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What's being built here? (In Midtown, at intersection of Pierce, Brazos, St. Joseph, Heiner)

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Construction started on this little wedge of Houston terra firma right after the new year. The location is adjacent to the Houston Technology Center & the old Boy Scout office (most recently Mr Peeples).

 

Location is between Pierce / St. Joseph Pkwy (or 45 Pierce Elevated) & Heiner / Brazos. https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7527004,-95.3748876,132m/data=!3m1!1e3

 

There also appears to be a bit of site work occurring on the even smaller triangular piece across Heiner from this & directly north of the old Boy Scout office. That 2nd piece of land nearly shares the parking lot of that Boy Scout office.

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This area had been used for construction equipment and storage when they were redoing Bagby a few years ago....

 

Is it just being used for a similar thing now or are they actually building something ?

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I know what you mean regarding equipment staging or storage. There's definite site development working occurring here.

 

That dirt mound in the middle is all fresh dirt brought to the site & piled about 12-15 high. The tractors are turning soil all the way to the north side of the property where the entrance ramp at I-45 from St. Joseph Pkwy. It's a misleadingly large parcel.

 

(Random aside ... looks like Lorenzo's is coming to either where The Republic or Mr Peeples were located. Signs announcing "Now Hiring" at both locations. Too bad Black Finn couldn't come back.)

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I think you re on the right track. This looks like a site improvement for Super Bowl. It is on a ramp to 45 so they probably wanted to spruce up this area.

Looks like a berm to me and I bet they bring in landscaping. I think its a good idea if thats whats being done. Every little bit helps. 

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or another Astoria...that looks to be about the lot size! 

 

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I never understand why little pedestrian islands like this aren't paved over with trees planted and maybe a couple of benches and tables. All medians in this city. Not saying you would want to hang on a median on Buffalo Speedway but at least make them fully accessible to pedestrians. 

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1 hour ago, H-Town Man said:

This will be a cool area with the backdrop of those buildings once the freeway is gone.

 

 

only gonna cost us 6 billion dollars to do it too.

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I was going to mention that I just drove down Elgin across Bagby and the land next to the ramp is being landscaped. There are about 6 or 8 medium sized oak trees that really never said much but now they are going to be accented with the landscaping. I know you were just being sarcastic Samagon, but this landscaping whatever it cost will make the area have a finished, manicured, beautiful look and it will give the area a sense of place.

So don't be so cynical and look to the positive side that this is just one more area that will look like it was well planned and not just a campground for street people.

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On 1/5/2017 at 5:02 PM, bobruss said:

I was going to mention that I just drove down Elgin across Bagby and the land next to the ramp is being landscaped. There are about 6 or 8 medium sized oak trees that really never said much but now they are going to be accented with the landscaping. I know you were just being sarcastic Samagon, but this landscaping whatever it cost will make the area have a finished, manicured, beautiful look and it will give the area a sense of place.

So don't be so cynical and look to the positive side that this is just one more area that will look like it was well planned and not just a campground for street people.

 

I'm not cynical about making what we can beautiful. I was responding to the person who said that the view would be much better when the pierce elevated was gone. cost estimates for the i45 realignment are about 6 billion, that is what I was responding to. 

 

If someone is going to make a comment about how beautiful things will look without the pierce elevated, I'm going to try to bring a little perspective to the table.

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Added bonus of security helicopter flybys for Super Bowl LI. This guy tilted his prop when he flew between the Mickey Leeland building the adjacent one to its south.

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Was hoping for a little more depth with the landscaping. Having said that, it's better than before.

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On 1/31/2017 at 11:27 AM, Avabamse said:

Updated photo of the mound / entrance to Midtown. View looking north.

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ha, looks like a chia pet!

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42 minutes ago, bobruss said:

I applaud this project. Lets face it this was a no mans island and now its a hill and once the landscape has had time to take and the trees get a little older it will be a very nice change of pace for midtown. I applaud the sculptural shape of what was a very nondescript piece of dead zone. I want to see more of these little details that give the city more of a well planned finished look. Instead of belittling these small details more of you should think before making unwarranted comments. It shows a lack of thoughtful consideration for the public realm. 

I couldn't agree more... Being a landscape guy, I would have done it a little differently but, it is a nice step forward.

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56 minutes ago, bobruss said:

I applaud this project. Lets face it this was a no mans island and now its a hill and once the landscape has had time to take and the trees get a little older it will be a very nice change of pace for midtown. I applaud the sculptural shape of what was a very nondescript piece of dead zone. I want to see more of these little details that give the city more of a well planned finished look. Instead of belittling these small details more of you should think before making unwarranted comments. It shows a lack of thoughtful consideration for the public realm. 

Agreed, huge upgrade.  I look forward to more of these little finishing details going up around the city.  These are the minute details that you probably don't really notice when they look nice, but you complain about being seedy or run down when they are neglected.  Keep bringing on these little projects all day.

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