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What's with the plaza space btwn the theater and office building?

 

Its both hostile to pedestrians due to the car traffic while making it harder for cars to use the garage due to its large setback / foot traffic.

 

Fail.

 

But considering what there was in this location before, I guess I'll take it.

 

In the land of the blind, the man with one eye is king... or something. IDK.

 

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What's with the plaza space btwn the theater and office building?

 

Its both hostile to pedestrians due to the car traffic while making it harder for cars to use the garage due to its large setback / foot traffic.

 

Fail.

 

But considering what there was in this location before, I guess I'll take it.

 

In the land of the blind, the man with one eye is king... or something. IDK.

 

It looks like it doubles as a plaza and a pick-up/drop-off area. I actually think its thoughtfully designed. Trust me they could have done something a lot cheaper and worse. Its a compromise and something that they didn't need to do, but they did it anyway since I don't believe we have any land-use codes that say a particular building needs to dedicate "x" amount of land to public use. It balances both worlds pedestrian and car.

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  • Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will open its first location in the city of Houston this spring on the south end of Sorella Court at Queensbury Lane beneath Houston Texans Grille.
  • Women’s clothing store Madewell will open next month on the south end of Town & Country Boulevard next to Urban Outfitters.
  • Home furnishings retailer West Elm will open a 12,000-square-foot store on the south side of Town & Country Boulevard.
  • Bowl & Barrel, an upscale bowling venue will open on the south end of Sorella Court at Queensbury Lane and Beltway 8 feeder road, along with The General Public restaurant and bar.
  • Olive & Vine, which opened in 2011 is moving into a larger location with 2,000 square feet. It will on the south side of Town & Country Boulevard between Paper Source and Madewell.
  • Last month, H&M opened its first Houston-area location not in a shopping mall. Fellini Gelato & Caffe opened earlier this month. A new office tower, CityCentre Five, will be completed soon and will add new parking spaces to CityCentre visitors.

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2015/10/madewll-west-elm-and-others-to-join-citycentre/

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Pretty good to hear that companies are leasing space, I was under the impression that the current local economy was having a negative impact with all the O&G layofs

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3 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

From ReBusiness Online:

" Baker Katz has completed two leases for Snooze, an A.M Eatery, at Town & Country Village and Houston Heights Lowell Street Market in Houston. A 3,185-square-foot eatery is slated to open this summer at Town & Country Village "

 

http://rebusinessonline.com/baker-katz-arranges-two-leases-for-snooze-eatery-in-houston/

Since when is Montrose south of Westheimer considered the Heights?

 

Im excited Snooze is opening another location. Line out the door. In the rain. 

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There's a huge amount of corruption involved in building that traffic circle in that image that is going to commence soon involving the local TIRZ that is paying 30 million dollars to build it for Midway and teardown a portion of the garage they already have an easement for... Like how did Midway even build on it in the first place. Once those works are complete phase 3 can start. Love the project but they should all be in jail:D!

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23 minutes ago, iah77 said:

There's a huge amount of corruption involved in building that traffic circle in that image that is going to commence soon involving the local TIRZ that is paying 30 million dollars to build it for Midway and teardown a portion of the garage they already have an easement for... Like how did Midway even build on it in the first place. Once those works are complete phase 3 can start. Love the project but they should all be in jail:D!

Source? Would love to read about this.

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They are now tearing down the buildings in the block described in my previous post. Phase 3 coming soon?

 

I'll try to snag a pic.

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Town Centre II

 

http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/730-Town-Country-Blvd-Houston-TX/13405616/

 

Town Centre Two will consist of an 8 story, 170,924 square foot, Class A office building with architectural masonry and glass curtain wall exterior, and stone and wood on 2-level lobby. In addition, the property will have a covered controlled walk way from the secured parking garage, and 24/7 security with camera monitoring. Town Centre Two contains energy efficient features throughout the building, along with Class A area finishes and dual pane low E glass. There will be three high-speed geared elevators and one dedicated freight elevator and a 220 seat conference facility. This property has an impeccable walking score with access to a various array of amenities.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/10/30/exclusive-houston-upstream-co-in-talks-with-hines.html

 

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Exclusive: Houston upstream co. in talks with Hines to relocate to new CityCentre tower

 

By Cara Smith  – Reporter, Houston Business Journal

Oct 30, 2018, 4:17pm CDT

 

Houston-based Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) is exploring the possibility of relocating to a new tower in CityCentre, sources with knowledge of the deal told the Houston Business Journal.

 

The new tower would contain around 600,000 square feet of office space on a roughly three-acre tract of land at Interstate 10 and Beltway 8. Houston-based Hines is in conversations to potentially build that tower and buy the land from Houston-based Midway, according to the sources.

 

Marathon's Houston headquarters is currently at the company's namesake building, Marathon Oil Tower, at 5555 San Felipe St. in the Uptown/Galleria area.

Marathon and Hines declined to comment. Midway couldn't immediately be reached for comment. Nothing has been signed or is finalized, sources said.

 

 

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Their San Felipe building just went under renovations if I’m not mistaken. It was a year or two.

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HBJ said 600,000 sq ft... 14 floors.... 42,000 sqft/floor.... 300ft x 140ft.  Using googlemeasure (high tech stuff), that's ~ 1/3 the site if you assume the garage goes through to the back.

 

#ChecksOut

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Boy, Houston’s good ol’ oil industry is hellbent on not leaving any iconic buildings for the next generation, especially like it did in the 70’s/80’s. While I love the concept of City Centre at street level, the buildings there and in the Energy Corridor are pretty basic, short boxes that all look quite similar. 

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Oil/gas is not what it once was. Considering the price of oil and Houstons office vacancy rates I'm just happy to see new office buildings being proposed!

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6 hours ago, intencity77 said:

Boy, Houston’s good ol’ oil industry is hellbent on not leaving any iconic buildings for the next generation, especially like it did in the 70’s/80’s. While I love the concept of City Centre at street level, the buildings there and in the Energy Corridor are pretty basic, short boxes that all look quite similar. 

 

Our iconic buildings are about 30 years old and due for some modernization. Hopefully many will either be renovated or re-purposed, but it seems the Houston office market maybe a bit oversupplied for the near team. 

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This may actually be more underwhelming than the Phillips 66 headquarters down the road in Westchase, which is saying something. Timoric is right, big oil is going low profile. It looks like Marathon split into two companies some time back, with the refining division headquartered in Ohio and just the upstream division here. I don't have full access to the Fortune site so it seems like the upstream division has fallen off the top 500 list. But if they are hurting for cash it does not make sense to lease new office space vs. occupying older, cheaper space. I think this is about competing for younger talent, as well as the shorter commute. City Centre is a more interesting locale than the current tower's isolation on San Felipe.

 

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It's also on the eastern edge of the energy corridor and at the crossroads of I10 and the beltway, which makes access to other industry partners a little easier.

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FAA case for town center II shows a height of 135 and start date in September 

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=404643853&row=305

 

Overview
Study (ASN): 2019-ASW-5760-OE
Prior Study:  
Status: Work In Progress
   
Received Date: 05/03/2019
Entered Date: 05/03/2019
Map: View Map
Construction Info     Structure Summary
Notice Of: CONSTR
Duration: PERM    (Months: 0    Days: 0)
Work Schedule: 09/02/2019  to  12/01/2020
   
   
Structure Type: Building
Structure Name: Town Centre Two
FCC Number:  
   
Structure Details     Height and Elevation
Latitude (NAD 83): 29° 46' 39.00" N
Longitude (NAD 83): 95° 33' 36.29" W
Datum: NAD 83
City: Houston
State: TX
Nearest County: Harris
   
 
Proposed
Site Elevation:
78
Structure Height:
135
Total Height (AMSL):
213
 
Frequencies
Low Freq High Freq Unit ERP Unit
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On 8/9/2019 at 5:28 AM, The Ozone Files said:

Earth moving equipment on the site of City Centre North (along I-10 Frontage Rd) spotted yesterday. Something in the works?

 

Are these the towers that they been proposing to build since like 2015?

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