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http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2015/03/30/city-seeks-developer-for-mixed-use-project-at.html

 

The Downtown Redevelopment Authority is looking for a team to develop a major project downtown.

The 35,579-square-foot site at 1111 Main St. is expected to be developed into a multifamily residential and/or hotel mid- or high-rise tower with retail on the lower floors. The DRA issued a request for qualifications on March 30 for interested development teams.

RFQ submissions are due May 26, according to the DRA's document, and deal is expected to be executed in February 2016

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The primary objective of this process is to create a successful mixed-use project that includes signature retail with residential or hotel along with parking by the redevelopment of 1111 Main and the retail space(s) at 1010 Lamar. 

 

Demolition of the existing Garage Facility portion of the Site and the construction of a replacement building (the "Replacement Building") where the Garage Facility was formerly located;

 

 

From that I assume they will demolish the building entirely (also by the graphic on page 24). Shame.

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My hope is that this project would keep at least the skin of the old building. It's nice that the office building on the block will open up the lobby/lower levels for retail. 

 

Will be interesting to see what this project produces.

 

It looks like they envision demolition of the old building.  The requirement for glass area at the streetscape level probably makes re-use impractical.

 

 

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why am i so completely stunned?


i was always under the dire impression, that this particular edifice was to be updated / upgraded / renovated to become a prominent lead anchor retail establishment.


now they are proposing to incorporate a mix used scheme involving lodging / hospitality.  (from the old sakowitz department store)


it is now quite evident to me, that they are having much difficulty attracting a top level department store brand back to downtown houston, since the departure of macy's.


should this be so, then this is quite sad / terrible news indeed.....

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*sigh* another one bites the dust. Would be nice if they could incorporate the original facade into the new design, but I highly doubt it. All I know is if they do plan on demolishing this then they better get this right and it better be an awesome looking building and no some scaled back cheesy crap.

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why am i so completely stunned?

i was always under the dire impression, that this particular edifice was to be updated / upgraded / renovated to become a prominent lead anchor retail establishment.

now they are proposing to incorporate a mix used scheme involving lodging / hospitality.  (from the old sakowitz department store)

it is now quite evident to me, that they are having much difficulty attracting a top level department store brand back to downtown houston, since the departure of macy's.

should this be so, then this is quite sad / terrible news indeed.....

 

 

Not really.  Traditional large downtown department stores are a dying breed.  I can't imagine that any one of the remaining department stores would take the risk that this location entails.  

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*sigh* another one bites the dust. Would be nice if they could incorporate the original facade into the new design, but I highly doubt it. All I know is if they do plan on demolishing this then they better get this right and it better be an awesome looking building and no some scaled back cheesy crap.

yup and hoping its a high rise 

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why am i so completely stunned?

i was always under the dire impression, that this particular edifice was to be updated / upgraded / renovated to become a prominent lead anchor retail establishment.

now they are proposing to incorporate a mix used scheme involving lodging / hospitality.  (from the old sakowitz department store)

it is now quite evident to me, that they are having much difficulty attracting a top level department store brand back to downtown houston, since the departure of macy's.

should this be so, then this is quite sad / terrible news indeed.....

 

I can't remember the exact year, maybe 2004, the building was going to have American Apparel instead of their current location on Westheimer. After they didn't open up in 1111 Main, numerous renderings have surfaced all the way up until the recent Dallas Street Retail plan to have the building's lower floors converted into usable retail space. A poster dropped Bloomingdale's name in another thread. 

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Well as depressing as it is that the city wants to tear down the Sakowitz, imagine if Midway co developed the site (I'd imagine the city isn't looking at tackling this venture all on their own) as an expansion of GreenStreet. Bam! The fabled GS residential component.

I also like th mention of "no height restrictions". Heh..

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With all of this investment, GreenStreet had better turn into one heck of a jewel.  It'd be nice if GS were up and running with all of its tenants in tow.  That way, it'd be easier for us HAIFers to visualize/fantasize about this block.  As it stands now, I don't know what to make of it.

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I'm hoping for a nice residential tower with ground floor retail with higher end stores and a nice restaurant or two. Then I hope they do something with the corner store on the other side of the block.

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This is a done deal, you know this is going to happen, for better or worse:

 

Public sector incentives may be available for the project, but public incentives will only be available in PROJECT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS PAGE 24 REQUEST FOR DEVELOPER QUALIFICATIONS PROJECT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS the event that the Chief Development Officer and the Authority board approve redevelopment plans and any incentive offered.

 

 

and is this a good or bad thing?:

 

Respondents will be evaluated on the following criteria: The design quality of the project

 

 

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It looks like they envision demolition of the old building.  The requirement for glass area at the streetscape level probably makes re-use impractical.

 

Well, the Sakowitz Building probably meets (or could meet) the glass area requirements listed in requirement no. iii.  The clue that demolition is contemplated is really in requirement no. i:

 

"Demolition of the existing Garage Facility portion of the Site and the construction of a replacement building (the "Replacement Building") where the Garage Facility was formerly located"

 

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Can't we just repurpose instead of demolish for once, God damnit

 

They did so with this very building as a garage.  It didn't really help The Greater Good, as near as I can tell. 

 

The Rice, Magnolia, Icon, State National, 806 Main and Texaco were all saved, Great Southwest looks to have a future too; heck, someone is even rehabbing the Central Square building in Midtown. That's seven big buildings that were/will be rehabbed from bad shape off the top of my head.  Houston Club, Foleys, Texas Tower, Incarnate Word, Montagu/whatever was on that block didn't make the cut. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

 

I can't really decipher if the are intending to do so or not here, but, re-repurposing a former department store turned parking garage in to a third iteration that ends up as a cost effective investment for the redevelopers is walking a tight line, though I suppose more "incentives" could probably fill the gap, as they always can. If anyone has ideas that investors will buy into that fit that criteria, you might save some money versus a tear down.

 

The marble is nice, I guess, but this building is otherwise a minimally adorned box. A new build could easily be better looking, though it could just as easily be worse.  As the base of a tower like the Hearst example in NYC, this one would be a bad candidate, IMO.

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Given the central location, I could see the new structure also incorporating a prominent street-level gateway to the tunnel system (via 1111 Travis and 1010 Lamar).  People have always said that the tunnel system needs more of an interaction with the street, and given the proximity to two hotels and the light rail and the desire to foster a retail district on Dallas, this seems one location where it could be pulled off (the Louisiana-Walker-Milam-McKinney block would be better, but that's another story).  

 

 

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Given the central location, I could see the new structure also incorporating a prominent street-level gateway to the tunnel system (via 1111 Travis and 1010 Lamar). People have always said that the tunnel system needs more of an interaction with the street, and given the proximity to two hotels and the light rail and the desire to foster a retail district on Dallas, this seems one location where it could be pulled off (the Louisiana-Walker-Milam-McKinney block would be better, but that's another story).

Genius! A grand entrance would be cool.

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Given the central location, I could see the new structure also incorporating a prominent street-level gateway to the tunnel system (via 1111 Travis and 1010 Lamar). People have always said that the tunnel system needs more of an interaction with the street, and given the proximity to two hotels and the light rail and the desire to foster a retail district on Dallas, this seems one location where it could be pulled off (the Louisiana-Walker-Milam-McKinney block would be better, but that's another story).

I adore this idea.

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While I appreciateyour sentiment, the answer is "yes".....

The old retail building was already repurposed "once" as a parking garage. The fact that it can't be repurposed twice is really the shame of it.

 

What's makes it worse is that there are at least two sites I can think of within a one-block radius that I would rather see redeveloped - the blank parking garage looking at the fountains at Main Street Square, and the convenience store adjacent. The driveway in front of SpringHill Suites also begs for a higher and better use at some point.

 

But this block has all the attention because it's the entrance to the vaunted Dallas Street retail corridor. The problem is, say you get this building done, what does the rest of your retail corridor look like? You still have at least two more blocks of dead zone running east on the north side of Dallas, and GreenStreet on the south side is not exactly a great pedestrian stretch either.

 

Annise Parker is a pretty big proponent of historic buildings, which makes me think that if she's willing to let this one go, it must be like Nate said pretty hard to make the economics work to redevelop. Unless you focus on one of those other blocks and wait for circumstances to change. This was the best midcentury retail building on Main. Not as close to people's hearts as Foley's but more handsome and catering to a more selective clientele. It has a weight and solidity to it that makes you think of lofty mid-century postwar dreams of building a grand, secure, enduring city. None of today's ephemeral all-glass decadence. But if you can't find the right user, what do you do?

 

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http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Downtown-retail-plan-attracts-potential-developers-6331095.php#photo-8161660

 

A half dozen groups interested in improving downtown Houston's retail options submitted initial proposals to redevelop the former Sakowitz department store building on Main Street, officials said Tuesday.

 

The responses from the six groups, which the authority declined to name, are based on a formal request issued earlier this year seeking developers that could demonstrate financial capability, experience and the ability to secure national retailers.

 

The objective outlined in the request is to create a mixed-use project including some 90,000 square feet of retail space along with residential units or a hotel. The project, which would also include parking, would involve redeveloping 1111 Main and incorporate space in the adjacent 1010 Lamar building. The Main Street building is now being used as a parking garage.

The six responses to the request have been reviewed and a committee has identified a shortlist of groups that have been asked to provide additional information before a final decision is made.

The deadline for the final submissions is Aug. 10, and a deal could be finalized early next year.

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Imagine if they made a super tall ala chicago style. Incorporate mixed retail first 3 floors, have some commercial offfices, then make a hotel + condos

Lol, you read my mind.. I sketched up exactly that on sketch up a while back. Oh it would be glorious... And a perfect anchor to the retail district.

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The fact that developers are interested is great news! It shows that a little city planning and guidance can do a lot for this city. I'm already drawn to downtown weekly because I love the feel of the city. I will prob be there even more often if they start to establish retail. 

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everyone now knows that this particular sakowitz block, is probably the most anticipated and magnificent block in all of the TEXAS!


developers have no choice but to go BIG here.  anything less, is an insult to main street....


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The fact that developers are interested is great news! It shows that a little city planning and guidance can do a lot for this city.

 

Planning and incentives. It's always interesting to see how much of a bump makes the difference between a developer putting skin in the game versus not.

 

I haven't seen what is involved here, but I'd bet those particulars are in the specific proposals.

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Lol, you read my mind.. I sketched up exactly that on sketch up a while back. Oh it would be glorious... And a perfect anchor to the retail district.

 

can you post the sketch again?

 

lol

 

why do we always think small in houston? we can dream big right? Are you telling me such a idea wouldnt be a hit? The Marriott down the street is doing really good, was just in there the other day

 

And it's gonna take money

A whole lot of public money

It's gonna take plenty of money

To do it right...

 

Paraphrasing George Harrison.

 

money talks, bs walks. get it done houston!

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We already have a lot of apartments under construction downtown, I wouldn't mind if this way waited a year or two. TMC is undergoing another boom which has been coinciding with the oil slump (cheaper construction costs) which will be creating quite a few centrally located jobs. However, we got a lot of units coming along for 2015 that will probably catch up to the amount of high paying jobs needed support inner loop apartments. I see a bright future, but multifamily will probably have a brief pause in my amateur opinion. 

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Downtown RE Update 2Q 2015

 

The Downtown Redevelopment Authority issued an RFQ seeking a developer to redevelop 1111 Main and 1010 Lamar into a development consisting of the existing office building plus new retail, parking and residential and/or hotel.  The DRA received six responses, and three have been shortlisted, with final proposals due August 10.
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FWIW - crackhead corner store has been doing some updates lately. New exterior tile work recently completed, signage was removed today at lunch time. I guess this place may survive. Guess the city wants as much retail as it can get.

https://twitter.com/thachadwick/status/641371802665533440

Also - I'm gonna guess this will have an aggressive timeframe if they expect to complete before the Super Bowl. 17 months and counting...

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Indeed, great news. The crackhead corner store could be incorporated into the 1111 Main redevelopment...nice spot for a SHAKE SHACK. However, 90K sqft. is small for a big city DT retail store....that would be a rather small Macy's/Nordstrom/Saks. Let's hope it's not another DT inadequate/mediocre retail flop.

 

That size would be akin to something along the lines of a City Target. Not massive, but decent in size.

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