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I love the design, but they should have considered putting street level retail at the bottom.

For all we know, they did consider street level retail, and determined it didn't work.

I still think ground floor retail = empty space.

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Has anything happened with ANY of the Surge Homes properties? They came in guns-a-blazin' with 10 different multifamily projects/townhomes but have been extremely quiet since then. I wonder if their representative who has an account on here can provide information on any progress (or lack thereof).

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Hello all,


 


Thank for your interest in our developments and this opportunity to provide an update on our communications.


 


We have been quite active in our communications since November 2014. We have published six press releases and have been covered by the Houston Business Journal and Chron.com.  One of the news items published pertained the hiring of a very experienced homebuilder who joined Surge Homes as V.P. Development and Construction (see all press releases and news coverage at https://www.surgehomes.com/news-coverage).


 


We’ve also been busy writing many social media posts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+). Last month, we sent out our first e-newsletter, “The Surge Factor,” to keep in touch with the 3030 people who completed an online registration on our website. By the way, in order to get the latest news from Surge Homes, we suggest people register at www.surgehomes.com.  If you do so and also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google +, you won’t miss a beat concerning the progress of our Inner Loop communities.


 


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/surgehomes


Twitter: https://twitter.com/SurgeHomes


Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Surgehomes/posts


 


You can also register on our Blog/News section to receive updates by e-mail (rather than via  social media posts).


Blog / News: https://www.surgehomes.com/blog


 


We are also on LinkedIn, but this is more for networking with the realtor community and job offers. https://www.linkedin.com/company/surge-homes


 


To update you on our progress, Surge Homes is continuing its innovative approach to build communities with the input of future residents and neighbors (and not only the real estate professionals normally involved in residential developments).  We received a higher than expected volume of registrations and comments from our Insiders Club online, as well as from our clients who purchased Surge Homes VIP Certificate at our Discovery Center. A total of 3400 people made comments on our proposed developments.


 


The launch of the VIP Certificate sales was the highlight of January 2015 since 150+ people showed up on the first afternoon in order to make a deposit and be invited first when the homes will be up for sale. The article was posted by HoustonMidtown above. In February, March, and April 2015, we have done just as we promised to the community: we compiled the preferences of thousands of Houstonians from comments provided online and in-person from our VIPs who made deposits, and have been integrating their suggestions and selections in order to build the right home, at the right price, at the right location.


 


This week we will be sending our second installment of “The Surge Factor,” which will contain some detailed information on our upcoming residential developments. The newsletter will be sent Thursday to those who are registered on our website.


 


Thanks LS27 and asubrt for making a request for an update.


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Here are some excerpts from an email I got from them today...

 

We are pleased to send you the update of what was achieved in the month of April. As promised, we worked with our architects to integrate design suggestions from our VIPs and our Insiders Club- a total of nearly 3,500 people. So that's a lot of great input and it was all processed. Future homeowners have talked and we listened. The first three sites that were launched for sales to VIPs are 2401 Crawford St. (Midtown), 4819 Caroline St. (Museum District), and 3410 Morningside Dr. (Upper Kirby).

 

You might have heard in the press that David Modlin, a very respected homebuilder with 26 years of experience in Houston, has decided to join Surge Homes team and lead our construction crew in order to deliver beautiful quality homes. Expect to see some demolition of current structures on the first three sites in the Spring and land development will follow in the Summer. We have a lot of demand for our other communities too, and as we get more input from VIPs on the new designs, we will be able to select the next group of projects that will be released for sale.

 

Today, in this e-newsletter, we have disclosed one of our new elevations for the Heights (left picture) and Midtown (right picture). There will be many more, and we'll also announce new floor plan and community layouts in our updated website, which will be released in approximately 30 days.

 

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Wth is that rock in the bottom left corner? haha Man did we really think this was ok back in the day to landscape with massive rocks in the middle of the city? 

 

I can tell you having been in the industry, lots of property managers STILL think putting a boulder at the corner of a driveway is the best way to discourage trucks from hopping the curb on their way in/out.

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I'm crowd sourcing funding for a Gehry designed residential/office/hotel supertall on the block next to Marlowe. I'm putting a Central Market in the second through 4th floors.

 

That said, I can modulate the scope of my ambitions to match whatever cash comes in the door.

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I can tell you having been in the industry, lots of property managers STILL think putting a boulder at the corner of a driveway is the best way to discourage trucks from hopping the curb on their way in/out.

Seriously? All that means is your boulder keeps ending up in the street when the truck hits it and you have to pay your landscaping guy to put it back in place again. I've never understood why places keep doing this.

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A week or so ago HPD was talking/citing homeless in the morning that were sleeping here. As of at least this past Tuesday, there was a fence on at least the east side of the building. I didn't see the rest, but I'm assuming it goes all around.

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7 minutes ago, lockmat said:

A week or so ago HPD was talking/citing homeless in the morning that were sleeping here. As of at least this past Tuesday, there was a fence on at least the east side of the building. I didn't see the rest, but I'm assuming it goes all around.

 

Apologies, wrong address. My description is for 37 N. Jackson. Is there a thread for that building?

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2 hours ago, lockmat said:

 

Apologies, wrong address. My description is for 37 N. Jackson. Is there a thread for that building?

 

Not that I've seen, but following the new homeless camping policy enforcement, I'm guessing the city required the building owners to put the fence up. The homeless camp that set up on the covered loading docks there disappeared one night and never came back. The fence actually showed up a few days after.  It's kind of a neat building with what could be a nice "porch" setup, but it's going to take a tanker full of bleach to get the smell out.

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On 9/1/2015 at 3:56 PM, brijonmang said:

 

I can tell you having been in the industry, lots of property managers STILL think putting a boulder at the corner of a driveway is the best way to discourage trucks from hopping the curb on their way in/out.

 

Having traveled to Europe on many occasions that using boulders to try and protect property has been happening for centuries. if you look at the image here:

https://www.google.com/maps/@49.3781015,10.18004,3a,90y,306.94h,74.79t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1s-mG4rlIaE6eE%2FVcN1h7wvCSI%2FAAAAAAAAEZA%2FPw06jjyGy50fmcIqmqkwFNpEikoFCqOIgCJkC!2e4!3e11!6s%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2F-mG4rlIaE6eE%2FVcN1h7wvCSI%2FAAAAAAAAEZA%2FPw06jjyGy50fmcIqmqkwFNpEikoFCqOIgCJkC%2Fw203-h100-k-no-pi0-ya206.14499-ro0-fo100%2F!7i8312!8i4156

 

above is from the inner core of one of the medieval towns that still remains intact in Germany, Rothenburg

 

You notice on the bottom corner of every building in the picture linked there is a boulder sticking out from the building into the street, these were specifically introduced to keep carts from hitting the buildings when they were turning corners all the way back in the medieval period. Today they do they same thing for cars in this very city.

 

So these property managers don't do it to stop trucks (any vehicle really) from hopping the curb, they do it because it helps to protect their property, and it has worked (literally) for centuries. Pay once for a landscaper to put a boulder in place that doesn't move when hit by a truck, or pay multiple times to have a landscaper keep bringing fill dirt to fix the ruts in your land. It also provides a visual marker to the truck driver that they don't want to cross.

 

The trick is you just need a big enough boulder (as someone else said), or maybe you can get part of an old telephone pole, sink it 4 or 5 feet into the ground with 3 or 4 feet above ground, that thing isn't going to move for anything.

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