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FWIW, this approach does work in Australia.  In every major city in Australia, it's not uncommon to find Coles and Woolworths within a few hundred feet of each other.

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17 minutes ago, talltexan83 said:

FWIW, this approach does work in Australia.  In every major city in Australia, it's not uncommon to find Coles and Woolworths within a few hundred feet of each other.

 

They are probably doing what CVS and Walgreen's do, trying to take the other's market share in a strangling contest. If we are talking about what would be best for downtown, I don't think this is beneficial. It probably hurts Phoenicia and puts our first full-scale grocer in a suboptimal location. You're far from residents and surrounded by office workers, who don't traditionally make the best grocery customers. I would think a Target might be logical at this location. It could carry some groceries, the kinds of essential things that a worker might need to pick up one or two of on the way home.

 

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If they can market it the right way, they might be able to sell downtown workers on the click-and-pickup sort of thing they are doing elsewhere.  It'd be convenient to set up an order you can swing by and pick up on your way out of downtown after work.  I know HEB and Kroger are doing that sort of thing now in stores.  That would go a long way to supporting a downtown grocer, regardless of where they are located downtown.

 

Or they can put in a Buc-ee's.  That would be awesome.

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33 minutes ago, august948 said:

 

Or they can put in a Buc-ee's.  That would be awesome.

 

I like it. They would need a restroom bouncer unless they wanted it to become a homeless shelter though. 

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Construction has definitely started around 2 Houston Center... there are barriers up all along the McKinney side with pictures of what it will look like in the end. 

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Direct Energy To Relocate Headquarters To Downtown Office Tower

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/office/direct-energy-to-relocate-headquarters-to-downtown-office-tower-97743?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

 

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Renovation plans for 2 Houston Center have garnered the attention of a major energy company.  Direct Energy signed a 106K SF office lease to occupy floors six and seven at 909 Fannin St. in Downtown Houston. This marks the largest office deal at 2 Houston Center to date, according to a press release. The company, which has 930 employees in Houston, will relocate its headquarters from Greenway Plaza in April 2021...

 

Gensler To Relocate Office To 2 Houston Center
Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/office/gensler-to-relocate-office-to-2-houston-center-97796?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

 

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Gensler is moving into new Downtown Houston office digs after 46 years in Pennzoil Place. The international design firm will occupy two floors in 2 Houston Center, a property being renovated at 909 Fannin St. Gensler will relocate its 288 employees later this year. “Downtown Houston is and has always been our home,” Gensler co-Managing Director Stephanie Burritt said in a release. “Our employees have enjoyed being surrounded and inspired by Houston’s unique urban fabric, and we want to continue that energy by bringing it into our new space.” Gensler's Houston office is responsible for designing several major Downtown projects, such as The Houston Ballet, The George R. Brown Master Plan, 1000 Main, Hess Tower, Capitol Tower and the rehabilitation of the Theater District Parking following Hurricane Harvey....

 

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^^The circular stuff was dated. I always liked the escalator ride inside 1 Houston Center, which I think will probably remain.

 

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25 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

^^The circular stuff was dated. I always liked the escalator ride inside 1 Houston Center, which I think will probably remain.

 

"Dated" at one point becomes historical not long later.  Calling it "dated" is the same kind of thinking that led to the modernization of the Carter building a couple blocks from here in the 1960s, thankfully undone (though in styrofoam) to restore the building for the JW Marriott.  I for one am disappointed to see this example of architecture demolished.  Sure, it looked old, but at least it was interesting with all the circles.  Now the building will be a disjoint combination of distinctive 1970s architecture and generic 2010s architecture.

 

My only complaint about the escalators at the Houston Center complex is that they are either always full of disrespectful people who would stand two-abreast, preventing anyone from getting around them, or they are so narrow that only one person can stand so there is no possibility of standing.  I always wished they had a stairwell in the middle, because it's quicker to walk up stairs than to wait for the slow escalator ride when nobody lets you pass.

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Wow, seriously? Circular architecture is now deemed “dated”? Don’t tell that to Apple’s Apple Park HQ. Lol. I seriously can’t wait till boring, rectangular blue glass boxes become “dated”.

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52 minutes ago, intencity77 said:

Wow, seriously? Circular architecture is now deemed “dated”? Don’t tell that to Apple’s Apple Park HQ. Lol. I seriously can’t wait till boring, rectangular blue glass boxes become “dated”.

 

Calm down, I did not say that circular architecture is all dated. I said "the circular stuff," referring to a certain portion of this particular building. Which I will add, looks nothing like Apple's HQ.

 

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1 hour ago, rechlin said:

"Dated" at one point becomes historical not long later.  Calling it "dated" is the same kind of thinking that led to the modernization of the Carter building a couple blocks from here in the 1960s, thankfully undone (though in styrofoam) to restore the building for the JW Marriott.  I for one am disappointed to see this example of architecture demolished.  Sure, it looked old, but at least it was interesting with all the circles.  Now the building will be a disjoint combination of distinctive 1970s architecture and generic 2010s architecture.

 

My only complaint about the escalators at the Houston Center complex is that they are either always full of disrespectful people who would stand two-abreast, preventing anyone from getting around them, or they are so narrow that only one person can stand so there is no possibility of standing.  I always wished they had a stairwell in the middle, because it's quicker to walk up stairs than to wait for the slow escalator ride when nobody lets you pass.

 

Some dated stuff becomes historical, some doesn't make it. I did not expect such a strong reaction to these enclosed exterior escalators, which seem (to me) to represent the worst of 70's anti-urban office development. If you feel this is an architectural loss akin to the 60's modernization of Houston's first skyscraper, you have my sincere condolences; I know how it feels to lose something you love.

 

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5 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

Some dated stuff becomes historical, some doesn't make it. I did not expect such a strong reaction to these enclosed exterior escalators, which seem (to me) to represent the worst of 70's anti-urban office development. If you feel this is an architectural loss akin to the 60's modernization of Houston's first skyscraper, you have my sincere condolences; I know how it feels to lose something you love.

 

Well, I also was very, very disappointed by what Hines did to 811 Louisiana (former Two Shell).  It used to be a somewhat architecturally interesting building, with an arch-like appearance to the windows on the second floor that gradually disappeared over the next several floors.  But then they replaced almost all of it with black cladding, leaving just one floor (the fifth, I believe) with slight variations in window sizes, which now looks out of place.  Once again, a modernization that did more harm than good.  Though I will admit I like what they did to the interior.

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Unfortunately the majority of our buildings were not designed with the ground level pedestrian interaction considered.  I think they may do this in a number of old buildings to try to liven them up.

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12 hours ago, kbates2 said:

Unfortunately the majority of our buildings were not designed with the ground level pedestrian interaction considered.  I think they may do this in a number of old buildings to try to liven them up.

 

The idea that these buildings were designed without pedestrian interaction considered is a bit of a misnomer. While we have different ideas of what "ground level pedestrian interaction" is today, and believe it to be better than what was considered then, that doesn't mean it wasn't a question during that time. Its not even that it wasn't a priority, but simply thought about in different ways. Every building that has ever existed has to either think about or consider ground level pedestrian interaction because at some point people are going to have to enter your building, or interact with it. For instance, transport yourself back to the time when the car was beginning to dramatically change the city landscape. If you read about what architects thought about at that time then you will understand that the car was actually very liberating. For the first time a different mode of approaching and entering the building had to be considered which meant that the same way one would approach a building over the past forever ago wasn't the end all be all. Now you didn't have to explicitly enter the building from the ground floor, but maybe drive into another place, park, and then walk through a tunnel or sky bridge to the building. It really was a game changer back in that time. Again, pedestrian interaction was considered, but considered in a different way in line with what our values were back then. Now our values have changed and right so do our buildings have to change to match for them to survive and thrive. At some point during the car experiment we understood that, going to far in one direction, we lost something. We also understood that just because you design a building for the car and people coming to the building explicitly doesn't mean that the building is isolated. Its part of a bigger context and network meaning that at some point people are going to want to enter the building in not just one way, but many.

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1 hour ago, Luminare said:

 

The idea that these buildings were designed without pedestrian interaction considered is a bit of a misnomer. While we have different ideas of what "ground level pedestrian interaction" is today, and believe it to be better than what was considered then, that doesn't mean it wasn't a question during that time. Its not even that it wasn't a priority, but simply thought about in different ways. Every building that has ever existed has to either think about or consider ground level pedestrian interaction because at some point people are going to have to enter your building, or interact with it. For instance, transport yourself back to the time when the car was beginning to dramatically change the city landscape. If you read about what architects thought about at that time then you will understand that the car was actually very liberating. For the first time a different mode of approaching and entering the building had to be considered which meant that the same way one would approach a building over the past forever ago wasn't the end all be all. Now you didn't have to explicitly enter the building from the ground floor, but maybe drive into another place, park, and then walk through a tunnel or sky bridge to the building. It really was a game changer back in that time. Again, pedestrian interaction was considered, but considered in a different way in line with what our values were back then. Now our values have changed and right so do our buildings have to change to match for them to survive and thrive. At some point during the car experiment we understood that, going to far in one direction, we lost something. We also understood that just because you design a building for the car and people coming to the building explicitly doesn't mean that the building is isolated. Its part of a bigger context and network meaning that at some point people are going to want to enter the building in not just one way, but many.

 

Well, of course they considered it, because they provided a nice escalator for the pedestrians to get to the second floor lobby. But they really didn't value ground level pedestrian interaction, as evidenced by their desire to create a whole mini-city where people would walk on the second level and the ground level would essentially be a parking and service area. I think that's the sort of thing kbates2 was referring to.

 

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On 4/15/2019 at 9:06 AM, H-Town Man said:

^^The circular stuff was dated. I always liked the escalator ride inside 1 Houston Center, which I think will probably remain.

 

dated is not a adjective I would use to describe that feature.

 

unique, is probably the adjective that springs to mind. 

 

it's not a tragedy to lose it, but changing it just adds to the overall blandness of downtown.

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1 hour ago, H-Town Man said:

O Death in Life, the 70's escalators that are no more!

 

 

Time goes by faster than it used to, but it seems like the escalator steps and mechanicals were replaced probably 3--4 years ago all through 2HC.  That couldn't have been cheap. 

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On 1/16/2019 at 9:50 AM, DrLan34 said:

More information:

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Downtown-s-Houston-Center-prepares-for-makeover-13536779.php

 

"Construction will begin next month and is expected to take nearly two years to complete."


From Houston Center's website

http://houstoncenter.com/blog/transformative-vision/  (archive link)

 

 

 

On 1/16/2019 at 10:32 AM, DrLan34 said:



Renderings of the Houston Center at 909 Fannin in downtown from the brochure posted previously in the forum here, which were hotlinked from this Houston Chronicle article. They're also uploaded to the website for Houston Center here:

http://houstoncenter.com/project/ (archive link)


Additional renderings and layout from the brochure not posted in the forum (lo-res images because the brochure is a scanned document):


Tenant Conferencing Room
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Overhead view of Sky deck, Terrace, and Central Plaza
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Proposed changes to 2 Houston Center and LyondellBasell Tower
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Screenshots of additional renderings of 2 Houston Center from the video linked above:


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On 1/16/2019 at 11:43 AM, mattyt36 said:

Page 4 of the PDF DrLan posted mentions nothing specific with regard to the Shops, which is strange when combined with lack of renderings.  I would've thought that would be one of the most prominent components given its uniqueness, but maybe they don't see much opportunity there.

 

I can't copy and paste but maybe someone will have better luck than I.  Synopsis:

 

-New central plaza and greenspace

 

-Renovation of LBT and 2 HC lobbies

 

-Reclad pedestrian bridges

 

-"Reshaping the retail and dining experience throughout Houston Center"

 

-New shared space design

 

-Conferencing and co-working venues

 

On 1/16/2019 at 1:55 PM, H-Town Man said:

...Open up The Shops at Houston Center more, I can't even tell what they're doing to it (do we know if the Villalobos renderings above are part of the project?).

 

 

On 1/16/2019 at 3:23 PM, mattyt36 said:

 

If so, why keep under wraps at the grand unveiling and the initial distribution of the marketing materials? It usually works in the opposite direction.

 

On 1/16/2019 at 8:08 PM, tigereye said:

 

Considering the the amount of leases Brookfield let expire causing closures, I’d say a renovation of the Park Shops is still likely. But I am surprised at the lack of details on this side of the project. Also, in the below render, you can see a sliver of the Park Shops, which looks to be at least reclad in a new material. The squared up design is similar to the renders on the Gibran Villalobos site. 

 

 

 

 


The updated brochure above and renderings shows upcoming renovations to the portion possibly called Bridge Market at 1200 McKinney St. That portion includes the 130,000 SF third level of The Shops at Houston Center’s existing food court and interior retail mall.

Plans for Bridge Market proposed retail, food hall & market , beer garden or a patio deck bar. That wasn't reported when Brookfield Property made the announcement. But the renderings and brochure show that Bridge Market in downtown Houston is moving forward. Plans for Bridge Market may probably be announced in the fall or at the top of 2020.

 

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2 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

Here's a rendering that shows us the final design concept for The Shops at Houston Center, provided by Transwestern

 

Leasing flyer is up as well: https://s3.amazonaws.com/transwestern-property/Flyers/37331b8a-1391-e911-80f5-caa232701e1a.pdf (archive link)

 

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Updated renderings (some posted from the Houston Chronicle article in January but are higher-res below) of The Shops at Houston Center in downtown Houston, 1200 McKinney St. This is the renovation project officially announced by Brookfield Property earlier this year.

Previous renderings and more about in past posts in this thread here, here , here, here, here .






McKinney St - Perspective View
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Central Plaza along McKinney St.
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Central Plaza at McKinney St.
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View of Central Plaza from Terrace
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2 Houston Center entrance, McKinney & Fannin
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LyondellBasell Tower lobby
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LyondellBasell lobby co-working
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Houston Center Skydeck
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Site plan for Houston Center Levels 1-4  ( includes 1 Houston Center , 2 Houston Center , 4 Houston Center, and Fullbright Tower)

From the updated brochure materials posted above.


Existing ground floor site plan

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Proposed ground floor site plan

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Proposed Site Plan - Level 2

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Proposed Site Plan Level 3
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Proposed Site Plan - Level 4
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Proposed site plans for Houston Center Levels 1-4  ( includes 1 Houston Center , 2 Houston Center , 4 Houston Center, and Fullbright Tower)

From the updated brochure materials posted above.



Proposed Site Plan - West Section
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Proposed Site Plan - East Section
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Proposed Site Plan of future restaurants and retail. This is the proposed Bridge Market (possible name) replacing The Shops at Houston Center at 1200 McKinney St in downtown Houston. Brookfield Properties didn't announce this part of the project during their presser in January. This has been discussed in this thread (posts linked below).



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37 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Proposed Site Plan - Level 2

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The above site plans show the layout for the possibly named Bridge Market replacing The Shops at Houston Center at 1200 McKinney. This includes the proposed food hall ,  market , and beer garden or patio deck bar for the renovation of Houston Center.


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Bridge Market consists of 49,500 SF and a 1,800 SF outdoor patio. The food hall and market includes a grocer section and a produce market (discussed briefly on page 3 of this thread), a main restaurant, several food stations or food stalls, a wine bar, and possibly two bars.

The grocer section includes several aisles of shelves, an area dedicated to oils and cheeses, takeaway sections for groceries, seafood, salami, meats, and beverages.

The site plan shows the following restaurant concepts for the food hall & market:

- a pasta and pizza concept
- a seafood concept
- a crudo concept
- a meat concept
- a gastronomy concept
- a pizza lab
- a pasta restaurant
- a dessert shop
- an ice cream stall
- a beverage stall
- a mozzarella retail shop and lab


An Italian concept possibly named Cucina & Crudo
Wine Bar - possibly named Piazza
Main Bar - possibly named Bar Terra
Main restaurant with wine room - possibly named Terra Restaurant


Past posts about the possibly named Bridge Market are here and here. (this is no longer showing on BCV Architecture + Interiors' website, but the linked posts include an archive page)
 

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In 5 years Downtown will be 90% food halls. 

...I think I'm ok with that. 

 

Also like the road diet on McKinney. And Caroline? Are they coordinating with the Downtown Management District/Redevelopment folks? And P&D and Public Works for that matter?

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Wow. This is seriously ambitious.  Looks like they are planning to take two lanes out of McKinney.  If it gets built out as rendered, this will attract the growing crowds around conventions/DG/GRB.  

 

I'm sure all of the retail/entertainment/restaurants are just ideas/possibilities at this point, but they do look like they are at least dedicated to framing out the new structure.

 

One nit - we're going to need awnings and fans at Swampy's Neighborhood Kitchen...

 

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3 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Proposed Site Plan of future restaurants and retail. This is the proposed Bridge Market (possible name) replacing The Shops at Houston Center at 1200 McKinney St in downtown Houston. Brookfield Properties didn't announce this part of the project during their presser in January. This has been discussed in this thread (posts linked below).



Mtg98RW.jpg
(direct link to full size & non-compressed image)




 




The above site plans show the layout for the possibly named Bridge Market replacing The Shops at Houston Center at 1200 McKinney. This includes the proposed food hall ,  market , and beer garden or patio deck bar for the renovation of Houston Center.


4DImt3w.jpg

(direct link)



Bridge Market consists of 49,500 SF and a 1,800 SF outdoor patio. The food hall and market includes a grocer section and a produce market (discussed briefly on page 3 of this thread), a main restaurant, several food stations or food stalls, a wine bar, and possibly two bars.

The grocer section includes several aisles of shelves, an area dedicated to oils and cheeses, takeaway sections for groceries, seafood, salami, meats, and beverages.

The site plan shows the following restaurant concepts for the food hall & market:

- a pasta and pizza concept
- a seafood concept
- a crudo concept
- a meat concept
- a gastronomy concept
- a pizza lab
- a pasta restaurant
- a dessert shop
- an ice cream stall
- a beverage stall
- a mozzarella retail shop and lab


An Italian concept possibly named Cucina & Crudo
Wine Bar - possibly named Piazza
Main Bar - possibly named Bar Terra
Main restaurant with wine room - possibly named Terra Restaurant


Past posts about the possibly named Bridge Market are here and here. (this is no longer showing on BCV Architecture + Interiors' website, but the linked posts include an archive page)
 

 

Excellent write-up, Crockpot. I am indebted.

 

This is going to be pretty fantastic. They are almost completely abandoning traditional retail at Houston Center and turning it into a gastronomic wonderland. This will be larger in scale than the other downtown food halls and could be a legitimate weekend tourist destination, like Reading Terminal in Philadelphia or the grand market halls of Budapest or Florence. There will still be some trickiness in balancing the exclusivity that they need to attract office leases with the openness that will invite casual visitors, but it looks like they are on the right track.

 

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Wow, what a total transformation.  I'm not sure how I feel about the clashing architectural styles between old and new, but this should be great for downtown.

 

I like how they are taking away parts of the 4HC parking garage to improve street presence with GFR, and the addition of extra outdoor patios will be great.  So many times I want to eat outside, only to find that all the tables on the existing 2HC rooftop deck are taken.  I'm really liking how vast areas of useless concrete in the existing site plan are being replaced with greenery, buildings, or dining areas.  Mobility appears to be vastly improved too, with better walkways and more stairs/escalators in ideal locations.

 

Another small grocer is great for downtown, too; hopefully it can fill in gaps left by the existing Phoenicia across the street.

 

The site plans show 8 rooms in the Entertainment area marked as "theaters".  They are relatively small, though, with only a couple dozen seats per theater -- I wonder if this is going to be some kind of small upscale niche movie theater like iPic?

 

My only real disappointment is the dominance of "concepts" and "laboratories" in the food hall.  People downtown don't want "concepts" (which to me implies something that's not fully thought out and probably will close in a few months), they want consistent, reliable places to eat, especially where they can get something quick and cheap (there's no shortage of fancier places).  Seems like there's no room for a place like Doozo anymore, which is far more than just a concept, and instead just a very popular place for affordable food.

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Awesome, thank you for all of the details! One questions though, Pappa's Bros Steakhouse, are they relocating elsewhere in downtown? I would hate to be relegated back to one location in the Galleria. 

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The biggest changes that I like are to 4 Houston Center. Especially the exterior. At least Houston Center 2 has a unique aesthetic that hearkens back to a particular modernist ideal that was interesting (this idea of a city on top of a city or platform cities), but Houston Center 4 is just a giant blob of nothing. Its such a harsh area around the Houston Center area as well. Going with a pure white look will really fresh this area up and give it a nice glow for it to stand out. All the blacks and bland colors just push people away or ask them to walk pass it. The changes just make this space feel more personal and open. I'm wondering if they will actually keep the current atrium glass dome. While walking this area multiple times it looks like its in pretty rough shape. So many buildings from that era that applied that glazing atrium technique could never really got the flashing right to prevent water damage. I personally think they should just rip it off and put in something a lot more contemporary. Hopefully in a few years they will get to replacing the whole facade all the way around and up. That brick is just too monolithic and bare.

 

As far as Houston Center 2 @rechlin I can see you point, but honestly I think the contrast of black and white will actually assist in the Houston Center 2's idea of being this floating tower above the city grid. I think it will actually enhance that platform city feel. It even seems with these redesigns they aren't looking to take away that idea, but instead are enhancing it and updating it to current trends and tastes. We are essentially trying these platform cities again today except they aren't separated from the street grid, but instead work within it. 

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Wow! And now that Post HTX is about to break ground, downtown is about to go to another level in terms of pedestrian activity and energy. 

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4 hours ago, Nate99 said:

Part of the "entertainment" is coming along nicely - terror slides!

 

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Dude looked straight at me while I was taking this pic. If you recognize yourself and want me to, I can post the original, but you don't look nearly as happy. I couldn't figure out a good way to crop him out, I don't like posting obvious pictures of people on the internet without their consent. 

 

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That second photo really freaked me out! I was like...cool first photo...second...wait what? ....third photo.

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1 minute ago, Luminare said:

 

That second photo really freaked me out! I was like...cool first photo...second...wait what? ....third photo.

 

Sorry about that. I first tried to crop it, but that cut out the length of the block being barricaded, then I just blacked out his face, which seemed overly negative, so I added a smiley, which in retrospect is probably more creepy than upbeat. 

 

If I were better with the internetting, I'd replace him with Katrina Looter Man or Harambe's ghost or something, but I'm just not. 

 

 

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10 hours ago, Nate99 said:

Wow. This is seriously ambitious.  Looks like they are planning to take two lanes out of McKinney.  If it gets built out as rendered, this will attract the growing crowds around conventions/DG/GRB.  

 

I'm sure all of the retail/entertainment/restaurants are just ideas/possibilities at this point, but they do look like they are at least dedicated to framing out the new structure.

 

One nit - we're going to need awnings and fans at Swampy's Neighborhood Kitchen...

 

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Looks likes from the plans and then going to streetview on google, the lanes that they want to take away are more or on street parking lanes. If you look closer at the site plan there does seem to still be some spots for on street parking or dropoff areas, but want to flair out the corners of each intersection to meet at the 2 lanes where actual car traffic goes through, which is not only part of Houston's Complete Streets agenda, but is an approach that works to create a more pedestrian friendly environment at street level. Now whether they get approval for this remains to be seen, but the fact that they desire this is a step in the right direction.

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15 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Proposed Site Plan of future restaurants and retail. This is the proposed Bridge Market (possible name) replacing The Shops at Houston Center at 1200 McKinney St in downtown Houston. Brookfield Properties didn't announce this part of the project during their presser in January. This has been discussed in this thread (posts linked below).



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The above site plans show the layout for the possibly named Bridge Market replacing The Shops at Houston Center at 1200 McKinney. This includes the proposed food hall ,  market , and beer garden or patio deck bar for the renovation of Houston Center.


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Bridge Market consists of 49,500 SF and a 1,800 SF outdoor patio. The food hall and market includes a grocer section and a produce market (discussed briefly on page 3 of this thread), a main restaurant, several food stations or food stalls, a wine bar, and possibly two bars.

The grocer section includes several aisles of shelves, an area dedicated to oils and cheeses, takeaway sections for groceries, seafood, salami, meats, and beverages.

The site plan shows the following restaurant concepts for the food hall & market:

- a pasta and pizza concept
- a seafood concept
- a crudo concept
- a meat concept
- a gastronomy concept
- a pizza lab
- a pasta restaurant
- a dessert shop
- an ice cream stall
- a beverage stall
- a mozzarella retail shop and lab


An Italian concept possibly named Cucina & Crudo
Wine Bar - possibly named Piazza
Main Bar - possibly named Bar Terra
Main restaurant with wine room - possibly named Terra Restaurant


Past posts about the possibly named Bridge Market are here and here. (this is no longer showing on BCV Architecture + Interiors' website, but the linked posts include an archive page)
 

 

CrockpotandGravel I must say sometimes I want to call you CrackpotandGrovel, but I very much appreciate everything you bring to the forum. The amount of time you invest and the diligence with every post, it’s just amazing! Thanks for putting all of the above information into an easily digestible format for people like me who wouldn’t see it otherwise. 

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9 hours ago, Nate99 said:

Part of the "entertainment" is coming along nicely - terror slides!

 

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Next up: Terror Slides, Phase 2. Also known as "woodchippers".

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Posted (edited)

More demo shots from walking by last week.

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