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On 7/3/2020 at 10:36 PM, Highrise Tower said:

 

The office building has appeared to stop. No activity in 2 months.

 

Good news (hopefully)... there were quite a few guys working on the office component today, or at least doing something on top of the one floor that has been constructed. I'm wondering if maybe they pushed it back to utilize one of the cranes from the residential component and that way delay completion of the office part a bit until there is more demand? We'll see.

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MetroNational office project on hold, but President Jason Johnson not worried about Memorial City's future

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/08/19/metronational-president-talks-memorial-city.html

 

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Houston-based MetroNational's plans to build a nine-story office tower in Memorial City are on hold as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

 

But company President Jason Johnson said there are reasons to remain optimistic about the prospects for new office buildings in Houston — at least in certain parts of the city.

Johnson told the Houston Business Journal that Memorial City in west Houston is ideally positioned to bounce back on the office front, once the pandemic recedes.

 

And he's prepared to put his money where his mouth is.

 

Johnson expects MetroNational’s planned nine-story office tower at 9753 Katy Freeway to move ahead once the building environment returns to a less volatile state. Construction crews broke ground on the project earlier this year, only to put it on hold once Covid-19 hit.

 

“Regarding the office component, we’re taking a pause on that one so we can see what the office environment looks like in the coming months,” Johnson said. “We made that decision because we all agreed that to come out of the ground with a project costing millions at a time when we don’t know what the environment is going to look like was not a prudent decision.”

 

 

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Not sure what's going on, but after rising pretty quickly this seems to have slowed wayyyyy down. They are definitely still working, but I haven't seen any appreciable progress in weeks/months. You would think they would start putting some windows in the tower by now, but nope. 

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Back in town and took this shot when I was filling up at the HEB across the freeway. The penthouse floors and maybe the one below it can be seen through still, from what I recall. It does make a mark and obscures much of the Memorial Hermann Tower for some distance from the east, for those who care about that impact.

 

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On 12/5/2020 at 10:04 PM, asubrt said:

The other tower crane came down today, but there continues to be minimal apparent progress despite continued work. Still lacking most windows except for the lowest floors of the tower.

They are FINALLY up to the top two floors with the windows. This is taking forever, it seemed to be rising quickly at first but now it reminds me of Block 334 downtown that took like 4 years to finish for a midrise apartment complex. 

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3 hours ago, Paco Jones said:

It looks like the 9753 nine-story office building is slated to start back up the first of quarter 2022.  Changes on the exterior, so permits were required.

Awesome! It's been weird seeing it just sitting there with the first above ground floor poured and rebar sticking out for months. 

Also they were putting up signage on the top of the east face of the residential high-rise this morning, looked pretty good but they only had "McK" when I drove by so we'll see how the whole thing looks.

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The Discovery Green of Memorial? How a Houston developer plans to transform The Lawn

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MetroNational, the Houston developer and owner of Memorial City, aims to create a community space in its plans for expanding The Lawn at Memorial City.

Near Interstate 10 and Bunker Hill, The Lawn will serve as a venue for festivals, markets, movies and concerts throughout the year and a place for nearby office workers and apartment dwellers to get some fresh air or have an impromptu meeting. The Lawn is next to Hotel ZaZa Memorial City and The McKinley, MetroNational’s new 25-story apartment tower.

MetroNational is using space previously designated for a restaurant to expand The Lawn to 30,000 square feet. Plans call for a covered structure and performance space called The Arbor, seating areas, water features, play equipment, game tables and a restaurant. The space could accommodate about 250 people at live performances and could be rented for private events such as weddings.

“With COVID happening and everything else, greenspace was something that just about everyone was clamoring for,” said Jason Johnson, president of MetroNational. “We think it’s going to be something that’s going to last for a long time and going to be utilized by everybody.”

The project will feature a series of shaded gathering areas and courtyards. Five live oak trees that were moved off-site to make way for The McKinley apartments nearly four years ago are being returned and used in the expansion, along with smaller elm and oak trees.

The work will more than double the size of The Lawn, which opened in 2017. Construction is underway with completion planned in December.

MatroNational’s Memorial City development spans 300 acres, with almost 10 million square feet of space in hotels, medical buildings, retail stores, offices and apartments.

While MetroNational is still developing a master plan for the Sears site at Memorial City Mall, greenspace will definitely factor in, Johnson said. The mall is being redeveloped after Sears closed and was razed last year.

The Lawn is near 1.5 million square feet of newer office buildings in Memorial City, Johnson said. The space, which includes tenants such as Air Liquide, Murphy Exploration and Nexen, is 95 percent leased.

Also in the Memorial area, Levcor is redesigning its MarqE retail complex near Interstate 10 at Silber with outdoor gathering areas and shade structures.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Memorial-City-developer-unveils-plans-for-16517499.php

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