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I wish there was a proposal for putting in some kind of track crossing into cottage grove, because right now the site is really only accessible from Washington. If I lived in Cottage Grove I would love to walk or bike to something like this, but that becomes a lot less appealing if I have to go out of my way and take a pretty unappealing stretch of road.

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That's... probably a good sign. I've been really impressed by Conservatory, so hopefully this ends up being another great project.

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Why on earth do they not align the access drive with the crossover?  As it is, this site can only be reached from westbound Washington - which makes getting to it from the actual Timbergrove or any points west a real PITA.

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This is the 2nd proposed motorized parking garage I've seen in the last few months (the other on White Oak). Without that structured parking, all that park space would be a surface lot.

 

If these types of motorized parking structures take hold, it reduces the land value per sf at which it makes economic sense to go from surface to structured parking, and can potentially increase commercial density by a factor of 2x.

 

 

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Yeah, I reside not too far from this project. Drive by it daily on my way home. They've been doing a lot of work on it already.  Manufactured Metal frame buildings like this are hard to modify, so its great they were able to get it done. 

I agree with the connection to cottage grove to the back side of this property. However, there are plans to eventually continue the white-oak bike trail along this rail spur and down to Memorial park. Perhaps it would connect with this. 

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Ok guys, this is literally not in the Heights. It is definitely *nowhere near* the "heart of the historic Houston Heights." Doubling down like that doesn't make it any more true.

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On 11/18/2018 at 0:06 AM, Texasota said:

Ok guys, this is literally not in the Heights. It is definitely *nowhere near* the "heart of the historic Houston Heights." Doubling down like that doesn't make it any more true.

 

"Historic" is just a bit of verbal seasoning that always seems to accompany the term "Houston Heights," much the same way "crumbling" always seems to accompany "infrastructure."

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I'm late to finding this topic but this has some similarities to the Legacy Hall concept in Frisco, TX.  My brother lives a block away from it so we went there back in January, very cool spot!  It's A-framed like this building and has three floors...first floor is a food hall with restaurants lining the outer perimeter, second floor has more seating, a couple bar areas and the third floor is a brewery/restaurant.  There is also an outdoor stage for live music and performances and you can view it from the second and third floors.  I'm excited for this to open now, it should be a pretty popular venue if done right.

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16 minutes ago, brijonmang said:

I'm late to finding this topic but this has some similarities to the Legacy Hall concept in Frisco, TX.  My brother lives a block away from it so we went there back in January, very cool spot!  It's A-framed like this building and has three floors...first floor is a food hall with restaurants lining the outer perimeter, second floor has more seating, a couple bar areas and the third floor is a brewery/restaurant.  There is also an outdoor stage for live music and performances and you can view it from the second and third floors.  I'm excited for this to open now, it should be a pretty popular venue if done right.

 

On the topic of Legacy Hall:  Seventh Local Chef Exits Legacy Hall

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On 5/21/2019 at 11:45 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:

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    The main purpose of this location was to find something centrally located yet underserved and relatively affordable piece of dirt that allowed us to charge the rents we’re able to charge in hopes of attracting mom and pops, local farmers, local artisans etc. When surveying location the behind the scenes numbers play a big part in making sure it’s a viable venture for everyone involved. This location is also actually very bike-able as there is a bike trail and bike station being built under the overpass. It’s an underserved area that has tons of development including over 1000 new luxury townhomes but not a lot of grocery stores, bars or restaurants. It’s centrally located with quick and easy access to Memorial, downtown, galleria, heights, montrose and Washington Military areas important for the guests coming from all over parts of town and beyond.

 

 

 

There is an off-street bike trail in the Houston Bike Plan that would run from the current end point of the MKT trail (White Oak bayou near TC Jester), along Southern Pacific right-of-way, past this site, then on to Memorial Park and beyond (the map shows it connecting to a planned off-street trail along Sims bayou, 6+ miles south of this site). While this is in the bike plan for eventual construction, this answer seems to imply it's already underway.

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40 minutes ago, Angostura said:

 

 

There is an off-street bike trail in the Houston Bike Plan that would run from the current end point of the MKT trail (White Oak bayou near TC Jester), along Southern Pacific right-of-way, past this site, then on to Memorial Park and beyond (the map shows it connecting to a planned off-street trail along Sims bayou, 6+ miles south of this site). While this is in the bike plan for eventual construction, this answer seems to imply it's already underway.

 

I believe this was a project presented to HGAC by Houston TxDOT and it received funding for the FY2022. 

 

Link to full PDF of projects: http://www.h-gac.com/2018-call-for-projects/documents/2018-call-for-project-tpc-rankings.pdf

 

It was ranked #13. 

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I think that project is the connection between the bike path on the north bank of White Oak bayou to the MKT trail near Studewood.

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2 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

 

It does. The last time I drove by this was May. Exterior work has come a long way since then. I want to see progress pictures of the interior.

 

I reside about 5 minutes from this development, I know the developers were on the local neighborhood facebook group scheduling and discussing a hard-hat tour a few days ago. If I see any photos online I'll bring them over.

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25 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:



That would be awesome!

This development is going to be transformative. I love everything about this, most of all the possibility of shipping container apartments. Hopefully, Easy Park and Verde will build both multi-family residences and a boutique hotel on site. In the above posts, it's something that's on the table.

 

Yeah, I've been pretty impressed by this development.

 

Little structural engineering tidbit here. The original building is a pre-fab metal building. These buildings are common for warehouses and small factories. Now what makes them kind of interesting is that companies that manufacture these pre-fab metal buildings design them right up to the limits of the code: At the time of construction. This is important, because if a metal building was put up in 1980, the entire wind resisting system would have (likely) been designed right up to 99 percent utilization, in accordance to the code at the time. Fast forward to 2019. The Engineer would have been changing the wind profile of the building and changin the occupancy category. Two items that trigger and update of the wind resisting system of the building. For a building like this: That is expensive! 

 

I've had a few projects with these metal buildings that never got off the ground once the real costs started to dawn on owners. I think my favorite story with metal was when owners purchased a prefab metal building in 2002, but didnt build it. Then in 2018, tried to build it. CoH didnt allow the permit with drawings signed in sealed over a decade ago until it was validated under modern code provisions. I remember our fee to upgrade the building was sufficiently high that the owners elected to sell the old metal building to someone under less restrictive wind-code and just buy a brand new one.  

 

Anyway, long story short, neat and likely difficult project. 

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This looks to be coming together nicely. 

 

Without a garage in phase I, I’m not sure how they would handle overflow. I don’t believe this is the type of location where you can just look for street parking. 

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21 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Damn this is impressive!

 

I think this is going to be very popular for that area. Its practically a food desert.

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