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Catholic charities? Great org, but I hope they are selling the land and not developing it.

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There was some activity recently along the east end by Pinto Realty, Asakura Robinson along the Bayou, Urban Living setting up land for a large townhome development and Lovette homes at the MDI lot moving dirt. Dont know what is going on around the bayou but something is driving this action..... any ideas by people on here?

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There was some activity recently along the east end by Pinto Realty, Asakura Robinson along the Bayou, Urban Living setting up land for a large townhome development and Lovette homes at the MDI lot moving dirt. Dont know what is going on around the bayou but something is driving this action..... any ideas by people on here?

What streets are adjacent to these areas? Which subdivisions?

 

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Along the Bayou's North bank or south bank?  I see some work under 59.  But, I think that this has to do with the sewers.  Could Asakura Robinson be working for/with Buffalo Bayou Partnership on the Trails? 

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Along the Bayou's North bank or south bank?  I see some work under 59.  But, I think that this has to do with the sewers.  Could Asakura Robinson be working for/with Buffalo Bayou Partnership on the Trails? 

 

There are signs up along the bike trails about upcoming nature areas or something like that -- I will take pictures the next time I ride by one...maybe they are starting those ?

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I checked with Asakura Robinson and this is what they commented:

"We are doing the landscape architecture for a development by Padua Realty. We are working with Tony Padua to keep the project as green and walkable as possible."

Looks like Padua realty also owns another decent sized lot nearby along middle street that was cleared.

This area will probaby look pretty different 2 years from now.

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They definitely started some type of construction work over on the Padua Realty lot and the MDI lot has about 3 back hoes and some dirt movers out there now.

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Very neat! I am having trouble reading the north-south streets on the map. I can make out Navigation, but I having trouble placing where the proposed new public streets and proposed bridge would be located.

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@houstontexasjack  The East-West "proposed public street" plan is to connect Kennedy St. from S. Jensen Dr. to N. Velasco St.

 

The North-South "proposed public street" extends Middle St. across Buffalo Bayou via a new bridge and connects it to Bayou St.

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@HoustonMidtown  Didn't mean to step on your toes.  Hopefully a moderator will either delete or merge this thread...

 

Oh not at all - we can merge them....it's a great story !!

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I like the expansion of the area. This looks to be right by the KBR site. The last I heard, that site was proposed as a helipad although I suspect that is not the highest and best use of the land with such a demand for near-Downtown residential units. A bridge over the bayou for Middle St. and extension of Kennedy St. would open that area up nicely. It is quite pleasant to walk along the bayou near there, and I suspect that, once a few amenities are added, this area will be prime land along the lines of the First Ward and Rice Military.

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I don't know what I'm more impressed with, the fact that such a huge development started out of nowhere, or the fact that Houston is finally doing some great city planning  :D

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Look at all the sexy development again. I'm about to fog up my car windows when I start taking photos over there too.

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Very interesting, wild, beautiful yet area with urban/industrial elements. The Bayou along there is amazing. Very excited about this one. I think that Navigation at Jensen and possibly York will have traffic circles installed soon too. I hope that the developers work sensitively with the Latin neighborhood leaders of the 2nd Ward. This are could continue to have a very unique atmosphere.

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Hell....freakin....ya! I'm sure we were all wondering when the East End would get it's own signature development. Of course holding back expectations till we get more tangible info/renderings/site plan. Lets hope though that when they mean mix-use and density that they actually mean it. Lets hope that they aim high and do a lot of careful planning and not a quick thing to get it out the door.

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ocal builder Perry Homes is planning a high-end townhome development east of downtown in a largely industrial area that's being transformed into a more residential neighborhood.

 

The Houston-based builder is planning 73 homes on two blocks of land just south of Buffalo Bayou along Kennedy Street.

The property, which is owned by Padua Realty, is a few blocks north of a lively stretch of Navigation that's home to the Original Ninfa's restaurant and the new El Tiempo Cantina. Guadalupe Park is also nearby, as are several miles of hike and bike trails that travel along the bayou.

Padua Realty will develop the land and sell lots to Perry Homes. Tony Padua said his group has reached an agreement with officials from area's tax increment reinvestment zone to help bring necessary public infrastructure improvements to the area.

As part of the deal, Padua's company would front the initial improvement costs and be reimbursed when the taxes increase as a result of the project.

"That's going to allow us to really fix up all the roads and utilities necessary to have this development out there," he said.

A number of other residential projects are being planned nearby, according to those familiar with the area, which is north of the popular east of downtown neighborhood referred to as EaDo.

Many are watching to see what happens with a 136-acre tract north of Buffalo Bayou that was acquired more than a year ago by William Harrison of investment firm Cathexis. The company, which has interests in oil and gas, real estate and private equity, has not revealed plans for the site.

The more established single-family neighborhood to the south and east of this area has been attracting young home buyers who like the convenience of being close to downtown and future rail lines, but can't afford places like The Heights or Montrose.

"These modest neighborhoods have bungalows that look so much like West U did 30 years ago and probably the Heights did 20 years ago," said Vikki Evans, an agent with Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty.

Evans listed and recently sold a renovated house with a garage apartment in the Palmer Place subdivision near Harrisburg and Milby.

"We had so many offers," she said. The property sold for 98 percent of its asking price.

Perry Homes expects to start construction during the first quarter of next year on the townhomes, which will be three- and four-stories-tall. The homes will range ranging from 1,700 to 2,400 square feet and the majority of them will have three bedrooms.

The company is primarily a suburban builder, but has developed projects in Midtown and other close-in areas.

Many years ago it developed a project east of downtown at Runnels near South Jensen.

"The revitalization efforts in the East End are a visible commitment to creating a walkable, mixed-use community," the builder said in a statement. The company said it has not finalized its pricing plans for the new homes.

Padua said the builder has committed to construct the homes with "high-quality design standards with back-loaded garages and exteriors exclusively constructed with stucco, stone or brick."

"All the homes will have architectural controls to make sure that they're consistent with the type of quality we want to see in the area," he said.

Padua, who refers to the area as the Bayou District and the new townhome project as East End on the Bayou, said the neighborhood has "tremendous potential."

"It's bounded by the bayou to the north with over three miles of hike and bike trails and the widest part of Buffalo Bayou is there," he said. "It's literally a jungle when you go back there," he said referring to native waterfowl, ospreys and an established colony of beavers that live there.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Townhome-project-slated-for-transitioning-5909967.php

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Good stuff. Sounds like they're doing this the right way. Hopefully enough adjacent blocks are developed that there will be some cohesion to it when done.

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exciting....except for the "perry homes" part.  more red brick cookie cutter townhomes with electric poles out front......NOT my first choice.

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I'm all for the redevelopment.

But are we losing an opportunity to restore the Bayou and make it a park for ALL to use?

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I'm all for the redevelopment.

But are we losing an opportunity to restore the Bayou and make it a park for ALL to use?

 

They have redone all the hiking/biking trails along that part of the bayou recently....on the diagram there is a big "Buffalo Bayou Partnership Park" shown....they are currently redoing the park area just to the west of this area....I'd say they heard your wishes...

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I take it those silos will be repurposed into government offices? :P

 

I wonder what will happen to those - they could be made in to something really unique - currently they are used by taggers to practice their spray can techniques...

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I hope they incorporate the silos into the area.. I like when developments reuse some of the existing stuff to keep some of the historic vibe.

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They have redone all the hiking/biking trails along that part of the bayou recently....on the diagram there is a big "Buffalo Bayou Partnership Park" shown....they are currently redoing the park area just to the west of this area....I'd say they heard your wishes...

 

Not quite.

 

If you look at the BBP's original master plan, the east section of the bayou had a far grander plan for restoration:

 

http://www.buffalobayou.org/pdf/East_Sector.pdf

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Taking the first section of the maps above from The Buffalo Bayou plan can someone overlay where this proposed 73 unit townhome

Community will be. I'm not exactly sure where this is. Hopefully it is in the area that they had shown as housing.

Thanks.

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It still shocks me that so many streets in central Houston look like rural streets from the 1950s.

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I enjoyed the wild nature of this area as an escape from the rest of the city, but it is time for it to urbanize. I'll gladly take a slimmer area of well-maintained park nearby new property owners who have an incentive to keep Buffalo Bayou beautiful. 

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Bobruss.  The 73 townhomes will roughly be where "Live Oak Place" is located.  That conceptual plan by BBP is from 2002.  It would be amazing if the whole bayou could be "restored" like the concept.  But...let's be realistic. That is mostly private commercial/industrial property.  Some of it will be converted to public green space, like where is Silos are.  But,unless, whole hell of a lot of money as added to the BBP partnership's budget the entirety of the concept cannot expected to come true.  At least not in the foreseeable future anway. 

 

DNA - Have you been over to the Bayou around there?  It is really nice.  BBP has been working on it for a long time and continues to do so. 

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bigger article on chron:

 

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Townhome-project-slated-for-transitioning-5909967.php

 

Good exposure for the area, it validates what people who live in the area have been saying for years, and may make some of the people who are more timid about the area decide to give it a shot, and if not give it a shot, at least not dismiss it immediately based on their preconceived notions based on no real information.

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Bobruss.  The 73 townhomes will roughly be where "Live Oak Place" is located.  That conceptual plan by BBP is from 2002.  It would be amazing if the whole bayou could be "restored" like the concept.  But...let's be realistic. That is mostly private commercial/industrial property.  Some of it will be converted to public green space, like where is Silos are.  But,unless, whole hell of a lot of money as added to the BBP partnership's budget the entirety of the concept cannot expected to come true.  At least not in the foreseeable future anway. 

 

DNA - Have you been over to the Bayou around there?  It is really nice.  BBP has been working on it for a long time and continues to do so. 

 

Navi, you called me out.

 

I haven't been there since roughly 2009-2010 when I would ride my bike on Navigation and Clinton to satisfy my deathwish / avoid high gas prices.

 

Man that seems like an eternity ago. 

 

Well, I will take the long way home one day and check this out then. Challenge accepted.

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Navi, you called me out.

 

I haven't been there since roughly 2009-2010 when I would ride my bike on Navigation and Clinton to satisfy my deathwish / avoid high gas prices.

 

Man that seems like an eternity ago. 

 

Well, I will take the long way home one day and check this out then. Challenge accepted.

 

I think you will be nicely surprised....I just found the area about a year ago when I moved to the area and was riding my bike around....I stumbled upon the bike trails which were, at the time, nicer than the ones west of downtown...they have been moving dirt around for quite a while, nice to see them making progress.  

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Access is best at Guadalupe Park at Jensen Bridge or Tony Moran Park on York. To go west from Jensen cross the bridge to the north side of the bayou. The fall colors now are spectacular now.

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It still shocks me that so many streets in central Houston look like rural streets from the 1950s.

Prepare for the concrete, curbs and gutters to arrive sooner rather than later...

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Based on the map in the biz journal article it looks like these town homes will straddle Nagle, and BBP will create a new Park at the site of the Silos. The silos could be a great element to build a park around and be a solid anchor point on the east side. 

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