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I'll top that....

 

someone hasn't seen Orange Is The New Black... first thing you see his her boobies.... they're real and spectacular.

 

heh

 

 

#onwaytickettohellplease... lol

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Do you ever think a skyscraper is masculine or feminine? Only once on here they had a pink stone accented building with goofy little pyramids that I thought would look for Mary Kay HQ.

 

There was a fictitious skyscraper designed by fictitious architect "Ted Mosby" (portrayed by actor Josh Radnor) in a episode of the TV show How I Met Your Mother that was definitely masculine, or at least sexually unconvinced. :)

 

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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, I never knew it was possible to not be attracted to Laura Prepon.  You can do waaaaay worse than her.  She was incendiary on That 70s Show, if you ask me...

 

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A permit came through.  It's just for "sitework" but glad to see this is still moving

roject Details   Project No: 15083597 Date : 2015/08/31 00:00:00 USE : SITEWORK-UTILITIES-PAVING FOR FUTURE APT Owner/Occupant : *GREYSTAR-TMC Job Address : 1850 1/2 OLD MAIN ST 77030 Valuation : $ 0 Permit Type : PX FCC Group : Structures Other than Buildings Buyer : *PERMITS PLUS * Address : 5380 W 34TH ST 240 77092 Phone : (713) 686-1728

 

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A permit came through.  It's just for "sitework" but glad to see this is still moving

roject Details   Project No: 15083597 Date : 2015/08/31 00:00:00 USE : SITEWORK-UTILITIES-PAVING FOR FUTURE APT Owner/Occupant : *GREYSTAR-TMC Job Address : 1850 1/2 OLD MAIN ST 77030 Valuation : $ 0 Permit Type : PX FCC Group : Structures Other than Buildings Buyer : *PERMITS PLUS * Address : 5380 W 34TH ST 240 77092 Phone : (713) 686-1728

 

 

Whoa? Wait....you telling me we had a someone working in the permit office in our gang here at HAIF this whole time?

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Whoa? Wait....you telling me we had a someone working in the permit office in our gang here at HAIF this whole time?

 

Nope, just a dork that does Houston online permit searches in his zip code every few days.  I just like knowing what's being torn down and built around me for some reason

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Nope, just a dork that does Houston online permit searches in his zip code every few days.  I just like knowing what's being torn down and built around me for some reason

 

Knowledge is power!

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38' for 16 stories difference? The heights listed on page 3 are 413 and 243.

Some changes have occurred since the renderings?

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38' for 16 stories difference? The heights listed on page 3 are 413 and 243.

Some changes have occurred since the renderings?

 

Yeah, that's kinda weird.  There are several entries on the FAA site, with all either 385' or 423' which are all labelled "Point M1" through "Point M4".  Looking at the rendering and these heights it looks like these may correspond to just the four corners at the top of the apartment tower (only part of it reaches the 423).  I haven't used that site much but from my short experience with it typically there is a building height and a crane height - can't say I've seen corners of a building referenced but it looks like that's what this is

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Checked to see if there was any new detail and there are new entries for Points H1 through H5 showing 196' and 244' - must be for the hotel component

 

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=267260219&row=54

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=267260225&row=46

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Another permit for "plan review fee", but this time it lists the buyer as Greystar along with a Greystar-associated address.  Hopefully getting closer to making this one official

Project No: 15091823 Date : 2015/10/08 00:00:00 USE : FOUNDATION ONLY W/UNDERGROUND UTILITY 20 Owner/Occupant : *GREYSTAR-TMC Job Address : 1850 OLD MAIN ST 77030 Valuation : $ 0 Permit Type : PX FCC Group : Structures Other than Buildings Buyer : *GREYSTAR Address : 750 BERING 200 77057 Phone : (713) 479-8962

 

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It's been quiet, but ran by today and noticed there was a new sign on the lot saying that Old Main would be closed 11/16 - 12/2.  I'll take that as a positive sign, hopefully they are starting on the utilities?

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It's been quiet, but ran by today and noticed there was a new sign on the lot saying that Old Main would be closed 11/16 - 12/2.  I'll take that as a positive sign, hopefully they are starting on the utilities?

 

What's happening?

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Nothing for a couple of days, but the road is closed off now (though somehow there were still cars parked on it).  I saw a dump truck and a backhoe out there this morning on the street but there wasn't any activity yet

 

I will try to get a better look later today to try to figure out what is going on.  No permitting activity, so while it sure seems this has to be related to the hotel/apartments I'm not 100% sure.  I just recall during the discussion with the planning commission there was a mention of working with CenterPoint to bury utilities

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Drum roll........

 

They're digging a hole in the street at the corner of Travis and Old Main under the existing power lines, so I assume this is utilities-related.  That said, Medistar, TRC Capital Partners, and Greystar are all apparently involved in this development and none of them list this as an active project on their website at present.  I would like to think that they wouldn't bother with this step unless it was moving forward but who knows

 

 

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Similar infrastructure work was done on the lot across from 2016 Main, leading to anticipation and speculation... but then they covered up the hole and haven't don't anything since.  Hopefully this will be different.

 

Drum roll........

 

They're digging a hole in the street at the corner of Travis and Old Main under the existing power lines, so I assume this is utilities-related.  That said, Medistar, TRC Capital Partners, and Greystar are all apparently involved in this development and none of them list this as an active project on their website at present.  I would like to think that they wouldn't bother with this step unless it was moving forward but who knows

 

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Not much to report on this, but took some pics today.  They've been up to this few a few weeks now - I really haven't seen any activity during the day but they were working into the night the other night

 

A "shoring-earth retention" permit was issued recently that listed "GS TMC JV, LLC" as the buyer with an address associated with Greystar.  So at least they do appear to be behind this

 

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Those pictures look like stuff for utilities.  I bet those power lines are going to be coming down and that is what they are working on.

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I'm really surprised that this is actually happening. I was told that the City of Houston would not issue any further permits on these properties unless the developer paid for the purchase of the Burger King property at the end of Travis, so that the street could be opened up through to Holcombe Blvd.

 

Guess that was untrue.

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I'm really surprised that this is actually happening. I was told that the City of Houston would not issue any further permits on these properties unless the developer paid for the purchase of the Burger King property at the end of Travis, so that the street could be opened up through to Holcombe Blvd.

 

Guess that was untrue.

 

That can't be true as the city can't force a developer to buy another property that they don't own nor does the city own.  Also, even if they did put a street in at the Burger King it would be way to close to the Main intersection.  I will say traffic will increase on main as if I remember correctly those neighbourhood streets are almost all blocked at Travis.

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I'm really surprised that this is actually happening. I was told that the City of Houston would not issue any further permits on these properties unless the developer paid for the purchase of the Burger King property at the end of Travis, so that the street could be opened up through to Holcombe Blvd.

 

Guess that was untrue.

Do you mind my asking where you heard this?  As someone that lives in Southgate (i.e., the west say of Travis), I would be very interested in plans to open it up at Holcombe.  Would the city need to give public notice of any such plans?

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Looking at the map and the satellite view, it looks like the burger king is the only thing in the way of Travis going to Holcombe.  I don't know what you would gain with that however, as it would be so close to the Main and Holcombe intersection.  You would probably have to extend the median to block left turns onto Travis or from Travis.  I see why the city would like someone else to open it up with out the city having to buy the BK, but requiring it through permits seems...odd.  

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Do you mind my asking where you heard this?  As someone that lives in Southgate (i.e., the west say of Travis), I would be very interested in plans to open it up at Holcombe.  Would the city need to give public notice of such any such plans?

I heard this several years ago from someone high up at TMC when Methodist was planning the Outpatient Center. This person told me that the City of Houston and TMC both "encouraged " Methodist to include opening John Freeman Blvd. through to Main St. as part of their plan for that building. He also told me that any new development on the west side of Main St. between University and Holcombe would be dependent on the opening of Travis Street through to Holcombe. But like I've stated, I guess he was wrong.

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It looks like the exterior has changed slightly, but is it me or is the grayed out building behind it (presumably the "Ascent Med Center") now shorter?

 

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It looks like the exterior has changed slightly, but is it me or is the grayed out building behind it (presumably the "Ascent Med Center") now shorter?

 

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Agreed.  Much shorter.  

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Wow, some units as small as 349 sq ft.. That's almost as small as the smallest units in the Ivy micro apartment proposal.

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Wow, some units as small as 349 sq ft.. That's almost as small as the smallest units in the Ivy micro apartment proposal.

 Aimed at medical students perhaps? They are at the Hospital most of the time anyway.  

 

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I think it's important, to an extent, for us, the COH, to have unfishined projects in the process of rising when the Superbowl comes to town next year. I think it would look good on the city to see construction cranes on every corner like there is now indicating a robust economy that is struggling to keep up with the population and job growth.

 

In February 2017, 609 Main should still have cranes over it along with this apartment tower, perhaps the hotel next door, Texas Children's expansion tower, Fertitta's tower on the west loop and God only knows what other projects will be coming out of the ground at that point. What other projects will still be UC at that time?

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In February 2017, 609 Main should still have cranes over it along with this apartment tower, perhaps the hotel next door, Texas Children's expansion tower, Fertitta's tower on the west loop and God only knows what other projects will be coming out of the ground at that point. What other projects will still be UC at that time?

 

Just within relative proximity to NRG you will have:

 

Texas Children's expansion

Medistar Hotel / Greystar apartments

HCC new building on Pressler

New Residence Inn on Kirby (if it ever breaks ground)

Baylor College of Medicine Expansion

 

As well as Memorial Hermann and Methodist expansions within TMC - I don't know as much about those and they aren't as visible from outside TMC (just yet).

 

I'm guessing 7200 Main (or Main Place @ Greenbriar or whatever it is named) won't have anything going on by that time, but I certainly hope so

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These guys are going to make a killing on this tower. The demand for housing catering to med school students (and recent grads) in the S Main and TMC area is astronomical. The current housing stock like my neighborhood is too expensive and geared more for physicians and their families. There are tons of nurses and new docs commuting from all over who want to live nearby but can't find anything. I called it on here before and will say it again... the TMC/SW Houston area is going to be the next major economic juggernaut in Houston. Devs have been focused for far too long on Energy Corridor/Woodlands areas and have negelected to build housing and hotels in the TMC (all while TMC was humming along strong and not paying attention to oil).

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Don't forget the new Debakey will likely not be complete by then either (and the Memorial expansion is now visable from Herman Park)

Just within relative proximity to NRG you will have:

Texas Children's expansion

Medistar Hotel / Greystar apartments

HCC new building on Pressler

New Residence Inn on Kirby (if it ever breaks ground)

Baylor College of Medicine Expansion

As well as Memorial Hermann and Methodist expansions within TMC - I don't know as much about those and they aren't as visible from outside TMC (just yet).

I'm guessing 7200 Main (or Main Place @ Greenbriar or whatever it is named) won't have anything going on by that time, but I certainly hope so

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