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I love the greenery setbacks, but the two phase aspect of the build has me worried that it will be quite some time before we ever see the finished product. When the economy finally tanks, a lot of these projects that still haven't gotten out of the ground will end up getting shelved.

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5 hours ago, cloud713 said:

I love the greenery setbacks, but the two phase aspect of the build has me worried that it will be quite some time before we ever see the finished product. When the economy finally tanks, a lot of these projects that still haven't gotten out of the ground will end up getting shelved.

 

medical field is recession proof.  It'll come up before you know it

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The US and Texas economy has ups and it has downs. There is nothing unusual about that. Houston's economy, especially the Med Center area, tends to have an upward trajectory. Look at photos of the TMC 30 or 20 years ago and look at it now

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1 hour ago, htownbro said:

 

medical field is recession proof.  It'll come up before you know it

I agree. Doctors medical professionals, and elderly that want to be lose to their doctors and hospitals.

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Yeah they have options here. The rendering depicts apartments as Phase II but if the multifamily market tanks they could go medical office, which means the building will end up being even taller (office levels are usually higher than apartment levels). Though I would prefer it to be multifamily due to it being in the core of TMC.

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5 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

 

Now thats a website...although they might want to make some corrections:

 

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If anyone was confused as I am about the site plan its because someone labeled the streets wrong.

 

Its alright Medistar I got your back.

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31 minutes ago, gclass said:

 

^^^ for GOD so love the world, that he gave houston...

 

Man, I am not particularly religious, but this seems borderline blasphemous.

 

That said, this building does look real purty. I would probably not compare it to Jesus, but it seems nice...

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3 hours ago, Response said:

That's right. God's a woman now. Try and keep up.

 

trans non-binary. I think you need to keep up. Like...come on man.

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17 hours ago, Luminare said:

 

trans non-binary. I think you need to keep up. Like...come on man.

 

20 hours ago, Response said:

That's right. God's a woman now. Try and keep up.

 

Both of you are assuming gender. Way behind the times.

 

He's a he.

 

And this tower is amazing.

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So with the addition of this, we’ll legit have three skylines that would rival any mid size/large city. Now if we could get get them all connected.

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8 hours ago, Montrose1100 said:

I like the design but the shape of the mid section throws me off. Also completely blocks the apartment tower of Downtown views.

It’s very Hudson Yards-esque. A blue glass behemoth that sticks out like a sore thumb just a little bit. 

I say this all in a good way. It’ll be awesome for the TMC and Houston!

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8 hours ago, Montrose1100 said:

I like the design but the shape of the mid section throws me off. Also completely blocks the apartment tower of Downtown views.


It's especially odd when its near a bunch of empty lots. 

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2 hours ago, EllenOlenska said:


It's especially odd when its near a bunch of empty lots. 

Very similar to the Hanover Montrose/La Colombe d’Or relationship.  A little too close for comfort.  It comes off as two towers invading each other’s personal space. . .

 

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Same thing in the Village with the new senior tower going up next to the Robinhood.

 

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Welcome to urban living.  Dense urban areas tend to have tall buildings built close to one another.  Although in this case, it's a little surprising they didn't put this tower on the southern end of their parcel and the hotel/apartment tower on the northern end.  I suppose they must have had a reason...

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24 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

Welcome to urban living.  Dense urban areas tend to have tall buildings built close to one another.  Although in this case, it's a little surprising they didn't put this tower on the southern end of their parcel and the hotel/apartment tower on the northern end.  I suppose they must have had a reason...

 

There is also a drive that will separate these two buildings, which by looking at it will be about 12ft. Plenty of space. Plus the functions of each tower are different. When most of the residents are home then most the people in the office tower will be gone (minus a few night owls). You are correct about your first point. This is normal life in cities like New York. Plus a person living in this tower is going to have privacy as less of a priority than proximity to TMC. Life is about trade-offs.

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8 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

Welcome to urban living.  Dense urban areas tend to have tall buildings built close to one another.  Although in this case, it's a little surprising they didn't put this tower on the southern end of their parcel and the hotel/apartment tower on the northern end.  I suppose they must have had a reason...

The key word here is “dense”.  Houston isn’t dense like New York.  Sure, if there are highrises all over the place, a developer can’t help but nestle his or her tall building up against another.  But c’mon, there are a myriad of opportunities to allow for a little breathing room between buildings here in Houston.  It just seems like an odd choice to me.

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11 hours ago, MarathonMan said:

The key word here is “dense”.  Houston isn’t dense like New York.  Sure, if there are highrises all over the place, a developer can’t help but nestle his or her tall building up against another.  But c’mon, there are a myriad of opportunities to allow for a little breathing room between buildings here in Houston.  It just seems like an odd choice to me.

 

If you ignore the natural Law of Proximity , then it doesn't make sense. While it looks like there is a ton of breathing room to space things out, if you analyze the area, the options to building in such close proximity to the medical center is getting pretty tight. If the amount of available land is constricted but you have a high demand for living closer to this area then you will get taller buildings and ones that start to cram against one another. This is already the case for the actual hospitals in TMC. Just look at it. They are all practically falling into one another. We will probably see the same for res. / hospitality / commercial as well. 

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I believe, aesthetically, the rule-of-three applies.  Two towers place near to one another can look awkward.  But, a group of three or more can look more natural. 

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5 minutes ago, Naviguessor said:

I believe, aesthetically, the rule-of-three applies.  Two towers place near to one another can look awkward.  But, a group of three or more can look more natural. 

They are one building 
They are two alone 
They are three together 

They are for each other

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On 4/28/2019 at 10:37 PM, Montrose1100 said:

I like the design but the shape of the mid section throws me off. Also completely blocks the apartment tower of Downtown views.

 

They thought about this when designing Latitude. If you look at the floorpan, the only units in the building that exclusively face downtown are sub 450 square foot micro units. Also, the views to downtown are mostly blocked anyway by other buildings, except maybe the upper floors.

 

https://www.latitudemedcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Latitude_M2.pdf

https://www.latitudemedcenter.com/virtual-tours/m2-showroom/

 

As a Southgate homeowner, I've actually read the deed restrictions. Those Northwest facing views, which are excellent, will never, ever be obstructed. I'm not thrilled with the extra traffic this will bring but accept that it's part of the price to be paid for living here, though additional steps should be taken to discourage cut through traffic.

 

The rooftop restaurant & bar is a cool feature. 

 

 

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On 6/7/2019 at 7:45 PM, houstontexasjack said:

I didn’t previously realize how much taller than the Latitude this one is intended to be. This looks to be in the neighborhood of 650’ plus based on the ad @ekdrm2d1 found.

 

 

For reference.  From the June 2019 TMC Pulse

https://www.tmc.edu/news/tmc-pulse/

 

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3 hours ago, gclass said:

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^^^ i for one simply cannot wait to see this most remarkable and brilliant edifice come into fruition.  INNOVATION TOWER is a prospective ROSE that is yearning to bloom...

stunningly poetic

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When is the start date?  Imagine if TAMU proceeds with their proposed towers.  Visitors will be more confused about where downtown is located. 😁 

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6 hours ago, Brandon55 said:

Can someone explain to me what is with this thread of just under 50 stories..latey in Houston?

 

From what I've heard 50 stories is a threshold where price per floor drastically increases. 

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1 hour ago, jmitch94 said:

 

From what I've heard 50 stories is a threshold where price per floor drastically increases. 

At least in my building, the 51st floor is where the elevator bank for the higher floors is, so I could certainly see increased costs related to elevators (among others).  Don't know if that is universal though.  

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23 hours ago, htownproud said:

At least in my building, the 51st floor is where the elevator bank for the higher floors is, so I could certainly see increased costs related to elevators (among others).  Don't know if that is universal though.  

 

this is my understanding - at or around 50 stories requires another elevator bank which not only adds mechanical costs but also requires additional square footage. 

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