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Caydon does some interesting smaller scale things in Melbourne. I’d love to see what they might do with the Chelsea property, across from the Hampstead, on Blodgett for example.

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12 hours ago, TheSirDingle said:

I could see them buying up all of Midtown, and making it a little Australia. 150+ m residential towers, and Vegemite sandwiches as far as the eye can see. A glorious future that brings a tear to my eyes. 

And pourover coffee galore!! Can’t wait.

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13 hours ago, TheSirDingle said:

I could see them buying up all of Midtown, and making it a little Australia. 150+ m residential towers, and Vegemite sandwiches as far as the eye can see. A glorious future that brings a tear to my eyes. 

 

They should sponsor some sort of kangaroo exhibit at the zoo for some extra publicity.

 

(The forum groans as H-Town invokes the kangaroo cliché.)

 

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On 5/28/2019 at 8:09 AM, AREJAY said:


FAA shows the 600 foot "Tower C" has a construction timeline from 12/2019 to 11/2022

and 570 foot "Tower A" has the same construction dates 

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=403884614&row=240

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=403884593&row=257

 

Overview
Study (ASN): 2019-ASW-5459-OE
Prior Study:  
Status: Work In Progress
   
Received Date: 04/26/2019
Entered Date: 04/26/2019
Map: View Map
Construction Info     Structure Summary
Notice Of: CONSTR
Duration: PERM    (Months: 0    Days: 0)
Work Schedule: 12/13/2019  to  11/09/2022
   
   
Structure Type: Building
Structure Name: Tower C2
FCC Number:  
   
Structure Details     Height and Elevation
Latitude (NAD 83): 29° 44' 39.49" N
Longitude (NAD 83): 95° 22' 25.72" W
Datum: NAD 83
City: Houston
State: TX
Nearest County: Harris
   
 
Proposed
Site Elevation:
44
Structure Height:
600
Total Height (AMSL):
644
 
Frequencies
Low Freq High Freq Unit ERP Unit
Overview
Study (ASN): 2019-ASW-5454-OE
Prior Study:  
Status: Work In Progress
   
Received Date: 04/26/2019
Entered Date: 04/26/2019
Map: View Map
Construction Info     Structure Summary
Notice Of: CONSTR
Duration: PERM    (Months: 0    Days: 0)
Work Schedule: 12/13/2019  to  11/09/2022
   
   
Structure Type: Building
Structure Name: Tower A1
FCC Number:  
   
Structure Details     Height and Elevation
Latitude (NAD 83): 29° 44' 39.32" N
Longitude (NAD 83): 95° 22' 27.90" W
Datum: NAD 83
City: Houston
State: TX
Nearest County: Harris
   
 
Proposed
Site Elevation:
44
Structure Height:
570
Total Height (AMSL):
614
 
Frequencies
Low Freq High Freq Unit ERP Unit

 

 

Previous heights from the FAA listing posted in 2017: 544' and 631'.

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14 minutes ago, Nate_56 said:

Is the Sky Lobby open again?

 

I have a badge.

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On 5/28/2019 at 7:52 PM, TheSirDingle said:

I could see them buying up all of Midtown, and making it a little Australia. 150+ m residential towers, and Vegemite sandwiches as far as the eye can see. A glorious future that brings a tear to my eyes. 

 

I don't think I'd want to drive there, it would be difficult enough remembering which way to look when crossing the street.

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10 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

Ralph interviews Joe Russo of Caydon. Phase II begins 1Q 2020. He says they have "Towers A and B worked up." Not sure if the current highrise is Tower A or if we are getting two more towers in Phase II. The weak Australian dollar is a headwind but not a serious problem.

 

http://realtynewsreport.com/2019/06/12/australian-developer-goes-bold-in-midtown-houston-qa-with-caydons-joe-russo/

 

The quote about Towers A and B is in response to a question about Laneways, so it certainly reads as though it's 2 more towers (he said optimistically)

 

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9 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

Ralph interviews Joe Russo of Caydon. Phase II begins 1Q 2020. He says they have "Towers A and B worked up." Not sure if the current highrise is Tower A or if we are getting two more towers in Phase II. The weak Australian dollar is a headwind but not a serious problem.

 

http://realtynewsreport.com/2019/06/12/australian-developer-goes-bold-in-midtown-houston-qa-with-caydons-joe-russo/

 

Reads to me that Towers A and B are both Laneways, so two for Phase II. I like this guy. Straight shooter and gave good info and not typical sound bites.

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Reads to me that Towers A and B are both Laneways, so two for Phase II. I like this guy. Straight shooter and gave good info and not typical sound bites.

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24 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

Ralph interviews Joe Russo of Caydon. Phase II begins 1Q 2020. He says they have "Towers A and B worked up." Not sure if the current highrise is Tower A or if we are getting two more towers in Phase II. The weak Australian dollar is a headwind but not a serious problem.

 

http://realtynewsreport.com/2019/06/12/australian-developer-goes-bold-in-midtown-houston-qa-with-caydons-joe-russo/

 

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Houston Laneways project materials call for a 2.5 million SF mixed-use development spanning three city blocks bordered by Main, Fannin, Tuam and MacGregor streets. 

I get Main, Fannin and Tuam, but MacGregor is further south of Tuam.  Not sure if this is correct.

 

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So 2 more towers for phase II...that makes 3 total including the Drewery.

 

Does that leave 2 more towers for a future phase since the topic for this thread indicates 5 total?

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14 minutes ago, CaptainJilliams said:

So 2 more towers for phase II...that makes 3 total including the Drewery.

 

Does that leave 2 more towers for a future phase since the topic for this thread indicates 5 total?

 

That's correct, site plan of Laneways from a brochure posted back in March:

 

 

Also in the brochure (Pg. 9): "Five towers will form the foundation of this residential community with exciting retail offerings on the ground floor"

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Five towers? Who even has enough money to build five towers/buildings?

 

This guy has more faith in Midtown than probably half the people on this forum. If this even gets to a completed phase II, and lets say he forgoes the last two buildings, this is still a massively transformative project for that space. And they are close to the "innovation district" so lets say some techie wants to stay at a hotel close by, its going to be his hotel. They want to go to retail? Its probably his shops. 

 

I'm excited, don't take me wrong, but I almost can't believe that they are proceeding with Phase II with as much gusto as that article states. Its almost like Midtown won some kind of lottery. 

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4 hours ago, CaptainJilliams said:

So 2 more towers for phase II...that makes 3 total including the Drewery.

 

Does that leave 2 more towers for a future phase since the topic for this thread indicates 5 total?

 

He said in the interview that they will have to see what they do with the last block.

 

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37 minutes ago, X.R. said:

Five towers? Who even has enough money to build five towers/buildings?

 

This guy has more faith in Midtown than probably half the people on this forum. If this even gets to a completed phase II, and lets say he forgoes the last two buildings, this is still a massively transformative project for that space. And they are close to the "innovation district" so lets say some techie wants to stay at a hotel close by, its going to be his hotel. They want to go to retail? Its probably his shops. 

 

I'm excited, don't take me wrong, but I almost can't believe that they are proceeding with Phase II with as much gusto as that article states. Its almost like Midtown won some kind of lottery. 

 

This is the plan from the brochure Urby posted a few pages ago:

 

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20 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

 

You act like this was out in Sealy somewhere. Massive investment has gone into this neighborhood including a zero-setback Whole Foods, Rice University is pouring money out of a firehose a short distance away, and I am fairly certain it leads all neighborhoods in Houston in population growth for the past three decades. The question shouldn't be, "Why is this place getting Uptown-style development," but rather, "Why hasn't it yet?"

 

 

Considering our climate as well, I hope other developments take cues from this development and create more alleys. Theres just not enough cozy shaded walkways to be somewhat comfortable and walk around in the summer months. Once this gets fleshed out, it along with the older developments on Bagby and Gray St. will be the poster childs of how to approach development in this area. Now we just need to get that minimum parking requirement exemption extended and things will really get rolling.

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I am not as surprised about the massive investment in midtown. Midtown in the 1980's and into the mid 1990's was derelict and run down. The change in the last twenty years has been amazing. Considering midtown is close to downtown with all it's sports and entertainment venues, the Theater district, Rice U, the museum district, Hermann Park, etc I would be surprised if it had not developed.

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2 hours ago, X.R. said:

Five towers? Who even has enough money to build five towers/buildings?

 

This guy has more faith in Midtown than probably half the people on this forum. If this even gets to a completed phase II, and lets say he forgoes the last two buildings, this is still a massively transformative project for that space. And they are close to the "innovation district" so lets say some techie wants to stay at a hotel close by, its going to be his hotel. They want to go to retail? Its probably his shops. 

 

I'm excited, don't take me wrong, but I almost can't believe that they are proceeding with Phase II with as much gusto as that article states. Its almost like Midtown won some kind of lottery. 

 

Someone's living under a rock

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3 hours ago, Luminare said:

 

Considering our climate as well, I hope other developments take cues from this development and create more alleys. Theres just not enough cozy shaded walkways to be somewhat comfortable and walk around in the summer months. Once this gets fleshed out, it along with the older developments on Bagby and Gray St. will be the poster childs of how to approach development in this area. Now we just need to get that minimum parking requirement exemption extended and things will really get rolling.

I agree regarding the walkways. We just moved offices to Midtown, and I didn’t realize how much hotter my lunchtime walks would be without shade from the skyscrapers to intermittently cower under. 

 

 

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Whatever happened to the renderings somebody posted here? I never saw it but I think there were two large towers?

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22 minutes ago, Triton said:

Whatever happened to the renderings somebody posted here? I never saw it but I think there were two large towers?

 

I believe the company threatened legal action if HAIF didn't take them down. 

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23 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

 

But that other 0.1% of you wonders if Russo is building this thing all the way down to Hermann Park.

 

You never know with Caydon. These Aussies could single-handedly merge the downtown and med center skylines. 

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11 hours ago, Triton said:

Whatever happened to the renderings somebody posted here? I never saw it but I think there were two large towers?

 

11 hours ago, jmitch94 said:

 

I believe the company threatened legal action if HAIF didn't take them down. 

 

This website apparently doesn't care about take-down requests:

https://skyrisecities.com/database/projects/district

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17 hours ago, Twinsanity02 said:

I am not as surprised about the massive investment in midtown. Midtown in the 1980's and into the mid 1990's was derelict and run down. The change in the last twenty years has been amazing. Considering midtown is close to downtown with all it's sports and entertainment venues, the Theater district, Rice U, the museum district, Hermann Park, etc I would be surprised if it had not developed.

and proximity to the Medical Center as well!

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43 minutes ago, Triton said:

I guess that's what I was kind of asking. Was curious if there was any source out there. But I could have sworn we had different renderings than that?

 

Negative, same renderings.

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18 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

 

He said in the interview that they will have to see what they do with the last block.

 

That last block involves the question of whether they purchase the Green Sheet building.

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9 minutes ago, Diaspora said:

That last block involves the question of whether they purchase the Green Sheet building.

 

The Greensheet building (1000 McGowen) was purchased by a separate entity back in 2016.

 

 

Renovations have yet to begin which makes me think they are working with Caydon to open up the backside to the Laneway that will lead to the building.

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What I really like when I look at the rendering again is that the building that they are finishing up looks exactly like what they have built so far. Hopefully that comes true with the rest of the development. 

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Sorry if I missed someone else posting it, but there’s a billboard on 59S before the Fannin exit 

 

edit: I took a pic and tried to upload but I’m still woefully inept at it. Here’s a link. 

 

http://imgur.com/fbWwpZw

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2 hours ago, corbs315 said:

Sorry if I missed someone else posting it, but there’s a billboard on 59S before the Fannin exit 

 

edit: I took a pic and tried to upload but I’m still woefully inept at it. Here’s a link. 

 

http://imgur.com/fbWwpZw

 

Thanks!

 

The trick with Imgur is to upload the image, then right click on the image itself to copy the image URL. Don't copy the sharing link that Imgur gives you or the URL from your browser.

 

Then you can add the picture to your HAIF post by using the "Insert other media" in the lower right corner and pasting in the image URL.

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7 minutes ago, Alec said:

 

Thanks!

 

The trick with Imgur is to upload the image, then right click on the image itself to copy the image URL. Don't copy the sharing link that Imgur gives you or the URL from your browser.

 

Then you can add the picture to your HAIF post by using the "Insert other media" in the lower right corner and pasting in the image URL.

 

I use imgur too. What I do is simply click on the image and then to the right of the image are a bunch of options to get the url. There is an option second from the bottom which is called "BBCode" which is something specifically used for forums and message boards. All you do is click the copy button and the ctrl+v paste it into wherever in your text description. When you are done writing your reply comment to or posting in the thread then it will show once you do "submit".

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11 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

 

We still have billboards on telephone poles. Old Houston.

 

 

I never realized those were basically telephone poles. Mind. Blown. 

 

Lights are coming on downstairs in the building, but I don't know if they are gonna make their July deadline. If they somehow do it, is there a HAIF star for non-delayed projects that can be given to them? 😂 

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13 hours ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

Leasing, Resident & Retail Parking.

 

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Rooftop garden materials:

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When a development starts years after Camden and still manages to finish their building and sidewalks/streetscape before them.

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