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1 hour ago, Avossos said:

I wonder if another theater would jump on this? It is probably tough times for theaters right now. I would love an Alamo Drafthouse / specialty theater here.

I think this is more likely the case. I think the theaters right now are just fighting to stay afloat and most likely aren't even considering to expand until next year, if that. I looked at their upcoming theater list and it's been essentially wiped out. I'm assuming the ones that are on there are only there because they might already be under construction.

 

Here is the link I am using if anyone is curious and/or wants to research the other locations they have planned to see if they were already close to or under construction:

 

https://www.cinemark.com/grand-openings

 

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54 minutes ago, Triton said:

I think this is more likely the case. I think the theaters right now are just fighting to stay afloat and most likely aren't even considering to expand until next year, if that. I looked at their upcoming theater list and it's been essentially wiped out. I'm assuming the ones that are on there are only there because they might already be under construction.

 

Here is the link I am using if anyone is curious and/or wants to research the other locations they have planned to see if they were already close to or under construction:

 

https://www.cinemark.com/grand-openings

 

 

I googled the Cypress location and the street view from February 2020 shows ongoing construction.

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On 4/30/2021 at 6:17 PM, Triton said:

Construction has clearly started back up on this site. Survey flags, fresh dirt and multiple construction equipment all around the site.

Also of note, Cinemark removed their entire upcoming theatre list during the darkest days of covid. They brought the page back and Lower Heights is currently not on the list (yet?)

 

https://www.cinemark.com/theatre-reopening-schedule#comingsoon

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Oh, this will be so disappointing if it’s a Home Depot. If they decide to put one in hopefully it’s with a parking garage and other retail space and restaurants. Was really hoping for some more places to walk to from home. 

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Based on the construction I've seen, this Home Depot would be built closer to the highway. There's still a considerly amount of land between this Home Depot and the apartments. Either way, sounds like a huge downgrade to me.

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I can see a lot of logic in Home Depot wanting to build here

- its near other big stores (Target, Kroger)

- There's no Lowe's or Home Depot nearby - its sufficiently far from Gulfgate and Meyerland

- It's a large tract of land, one of the few that could fit their very large stores + parking lots

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There is both a Home Depot (location is called Brinkman) & Lowe's on the other side of the Heights off 610, about 5 miles away...

With the amount of renovating going on in the area I guess the demand is adequate

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Personally, I’m thrilled about the idea of Home Depot coming here. It will be so much more convenient than the ones along 610.

That being said... it BETTER be a better design than a large suburban parking lot wasteland...

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I'm not holding my breath for this shit. Disappointing isn't even the word to describe this. We're going to get the typical massive parking lot and big box center. I thought "Lower Heights" was supposed to become this cool walkable area. Where does this even fit on the original site plan?

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Tbh, that area does need a Home Depot cuz while it is 5 mile drive, its 5 miles on typically busy highway so its a bit of a pain in the butt. Plus, like some noted a metric ton of development is going on in the Heights (both small and big) so there is a clear need.

All that said, dang its a lot of parking. I'm wondering if HD caught wind of this development and just threw a big bag of cash at them. Its kind of funny, the most appealing images in that PDF are the neighborhood buildings shown at the end 😂

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WOW this completely went to trash. I'm speechless. And we wonder why we can't compete against other cities. This is embarrassing. All of this land could be super dense, urban, walkable. And again we're left with a bunch of parking lots. Both Buffalo Heights District and Lower Heights District turned in to nothing. I'm so annoyed. 

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Compete against other cities? We have more people moving here than dang near any other city in the country.

That site looks very walkable. You park in the middle, you can hit up a grocery store, a home improvement store, a Target, and then nab some booze on the way back to your vehicle.

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4 minutes ago, gmac said:

Compete against other cities? We have more people moving here than dang near any other city in the country.

That site looks very walkable. You park in the middle, you can hit up a grocery store, a home improvement store, a Target, and then nab some booze on the way back to your vehicle.

You can't be serious. And what I mean by compete, I don't mean we have to be in some race with other cities but I would be lying if I said other cities don't at least try to make things better for pedestrians FIRST. I went to Chicago recently and their idea of parking is either on street or a parking garage. I saw very few parking lots. I see few few sidewalks in this site plan. 

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The whole area is a suburban style shopping center.  I don’t get why anyone is surprised. Sure, they could’ve thrown up another apartment mid-rise but that wouldn’t make the area any more “walkable”. 

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Katyville strikes again.  Honestly, I think they were just too slow to the punch to make this into a nice urban mixed used development.  Too many projects around town (MKT, post office, Sawyer Yards and the Allen Pkwy developments) have sucked the wind out of the kind of leasing that this would have needed.  

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2 hours ago, gmac said:

Compete against other cities? We have more people moving here than dang near any other city in the country.

That site looks very walkable. You park in the middle, you can hit up a grocery store, a home improvement store, a Target, and then nab some booze on the way back to your vehicle.

What’s disappointing for many, myself included, was the original plan was much more complex (more of a mini city center). Yes, it is walkable but the original plan was for a more lifestyle center with restaurants/bars and a movie theatre. You could park along the streets and walk around to shop while stopping to grab a bite to eat or drink. Now it’s just turned into a stop and go strip center with an anchor. Nothing desirable for those living in the city looking for the city lifestyle. 
 

Houston isn’t the most walk friendly city so having these type of centers scattered around make them very desirable for those is us who chose to live in the area.  Especially if you want to just walk across the street (or just out of your apartment for those living in the new apartments) as a convenient option. 

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2 hours ago, texan said:

The worst part for me is the trail access this will have (albeit to a still unrepaired bridge). The Home Depot lot would've been perfect for restaurants, bars, and small retail with a nice gateway from the trail. It could've been another cluster on that rail-trail that would've linked up with MKT, Heights Mercantile, and White Oak Blvd.

Exactly! You would think as a developer you would try to really take advantage of the infrastructure in place to maximize the potential of your development. Instead we have developers that are so boring and nearsighted, they think they're providing this awesome retail center, but they're brains are stuck in the past. Yeah it provides some services for the immediate area and those living around it, but it's nothing that will last, it's nothing sustainable, and it's just plain BORING. It doesn't help that Metro is planning an BRT stop here in an area where the sidewalks all look like an afterthought. And it make NO SENSE why the entrance to Lower Heights District doesn't have sidewalks leading to the development. How freaking dumb are these people? Yet the city was quick to make a right turn lane and widen the street even more for this non sense. 

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Sigh.

At least the little trail they built will be well lit by the headlights of semi-trucks unloading Up & Up and plywood.

So, there’s usually never a Home Depot without a Lowe’s right around the corner. Just sayin’...

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19 minutes ago, skooljunkie said:

Sigh.

At least the little trail they built will be well lit by the headlights of semi-trucks unloading Up & Up and plywood.

So, there’s usually never a Home Depot without a Lowe’s right around the corner. Just sayin’...

If you're talking about the crushed granite trail by the Target, they fenced it off and can't be used for now.

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On 5/11/2021 at 1:49 PM, j_cuevas713 said:

I'm not holding my breath for this shit. Disappointing isn't even the word to describe this. We're going to get the typical massive parking lot and big box center. I thought "Lower Heights" was supposed to become this cool walkable area. Where does this even fit on the original site plan?

Oh, it's very walkable, if you live in Sawyer Heights lofts, or nearby apartments. The real trouble is the traffic and streets. It's congested AF. I certainly add to the car lines on Spring St.

The area has densified from just warehouses and single family homes. It'll take time to grow. Unfortunately, we're not Dubai or Miami where we can just sprout condo buildings non-stop. 

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I'll just chalk this one up as another inner loop missed oppty. There are so many I think im numb to it. Access to this center really impacts how often I go/will go. I'll be curious if the Home Depot ends up a sh%thole like the one on 610 or nice like the one on Katy Fwy.

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On 5/11/2021 at 6:40 PM, texan said:

The worst part for me is the trail access this will have (albeit to a still unrepaired bridge). The Home Depot lot would've been perfect for restaurants, bars, and small retail with a nice gateway from the trail. It could've been another cluster on that rail-trail that would've linked up with MKT, Heights Mercantile, and White Oak Blvd.

That would have been nice, but the developer probably looked at the numbers that are just about guaranteed with the new layout, and decided to take that return on investment as opposed to doing something outside the norm for here, and potentially losing big time. Especially if the developer is hoping to flip the whole thing in a year or two. And, from a management perspective, it's easier to manage a few large tenants than a pile of small ones. Home Depot is going to be paying the rent on time, while the smaller places can be flaky, then just close.

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3 hours ago, Ross said:

That would have been nice, but the developer probably looked at the numbers that are just about guaranteed with the new layout, and decided to take that return on investment as opposed to doing something outside the norm for here, and potentially losing big time. Especially if the developer is hoping to flip the whole thing in a year or two. And, from a management perspective, it's easier to manage a few large tenants than a pile of small ones. Home Depot is going to be paying the rent on time, while the smaller places can be flaky, then just close.

That does make sense. This section from Sawyer to Studewood would be fine if there was just better pedestrian focus. If that means widening sidewalks or providing better access for pedestrians, then it could still become very inviting. But when you have sidewalks that look like an afterthought along Studewood, with no real connectivity under the freeway or along the bridge, it just looks like a big shit show. And the fact the developers didn’t build sidewalks along the entrance to LHD is just mind boggling. 

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55 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

That does make sense. This section from Sawyer to Studewood would be fine if there was just better pedestrian focus. If that means widening sidewalks or providing better access for pedestrians, then it could still become very inviting. But when you have sidewalks that look like an afterthought along Studewood, with no real connectivity under the freeway or along the bridge, it just looks like a big shit show. And the fact the developers didn’t build sidewalks along the entrance to LHD is just mind boggling. 

I certainly don't disagree with you about the crappy design and construction of sidewalks all over Houston. It's abysmal and inexcusable. I have a friend who is basically blind, can't drive (though he would likely not be any worse than 90% of the boobs on the street now), and has a heck of a time walking places because of the erratic nature of the sidewalks.

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12 hours ago, Visitor said:

I'll just chalk this one up as another inner loop missed oppty. There are so many I think im numb to it. Access to this center really impacts how often I go/will go. I'll be curious if the Home Depot ends up a sh%thole like the one on 610 or nice like the one on Katy Fwy.

Hey, all Houston area Home Depots are top drawer compared to Gulfgate.

I wonder where Lowe's will go? Their business model is to follow the depot. 

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There are still plenty of large warehouses along Shepherd/Durham just north of I-10! Perfect for Lowe's. The sheetflow from the parking lot can dump straight into White Oak. No problemo.  And I'm still waiting on that 945-pump Central Houston Buc-ee's. I hope all these developers leave 20-30 acres for that.

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20 hours ago, Angostura said:

The walkability of a neighborhood is pretty tightly correlated with the average parcel size within it.

....continuing the street grid from the other side of Sawyer, into parcels with, say 25 to 50 feet of frontage each, exempted from setbacks and parking minimums.

20 years later, you would have had a neighborhood within a 10-minute bike ride of downtown, filled with half-million-dollar townhouses, small mid-rise apartment buildings, and street-level retail, and you could grow it west and south as other warehouses came on the market. This is basically how the Heights came about (except greenfield instead of brownfield.) But in a world where it's pretty easy to finance a huge multi-acre development there's not much reason to develop in this way anymore.

 

so to increase walkability, in addition to minimum lot width, you'd also have a maximum lot width?

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Minimum lot width needs to go away or at least be reduced. I believe the minimum lot width for non-residential lots in Houston is 50', which is absolutely absurd and totally at odds with this kind of traditional commercial development. You can get around it with variances, having retail on corner lots, or a single lot with multiple tenants of course. 

But it's the kind of development restriction that strikes me as pretty arbitrary and totally at odds with what the City should be prioritizing. 

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most deed restrictions will have 50' minimum width as well, including a 5000sf minimum lot size. mainly because up until 1999 this was a city ordinance. in 1999, they allowed the deed restrictions to be adjusted to have lot sizes less than 5000sf for residential.

reviewing the deed restriction for my neighborhood (which was updated in 2017 to keep people from running air BNB) the 50' width, and 5000sf minimum still exist.

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13 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

So the city hasn't even considered changing the minimum width? 

Probably no more than its considered doing away with minimum setback requirements and parking minimums, or curtailing deed restrictions.

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On 5/19/2021 at 10:52 AM, samagon said:

so to increase walkability, in addition to minimum lot width, you'd also have a maximum lot width?

I don't know if there needs to be a maximum width, but if you plat at 25-ft or 33-ft frontage and sell lots individually, a lot of development is going to happen on one or two-lot parcel. 

 

On 5/19/2021 at 11:16 AM, Texasota said:

Minimum lot width needs to go away or at least be reduced. I believe the minimum lot width for non-residential lots in Houston is 50', which is absolutely absurd and totally at odds with this kind of traditional commercial development. You can get around it with variances, having retail on corner lots, or a single lot with multiple tenants of course. 

But it's the kind of development restriction that strikes me as pretty arbitrary and totally at odds with what the City should be prioritizing. 

Yes, at least for uses other than single-family residential, minimum width is 50 (or 60) feet. Recall that a typical downtown or EaDo block is only 250 feet between rights of way. So you can never really have more than 5 different façades on a given block face. Add in the 5000 minimum size for non SFR reserves, and the most different façades on the block face around the corner is three. 

 

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