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The villages on Allen parkway really create a problem. You remove them and you have a nice corridor going from this project straight into downtown. That corridor would be ideal for similar, mixed-use type projects along these lines, and you'd have a nice green belt across the street. Seems like an ideal way to expand downtown/increase urbanization. I understand that the villages have been designated as a historic neighborhood, but my common sense tells me that, if this project gets off the ground, there would have to be a developer willing to work with the city and the villages to relocate the people there to another site by "buying out" (or whatever the appropriate legal term would be) the historic neighborhood qualifier. But I might be wrong. In any event, seems like a really ideal way to connect montrose with downtown. 

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On 7/27/2017 at 10:52 PM, CREguy13 said:

Sorry tried to attach something and did not work.  Will try to find better attachment, but groundbreaking for Office is also scheduled for this fall and delivery is in winter of 2019.

 

The Allen -- Digital Preview -- Summer 2017.pdf

 

 

I don't know how I missed your post from this summer, @CREguy13. Thanks for sharing. The more I see visuals and read updates on The Allen and The Thompson Houston hotel, the more excited I get for this project. I love this forum and the developers who see the potential we've always known Houston to have. This city keeps getting better and better.

 

Here are hi-res images extracted from the pdf you provided (if any one wants them), that are clearer than the screenshots attached to the previous post (and easier to zoom in to see more details).





Introducing The Offices at the Allen: Houston’s most active, dynamic, energetic and coveted office space.

340,000 sf of class a office space at The Allen in Houston

Delivering Winter 2019



A higher-res rendering from the one previously posted here in May and April.

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A higher-res rendering from the one previously posted here in May.
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3 hours ago, houstontexasjack said:

Santa Urby, just slip a start date under the tree, for me...I’ve been an awfully good boy. :P


According to this post, construction was to begin in the fall. I'm assuming the hurricane affected those plans. Another post below that one, reported the retrieval of soil samples. If I had to take a stab, construction could begin in the first quarter of 2018 (I hope!)

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On 10/9/2017 at 0:05 AM, Urbannizer said:


From the above portfolio on The Allen, The Offices at The Allen, and The Thompson Houston Hotel:
 

THE ALLEN MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT Houston, Texas, USA
 

Located west of downtown Houston along the Buffalo Bayou, this luxury mixed-use development on Allen Parkway will feature a 42-story hotel and condominium tower, a 22-story office building and a retail pavilion. Green space connects all the architectural elements.
 

The orientation and design of the buildings provide clear, open sight lines. A consistent design concept focused on form, light, materiality and transparency ties together the three distinct components.
 

The hotel and condominium high-rise will be an iconic addition to Houston’s skyline. The tower is made up of three uniform volumes stacked horizontally, with a dramatic shift in the middle. Residents will enjoy expansive views of the park and city.
 

Luxury condominiums on the upper levels feature individual balconies with luxurious “plunge pools.” Amenities include a pool and terraced gardens. Thompson Hotels, a New York-based luxury hotel chain, will operate the 180-key hotel. The design creates a locally inspired Texas experience that incorporates Thompson’s brand DNA. incorporates Thompson’s brand DNA.

 

The adjacent office building with approximately 340,000 square feet of Class A office space will share the tower’s sleek, glazed look. The office tower will feature an interior park and a lively retail base.
 

With an organic form and smooth curves, the retail pavilion welcomes the public into the complex. The ground-level structure will house retail outlets as well as a high-end fitness facility overlooking the outdoor public areas.
 

Landscaped pathways, water features, outdoor seating and a civic art program encourage public activity on the site. A pedestrian overpass across Allen Parkway links the development to Buffalo Bayou Park.

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5 hours ago, Urbannizer said:


Here's another rendering (screenshot) I didn't see included in your above post, Urb. This was in the slide show on the home page.

It looks like a lobby and elevator area somewhere inside The Allen. I'm not if it's The Offices at The Allen or the residential. The Allen logo is between the elevators.

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5 hours ago, Urbannizer said:


Another link from the above website that I didn't see shared here, the link includes materials of The Allen and The Thompson Houston Hotel from October.

 

http://www.tianqingred.com/htm/201710/23_92.htm (archive link)


A site plan of The Allen

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Luxury By the Numbers

 

38 Floors | 180 Hotel Rooms | 100 Condominiums

 

Standard Features

• 24-hour concierge

• Valet parking

• Ample guest parking

• Views of Downtown, Galleria, and Buffalo Bayou

• Contemporary Design

• Stylish lobby

• Skybar & lounge

• World-class restaurant

• Ample meeting space

• Meeting and event planning support

• Pool deck with cabanas and pool bar

• Lavish spa

• State-of-the-art fitness center

• 24-hour room serivce

• Exquisite ballroom


Condominium Features

•  Soaring 10' Ceilings with 10' glass

• Integrated low voltage lighting

• European Bosch kitchen appliances (or equivalent)


 

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1 hour ago, terra002 said:

Looks cool, but you're landlocked between the federal reserve building and a housing project...

 

I don't have a problem with those apartments. They have been around for decades and in a city that tears everything down, that is rare. They have made them look nice as well. Sure it would be nice to expand downtown forever but with how many other areas can be built on, those apts sure get picked on a lot.

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So DC Partners is Randall Davis's main investor. I some how missed the relationship. I too hope it doesn't get Alessandrized.

 

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16 hours ago, thatguysly said:

 

I don't have a problem with those apartments. They have been around for decades and in a city that tears everything down, that is rare. They have made them look nice as well. Sure it would be nice to expand downtown forever but with how many other areas can be built on, those apts sure get picked on a lot.

 

The housing project can't be torn down for a while because it has a historic designation.

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1 hour ago, Triton said:

 

The housing project can't be torn down for a while because it has a historic designation.

 

So like 30 days?  (Isn’t that the waiting period)

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There's a listing for The Allen at 1701 Allen Parkway and 1700 Allen Parkway on Loopnet. Stream Realty is leasing spaces for The Offices at The Allen.

 

Here's the listing. Early 2020 is the expected date listed for possible completion.

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Nothing new.  They're trying to lease the office building, haven't had any deals yet but are getting interest from mid-sized energy firms and financial institutions.

 

I think the residential and hotel is slated to go forward with the office waiting on preleasing.

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1 hour ago, j_cuevas713 said:

I'm curious if anyone knows how we can land new types of business. Like how could we entice Facebook or Google to open offices here? 

as long as the popular culture and news media believes that the only "cool" places (and I use that term VERY loosely...) are dallas and austin, then Houston will continue to be left behind, no matter how large and diverse we are.  I've noticed this year after year, decade after decade.  Houston has never been able to successfully tout it's many many benefits that are so much better than any other city in Texas, without one or two of the other places cashing in on their own branding in order to steal the thunder, business and limelight of media and culture excitement.  and no, it isn't because dfw is a larger populous area (it is not.)  Plus, as a city, Houston is almost double the size in population of the next smaller city in Texas.  Evidence ?  Once again snubbed by a gigantic corporation - Amazon - but leaving the other two Texas candidates in the running.  I find this interesting and appalling at the same time.  But, what do I know, I only like to deal in facts and not propaganda.

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2 hours ago, roadrunner said:

Nothing new.  They're trying to lease the office building, haven't had any deals yet but are getting interest from mid-sized energy firms and financial institutions.

 

I think the residential and hotel is slated to go forward with the office waiting on preleasing.

 

That is what I thought but wasn't sure if any nuggets about construction start dates were in the article. Thanks.

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Glad to hear the residential/hotel is moving forward.  That'd be a nice addition for the skyline.  Alas, I think we will be out of the Lyric Centre long before this is complete, so I might not get to enjoy it in my western view. 

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1 hour ago, BlindTiger said:

Any updates on this project?  Is it for sure happening or are some big pieces still up in the air?

I walked by it yesterday. Seems to be no activity on site.

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On 4/12/2018 at 2:34 PM, jgriff said:

I walked by it yesterday. Seems to be no activity on site.

Bummer, that looks like a great project if it were to ever get off the ground. 

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On 4/12/2018 at 1:34 PM, jgriff said:

I walked by it yesterday. Seems to be no activity on site.

Well they did submit for the plat on Feb. We can then assume they went for Bid and Permit in March. It takes the city 3-4 weeks to spit out the permits (that's if there are no comments. If this is their first pass at permitting then no doubt they will get comments especially when the latest changes to construction near a bayou I would assume its something people have to alter new construction too). I say we see movement on the site May'ish or June'ish.

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Now you need to develop those other empty lots off Allen Parkway into something similar and trash the villages and you're onto something nice. 

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I've long thought that you could turn Allen Parkway into a version of the miracle mile with developments like this. You'd have the bayou/park on the north and mixed use along the south heading right into downtown.

 

 

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A few months ago a friend, who works at Equinox, and another friend, who works at Stream Realty, both told me that Equinox will be opening their second Houston location here. That should be an indication of the quality of retail they’re seeking and that this project is definitely moving forward. 

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41 minutes ago, Urbannizer said:

Any updates here? This was originally planned to break ground earlier this year.

 

Aren't you the one who gets these for us?

 

;-)

 

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57 minutes ago, Urbannizer said:

Any updates here? This was originally planned to break ground earlier this year.

 

I am almost confident there has been no activity here. I am pretty disappointed.. I was really excited for this development.

 

Allen parkway curse? Midway / Regent Sq / Allen dev?

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On ‎8‎/‎6‎/‎2018 at 5:08 PM, Avossos said:

 

I am almost confident there has been no activity here. I am pretty disappointed.. I was really excited for this development.

 

Allen parkway curse? Midway / Regent Sq / Allen dev?

 

If it looks too good to be true...

 

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I live in the apartments butting up to the development and saw a group of men in business attire walking across the lot the other morning. They looked to have rolls of plans with them and we pointing around chatting... but I’m not sure what that could mean. 

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