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Montrose Collective: Office Building With Retail At 888 Westheimer Rd.


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5 hours ago, Texasota said:

Green Street needed a residential component. This benefits from being surrounded by houses. And hopefully lots of residential at the old Tower Community/Shopping Center site.

Also, having a Houston Public Library integrated into the design practically guarantees that this won't be a ghost development.

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15 hours ago, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

does the name Green Street ring a bell? It flopped. Not even the new offices will help. (now that I no longer work in that building I can talk all the flurf and truth bomb all I want)

That's not even on the same level as Montrose Collective. The design isn't comparable either. 

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Grant St is a clusterf..k with traffic. I saw a bobtail truck loaded with pipe on the north side trying to get on it to get unloaded and an 18 wheeler with black brick on the south side trying to get in and unloaded.  2 personal vehicles trying to weave their way around all this. I don't know why they don't just shut it off to any vehicles not related to the project at California St and on Montrose. I guess people got to get their lattes and sushi no matter what. It's like a Frogger game over here.

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On 5/7/2021 at 6:54 PM, hindesky said:

I guess people got to get their lattes and sushi no matter what. It's like a Frogger game over here.

Heaven forfend that they leave their ultimate driving machines at home and walk a couple of blocks.
But in the New Montrose, it seems that actual pedestrians in a walkable neighborhood are viewed with contempt and suspicion. 

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5 hours ago, Response said:

Can you believe that we actually once lived like THIS!! 🤮 WJGJj9D.jpg

Never forget where you came from, but YUCK! 

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Welcome to fabulousness, Houston! One block at a time.

I miss the old strip center 🥱🥱🥱

 

Lol jk 😏

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On 5/14/2021 at 11:41 AM, jmitch94 said:

The silvery black of these bricks remind me of the weathered cedar shingled houses of the north east. 

If you want to use it yourself it’s the Manganese Ironspot brick from Cloud Ceramics. Fairly cost competitive vs boring red brick. 

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19 minutes ago, Pumapayam said:

Are there any plans to widen Westheimer from Bagby/Brazos to Montrose?

I feel like there are doing so much building and cleaning up...but the 4 lanes are so narrow.

There is no way to widen lower Westheimer without taking out sidewalks, I doubt that's going to happen. Repaving would make a big difference.

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6 hours ago, Pumapayam said:

Are there any plans to widen Westheimer from Bagby/Brazos to Montrose?

I feel like there are doing so much building and cleaning up...but the 4 lanes are so narrow.

I think the latest plans were to make it two lane with a turning lane and cutouts for bus stops.

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7 hours ago, Pumapayam said:

Are there any plans to widen Westheimer from Bagby/Brazos to Montrose?

I feel like there are doing so much building and cleaning up...but the 4 lanes are so narrow.

I, in turn, still think it is too wide. Make it a one lane road and make the sidewalks wider, add a bike lane, and plant more trees

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6 hours ago, BeerNut said:

I think the latest plans were to make it two lane with a turning lane and cutouts for bus stops.

Adding a streetcar and using the outside lanes to widen sidewalks is my dream.

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23 hours ago, cityliving said:

Houston Public Library-Montrose Branch building under construction-Steel going up.

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That’s the kind of density I like to see! Just curious, how was this approved if each business on this block needs a certain amount of parking due to parking mins? 

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35 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

That’s the kind of density I like to see! Just curious, how was this approved if each business on this block needs a certain amount of parking due to parking mins? 

Shared parking with the development across the street

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51 minutes ago, HNathoo said:

Shared parking with the development across the street

This is correct. Shared parking with the main building across the street. Office daytime use is balanced out with nighttime and weekend restaurant and retail uses. Fairly standard practice in mixed use developments. 

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In theory, could the Burger Joint and Aladdin work out a deal to share parking with the new development as well?  That small shared parking lot off of Montrose is always a cluster.....it would be great to see it repurposed for to-go orders only and/or some expanded patio for both restaurants.

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I love that retail will be coming.

Let me also go out on a limb.........I believe “drawing” in customers is a high priority to success. Besides the myth of Montrose acting as a magnetic of sorts; I have my own “pie in the sky” solutions to bring in more people.

Why not have small  unleased spaces  have a courtesy display ( developers waive rents) of  artifacts about “what things were before”— maybe the artifacts from Mary’s. Or maybe COH historical artifacts? Perhaps the “M” statue ?  Change displays ever 2 months are so.....pack all up if space gets leased.....move to new courtesy space....draw more people....repeat. 
if successful, try small experiment in empty downtown spaces?

 

An example : These plaques ( somewhere archived at COH) explaining the Obedience Smith land grant.

I’m not sure what costs implement a program like that but perhaps TIRZ, COH, Civic clubs and Grants could defray costs.

 

 

 


 

 

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oh and since the lot is close to full, it's now $100 for parking plus a $50 service fee...

 

But all you did is print out a ticket!

 

Exactly..... And btw, the off duty cop security guard will search your vehicle before you can enter the parking out... He thinks he's on duty 24/7, and he will manhandle you if you object....

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1 hour ago, wilcal said:

Hopefully they don't let them set up the pricing model for parking in the garage.

$1 parking + $.21 facility fee + $.39 environmental tax + .....

Only $1 for the first 10 customers that reserve their spot 15 days in advance. A resale fee of $5 + 10% will be charged on the Ticker Master website. The on site price will be dynamically set by an algorithm that scans the make and model of the car with an additional $11 service charge for sedans and SUVs. Once the parking lot reaches 50% occupancy the remaining spots will be set aside for $899 VIP packages that include a bottle of fuel additive and additional purchasable upgrades.

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12 hours ago, wilcal said:

Hopefully they don't let them set up the pricing model for parking in the garage.

$1 parking + $.21 facility fee + $.39 environmental tax + .....

OMG the best haha!!!

My best friend sings for a rock band and yep, he has even lowered the price for shows because of all this extra nonsense...i mean i understand them needing to make money but dang! 

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