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Saw these new signs at the corner of Dowling and Polk. Anyone have any more details?

Okay this is cool

http://www.khou.com/article/news/local/east-end-kroger-management-admits-to-rodent-problem/285-530515356   This area needs a another grocery store in the worst way. There has been a lot of a

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5 hours ago, Eastdwntwn said:

Are these apartments? 

Yes, but my understanding is that the apartments will take up the space of the empty lots, and the retail/office  redevelopment will still happen in the former post building. There will be a shared parking agreement. 

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3 hours ago, HNathoo said:

Yes, but my understanding is that the apartments will take up the space of the empty lots, and the retail/office  redevelopment will still happen in the former post building. There will be a shared parking agreement. 

 

That is great news. Much better than previous plans of just basically a big parking lot. 

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Looks like part of these apartments will be flanked by Leeland and Bell. Hopefully this means that this is the start of developing all those empty lots on Leeland. I believe the one further east is for sale by the catholic church. The empty part of the lot in which Brother's Taco's sits on is owned by a Best Western franchisor. I was told they don't have any immediate plans to develop, but maybe this will catalyze things. I don't think a hotel makes sense for that lot. What would y'all recommend go there? 

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They chopped down all of the trees around the property. There were a few relatively mature trees on both the Polk and Emancipation sides of the property. Since they aren’t currently doing work in the areas where the trees were taken out, it’s unclear why it was done.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Texasota said:

I wonder if they got permits. If not, the city needs to fine the crap out of them. I don't care how good the project is, developers need to stop taking out mature street trees.


For sure. They set the shadification (is that a word?) of those sidewalks back at least 20 years.

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3 hours ago, cspwal said:

Total Wine or a CVS/Walgreens - it's surprisingly far to get to a pharmacy in EaDo.  

 

is it though?

 

ignoring the CVS on Main Street in downtown, which is about 1 mile from most places in east downtown.

 

Lockwood/Harrisburg is 1.7 miles from McKinney/Emancipation.

 

sure you can't walk across the street and have your pharmacy, but that's probably closer than most people are to their pharmacy.

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East downtown is supposed be a downtown neighborhood, but the East side is still really lacking in pharmacies.  If you look at this map, each ring is a 1/2 mile radius from a pharmacy (CVS, Walgreens, Kroger Pharmacy, HEB pharmacy, Randalls pharmacy). 

 

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44 minutes ago, samagon said:

 

ignoring the CVS on Main Street in downtown, which is about 1 mile from most places in east downtown.

 

Lockwood/Harrisburg is 1.7 miles from McKinney/Emancipation.

 

Anyone else take an almost person offence to the fact that the Lockwood/Harrisburg CVS uses three different fonts and colors in their branding as "CVS y mas?"

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On 8/3/2020 at 2:29 PM, JBTX said:

 

Anyone else take an almost person offence to the fact that the Lockwood/Harrisburg CVS uses three different fonts and colors in their branding as "CVS y mas?"

Yes but their fridges being broken a few weeks ago and still housing liquids still in them was more offensive. 

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Interior work is progressing quickly, sewer work is being done on Bell St. which separates the 2 sections of the Alliance Broadstone apartments. I still think Alliance is waiting out the mixed use construction before they start their project.

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One would think that with new construction project they could actually plan to NOT have the electrical pole and its support cables right in the middle of the sidewalk :angry: This is just so stupid on whoever makes these kind of decisions.

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1 hour ago, cspwal said:

Seriously?  They could have at least curved the sidewalk around it, like you see some places

 

Could this be a temporary pole that will be pulled when they install underground service to the building?  That might also be why they haven't poured the concrete where the pole is or where the guy wires terminate.

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9 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Could this be a temporary pole that will be pulled when they install underground service to the building?  That might also be why they haven't poured the concrete where the pole is or where the guy wires terminate.

The wires terminate at the pole in the future sidewalk but will continue to the second pole and then to the building, but those aren't hooked up yet.

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14 minutes ago, 77011transplant said:

This may have been mentioned previously and I couldn't find it, but have they announced the tenants?

Nothing in stone. I believe the closest to confirmation is a potential CVS on site.

 

Sprouts will not be in this location.

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On 10/31/2020 at 5:45 PM, hindesky said:

One would think that with new construction project they could actually plan to NOT have the electrical pole and its support cables right in the middle of the sidewalk :angry: This is just so stupid on whoever makes these kind of decisions.

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This is one circumstance where regulation actually makes sense, right? Even though the company's that feed electricity are private everyone uses the same wires. Its very cost prohibitive at the moment to motivate companies to move anything or bury anything. This is a situation where design standards and regulation can actually help. Utility companies are notoriously difficult to work with, and at this point place their poles wherever they feel like.

On 11/2/2020 at 9:40 AM, cspwal said:

Seriously?  They could have at least curved the sidewalk around it, like you see some places

 

Yeahhhh, but thats a lot of work...

 

On 11/2/2020 at 10:35 AM, Houston19514 said:

 

Could this be a temporary pole that will be pulled when they install underground service to the building?  That might also be why they haven't poured the concrete where the pole is or where the guy wires terminate.

 

Poles look pretty fresh. Now its possible this is just a coordination error, but once one is placed its really difficult to get these companies to move their poles.

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I walked by the building earlier this morning and snapped a quick photo.
 

Saw the earlier photo from @Andrew Ewert, but it looks like the Houston Post letters were behind a facade and are now being removed? The “T” and “H” are gone, and it looks like they’re chiseling away at the “E.” 
 

If they are removing them instead of incorporating them into the design, that would be disappointing.

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On 11/3/2020 at 1:13 PM, 77011transplant said:

Thanks! Folks on Nextdoor keep talking about Sprouts going in there, but I didn't think that was the case.


No surprise, but most of the folks on Nextdoor commenting on that post are horribly misinformed.

 

Fortunately, I saw that the HAIF link to this post was provided so they should be good!

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10 hours ago, thedistrict84 said:

I walked by the building earlier this morning and snapped a quick photo.
 

Saw the earlier photo from @Andrew Ewert, but it looks like the Houston Post letters were behind a facade and are now being removed? The “T” and “H” are gone, and it looks like they’re chiseling away at the “E.” 
 

If they are removing them instead of incorporating them into the design, that would be disappointing.

 

I wouldn't be surprised if the Chronicle wouldn't allow them to keep the sign intact once it was uncovered. Ever since they acquired the Post's assets, they've done their damnedest to erase the Post from the collective memory. 

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On 11/11/2020 at 9:15 AM, cspwal said:

When I passed by this morning, it looked like some of the bricks might have been chipped at?  I don't know if twas already like that, or if they are going to remove those bricked up sections

There were some sections with bricks missing, and they've also knocked out a lot of holes for windows. Looks like they're well on their way now to getting the brickwork patched up as well as adding brand new brick wall sections along Emancipation. Starting to look good.

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