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I drove by this project on Emancipation for the first time in a few weeks and I have to say. . . the window, door, and brick color combination is giving off a "middle school in some random suburban town constructed in 1995" vibe. I'm not a fan. 

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13 hours ago, phillip_white said:

Those trees are going to be huge by the time they get done with this. 

One can hope. They ripped out a bunch of mature trees in more or less the same locations during construction. It will probably take 20 years at a minimum for these to get back to the size of the previous trees. 

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7 minutes ago, thedistrict84 said:

One can hope. They ripped out a bunch of mature trees in more or less the same locations during construction. It will probably take 20 years at a minimum for these to get back to the size of the previous trees. 

Like he said... by the time they're done

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On 5/21/2021 at 8:59 PM, 77011transplant said:

Was a tenant/ tenants confirmed for this? 

It looks great!

There’s a permit for a drive thru pharmacy/retail which basically confirms CVS will hold the bottom floor location.

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I saw an online permit for the demolition of the slab behind the old Sparkle Burger but its still there. The fact that they are going to remove it makes me think the apartments may be in the works.

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14 hours ago, hindesky said:

I saw an online permit for the demolition of the slab behind the old Sparkle Burger but its still there. The fact that they are going to remove it makes me think the apartments may be in the works.

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Even just cleaning up the site and making the block a temporary park would be a huge improvement.

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On 5/23/2021 at 2:39 PM, ljchou said:

There’s a permit for a drive thru pharmacy/retail which basically confirms CVS will hold the bottom floor location.

Did some quick digging into the permit, the buyer address matches that of Genesis Design Group, Inc., whose portfolio includes the design of several CVS Pharmacy stores in Texas and Louisiana. 

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43 minutes ago, Andrew Ewert said:

Am I the only one trying to figure out where a drive-thru goes on this building?

These are both old Google Maps street view pics but next time I ride by I'll take some newer shots. There is what could be a drive thru off Emancipation or maybe this on St Charles. The St Charles appears to be more of a loading dock door though.

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3 hours ago, Andrew Ewert said:

Am I the only one trying to figure out where a drive-thru goes on this building?

They’ve opened up most of the interior, and from what I recall from the site plan, will be incorporating driveways and parking within part of the first floor of the building.

There is a new curb cutout/driveway and opening on the wall on the Emancipation side that aligns with where the door is on the St. Charles side that @hindeskyshared from Google Street View.

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7 hours ago, phillip_white said:

 

Drive through is shown on the Lovett site plan in the link above.

Ah, inside the garage. That makes more sense, thanks!

And wow, I'd really forgotten how bad that building looked before they got started.

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On 6/17/2021 at 9:37 AM, Andrew Ewert said:

My insurance would have preferred this were a Walgreens, but c'est la vie.

If that's how I lived my life, my insurance would prefer I didn't live in this neighborhood at all 😭

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Something about the windows at this building seems to be plaguing them. I can't tell you how many times I've seen windows installed, uninstalled, changed, boarded up, changed again, replaced with grating. They're out there working on them again today.

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1 hour ago, EaDolivin said:

When will they tear down that run-down building down the street with a liquor store and who knows what else in there?

I went in there a year or so ago and "mama" told me the store had sold and was closing....guess that didn't happen

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the facade when viewed from Leeland looks quite ok, but when you look at the 'back side'. woof.

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7448568,-95.356736,3a,34.3y,72.68h,92.57t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBc9DoHtuY8YW62YRyd7IRg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

this building is pretty unique in Houston, whenever a new building goes up in Houston someone says it was a missed opportunity for mixed use, and well, here's what is clearly a residential on top of first floor retail.

we don't need to build that urban density in the East End, it's already well established! :lol:

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13 hours ago, samagon said:

the facade when viewed from Leeland looks quite ok, but when you look at the 'back side'. woof.

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7448568,-95.356736,3a,34.3y,72.68h,92.57t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBc9DoHtuY8YW62YRyd7IRg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

this building is pretty unique in Houston, whenever a new building goes up in Houston someone says it was a missed opportunity for mixed use, and well, here's what is clearly a residential on top of first floor retail.

we don't need to build that urban density in the East End, it's already well established! :lol:

Woof indeed. Wtf is that??

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7 hours ago, Texasota said:

Poor maintenance of attached second gallery porches? It's not great, but it's not exactly shocking. It's also not a big deal from a renovation/rehabilitation perspective. 

I really want to see this renovated in the near future. Would make for a cool bar or restaurant.

It’s right near the top of my list in terms of buildings in that immediate area I’d like to see rehabilitated, along with the old Saragusa grocery store over on Canal near St. Charles.

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I think the mixed use development going up now will help kickstart some more development in the area. this will probably be one of the things that gets gobbled in that process.

hopefully for the fans of Brother's Taco, that one doesn't get gobbled too.

for me, one of the buildings I'd like to see redeveloped, and if I win the lottery, it will be on my list of things to do, the one time home of the Axiom, at McKinney and Live Oak. something about that building just speaks to me every time I drive by it, I want to see something good happen with it.

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7487171,-95.3512508,3a,75y,254.42h,85.93t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s_js4Xt_RYWsww8h8TTUIDQ!2e0!6shttps:%2F%2Fstreetviewpixels-pa.googleapis.com%2Fv1%2Fthumbnail%3Fpanoid%3D_js4Xt_RYWsww8h8TTUIDQ%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D299.865%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192

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40 minutes ago, samagon said:

for me, one of the buildings I'd like to see redeveloped, and if I win the lottery, it will be on my list of things to do, the one time home of the Axiom, at McKinney and Live Oak. something about that building just speaks to me every time I drive by it, I want to see something good happen with it.

Yup that’s another one on my list too. I’ll let you know if I win the lottery instead, and we can spearhead these efforts together. lol

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On 7/16/2021 at 11:58 AM, Andrew Ewert said:

Something about the windows at this building seems to be plaguing them. I can't tell you how many times I've seen windows installed, uninstalled, changed, boarded up, changed again, replaced with grating. They're out there working on them again today.

They were still working on the windows this morning. Still moving at a snails pace. The Tower next to the Hess building is going to be done before this and it started years earlier.  

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I think at one time the Axiom used to be a Askew's Drug store and the upstairs was a hotel. It later became a brothel then a liquor warehouse. I used to go to Axiom when it was open. Some up and coming bands played there including some band named Nirvana, Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, Social Distortion and many others. 

https://www.houstonpress.com/music/almost-everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-the-axiom-6491690

https://www.houstonpress.com/music/the-axiom-6574860

 

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