Jump to content
Mab

40-Story High-Rise Development at 1660 Post Oak Blvd.

Recommended Posts

And the densification of uptown continues. Would be nice to see this go up around the same time as Hanover's second tower at blvd place which should be in the 35 story range as well, apartment over some office over retail. 

  • Like 9

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i for one am sooooooo happy to see that whole weird/ugly plaza go away!!!! saw both the mattress store and the rug store have their store closing signage up etc! whooOoohoooOooo!!!

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, Luminare said:

Gensler riding in to save the day. Not bad. Would like to see a render though.

I promise if you go back to page 7 you will find one

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, brijonmang said:

I promise if you go back to page 7 you will find one

Nope. Just building elevations. I mean it looks nice, but I would like to see a few perspective renders just to see the colors and get an idea for the materials.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

any updates on this? and i swear that rug store has been in its final 8 days for the past 2 weeks!!! 

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

haha! geez! i cannot wait to see that plaza demolished...i dont know why but i have never liked it!!! 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

what-your-word-for-attractive-says-about

^^^ we have ALL been waiting and waiting for this one to reveal its true self... didn't disappoint!

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's about 438' without the fin height. It'll be in the 450' range, although the perspective makes it look taller than BHP (477'). 

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

if this was referenced elsewhere i apologize...but would love to know what happened in regards to the other building wanting to sue and stop this from being built. I am taking it then that they were unsuccessful and this is a go now for sure? (if so, yahooOoOooooooo!) :)

 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lawsuit is still pending. The Developer won a decent victory against the Cosmopolitan on an interlocutory appeal back in April (with the Cosmopolitan being forced to pay the Developer's appellate costs). There's a trial setting in November, but with Harvey and the recent vintage of this case (only 2016), chances of it going to trial are slim. However, the legal (as opposed to factual) nature of the claims makes this one ripe for resolution by the judge as opposed to the jury, which can expedite things. There's also always the possibility that this settles before trial.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

5m4v04yfsht31z0w.JPG?auto=compress,forma

 

u9pzskvyyvnvkn8z.JPG?auto=compress,forma

 

 

Very very nice, compares very favorably to the tiny pyramid-topped  thick and squat Randall Davis, we can hope this helps become more obscure and blended in.

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

any updates on this? i dream of seeing that mattress store and the empty building next to it being knocked down...OFTEN! :lol:

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It doesn't seem like that court case would be stopping anything.  Apparently the Cosmo owners have not actually sued the 40-story developer.  Instead, the developer has sought a declaratory judgment to the effect (to over-summarize) that the Cosmo owners cannot assert a claim that the development would constitute a nuisance. The Cosmo owners asked the court to dismiss the developer's suit. Cosmo owners lost. They lost again at the Appellate Court. They have appealed to the Texas Supreme Court.

 

Oh, and also, it turns out there is an agreement between the two properties that requires the Cosmo and its owners to cooperate to some degree (Not sure exactly to what extent) with the development of a high rise on the adjacent property.

 

Thanks for the link Urbannizer!

Edited by Houston19514
  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Given how adamant several owners of that building have been to any and all construction/improvement projects in Uptown, I won't feel too bad when they're staring in someone else's living room in a few years. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

http://www.search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.aspx?MediaVersionID=3d05a945-d91f-4b7f-b870-015978a2933f&coa=cossup&DT=BRIEFS&MediaID=7dbe1239-2cc9-4945-9bde-a1e1691630b5

 

Quote

 


Though the Texas Citizens Participation Act (“TCPA”) has been the subject of much litigation, nothing in this case merits this Court’s review. After examining both sides’ evidence, the court of appeals held that the plaintiff real-estate developer provided enough detail to show that its declaratory judgment claim presented a justiciable controversy. That outcome was hardly remarkable, given that the defendant’s attorney sent a letter asserting that a justiciable controversy clearly exists.

 

The Petition for Review misconstrues how the court of appeals reached that unremarkable result, perhaps out of a desire to keep the automatic TCPA stay in place for a few months longer. The court of appeals rightly refused to decide the merits of the parties’ factual disputes, including whether the defendant’s President spoke solely in her individual capacity when she said the parties’ dispute will “put us in the courthouse.” Instead, the court of appeals held that it would review the evidence “in a light favorable to the non-movant”—that is, it would not discard evidence favoring the non-movant simply because the movant put a different spin on it. That evidentiary rule flows from the text of the TCPA and this Court’s jurisprudence, and presents nothing for this Court to review.

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Urbannizer! Thank you for the update...I will admit the wording of that attachment left me confused and with a headache haha! Does it all mean that the Cosmopolitan's case has basically been dismissed and the new developers can proceed on the adjacent land? Thank you!!! 

Edited by gene
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 minutes ago, gene said:

Urbannizer! Thank you for the update...I will admit the wording of that attachment left me confused and with a headache haha! Does it all mean that the Cosmopolitan's case has basically been dismissed and the new developers can proceed on the adjacent land? Thank you!!! 

 

Me think so. Calling on @houstontexasjack or @Houston19514 for a more clear explanation. :D

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The developer filed suit against the Cosmo's HOA. The purpose of that lawsuit was to have the court adjudicate ("declare," hence the declaratory judgment action) the parties' rights under the developer-HOA agreement. 

 

The HOA responded to this suit under a statute called the Texas Citizen's Participation Act ("TCPA"). The TCPA is a type of law known as "anti-SLAPP;" the SLAPP standing for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. The idea behind these laws is to penalize legal claims from being filed as retaliation for the exercise of (typically first amendment) rights. I haven't read this lawsuit, but ostensibly the HOA is claiming that the developer's attempt to get a declaration regarding the parties' rights under the developer-HOA agreement somehow violates its rights to speech, to free assembly, or something along those lines. 

 

The district court rejected the HOA's argument. The First Court of Appeals rejected the HOA's argument (and, if memory serves, affirmed the sanction of an attorney's fees award against the HOA). The HOA is now seeking to have the Texas Supreme Court hear the case. To do so, it filed what's called a petition for review. The supreme court will read that petition and decide whether or not it wants to hear the case. The linked document is the developer's response -- i.e., why the court doesn't need to hear the matter. 

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
36 minutes ago, gene said:

Urbannizer! Thank you for the update...I will admit the wording of that attachment left me confused and with a headache haha! Does it all mean that the Cosmopolitan's case has basically been dismissed and the new developers can proceed on the adjacent land? Thank you!!! 

My understanding was that the Association (Cosmopolitan) was appealing the district court's ruling to not dismiss the case. It appealed all the way up to the Supreme Court of Texas, which rejected its appeal. So now the case (which is the REIT/Developer suing for declaratory judgement on the agreement between the Developer and Cosmopolitan being valid and enforceable) will proceed. The Developer brought the case (seeking declaratory judgement)  to avoid the risk of a lawsuit from the Cosmopolitan once construction has started (which would be more costly, timely and give Cosmopolitan more leverage in the matter). Basically the Cosmo/Association have been huge dicks and threatening a lawsuit, even though a second development was in the works the entire time. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

 

Me think so. Calling on @houstontexasjack or @Houston19514 for a more clear explanation. :D

Vy65 did a nice job summarizing what the link is.  To add some background to Vy65's response, the Texas Supreme Court does not have to hear every case that's sent its way.  To have a case heard, a party appealing a decision of the court of appeals must file a petition for review essentially explaining why the issue being sent to the Texas Supreme Court is so important that it must be looked at by the court--typically because it will affect the law in a manner that will impact future cases.  The document you linked was a response saying arguing that the Texas Supreme Court need not look further into this because the court of appeals decision wasn't all that important.  After this, the Texas Supreme Court can decide that it wants to hear the case--in which case it would order another round of briefing on the merits.  If it doesn't, it could just deny the petition for review.

 

I'd have to look at the full procedural history of the matter, including trial court rulings paired with the opinion from the First Court of Appeals to see what the potential effect of denying review would be as to the ability of this development to move forward.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good lord all this is still giving me a headache...now i know how the developer feels haha! I Hope they just knock down that old abandoned building soon and get rid of the mattress store with the old bank drive-thru still attached! :lol: Thank you everyone for the posts and clarification! I love Uptown and enjoy seeing it get bigger and better!  

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi! Any updates on this? It has been exciting to go down post oak on a daily basis and see all the work being done...EXCEPT here...haha! 

I keep hoping every single day that i ride past this on bike or in car, that i will see the existing building(s) closed and demolished! :)

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another tactical delay by the condo association.  The Ashby Highrise case has taught attorneys they don't have to prevail on the merits, if they can only delay long enough for financing to dry up.  I wouldn't read too much in to SCOTX's grant of the extension to file the motion for rehearing.  For appeals, first extensions to file most briefs are granted as a matter of routine.  In this case, SCOTX appears aware of the desire to delay, and has expressly stated it will not consider further extensions of time to file a motion for rehearing in its order.  

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On top of that, a motion for rehearing is really, really disfavored. Unless the HOA found new evidence or a new, seminal case came out that substantively changes the law (both highly unlikely), the motion will be denied and the case will go back down to the trial court. 

 

The good news is that if and when the case goes down to the trial court level, the HOA will begin incurring some fees (appellate work tends to have caps on the amount of work that's required). While this isn't a factually intensive case, there nevertheless are going to be some fees incurred by the HOA particularly given the law firms representing it. Also, because this is a dec action -- the majority of issues will be decided as a matter of law for the court as opposed to the jury -- you could see quicker movement despite the district court's current backlog.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thank you everyone for the info and insight! eventually something is going to happen with that corner and just hope it is sooner than later! :)

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The 

2 hours ago, LBC2HTX said:

The Mattress store has closed... could this mean development is in motion?? 

The Motion for Rehearing at SCOTX has not yet been decided. However, given SCOTX’s favorable opinion and the general unlikelihood the motion for rehearing will be granted, it is possible the developer may have let the mattress store’s lease run out to move as soon as possible after the final ruling.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd also point out that several of the largest units in the building are on the market (check HAR).  Also, while the Post Oak project has started working on literally every single piece of sidewalk down the street... they have not started any work / planted any trees / done any improvements on the portion that falls within this property.  Makes me bullish that the project is on deck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/4/2018 at 5:42 PM, LBC2HTX said:

The Mattress store has closed... could this mean development is in motion?? 

no way?!?! amazing news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gene calm down. There's no way to know yet whether this building will have a good brunch place or not. It's too early to get excited.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

haha i needed that laugh this morning Texasota! :lol: thankfully Snooze will be opening just up the road early next year...so I am good...for now! :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...