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I didn’t know. The overview map you posted confirmed it as such.    Seems to be the other way around Crockpot. You're the one who’s insolent towards others, specifically when someone posts s

The eastern most building's lower portion is a parking garage. The south part of the next building is also. I would like to see a little more protection for those poles supporting the roof

Neat. I hope they adequately tree it - that's a lot of concrete.

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apparently the last place inside the loop with lightning bugs is the grassy area between the MKT trail and this development.  So... we're probably about to lose the last lightning bugs in the city.  that's a bummer. 

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39 minutes ago, crock said:

apparently the last place inside the loop with lightning bugs is the grassy area between the MKT trail and this development.  So... we're probably about to lose the last lightning bugs in the city.  that's a bummer. 

 

Source?

 

I wonder what kind of habitat they need...

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4 hours ago, Avossos said:

 

Source?

 

I wonder what kind of habitat they need...

 

https://www.houstoniamag.com/travel-and-outdoors/2018/07/fireflies-houston-texas
 

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Chris Garza, an applied ecologist on the Houston Arboretum’s Conservation Team, is hoping the park’s new savannah and prairie restoration will attract the Photinus pyralis, or common Eastern firefly. But for the past two years, he’s been pointing people to the stretch of overgrown wooded area behind Lawrence Park near the Heights Hike & Bike Trail.

 

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The MKT Trail

Heights Hike-and-Bike Trail  

Built on top of a former Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad line, this path, also called the MKT Trail, connects the Heights to UH Downtown. Daily, hundreds of walkers, joggers, cyclists, and bike commuters take advantage of the vital shortcut the path offers between the East and West ends of the White Oak Bayou Greenway. But there are other reasons to appreciate it—fireflies near Lawrence Park, a safe walk home from Postino or Target, and an easy hop onto the Paul Carr Jogging Trail on Heights Boulevard among them.

6 minutes ago, Geographer said:

Urban living requires interesting places that people can walk to.  What parks, office, or retail will be available at this development?

 

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41 minutes ago, Geographer said:

Urban living requires interesting places that people can walk to.  What parks, office, or retail will be available at this development?

If you take the time to browse through the threads for these developments, you will find the answers to your questions!

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https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/07/01/smartvault-lease-mkt-heights.html

 

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Houston-based SmartVault, an online platform for managing and securely sharing files, will be a new tenant at M-K-T, a massive mixed-use development in the Heights.

The tech company has signed a lease for 8,500 square feet of office space and will relocate this fall, according to a press release.

 

In May 2019, the massive mixed-use development signed its first two tenants, Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market and Honeychild's Sweet Creams. The tenant list soon increased to include Burdlife, Elite Meals, Miller Grossbard Advisors, Da Gama Canteen, Rishi Hospitality, and XCL Resources LLC.

 

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Oh man I used to know the answer to that. I want to say 3'?

Building codes now say 30", I would imagine that they will be adding railing to that bridge

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https://houston.eater.com/2020/7/27/21338064/la-la-land-kind-cafe-opening-houston-heights-mkt-building

 

A Very Charming Dallas Cafe Will Bring Its French Toast Lattes to Houston

La La Land, known for its creative drinks and a focus on hiring former foster kids, is headed to the Heights 

by Amy McCarthy  Jul 27, 2020, 9:00am CDT
57503060_262678571185155_780057679477971 La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas  La La Land Kind Cafe/Facebook

La La Land Kind Cafe, a ridiculously charming coffee shop and cafe that hails from Dallas, has officially set its sights on Houston. 

Permits filed with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation indicate that construction is set to begin on La La Land Kind Cafe’s first Houston outpost at 600 North Shepherd Drive, inside the M-K-T Building, later this fall. The cafe will occupy 2,072 square feet, bringing a broad menu of coffee and tea drinks plus an important mission to Houston. 

The shop, which describes itself as “in the business of kindness,” is distinct in that it focuses on hiring adults who have aged out of foster care. After organizing a nonprofit to help foster teens who’ve aged out of the system, owner Francois Reihani realized that it was incredibly difficult for the kids he was working with to find employment. “Our youth could not get or maintain jobs, and without a job everything else would crumble,” a post to the shop’s website reads. “Employers were not willing to hire youth with no experience, or did not have the patience to teach them. If no one was going to hire our youth, we set out to do it ourselves.” 

 

In a recent interview, Reihani told the Dallas Morning News that he was looking to expand La La Land Cafe in a major way, with additional locations planned in Texas and beyond. The original outpost debuted in Dallas in 2019, and a second location just opened in the city’s Oak Lawn neighborhood on July 27. It’s also possible that Reihani already has multiple Houston outposts of La La Land Kind Cafe in the works. In early June, Reihani registered a limited liability corporation in the name of “La La Land TX 888 Westheimer LLC,” which could indicate plans to open in the forthcoming Montrose Collective development at — you guessed it! — 888 Westheimer Road. 

As far as the coffee is concerned, expect creative lattes in flavors like French toast, lavender-vanilla, and creme brulee. The Dallas shop also boasts a lengthy menu of matcha drinks, including a “flat green,” and cappucinos and cortados made with the bright green tea powder. La La Land Kind Cafe also serves pastries, toasts topped with avocado or honey and strawberries, and other light breakfast options. 

Construction on the Heights location of La La Land Kind Cafe is expected to be completed in early 2021. Stay tuned for more details on its arrival.

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Their coffee/matcha/tea menu looks fine, but their food menu is pretty underwhelming. Pricing seems high too.

 

And that name. I hate that name so much.

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On 7/28/2020 at 12:15 PM, Texasota said:

Their coffee/matcha/tea menu looks fine, but their food menu is pretty underwhelming. Pricing seems high too.

 

And that name. I hate that name so much.

I generally chill on my laptop at cafes around Houston, particularly before the pandemic. I don't care too much about the names but La La Land Kind has to be one of the worst names I've heard for a cafe. I mean, they may have the best coffee in the world, but I seriously don't want to tell anyone I'm going there.

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This is seriously one of the best urban projects along with Post HTX. The way the city has better utilized the bayous and created a bicycle highway across the entire city has allowed for denser, smarter, cleaner development. I can’t wait to see the first developments that take advantage of the new TOD ordinance. 

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I was looking at some stuff on Google Earth this weekend, and noticed in the historical aerials that this area had what looks like apartments in the 1953 pictures. Unfortunately, the city directories I can find online don't have the street by street pages, so I wasn't able to confirm what the buildings were.

 

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A few more dining tenants joining Da Gama, Mendocino Farms, La La Land, Honey Child's Sweet Cream, and Homestead at M-K-T Heights, 600 N Shepherd, Houston:

 

 

*  Sweetgreen

 

* Highline Park 

(from the Wicklow Heights & Kanaloa team)

 

 

* Casa Nomad

(from the Wicklow Heights & Kanaloa team)

 

* Another unnamed dining or bar concept from the Wicklow Heights & Kanaloa team)

 

 

M-K-T Heights' website also lists meal prep service Elite Meals and a bar named Heights Ice House.

 

https://themkt.com/retail-dining

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, IntheKnowHouston said:

A few more dining tenants joining Da Gama, Mendocino Farms, La La Land, Honey Child's Sweet Cream, and Homestead at M-K-T Heights, 600 N Shepherd, Houston:

 

 

*  Sweetgreen

 

 

Hi, where did you see a Sweetgreen was opening in the Heights?

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M-K-T roundup: Here is everything coming to the Heights development so far

 

By Matt Dulin | 2:49 PM Aug 24, 2020 CDT | Updated 2:49 PM Aug 24, 2020 CDT

Construction at the M-K-T development in the Heights was expected to hit a milestone at the end of August as most exterior work wraps up and interior tenant build-outs continue through the rest of 2020.

To date, the project has signed on close to 20 tenants including two pop-up concepts, according to Triten Real Estate Partners.

The M-K-T is adapting the former business park at 500 N. Shepherd Drive, converting five buildings into a 200,000-square-foot, pedestrian-friendly retail mall and office park.

Some office tenants could begin moving later this year, with retail and restaurants possibly able to open late 2020 or early 2021.
Tenants confirmed for M-K-T
Food & beverage: da Gama Canteen, an Indian cafe and wine bar; the paleo, ketogenic and plant-based meal prep kitchen Elite F'ing Meals; the Heights Ice House; Homestead Kitchen & Bar, an all-day breakfast cafe; Honeychild’s Sweet Creams, a locally crafted frozen custard stand popular at farmers markets; and Mendocino Farms, an expanding Los Angeles-based sandwich and salad shop.

Services: Treadwell, a salon and wellness studio for men; Huemn, a wellness clinic offering cryotherapy and other services; and the Heights-based and locally owned Union Studio Yoga.

Retail shops: Pasadena-based women's clothing boutique Anjouil’s; Houston jewelry boutique Burdlife and a Pedego Electric Bikes shop.

Popups: Common Assembly, a women's clothing brand focused on ethical and eco-conscious manufacturing; and June & Co., a women's clothing store based in Rice Village.

Office tenants: accounting firm Miller Grossbard Advisors; private oil and gas firm XCL Resources; Houston-based secure file sharing software company Smart Vault; and marketing agency Decode Digital.

 

https://communityimpact.com/houston/heights-river-oaks-montrose/development/2020/08/24/m-k-t-roundup-here-is-everything-coming-to-the-heights-development-so-far/?type=article&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=newsletter_article

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On 7/28/2020 at 11:15 AM, ArtNsf said:

I'm sure we'll take it.  But, really "a dallas cafe"?  Building here in their (they think) arch nemesis city LOL!  Too funny.

I will be continuing my boycott on Dallas based businesses and businesses that choose to setup shop in Dallas before here.

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Great design! Haven’t been able to say that often enough. This lays nicely next to the trail and is capable of being a serious catalyst for more development along Shepherd. That area is already blowing up. This is just beautiful Houston walkability. 

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Even in this pandemic, the city is booming. This along with Hanover, East River, and Regent Square will really push Houston over the top in terms of walkable neighborhoods. There’s already so much dedicated infrastructure that’s been developed over the years, from the bike lanes to new sidewalks and the new TOD ordinance. Our city is going to get very dense, very quick. I can only image what the Innovation District will look like in 5 years. 👀

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