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Would anyone happen to know what they are going to build here? They own a huge amount of land whoever it is and they demolished several structures. Is it just going to be townhomes or a multi-family building perhaps?

 

It's this entire piece of land

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Screenshot 2014-06-07 21.18.20 by marclongoria, on Flickr

 

 

There are markers all over the place plus these small signs that have numbers on them such as "3621" in the picture below:

 

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2014-06-07 16.40.14 by marclongoria, on Flickr

 

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2014-06-07 16.41.16 by marclongoria, on Flickr

 

 

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Okay, so it's apparently HHC Dorms:

 

 

A report from Houston Community College says the commuter school is “in the early stages of planning” its own new dorm complex on the 6 acres of land it bought late last year at the northeast corner of Alabama and Almeda, just southeast of the system’s central campus. The only building currently on the site is the trashed but still brightly painted 107-year-old house at 1625 Alabama St. (pictured at top left) that most recently served as a temporary satellite space for DiverseWorks. The dorms, which would includefirst-floor retail space and a parking garage, would be modeled after the Tobin Lofts at Alamo Colleges’ San Antonio College in San Antonio (bottom photo). They’d be built and leased out by a private company “until the business makes a predetermined return on its investment,” according to the report. “After approximately seven years, the complex would be given to HCC to own and manage from then on.”

 

http://swamplot.com/hcc-is-planning-a-student-dorm-building-too-at-alabama-and-almeda/2014-05-15/

 

 

Here's the latest article from Houston Chron:

 

Looking for an affordable apartment in Midtown? Consider enrolling at Houston Community College.

HCC is exploring building its first student housing project near its central campus off Alabama Street. The apartments would offer students - some of whom commute up to 20 miles - the ability to live near campus, even as the neighborhood becomes more pricey.

"If you know anything about Midtown, you know our students can't afford to live in this community," said William Harmon, president of the campus.

The project is in early planning stages and would need approval from the board of trustees.

Rents in the development could range from $525 to $900 a month, according to an internal campus newsletter. That's well under the average rate of more than $1,650 in Midtown, which has become a neighborhood of choice for apartment and townhouse developers. In December, HCC spent $12.7 million on a 4.5-acre tract of land at the corner of Almeda and Alabamawhich could be a site for the development.

Community colleges typically cater to high school graduates building enough credits to transfer to a state school, commuter students and workers looking for extra training. Few have student housing, but some schools are exploring the option, in part to keep students from dropping out.

During the recession, enrollment at many community colleges rose sharply. The schools have become crucial centers of workforce development.

 

http://www.chron.com/news/education/article/HCC-central-campus-considers-student-housing-5514472.php

 

Do we have a thread for this already?

 

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http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Houston-Community-College-has-spent-35-million-6447008.php

 

In late 2013, Houston Community College spent $12.7 million on a 4.5-acre tract near its Central campus. The shady plot of land at Alabama Street and Almeda Road is home to several towering trees and a rainbow-colored, two-story house, boarded up and tagged with graffiti.

It was there, officials said, they'd build student apartments for well below average rental rates in pricey Midtown.

But that project won't be a reality anytime soon. Neither will a parking garage that was promised for that campus when voters approved a $425 million bond package in 2012.

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Why does a community college need dorms anyways? Isn't the purpose of a community college for people that already live in the community? The east side of midtown, closer to 288 and Elgin, needs more retail, this would be a great location. Currently, There are tons of homes, but very few shops, bars, restaurants within walking distance. 

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Why does a community college need dorms anyways? Isn't the purpose of a community college for people that already live in the community? The east side of midtown, closer to 288 and Elgin, needs more retail, this would be a great location. Currently, There are tons of homes, but very few shops, bars, restaurants within walking distance. 

 

Because college is nothing but a business. Dorms help a college make a lot of money especially if they are new.

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Why does a community college need dorms anyways? Isn't the purpose of a community college for people that already live in the community? The east side of midtown, closer to 288 and Elgin, needs more retail, this would be a great location. Currently, There are tons of homes, but very few shops, bars, restaurants within walking distance.

Might be a better alternative to those who live in the community, but maybe don't want to live with mom and dad anymore.
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