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23 hours ago, Triton said:

Haven't seen it in a while... is it in bad shape?

 

Not really, I use that garage once a week-ish, and to me its just antiquated in design. Getting in and out sucks. It also doesn't make sense for its location, you get some foot traffic walking to the park over there. 

 

When are the repairs supposed to be done? I know they are kind of zooming, but I feel like this has been going on a while, and the lobby in the houston center is a little...rough with all of the construction stuff. 

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21 minutes ago, Nate99 said:

Status of McKinney Street: jacked. 
 

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Oh wow, so they really are going to alter that street. I thought that was just a projection into the future of what they wanted to see, but nope they are doing it right now. A reduced McKinney St in this area will go a long way to making this feel like a place.

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3 hours ago, Nate99 said:

Status of McKinney Street: jacked. 
 

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Wait, why are they tearing up the street again?

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3 minutes ago, Big E said:

 

Wait, why are they tearing up the street again?

 

This part of McKinney is being reduced from 3 lanes and 1 parking lane to 2 lanes and 1 parking lane. The parking lane will also be structured, so not one continuous road. They will probably be busting up the sidewalks at some point in order to match the streetscape they will be doing as well.

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7 hours ago, Nate99 said:

Status of McKinney Street: jacked. 
 

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Is that an old railroad track?

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8 minutes ago, hindesky said:

Is that an old railroad track?


the drain that most downtown roads have..

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2 hours ago, Avossos said:

the drain that most downtown roads have..

 

Located away from the curb so as not to splash people waiting for the bus

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^^^ @Triton  simply SPECTACULAR illustration!  the light seems to be glowing/emanating throughout the immediate area with precision.  really nicely done...

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41 minutes ago, Urbannizer said:

 

I rode by there last night on my bike because of the this thread to check it out. The lighting looks great, its to unfamiliar that I was like "where am I?" The part of the PDF showing the aerial view accentuates how much is going to change, having that outdoor space up top and have much more green is really going to change the way people view the shops. Rather than this lunch haven and not much more, I can really see this attracting people to utilize it after hours, potentially before sport events (when they eventually come back) or just unwinding after work.

 

I can't help but think if this was only done 5 years ago how much more desirable downtown office spaces would be. But, thankfully, talking to a developer friend, he was saying this development might get a COVID-inspired boost in 2021 when its one of the only "new" office-adjacent spaces to come online during that time. 

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Looks like they've really scaled this back.  Probably for the best, though, because now they won't have to kick out their existing tenants to make this work.  No more movie theater, and less street-level interaction, and the rest of the second floor ends up a lot less "open", even keeping several of the tenants in their old locations.  It's a lot less of a "reimagining" than they originally had planned, but this still should be very nice, especially with that rooftop patio.

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Eh, it’s a nice facelift that’ll improve street presence but the interior is going to remain mostly the same- a food court with added programming. Its hard to see this becoming a destination with its current tenants. 

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I'm impressed with it. If the inside is still something that people don't really want to visit, good. The more people on the street, the better.

 

The combination of this, the renovation across the street, and the narrowing of McKinney to two lanes, is better than we could have ever dreamed 5 years ago, and provides an attractive visual gateway to bring visitors from Discovery Green to the rest of downtown. 

 

 

 

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they've signed a lease for the eastern corner w a punch bowl social-type entertainment concept. can't remember the name.

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2 hours ago, swtsig said:

they've signed a lease for the eastern corner w a punch bowl social-type entertainment concept. can't remember the name.

 

 Is it "Live!"  ?

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On 6/29/2020 at 10:09 AM, H-Town Man said:

I'm impressed with it. If the inside is still something that people don't really want to visit, good. The more people on the street, the better.

 

The combination of this, the renovation across the street, and the narrowing of McKinney to two lanes, is better than we could have ever dreamed 5 years ago, and provides an attractive visual gateway to bring visitors from Discovery Green to the rest of downtown. 

 

 

 

Agree. If you go to the mall in downtown Seattle, it's not very big, it's like 3 stories tall, and the stores are ehhhh. BUT because it's so nicely designed, it was aesthetically pleasing walking from there to Pikes Market. Similar to what's happening here. 

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