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i don't know upon whether or not, if anyone really knows anything regarding this particular development.  who brought forth the original renders / concepts?  one can only ponder, if this could possibly be the new st. lukes episcopal hospital, that we have all been awaiting....

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i don't know upon whether or not, if anyone really knows anything regarding this particular development.  who brought forth the original renders / concepts?  one can only ponder, if this could possibly be the new st. lukes episcopal hospital, that we have all been awaiting....

 

From the renders, Gensler is listed as the architect on the lower right side.

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Someone please tell me more about this project. 

 

This would be for the Texas Medical Center at the corner of Main & Holcombe, where the Bank of America building sits.

 

So when you said Bank of America I assumed you meant the tiny suburban style drive thru building, but no its on the other side. Using google images it censors one of the top names of who leases space. Does Bank of America lease space in this rather tall building?

 

Now before everyone gives up lets remember that TMC is no stranger for taking out tall buildings. From the design of the building I would say what currently sits there is at least mid-70's maybe early 80's?

 

Anyway I put together a quick graphic of the view the rendering shows:

 

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So when you said Bank of America I assumed you meant the tiny suburban style drive thru building, but no its on the other side. Using google images it censors one of the top names of who leases space. Does Bank of America lease space in this rather tall building?

 

Now before everyone gives up lets remember that TMC is no stranger for taking out tall buildings. From the design of the building I would say what currently sits there is at least mid-70's maybe early 80's?

 

Anyway I put together a quick graphic of the view the rendering shows:

 

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Yes, Bank of America  is a large tenant in the tall building.  That was originally the Fannin Bank Building and dates from I believe mid-1960s. 

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Yes, Bank of America  is a large tenant in the tall building.  That was originally the Fannin Bank Building and dates from I believe mid-1960s. 

 

Darn I was close :P

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So when you said Bank of America I assumed you meant the tiny suburban style drive thru building, but no its on the other side. Using google images it censors one of the top names of who leases space. Does Bank of America lease space in this rather tall building?

 

Now before everyone gives up lets remember that TMC is no stranger for taking out tall buildings. From the design of the building I would say what currently sits there is at least mid-70's maybe early 80's?

 

Anyway I put together a quick graphic of the view the rendering shows:

 

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The hotels north of Main St  in this pic and the land they occupy is a good place to densify and add some mixed to the TMC. 

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I got in touch with Smilodon. They were commissioned by Gensler to create renders for the project, but could not share any details.

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I got in touch with Smilodon. They were commissioned by Gensler to create renders for the project, but could not share any details.

 

Did/can they disclose when they did the renderings?  Just wondering if this was 2 months or 2 years ago

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The TMC is a juggernaut and I wouldn't be surprised if this is true. This is an area with a high concentration of wealth, tons of young employees, and millions of patient and family visits. Hence the upcoming developments down along S Main within the loop. Throw in Hermann Park and if they redo the dome... South Houston/TMC might be the new center of Houston one day.

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The TMC is a juggernaut and I wouldn't be surprised if this is true. This is an area with a high concentration of wealth, tons of young employees, and millions of patient and family visits. Hence the upcoming developments down along S Main within the loop. Throw in Hermann Park and if they redo the dome... South Houston/TMC might be the new center of Houston one day.

 

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I'll get a bit more excited if this (or 7200 Main) ever get announced.  Or heck, even if they break ground on those apartments/Intercontinental Hotel

 

It seems to me that traffic congestion really holds the area back.  I know OTC is in town but it has been ridiculous down there lately..  Whenever I tell anyone I live that general area the first thing they comment on is the traffic.  I know the Galleria is awful as well but at least there are freeways cutting through

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I'll get a bit more excited if this (or 7200 Main) ever get announced.  Or heck, even if they break ground on those apartments/Intercontinental Hotel

 

It seems to me that traffic congestion really holds the area back.  I know OTC is in town but it has been ridiculous down there lately..  Whenever I tell anyone I live that general area the first thing they comment on is the traffic.  I know the Galleria is awful as well but at least there are freeways cutting through

 

Does TMC have a bus option like Downtown has Greenlink?

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I'll get a bit more excited if this (or 7200 Main) ever get announced. Or heck, even if they break ground on those apartments/Intercontinental Hotel

It seems to me that traffic congestion really holds the area back. I know OTC is in town but it has been ridiculous down there lately.. Whenever I tell anyone I live that general area the first thing they comment on is the traffic. I know the Galleria is awful as well but at least there are freeways cutting through

This place would be next to a light rail stop and large bus terminal... so that should help.

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I imagine the chances for this happening grow in proportion to Texas Medical Ctr leveraging its 5700+ on-site researchers and $3.6B research budget to build its momentum as a biotech hub alongside the stalwart locations for the industry (SF, Boston, San Diego).  Some milestones toward this goal: establishment of a biotech incubator (along with the incubator's first array of startups) and, in particular, a business development agreement with Johnson & Johnson to locate a fourth JLabs (thus far, the only one outside the three biotech stronghold cities) at 2450 Holcombe to open early next year.  TMC is more than a year into its ambitious plans - perhaps these recent achievements inspire the glossy rendering.

 

more local coverage:

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2014/12/18/year-in-review-tmc-aims-to-translate-research-to.html?page=all

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/print-edition/2014/10/31/johnson-johnson-launch-in-houston-means-large.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/print-edition/2014/10/31/johnson-johnson-launch-in-houston-means-large.html

 

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So does that mean that Innovation place is dead? Confused a little bit

 

In my non-expert opinion that's what I would say. 

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I can't wait to see what happens with this property.  This has to be one of the largest and best-located tracts available in the "traditional" Med Center footprint, so it seems it would be quickly snatched up.  It would be great to see a real high-profile development go here.

 

 

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1 hour ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

wow forgot about this.

 

any updates?

 

It's generally a rule on this forum that you don't post asking if there are updates. If someone has an update that they can share, they will almost certainly share it. Everyone wants to be beloved on the internet.

 

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Working with these Hines business documents right now, but I can't find the thread about the upcoming apartments on Holcombe near Buffalo Speedway. Any help?

 

 

possibly it was mixed use? 

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This property was bought by A&M last year to house their EnMed program

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/A-M-focusing-on-Houston-with-purchase-of-land-12271197.php

 

https://tees.tamu.edu/news/2018/04/06/enmed-program-obtains-lcme-approval-to-move-forward/

 

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EnMed will initially hire 25 faculty members and utilize instructional and research space in the Texas Medical Center, including space in Houston Methodist Hospital, the Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and the adjacent 1020 Holcombe Building in the Texas Medical Center, that will be renovated to serve as the education and training campus for EnMed and EnHealth students.

 

So no fancy mixed-use development, but will at least be renovated.  Still holding out hope for 7200 Main just down the street....someday

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See. Sometimes asking if there are any updates can actually get you an answer. Never let anyone tell you what you can ask and what you can't ask. 

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FWIW, property is fenced off and apparently some pretty serious demo work going on (Precision Demolition).  Unclear if this is going to impact the exterior, but at night it's pretty evident they are doing extensive gutting

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On 11/2/2018 at 10:43 PM, OkieEric said:

FWIW, property is fenced off and apparently some pretty serious demo work going on (Precision Demolition).  Unclear if this is going to impact the exterior, but at night it's pretty evident they are doing extensive gutting

The whole building is fenced off and Vaughnn has lots of construction trailers on site. To me it looks like they are gutting the building including taking off the marble/granite facade and the glass. I wonder if they will implode it once they have it gutted or if they plan to repurpose the structure?

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8 hours ago, hindesky said:

The whole building is fenced off and Vaughnn has lots of construction trailers on site. To me it looks like they are gutting the building including taking off the marble/granite facade and the glass. I wonder if they will implode it once they have it gutted or if they plan to repurpose the structure?

 

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Those missing sections of facade in your last shot there have always (well, for at least the last 6 years I've lived in area) been missing.  It looks like the offsetting slabs were reinforced at some point, so I've always wondered just how secure it all is...

 

FWIW, the article below indicates they are renovating the building:

 

https://tees.tamu.edu/news/2018/04/06/enmed-program-obtains-lcme-approval-to-move-forward/

 

 

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20 hours ago, OkieEric said:

 

Those missing sections of facade in your last shot there have always (well, for at least the last 6 years I've lived in area) been missing.  It looks like the offsetting slabs were reinforced at some point, so I've always wondered just how secure it all is...

 

FWIW, the article below indicates they are renovating the building:

 

https://tees.tamu.edu/news/2018/04/06/enmed-program-obtains-lcme-approval-to-move-forward/

 

 

Yeah I saw what appeared to be bolts/plugs holding some of them up so I assumed those were the ones coming off next.

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Some of those panels started falling off and they had to reinforce the wall panels. I cant remember the exact reason. Perhaps a Hurricane.

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12 hours ago, bobruss said:

Some of those panels started falling off and they had to reinforce the wall panels. I cant remember the exact reason. Perhaps a Hurricane.

 

Google streetview supports this - the panels were there in March 2008 and gone in September 2009, so Ike was the likely culprit.

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I'm guessing this building is around the same age or within the same time frame as the ole Exxon Building. Same look (International Style), and same materials (monolithic stone exterior) both are marble right? I can't remember if the Exxon buildings facade is also marble.

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