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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.

I had the same thought about financing, but if they are advertising the hotel as an Intercontinental, that gives me a bit more confidence that this could be serious.  

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I had the same thought about financing, but if they are advertising the hotel as an Intercontinental, that gives me a bit more confidence that this could be serious. 

 

 

Note that the apartments are being developed by Greystar.

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Has the Memorial herman expansion started. Half of the road right in front of the expansion area is closed and there is a lot of construction equipment there. 

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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.

The Shamrock was a icon, but the Prudential Building was a better work of architecture.

 

As for medical construction in this town - time and again we've seen medical construction stay the course through oil busts/downturns.

 

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I don't think they are - I'm no expert in reading these but I think this development is going on the 1.3845 acres labeled as Unrestricted Reserve "A", which is the acreage listed in the re-plat.  All renderings show it on that parking lot between the Wyndham and the Best Western

 

I think the "University Place" subdivision name already exists

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I don't think they are - I'm no expert in reading these but I think this development is going on the 1.3845 acres labeled as Unrestricted Reserve "A", which is the acreage listed in the re-plat. All renderings show it on that parking lot between the Wyndham and the Best Western

I think the "University Place" subdivision name already exists

Oh ok. Sounds good to me

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I don't think they are - I'm no expert in reading these but I think this development is going on the 1.3845 acres labeled as Unrestricted Reserve "A", which is the acreage listed in the re-plat.  All renderings show it on that parking lot between the Wyndham and the Best Western

 

I think the "University Place" subdivision name already exists

That is correct.

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Sweet, did you get one of these images from the commission report?

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http://www.bxtx.com/construction-preview/22783-medistar-defers-on-downtown-houston-tower.html

 

The Houston Planning Commission agreed on Thursday to a request to defer the partial replat of a proposed downtown tower building.

 

Medistar Houston Medical Center Ltd., the developer, still has an incomplete package, according to the city staff report on University Place First.

At present, the site is a 1.4-acre parking lot located at the corner of Old Main Street and Travis Street. The replat process is being handled by Vernon G. Henry & Associates Inc.

 

At yesterday's meeting, staff requested and was given a two week deferral to allow time for the applicant to provide revised information "before noon next Wednesday." The revisions must include a revised landscape/site plan, elevations and renderings. 

 

"All submitted pictorial documents must be consistent. Provide information regarding parking count, unit count and mix and floor plans for proposed uses. If tehre is a proposed canopy along Travis Street that encroaches into the 10-foot building line, provide revised variance request."

 

Architectural designs have been a joint effort of HOKThe Preston PartnershipKimley-Horn, and Kudela & Weinheimer Landscape Architecture.

While the project's case file name is University Place First, it is also known as Greystart Multi-Family Residential|Medistar Hotel.

 

Medistar Corp. was seeking a variance for the building line of 15 feet from the curb, rather than 25 feet to allow pedestrian canopies at the building entries that would project 10 feet.

 

This is a proposed high-rise building that would stand immediately across from the Texas Medical Center. It will include a hotel in the eastern portion of the building facing Main Street and an apartment complex in the western portion, adjacent to Travis Street.

A garage entry for both will be on Old Main Street. Parking for each use will be separated within the structure and each use will fully satisfy the parking required for that use individually.

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Was curious about this one, so actually watched the planning commission meeting on HTV.  Everything was approved

 

The only real item of interest is that the apartment building was stated as 25 floors on top of a 9 floor garage (34 floors) unless the presenter misspoke

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Are there any noise concern living in the TMC? I've only spent the night in Texas Children's drugged up (legally), after a car wreck.

Helicopters, ambulances... That sort of thing.

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I lived right across the street from Memorial Hermann in the TMC for several years.  Eventually you get used to the helicopters; it's really not that bad.

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This is great. 413 feet is quite high for a rooftop in the TMC. Will really add to the skyline.

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So ignoring spires on a few buildings, would this make the 2nd tallest building in the Medical Center?  Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza is 430'.  If you count the Spires (426') it would make the 3rd tallest.  Either way, not bad at all

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once this brilliant high profile TMC development is completed, it shall change the shape of the medical center forever.  houston, is on the cusp.... 


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Looking at the final agenda, there's actually 38 floors, and it will stand at 413 feet. Preston Partnership is the architect.

The hotel is 22 floors at 243 feet.

Edit: Elevations and renders added. I wonder if the hotel will still have apartment units on the top levels?

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An adjustment to that. Looks like HOK is doing the shorter building while Preston Partner is doing the taller. They are probably coordinating with each other since they are working with the same owner I imagine, but it looks like they are both completely separate projects.

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We just need a few more hotels/ residential highrises along this stretch of the TMC along with the ~$1.5 billion in hospital expansion currently going on. 

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that would be interesting if true. supposedly BP is pushing for an Intercontinental in the Republic Square development PMRG is putting together.

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It was listed on the Medistar website as an Intercontinental at one point under developments - it's no longer on their main site but you can google it and still find it elsewhere.  I think that's the only solid piece of info out there

 

Not completely sure what they are doing here as they dug a square hole (maybe 4' deep?).  A lot of workers there yesterday, not that many this morning but they were still digging or doing something with that excavator

 

Still no permits or any sort of announcement that I've seen

 

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I noticed that they filled back in the hole the other day, and today saw that they had paved it back over (actually poured concrete).  Equipment is gone as well.  Maybe not a sure thing just yet?

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Soil testing?

 

Maybe?  The hole was pretty big, though.  I thought perhaps it was related to burying the power lines (which was mentioned in the planning commission meeting) but apparently not

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I'm sorry, but this trend of lego-esque residential is getting old fast. The block of a pedestal parking garage with no continuity of vertical lines and BROWN colors; looks clunky, dated, uninspired.

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I'm sorry, but this trend of lego-esque residential is getting old fast. The block of a pedestal parking garage with no continuity of vertical lines and BROWN colors; looks clunky, dated, uninspired.

I'd prefer the boring over the Randal Davis Gotham City style any day.

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I'd prefer the boring over the Randal Davis Gotham City style any day.

 

The pointy thingy (that's a technical term) on the top of the Astoria is pretty nicely visible from my office now and is easily distinguishable from the buildings around it. Boring projects tend to show their age after awhile. The Houstonian Hotel, the Spires, the Parklane, the Huntington, and the Bristol high rise in Uptown all scream generic late 70's/early 80's to me.

Randall Davis' style has grown on me. His buildings have a unique signature that that makes them harder to place in any given development era.

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The pointy thingy (that's a technical term) on the top of the Astoria is pretty nicely visible from my office now and is easily distinguishable from the buildings around it. Boring projects tend to show their age after awhile. The Houstonian Hotel, the Spires, the Parklane, the Huntington, and the Bristol high rise in Uptown all scream generic late 70's/early 80's to me.

Randall Davis' style has grown on me. His buildings have a unique signature that that makes them harder to place in any given development era.

They may seem generic, but they have stood the test of time. They don't call for attention other than their height. When one of RD's hug rises scream for attention, it's not a good one IMO. The Cosmopolitan , Marlowe, and Arabella are decent projects. His others, not so much. I know the Astoria has a little ways to go on the facade before we can really judge it.

Besides that, the TMC is not the place for his style of projects. The Astoria can sink into the beauty of 1200 Post Oak, Monte-whatever, and the Dominion. I would much prefer another Bristol than a Ticky tacky early 2000's Florida panhandle condo tower. Or worse, a Ticky tacky Art Deco inspired one.

Sorry I know some may like his designs but I don't get it.

And FWIW the Houstonian Hotel is quite ugly. Luckily it is over shadowed by the condo tower & pine trees.

Edit: while this hotel building is boring, at least it doesn't stick out in a negative way. Instead it blends into the environment and provides substance to pieces in the TMC that should stand out.

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looks clunky, dated, uninspired.

 

Completely agree. It looks so dated already and it isn't even built. I guess all glass towers can get boring quickly but most of the glass towers they are building right now like the BHP Billiton tower look grand and modern. As for Randall, his newer projects look a lot better than his older projects. He's matured. The Astoria looks amazing in person but I must admit.... the Marlowe looks dated already as well. I don't know why but it feels very late 70s/80s to me.

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Completely agree. It looks so dated already and it isn't even built. I guess all glass towers can get boring quickly but most of the glass towers they are building right now like the BHP Billiton tower look grand and modern. As for Randall, his newer projects look a lot better than his older projects. He's matured. The Astoria looks amazing in person but I must admit.... the Marlowe looks dated already as well. I don't know why but it feels very late 70s/80s to me.

 

It's all the black and white. Very 80s. 

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The Cosmopolitan , Marlowe, and Arabella are decent projects. 

 

The Cosmopolitan is a train wreck.

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The Cosmopolitan is a train wreck.

The parking podium is, the facade is cute and looks really spectacular in the early morning/late afternoon light.

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The parking podium is, the facade is cute and looks really spectacular in the early morning/late afternoon light.

 

Personally, I think that the facade is nearly as bad as the podium.

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Personally, I think that the facade is nearly as bad as the podium.

Is it the color choice? Size of the panels? Shape?

Edit: or perhaps the Cosmopolitan PAC?

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I guess a mix of all of that?  I can't really pick out one thing, I just don't like it at all.  

 

It's an all glass facade with curves and shapes as opposed to a box but I still hate it.

 

I would liken it to Donna from That 70s Show.  Not a fan.  Some people say it is just the obvious flaw, her James Earl Jones deep manly voice (podium).  I agree her voice is terrible and one of the worst parts but I just dislike the whole package.  She has aspects that should make her hot; red hair (glass facade), boobs (curves), good body (I don't know, balconies?).  Together they just suck on her though.  Some pictures of her may look alright, and maybe she looks OK at night in the dark, but she just doesn't do it for me.  

 

 

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I guess a mix of all of that? I can't really pick out one thing, I just don't like it at all.

It's an all glass facade with curves and shapes as opposed to a box but I still hate it.

I would liken it to Donna from That 70s Show. Not a fan. Some people say it is just the obvious flaw, her James Earl Jones deep manly voice (podium). I agree her voice is terrible and one of the worst parts but I just dislike the whole package. She has aspects that should make her hot; red hair (glass facade), boobs (curves), good body (I don't know, balconies?). Together they just suck on her though. Some pictures of her may look alright, and maybe she looks OK at night in the dark, but she just doesn't do it for me.

Wow...this is at least top 3 most sexist comments I've seen here. Good one, bud.
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