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I normally dislike strip centers with more than just a row of parallel parking out front, but somehow this one seems comforting to me. I don't mind seeing it around for a few more years. To me it adds to the character of Montrose,; and its replacement, most likely, would have been a souless facsimile of the dozens of midrises popping up in the loop.

I love the scale of Montrose. Would rather the taller buildings surround Montrose in Midtown, Washington, and upper kirby and keep Montrose, Rice and MD more small scale

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I love the scale of Montrose. Would rather the taller buildings surround Montrose in Midtown, Washington, and upper kirby and keep Montrose, Rice and MD more small scale

I agree about the inner neighborhoods, but I would rather see Westheimer widened with midrises from Midtown to Uptown, and along Montrose Blvd.

 

Montrose @ Westheimer to me has been the cross roads of the city, linking all the neighborhoods that are essentially Houston. I don't want to see everything torn down, but the area is already becoming more dense. The Intersection should be a showcase, where the super rich come in from the west, the arts and science from the south, the funk and counter cultures from the east, and the charm and quaint past from the north.

 

Maybe I'm romanticizing this intersection too much.

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Heh, the bad news is the location is too successful, so the current tenants don't want to leave. I suppose it could be worse - a replay of 1986, perhaps...  :P

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Montrose @ Westheimer to me has been the cross roads of the city, linking all the neighborhoods that are essentially Houston. I don't want to see everything torn down, but the area is already becoming more dense. The Intersection should be a showcase, where the super rich come in from the west, the arts and science from the south, the funk and counter cultures from the east, and the charm and quaint past from the north.

Maybe I'm romanticizing this intersection too much.

Nah, your not romanticizing the intersection too much. Look at that development map made by bridjondon(?) recently (I think.. Maybe it was a different mod). The highrise development forms two rows, one from TMC/Hermann Park up Montrose to Waugh, and another from Uptown to downtown, intersecting here at Montrose and Westheimer. It would be kind of funny/cool of they plopped that rumored 102 story tower here as the new midpoint/intersection of the city.

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Sad stuff from yesterday's run, Mattress Firm location coming to this corner. Has there ever been an audit into how exactly they make money? How many mattresses can one city need?!?

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I'm assuming the mattress store is just renting in the existing building? No strong objections here; one less vacancy and the lease will be equal or shorter to those of spec's and half price so it won't stop the inevitable redevelopment when those run out.

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Sad stuff from yesterday's run, Mattress Firm location coming to this corner. Has there ever been an audit into how exactly they make money? How many mattresses can one city need?!?

 

Why all the mattress store hate? Is it a case people would rather see a more upscale Sleep Number store than a lowly Mattress Firm?

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Why all the mattress store hate? Is it a case people would rather see a more upscale Sleep Number store than a lowly Mattress Firm?

 

It just seems that they are everywhere....I did a search on Mattress Firm's website for stores within 10 miles of 77006 (that was the smallest distance they would show) and there were 24 stores within 10 miles of 77006.  

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So little knowledge that you could run it in your sleep?    :ph34r:

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It just sucks because of the low frequency of use for any level of the public. Even the richest don't buy a new mattress every year and so they take up spots without enhancing everyday use. I minded them less before they took over all signage of the at Montrose and Dallas.

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It just seems that they are everywhere....I did a search on Mattress Firm's website for stores within 10 miles of 77006 (that was the smallest distance they would show) and there were 24 stores within 10 miles of 77006.  

 

 

It just sucks because of the low frequency of use for any level of the public. Even the richest don't buy a new mattress every year and so they take up spots without enhancing everyday use. I minded them less before they took over all signage of the at Montrose and Dallas.

 

These, mostly. It should be an amazing retail location, but has now been taken by ANOTHER mattress shop. Granted, they were the only ones willing to take on the space and kudos to them for it. But now it means something better can't come along and we're stuck with it until the whole thing is gone in 4-5 years.

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great, so now I can start at Specs, stumble out of a bar in the area late that night, grab a banana bag from Urgent Care, then pass out at Mattress Firm.

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Related to the earlier post regarding the Half-Price Books site, it seems the leases will all be finished by 2020:

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/05/29/pmrgs-ceo-rick-kirk-on-merger-i-couldnt-shoot-any.html

 

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“The company's also working on development plans for its land at the corner of Montrose Boulevard and Westheimer Road, which currently houses a Half Price Books, a Spec's, a Mattress Firm and a 24-hour emergency clinic. By 2020, Kirk said that all the tenants' leases in the shopping center will have expired. Though specifics are light, he said the company will likely develop a mixed-use project with restaurants, multifamily and maybe even a hotel. 

 

‘It needs to be a little different to fit that neighborhood," Kirk said. "We don’t want to build something that’s totally out of step with the vibe in that area.’”

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3 minutes ago, houstontexasjack said:

Related to the earlier post regarding the Half-Price Books site, it seems the leases will all be finished by 2020:

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/05/29/pmrgs-ceo-rick-kirk-on-merger-i-couldnt-shoot-any.html

 

From the article:

 

“The company's also working on development plans for its land at the corner of Montrose Boulevard and Westheimer Road, which currently houses a Half Price Books, a Spec's, a Mattress Firm and a 24-hour emergency clinic. By 2020, Kirk said that all the tenants' leases in the shopping center will have expired. Though specifics are light, he said the company will likely develop a mixed-use project with restaurants, multifamily and maybe even a hotel. 

 

‘It needs to be a little different to fit that neighborhood," Kirk said. "We don’t want to build something that’s totally out of step with the vibe in that area.’”

A hotel would be great!  Of course, LaColombe D'or will have a some hotel space in their new tower.  The views from this corner would be incredible.

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13 hours ago, Dakota79 said:

A hotel would be great!  Of course, LaColombe D'or will have a some hotel space in their new tower.  The views from this corner would be incredible.

 

Would be a great location for a Moxy.  Bizarre hotel chain but would fit the neighborhood well. 

 

I stayed at one in Minneapolis's Montrose-ish neighborhood.

 

http://moxy-hotels.marriott.com/hotels/minneapolis-uptown

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Long ago, the owners of Hotel San Jose Hotel and Hotel Saint Cecelia both in Austin were in talks to buy the land that is now where the Montrose Cane's (chicken) is...I was bummed when they decided to pass when the economy took a downturn...

they would be the perfect fit in Montrose but yeah cannot wait to see this be redeveloped!

 

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I go to that Specs and Half Price Books a lot and have used that emergency care spot too. This would look good in that spot but I wouldn't mind seeing the spot where Burger Kind was redeveloped first. Not sure how much people will love staying at such a nice hotel with the crowd that is always at the Valero and bus stop out front. Even the Valero locks it's doors at night thanks to the addicts using the bathroom.

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58 minutes ago, thatguysly said:

I go to that Specs and Half Price Books a lot and have used that emergency care spot too. This would look good in that spot but I wouldn't mind seeing the spot where Burger Kind was redeveloped first. Not sure how much people will love staying at such a nice hotel with the crowd that is always at the Valero and bus stop out front. Even the Valero locks it's doors at night thanks to the addicts using the bathroom.

If given the choice to stay at the BW on West Dallas, with no Valero across the street, for $150/nt or hotel with a view of Valero at Westheimer and Montrose for $200/nt...I would choose the view of Valero option...no question.  Location, Location, Location. 

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2020 is just around the corner, what spurred me to remember this site that PMRG owns was a "For Lease Short Term" sign. Hate to lose Half Price and Specs, but progress doesn't care.

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From 11/20/2013

 

APARTMENTS AND RETAIL FOR WESTHEIMER AND MONTROSE CORNER? NOT UNTIL HALF PRICE BOOKS AND SPEC’S SCOOT

 Half Price Books in Westmont Shopping Center, 1011 Westheimer Rd., Montrose, Houston

The owner of the once-Art Deco but now slathered-with-stucco shopping center at the southwest corner of Westheimer and Montrose says it’s willing to wait 7 to 10 years for the center’s leases to run out before building something new on the site. Unless, of course, they can negotiate an early exit (or time-out while construction takes place) for the Half Price Books, Spec’s, Papa Johns, 3-6-9 China Bistro and Jack in the Box currently on the site. If they can’t buy out the tenants, PM Realty’s Wade Bolin tells Shaina Zucker, they’ll start leasing out the still-vacant spaces in the former Tower Community Center, which the company calls the Westmont Shopping Center. “PM Realty Group did not share early design plans,” Zucker adds, “but several sources confirmed the mixed-use structure could include residential with retail on the ground floor.” [Houston Business Journal; previously on Swamplot] Photo: PM Realty

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PMRG is now Madison Marquette, merger effective 1/2019
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7 minutes ago, hindesky said:

2020 is just around the corner, what spurred me to remember this site that PMRG owns was a "Foe Lease Short Term" sign. Hate to lose Half Price and Specs, but progress doesn't care.

Uu3qLvZ.jpg

 

 

From 11/20/2013

 

APARTMENTS AND RETAIL FOR WESTHEIMER AND MONTROSE CORNER? NOT UNTIL HALF PRICE BOOKS AND SPEC’S SCOOT

 Half Price Books in Westmont Shopping Center, 1011 Westheimer Rd., Montrose, Houston

The owner of the once-Art Deco but now slathered-with-stucco shopping center at the southwest corner of Westheimer and Montrose says it’s willing to wait 7 to 10 years for the center’s leases to run out before building something new on the site. Unless, of course, they can negotiate an early exit (or time-out while construction takes place) for the Half Price Books, Spec’s, Papa Johns, 3-6-9 China Bistro and Jack in the Box currently on the site. If they can’t buy out the tenants, PM Realty’s Wade Bolin tells Shaina Zucker, they’ll start leasing out the still-vacant spaces in the former Tower Community Center, which the company calls the Westmont Shopping Center. “PM Realty Group did not share early design plans,” Zucker adds, “but several sources confirmed the mixed-use structure could include residential with retail on the ground floor.” [Houston Business Journal; previously on Swamplot] Photo: PM Realty

 

If that was from 2013 than, if its the minimum years, most the leases should be running up by next year. At which time they could just buy out the rest.

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wow that's exciting to see that short term lease sign...that means they mean business! cannot wait to see this redeveloped! i DO love that Half Price Books though...maybe they can move to that weird white 2 story building that changes occupants often next to Snooze? maybe not big enough but just hoping they keep one in that area in a cool and convenient location (I miss the other montrose location that was in that house off montrose! that place was awesome!)

 

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we desperately need to keep a halfprice books in that part of town. maybe they'll end up as one of the mid-sized boxstores in the area between Target and Krogers? 

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29 minutes ago, crock said:

we desperately need to keep a halfprice books in that part of town. maybe they'll end up as one of the mid-sized boxstores in the area between Target and Krogers? 

 

I'm sure they'll find a place. I frequent that place a decent amount. Will miss it, if it finally goes. 

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I can't imagine Montrose without a Half Price Books. If they are not able to land another location in the area with a lease that makes economic sense for them, it will be a clear indication that gentrification has finally succeeded in eviscerating almost everything that once made Montrose Montrose. 

 

(Edit: I added "almost" when I remembered that the real "last domino to fall" will probably be Rudz)

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I am bummed at the prospect of half price books leaving.

it gets worse for me as the talk at a wine tasting recently was speculation that India’s was moving away- sigh

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I think we’re fixated on the idea of losing something so precious to us but in reality, if this space is redeveloped in to a nice mixed use site, then landing another Half Priced Books shouldn’t be an issue, along with landing some other cool businesses. Let’s assume the development becomes another Heights Central Station type with multiple mid rise buildings and more pedestrian amenities, then we could really draw some nice retail in the heart of Montrose. 

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Saw a thread on Nextdoor that was talking about it possible being torn down and I assumed that it was Montrose Collective, but someone else posted some links to some older articles when it was purchased back in 2012. 

 

HBJ articles from 2013: https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/breaking-ground/2013/11/happy-retail-tenants-could-slow.html

 

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The owner of a partially vacant strip center at the high-profile corner of Westheimer and Montrose will have to wait until at least 2020 to redevelop the property because the remaining tenants refuse to leave.

 

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The property's longest existing lease will expire in about 6 1/2 years, Gregory said.

 

Note: that article is from Nov 2013, so 6.5 years would be May 2020.

 

This article from May 2018: https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/05/29/pmrgs-ceo-rick-kirk-on-merger-i-couldnt-shoot-any.html

 

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“The company's also working on development plans for its land at the corner of Montrose Boulevard and Westheimer Road, which currently houses a Half Price Books, a Spec's, a Mattress Firm and a 24-hour emergency clinic. By 2020, Kirk said that all the tenants' leases in the shopping center will have expired. Though specifics are light, he said the company will likely develop a mixed-use project with restaurants, multifamily and maybe even a hotel. ‘It needs to be a little different to fit that neighborhood," Kirk said. "We don’t want to build something that’s totally out of step with the vibe in that area.’”

 

So, does anyone have the tea?

 

Lots of commiserating about the loss of HPB, but that lot is like 60-70% surface parking and the appraisal in  2019 was $9 million. 

 

 

 

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19 hours ago, danielsonr said:

Yes, there is a thread regarding this:

 

 

 

I'm kind of surprised that's in Going Up when... there's still not any plans about it Going Up.

 

Also, how could I have missed that extremely descriptive headline haha

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15 hours ago, Toopicky said:

I chatted with the owner of 3-6-9 this a.m. and he said his lease isn't up till 01-January-2021. At that time he plans to retire as he will have been in business at that location for 40 years.

 

 

 

Thanks for the reporting! Interesting info to hear. 

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@Triton @Urbannizer @ekdrm2d1 @Subdude

 

Merely a suggestion. Combine the one in "Going Up" with this one in the Montrose sub-forum. Then if anything actually happens with this then it can go back on "Going-Up". I also suggest we keep the title of this one. Its more specific and not as ambiguous as the other one. Then again its whatever y'all decide!

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I want keep this one in going up. PMRG (now Marquette) has mentioned on numerous accounts that they plan to build mixed-use once the last tenant is out the door..

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3 minutes ago, Montrose1100 said:

Merged

 

Just now, Urbannizer said:

I want keep this one in going up. PMRG (now Marquette) has mentioned on numerous accounts that they plan to build mixed-use once the last tenant is out the door..

 

Appreciate it! I can get on board with that!

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On 6/9/2019 at 2:36 AM, j_cuevas713 said:

I think we’re fixated on the idea of losing something so precious to us but in reality, if this space is redeveloped in to a nice mixed use site, then landing another Half Priced Books shouldn’t be an issue, along with landing some other cool businesses. Let’s assume the development becomes another Heights Central Station type with multiple mid rise buildings and more pedestrian amenities, then we could really draw some nice retail in the heart of Montrose. 

 

I doubt a new mixed-use development here will feature Half-Price Books. Rents in new construction are typically much higher than in older buildings and mixed-use developments tend to like small retail spaces where they can get even higher rents. Used book stores seldom can pay high rent. HPB pays higher than most but their ideal is a large suite in an older shopping center in a visible location with lots of parking in front.

 

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25 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

 

I doubt a new mixed-use development here will feature Half-Price Books. Rents in new construction are typically much higher than in older buildings and mixed-use developments tend to like small retail spaces where they can get even higher rents. Used book stores seldom can pay high rent. HPB pays higher than most but their ideal is a large suite in an older shopping center in a visible location with lots of parking in front.

 

Ok? Lol Well something else then

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There's a sign posted saying 'Short Term Lease Available', with a phone #.
I suppose if people are curious, they could call and ask how long a lease is available, which might give an indication as to when this project is slated to begin.

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Any bets on when the McDonalds across the street will shut down?

 

I was just at Sweetgreen and saw one of the Sweetgreen employees eating McDonald’s during his lunch break on the Sweetgreen patio. That summed up the state of Montrose right there.

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Wow. A view of downtown from the ground level - - - Game changer x 10. Make it happen.

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