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Does anyone know if/where Micro Center would be relocating if this is true?

 

From Swamplot:

http://swamplot.com/did-micro-center-just-sell-its-houston-location-to-amegy-bank/2014-02-25/

 

 

The self-proclaimed “industry insider” behind a new office-space rumor website tells Swamplot that it’s “well-known . . . amongst the tenant/landlord representative crowd” that Amegy Bank has purchased the 4.13-acre site at 1717 West Loop South just north of San Felipe that’s currently home to Houston’s only Micro Center store. The owner and would-be seller of the property, according to county tax records, is the Ohio-based parent company of the 47,800-sq.-ft. computer and electronics store, which has been operating in that location since 1994. There is only one other Micro Center location in Texas.

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“The property, which is just down the street from [Amegy Bank's] current office at Five Post Oak Park,” reports the rumor site, “is the supposed site for Amegy to build their own 10-12 story office tower. Rumblings suggest that this move is the result of a lease renewal disagreement between Amegy and their current landlord Shorenstein.”

If the rumor is true, would the computer retailer be looking for another Houston location, or just close up shop here? Swamplot has contacted both Micro Center and Amegy Bank for comment. We’ll add an update if we hear anything back.

 

 

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Webcam:

 

http://www.workzonecam.com/projects/amegybank/amegybank/workzonecam

 

Renderings:

 

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I saw this picture on the webcam and I just had to post it, very nice picture with the rain shaft over downtown and then the sunlight toward the med center. The reflection of this building is super ni

A rendering on the Amegy site:   https://www.amegybank.com/about-us/newsroom/amegy-hq    

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Amegy-Bank-opens-eye-catching-tower-10923531.php#photo-12349913            

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If the store or chain is doing badly, it will probably close for good, sadly. It is in a high-value part of town. While unlikely, I wonder how plausible is it if they knocked down the old Foley's at Northwest Mall to build a smaller Micro Center store, using the reduced footprint as much-needed extra parking?

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Amegy has been in the market for awhile although I assumed they were looking at one of the westcreek sites. They'll team up with one of the big name office developers. I would be a little shocked if they only built 10-12 stories, though.

Exactly. It wouldn't make sense for them to build their own building, when there a tower looking for a tenant about to be built in in Westcreek.

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Maybe they'll build a tower that resembles an "A?" After all, they are the A bank. At least that's what they say in their commercials :P

Yeah, probably not.

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Developer: Hines

Design Architect: Pickard Chilton

Size: 350,000 SF

Micro Center: Here to stay...just not same location

Floor plates 20-25k sqf?

Seems like a large site for just one building, doesn't it?

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This does appear to be in that general vicinity, but I cant figure out where around there they would develop.

You've got the CVS on the SW corner and all of the buildings on the NE and NW corners of Montrose. I can't think of the name of the developer who has developed all of those 8-10 story buildings around there. Maybe Hansen. The same people who are constructing the new building just west of Yoakum on Richmond.

St. Thomas owns pretty much everything else to Montrose and Richmond, unless its the tract east of the Richmont apartments,(Menil holdings),  or the SE corner of Montrose and Richmond where the Chase Bank is located. I guess it could be the property on the east side of Yoakum between the CVS and the new building going up there.

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Meyer declined to say how much the building will cost, and it'll be a few more weeks before Amegy has renderings of what the 350,000 square feet of space will look like, but "it will be a very handsome building," he said.

 

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I was under the impression that William Chilton had done more of the buildings in Houston. Could be wrong. Would be great to know who does which, so that we can get a sense of style/personality for each architect.

 

incorrect. john pickard is typically the lead architect in most of their houston projects.

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Did somebody post the location that Micro Center is moving to already?

If not, they are currently looking to relocate to a brand new building across from Sam's Club at S Rice Ave and close to Westpark Dr. (Building doesn't exist yet, if that wasn't clear). There will be an announcement if that is the property actually bought.

Looks like the source was right.

the new amegy bank building should be well received on here - it will easily be the most attractive building directly on the loop.

This is when we bring out the champagne bottles.

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..There will also be design element on top that will extend the height somewhat.

 

I hope its not a giant inflatable gorilla!  Those are so tacky! :P

 

Really though, if there is something added to the top, hopefully it is something that scales nicely to the building.  A 20 floor building with a 5 floor architectural element would probably be too bold.  I'm also hoping its not a "crown of thorns" like 3333 Allen Parkway has!  DZ Bank hq in Frankfurt am Main worked ok...

 

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HUH!!!??? Crown Of Thorns!?!? I wish it was that cool!!! To me it looks like a giant empty fruit basket and i keep checking to see if they ever filled it with huge inflatable bananas, oranges and apples!!! doh!

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HUH!!!??? Crown Of Thorns!?!? I wish it was that cool!!! To me it looks like a giant empty fruit basket and i keep checking to see if they ever filled it with huge inflatable bananas, oranges and apples!!! doh!

 

To me it looks more like the supporting structure for a Roller Derby venue.

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HUH!!!??? Crown Of Thorns!?!? I wish it was that cool!!! To me it looks like a giant empty fruit basket and i keep checking to see if they ever filled it with huge inflatable bananas, oranges and apples!!! doh!

 

 

To me it looks more like the supporting structure for a Roller Derby venue.

Perhaps it was a bad reference?  I didn't know what else to call it... since it is at the buildings "crown"?

 

I always thought it was a bad immitation of the KohnPedersonFox building in Frankfurt, Germany (my referenced link in my above post).

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^ oh, it's a crown all right.  

 

If it was about one third the way down, I suppose we could call it the architectural equivalent of a Wonder Bra.   :rolleyes:

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I've heard people refer to them as "tiaras", which is consistent with how many of them are pretentious and kitschy (at least in my opinion).  

 

But ... better a tiara than another Justice League Superhero HQ like the one off Gessner and I-10 :-)

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