help alleviate traffic?

 

 

In his aguement he posts his concern about how the streets will be able to handle the extra traffic, yet he opposes the brt, which is a measure to reduce the traffic. Poor guy seems a bit conflicted. Sure. Definitely NOT about obstructing his view.

EXACTLY. ridiculous...

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This is ALL about obstructing his view. This guy acts like he lives in a small town. If he is so concerned about an ambulance making it in time in case he has a heart attack maybe he should move near the medical center.

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If develpers can't put a 50+ story tower in Uptown, what area besides downtown would this guy see appropriate?

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Triton!! You dirty dawg! LoL! I didn't look at previous posts closely and just happened upon your Utopian vision for UT! I was almost tearing up as in was reading it, then DEFLATION as I continued with the other posts. I guess it's my fault for being so gullible, but wow, the three minute dream was sweet. ;)

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If develpers can't put a 50+ story tower in Uptown, what area besides downtown would this guy see appropriate?

 

Bissonnet at University Place 

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I feel conflicted on this news. On one hand, I think it's great that for so many projects that we do know about, there are still high profile ones that we have no idea about!

On the other hand, the NIMBYs disappoint me. If they someone manage to derail a project such as this, I may just lose a bit of faith in Houston's ability to do something grand.

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if its residential this could be the tallest residential tower in Texas. the Austonian is 56 floors, at 683' tall. obviously this has less floors, but maybe the ceiling heights will be higher or it will have a spire? i doubt this will seriously be a supertall though..

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Have you seen any renderings? Care to drop some hints? Is it going to be office?

man.. i should of asked my buddies father who works for a contractor/bids on projects. he said the Amegy Bank building is very nice, but didnt mention anything else really besides "some 20 story office tower". next time i see him ill have to see if hes heard anything of this.

looking forward to any leaks/information about the project..

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