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This HOK-designed hotel and apartment building is planned for a site on Main Street in the Texas Medical Center.

The full- service hotel will have about 250 rooms, a large percentage of which will be suites catering to medical center guests needing long-term stays, and approximately 40 to 60 apartments, according to TRC Capital Partners, an affiliate of the Redstone Cos., which will develop and own the property with Houston-based Medistar Corp.

HOK’s Roger Soto designed the building, which also will have as much as 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

Construction is expected to start in by year-end at 6750 Main. The group said it is evaluating hotel brands and operators.

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2014/04/texas-medical-center-to-get-new-hotel/?cmpid=businesshcat

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This is awesome and badly needed in the area. The lack of hotels and (non-chain) eating places near one of the busiest parts of our city always stumps me. Something like this is also needed down near Reliant (rumors are a Holiday Inn is coming at least).

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It looks good to me. I hope it doesnt have the "medical" vibe and is just a nice hotel.

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I like it. I hope they include a nice restaurant and upscale bar--they would be great additions for the area.

 

This hotel is geared towards people in visiting the TMC. I think the design is modest because they're being considerate of the reason people are there. I have doubts that they will try to make too flashy, not that upscale or nice necessarily is, but I don't think they're looking to be trendy. But that's just my hunch.

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They need a lot of things in this area period. While it looks like a busy downtown area, it always seemed like a commuter destination and that there was nothing immediately around the area to make it a truely functional urban core. Would be nice if more apartments/condos/hotels/ anything for that matter were intermixed in this part of town or at least within walking distance of the TMC. This will also help relieve the demand for parking. Not to mention it's in a great area of town with lots of things to do.

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There's a new sign up on the site with the above rendering and "Coming 2017"

 

No indication of hotel brand

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great news! this one has grown on me. i think i like it even more now than when it first came out. seems like the perfect fit for the TMC.

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Working backwards, I'm guessing this one's still on target to begin construction early in 2015. Three months either side of that timeline aren't going to make a difference.

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There's a new sign up on the site with the above rendering and "Coming 2017"

 

No indication of hotel brand

 

Here's the sign

15381495502_fb4422ff4f_o.jpgIMG_1318 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

 

Across the street is a green fence.

15195126230_4369a638e4_o.jpgIMG_1319 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

 

Looks like a bank, bummer.

15381786845_b2ce340c87_o.jpgIMG_1320 by Not.Larry.Dierker, on Flickr

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There was a Bank of America drive through there before, so I guess they are just replacing it...seems like good real estate for what I'm sure will be a generic bank branch, but then again across Main St is a Pizza Hut

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It was a while back, but at one point I think that triangle of land (Holcombe, Main, Old Main) was proposed for a sort of gateway monument for the Med Center.  We have a thread about it somewhere.

 

 

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Hotel/residential tower

Location: South Main, north of Holcombe

Developer: Houston-based TRC Capital Partners and Houston-based Medistar Corp.

Original plan: In April, developers said they would start construction later in the year on an HOK-designed 22-story hotel/residential building next to the Texas Medical Center.

Update: "We've been working on refining the programming and putting together the financing package," TRC president and CEO Steve Lerner said, adding that a start date has not been determined.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Cracks-forming-in-commercial-real-estate-market-6037038.php#/0

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Great news about the residential tower but it looks like the hotel lost it's contemporary patch work. Oh well, such is life. And the poor prudential building in the first rendering...

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That's amazing news! I originally thought...wow they really changed the design...oh wait I see the original...wait is this two towers now? ....wait they are building this an a res tower next to it? lol

 

I still like the first building. The other building has a little to much masonry for me, but it has clean lines and has good massing. I wish they would just combine the parking garage. Maybe that would have lowered the amount of levels of parking overall? I don't know. Overall it's nice that we actually here about a project getting scaled up rather than scaled down.

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Just noticed the link shows that this will be an Intercontinental Hotel.  Not bad...  I'm wondering how Southgate residents will take this 32 story tower.  Not really an Ashby situation if you've got property adjacent to the medical center

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Great news about the residential tower but it looks like the hotel lost it's contemporary patch work. Oh well, such is life. And the poor prudential building in the first rendering...

I realize now the hotel looks exactly the same. If only I would have scrolled up.
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Hopefully medical tourism could catch on, could fit a few more hotels along this stretch. More mixed use in TMC would be welcome. 

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The hotel seems to have lost a few stories in the new rendering, with a bit less striking of a design (balconies are smaller and the "hole" in the corner is a lot smaller), but I'm glad to see the addition of the residential tower!  And things always seem to get scaled back so I'm not too surprised they made the changes.  This will be a great addition to the medical center.  Plus it means a lot more people will be able to walk to work!

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The design of the residential tower seems a bit sad sack to me, but that said it's great to see more high rise development near the Med Center.  Btw I love that aerial shot of the Med Center!

 

 

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I actually like the residential tower. A nice mix of materials and provies a nice height. I think it will be a great addition to the area. Living near Rice and Med Center and close to Hermann Park sounds pretty good, especially if work is not too far away.

 

When does it start?

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With this and the new Texas Children's Tower going up in close proximity, the TMC skyline is set to have another nice growth spurt.

Add to those the soon to start Methodist Hospital and Herman Hospital towers and there will be some big changes to the Med center.

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and the HCC Coleman Campus expansion, new Debakey High School, and the 21 story apartments going up at Holcombe and Cambridge.  Time for TMC to get some of these cranes

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Does a map exist of the TMC "blocks" and what's under construction like there is for downtown? Seems like several projects going up, or soon to be.

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Great news about the residential tower but it looks like the hotel lost it's contemporary patch work. Oh well, such is life. And the poor prudential building in the first rendering...

 

That building no longer exists. If they were going to stick in remembered icons of another era, they should have added the Shamrock.

 

I still have to wonder what kind of finances are behind Medistar and whether they can pull this off. If nothing else, the residential building shows they're ambitious.

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