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PR out this morning

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/greystar-and-medistar-announce-plans-for-high-rise-apartment-tower-in-texas-medical-center-300211943.html

 

"Ascent Med Center" name confirmed, 35 stories, construction by March 31st.  That rooftop terrace is going to have an awesome view

 

Looking at the elevations again (which are back on the planning commission), they still show 38 floors. I believe the article only counted to the highest residential level

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The electric car chargers are a nice touch that I'm glad they mentioned. There are a decent amount of EV drivers in the TMC with little charging options available.

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Looking at the elevations again (which are back on the planning commission), they still show 38 floors. I believe the article only counted to the highest residential level

 

You're right, the elevations look unchanged (near 413' on the apartments).  Same deal with the hotel, which was announced as 21 floors (but elevation shows 22 including the parapet).  I suspect most of us only care about the total height, anyway!

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Latest Planning Commission Agenda approved their Variance Request;

 

Basis of Recommendation:

 

The site is located within the City limits, on the north side of Old Main Street between Main Street and Travis Street. The applicant is requesting variances to allow proposed balconies, canopies and floors to encroach into the building lines on Travis and Old Main Street and Main Street. Staff's recommendation is to approve the requested variances.

 

The subject site is proposed to be a hotel and multifamily residential structure. The proposed 25 story hotel will occupy the eastern portion of the tract and the 34-story multi-family residential building will occupy the western portion of the site.

 

In July of 2015, the site was granted variances allow a 15’ BL on Main Street and to allow encroachments on Old Main, Travis and Main Street. The variances granted were similar in nature to the current request; however the proposed encroachments for the building have been slightly modified. The applicant is currently requesting the following three variances:

 

1) To allow floors 9-17 and a pedestrian canopy for the proposed hotel to project 5' into the 15’ building line on Main Street.

 

2) To allow the residential balconies on floors 12-32 and to allow hotel floors 18-22 to project 5 feet into the 10' building line on Old Main Street

 

3) To allow the residential balconies on floors 12-32 to encroach 5 feet into the 10’ BL on Travis Street

 

The proposed encroachments will be over 100 feet from the pedestrian realm on all 3 streets and the Vehicular access from Old Main Street has been approved by the Department of Public Works and Engineering. The applicant has additionally provided a pedestrian access easement on all streets in order to provide enhancements such as minimum 6’ unobstructed sidewalks, 3” caliper trees and an outdoor seating area.

 

Therefore, staff’s recommendation is to grant the variances for the building line encroachments and approve the plat subject to the CPC 101 form conditions.

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I didn't have a username or password, that's weird. Oh, and thnx Urbatron9000, didn't realize they had been posted already.

It doesn't require a username and password but using links doesn't work. You have to go through the website.

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I drove in the Medcenter today and noticed a tent in the parking lot that is closed.  Maybe they will be doing a groundbreaking ceremony in the coming days.

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On 3/17/2016 at 3:50 PM, Moonb007 said:

I drove in the Medcenter today and noticed a tent in the parking lot that is closed.  Maybe they will be doing a groundbreaking ceremony in the coming days.

I think you're right, I saw the tent as well and it looked the part.  Now there's just a big pile of dirt there, so they must have done it over the weekend

Website is up for the apartments but not much to see yet:

http://www.ascentmedcenter.com/

 

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17 minutes ago, Urbannizer said:

Construction begins today!

Is there an article out on it?  I know that was the schedule they announced last month

I drove by this morning and looked more or less the same - closed off, ongoing utility work, ceremonial pile of dirt in the middle of the lot.  I will check it out on the way home, though

Still wondering when they will announce the hotel brand (and if it's still Intercontinental)

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13 minutes ago, OkieEric said:

Is there an article out on it?  I know that was the schedule they announced last month

I drove by this morning and looked more or less the same - closed off, ongoing utility work, ceremonial pile of dirt in the middle of the lot.  I will check it out on the way home, though

Still wondering when they will announce the hotel brand (and if it's still Intercontinental)

Press release from late Jan. mentions March 31st as the start of construction for the apartment tower.

If work doesn't actually begin today I assume there's a small delay and they'll get this one going at any moment.

 

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3 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

Press release from late Jan. mentions March 31st as the start of construction for the apartment tower.

If work doesn't actually begin today I assume there's a small delay and they'll get this one going at any moment.

 

it looked like construction / dirt work had begun last night when I drove by.

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Earlier, headed south on main I intended to take the Holcombe mini exit, but that section of  mini feeder was closed with some heavy equipment doing some work on the road in front of this site while the parking lot seemed full of buses.

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4 hours ago, LarryDierker said:

Earlier, headed south on main I intended to take the Holcombe mini exit, but that section of  mini feeder was closed with some heavy equipment doing some work on the road in front of this site while the parking lot seemed full of buses.

That's Hoar Construction tunneling under the street. They are trying to reach a Centerpoint manhole on the north bound side in front of Pavilion for Women.

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I went by yesterday afternoon and saw a crew moving excavators and other heavy equipment around so I believe this is about to break ground, finally.

This building will do the same thing for the med center that the new 40 story high rise in market square has done for downtown.  This will be one of 

the tallest building (38 floors),  in this part of Houston and stretch the boundaries of the Med center.

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2 hours ago, bobruss said:

Stopped by the site this afternoon and talked to the crew chief. He said that they were excavating the site to 17 feet below ground. 

He also said something that was very interesting. He said that once this project is finished there is talk  that the hotel just north of this site  

will be demolished and a sixty six story tower will take its place. Nice rumor. Images of the excavation will come when Brijonmang downloads for me.

 

Hmm....apparently Medistar owns the Best Western (6700 Main) as well

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3 hours ago, bobruss said:

Stopped by the site this afternoon and talked to the crew chief. He said that they were excavating the site to 17 feet below ground. 

He also said something that was very interesting. He said that once this project is finished there is talk  that the hotel just north of this site  

will be demolished and a sixty six story tower will take its place. Nice rumor. Images of the excavation will come when Brijonmang downloads for me.

 

It's a skinny site, so maybe we'll get a NYC lipstick tower?

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15 minutes ago, Urbannizer said:

Is 6700 Main the same site they planned to build a 40-story residential tower back in 07/08?

 

Looks like that was 6600 Main, or at the corner of Main and Dryden

 

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=146836

 

Not sure if this link is going to work, but apparently that plot of land (still a parking lot) is owned by St. Luke's:

 

HCAD Link

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Imagine the views from that site.  Just below lies Rice Univ., Hermann Park, TMC and The Museum district then downtown, Greenway Plaza and Uptown, to the south you've got NRG  the 8th wonder of the world and lots of wide open.

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i really wish the residential tower had a spire (maybe it could top 500 with one...)

houston's really missing out on spires

one of the best parts of the new york skyline are the spires and how dynamic they are at night

wish houston had some cool spires 

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Saw a sign today that Travis next to the site will be closed next weekend.  I assume that's for the foundation pour or crane installment.  

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Crawler crane is out of the pit but no mat pour this morning although Travis street was still closed.  I guess the threat of rain may have stalled the pour.

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I'm surprised that there have not been  even more hotel and residential construction in TMC since the 2008 economic recession. I know there have been a lot near Hermann Park, but in my nitpicking mind I call that cluster Museum District do in my mind They don't count. Same with those around Rice Village and the Southern Edge of Montrose. 

 

Seemed like a perfect time for growth in those sectors. Does the relative lack of development in those areas due to stipulations in the TMC mission?

 

When I worked in TMC a lot of my coworkers commuted  from Pearland.  Another huge chunk took PT from south main or the Montrose area.

 

Let's hope that this leads to more residential and hotel in the area. It's crazy how much foot traffic happens during the day in TMC. 

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Residential tower foundation pour and tower crane are up and done. Base for the hotel tower crane is up and rebar for the foundation is being worked on.

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