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Crane going up this weekend according to the FAA filing.  

Well since these models have been revealed, I guess I can probably post the renderings...

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Did construction stop completely, or did it just slow down? Golly, I hope they didn't run out of money.

Yeah, Ed Wulfe ran out of money. About as likely as the Astros winning their division this year...

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The building behind it is 330 feet tall so this thing looks to be at least 425 feet.

It looks a little bulky but I'd have to see different angles. That said, it is a huge step up from 1200 Post Oak and the Riverway Tower for Hanover.

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Was this particular tower part of the original plans? It doesn't look like it's on the original site of BLVD Place, but to the west a little.

edit: I don't understand where this is going exactly. They show it being west of a road that goes all the way to Ambassador Way. The only one that does that according to google maps is Sage. According to the chron map, it looks like part of the development is new streets, I guess.

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I am a bit skeptical that this, in fact, is the final design. Where are the balconies that Houstonians demand (and then don't actually use)? How can you open your windows?

I'm being sarcastic, but it does strike me a bit odd in Houston for a high rise with no outdoor element. The Four Leaf Towers down the street is an exception.

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edit: I don't understand where this is going exactly. They show it being west of a road that goes all the way to Ambassador Way. The only one that does that according to google maps is Sage. According to the chron map, it looks like part of the development is new streets, I guess.

sage - wrong

new street - right

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I am a bit skeptical that this, in fact, is the final design. Where are the balconies that Houstonians demand (and then don't actually use)? How can you open your windows?

I'm being sarcastic, but it does strike me a bit odd in Houston for a high rise with no outdoor element. The Four Leaf Towers down the street is an exception.

Actually, it does look like there are balconies on the non-glass part of the building. It's a bit hard to see, but they are in the rendering.

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The ritz doesn't have Houston as a future location. Yall think they just haven't added it yet? Is it b/c plans haven't been finalized? I know we have other sources saying it's a go. Just wondering.

http://corporate.ritzcarlton.com/en/Press/FactSheet.htm

FUTURE LOCATIONS:

Charlotte, North Carolina (USA) - 2009

Dove Mountain, Arizona (USA) - 2009

Dubai Financial Centre (United Arab Emirates) - 2008

Guangzhou (China) - 2007

Hong Kong (China)

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ed is way behind schedule on this, and that's not a good thing. tenants have the right to jump ship if the agreed upon timetables aren't being met and as of now they are most definitely not. no word on the ritz, but this is a real concern for some of the other tenants.

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one would have to take this as a very good omen... and the ritz is definitely in the 50+ story range, which is fantastic (if true). i guess they scrapped the 3rd residential tower?

either way, i'm excited to see some daring architecture - at least for houston.

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Excellent stuff. I like the fact that both buildings will be unique rather than twins or related like in the first rendering. There are too many of those around that corner already with the Interfin Development and Four Leafs.

It's hard to truly tell height from a rendering, but if this is even close to scale, then the Ritz is coming in around the 550 to 600 feet range. Nice impact in Uptown!

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nice find ctn!

They also have a few other new renderings with one showing the front of whole foods.

It's hard to truly tell height from a rendering, but if this is even close to scale, then the Ritz is coming in around the 550 to 600 feet range. Nice impact in Uptown!

What other Houston buildings are close to that height?

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It looks like several of the renderings on Wulfe's BLVD Place website

Nice Update ChannelTwoNews.

I went back and found the previous ones and collected them here, noted rendered dates, and put them on a different server instead of letting them dissappear from the Wulfe's website when they shut it down. I could have sworn there was even an earlier one that was rendered when it was still called Riva Place or something.

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And another view, but only 2 rendering since the 2006 one did not have that angle.

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Looks like we went from 4 mid sized towers ► to 3 mid sized towers ► to only 2 towers where one is tall and the other is mid sized.

I can't tell if it is getting more or less dense, but I am still happy with it compared to the DT Pavilions project.

Nice renderings and I hope more towers get involved in the development. . . it's never too late for more changes, as these rendering updates prove.

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I was, up until now, under the impression that Starwood, who owns St Regis, also owned Ritz Caroltons... that it just their Uber branding...

Apparently I'm wrong. Ritz is just a management company that doesnt own any hotels, and back in 97 they were ticked at the owners of 4 of their hotels - that the service and product wasn't up to snuff to wear the Ritz name - so they abandoned management, and thats when Starwood bought them, invested millions to make them even shinier, and the St Regis name was born.

so yah.. welcome back Ritz... i thought ye never had left.

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Is this still being built?It's not in the images of the other BLVD Place buildings and theres no information of it on this site:

http://www.wulfe.com/BoulevardPlace.asp

Really, I see the Landmark Tower very clearly! (Circled it in RED for ya) What are you smoking, can I have some? :lol:

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There are only 2 towers to pick from.

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I was, up until now, under the impression that Starwood, who owns St Regis, also owned Ritz Caroltons... that it just their Uber branding...

Apparently I'm wrong. Ritz is just a management company that doesnt own any hotels, and back in 97 they were ticked at the owners of 4 of their hotels - that the service and product wasn't up to snuff to wear the Ritz name - so they abandoned management, and thats when Starwood bought them, invested millions to make them even shinier, and the St Regis name was born.

so yah.. welcome back Ritz... i thought ye never had left.

You are still wrong. Marriott owns Ritz Carlton and has for many years - http://www.marriott.com/corporateinfo/glance.mi

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There is much more visual progress on the San Felipe and Post Oak Lane part. They cleared the Chabad building/house and have started some utility/pipe work. Not sure how related the last part is, though.

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There is much more visual progress on the San Felipe and Post Oak Lane part. They cleared the Chabad building/house and have started some utility/pipe work. Not sure how related the last part is, though.

I was just looking through the latest renderings and site plans on Wulfe's website. The site plan now actually includes the Ritz-Carlton logo! Go to Image 12 of 12

http://www.wulfe.com/BoulevardPlace.asp

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I was just looking through the latest renderings and site plans on Wulfe's website. The site plan now actually includes the Ritz-Carlton logo! Go to Image 12 of 12

http://www.wulfe.com/BoulevardPlace.asp

Please, you can't see that. You can see what you wanna see, but we all know that says Super Motel 8.

:P

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A little off-topic, but... I went into Whole Foods on Kirby yesterday, and jeez that place is overpriced. I went into the prepared foods section and wanted to get this 4 oz. container of chicken pasta salad (small), and it was $9.50.

The idea of Whole Foods is good, but the reality is a bit much.

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Please, you can't see that. You can see what you wanna see, but we all know that says Super Motel 8.

Actually he is right, the site map does say Ritz and has the Ritz logo.

As for Whole Foods prices on their prepared food, you are right. They are crazy expensive. Go to Central Market, same stuff, little easier on the wallet.

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Actually he is right, the site map does say Ritz and has the Ritz logo.

As for Whole Foods prices on their prepared food, you are right. They are crazy expensive. Go to Central Market, same stuff, little easier on the wallet.

haha, I know. I was just messin

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Did construction stop completely, or did it just slow down? Golly, I hope they didn't run out of money.
Yeah, Ed Wulfe ran out of money. About as likely as the Astros winning their division this year...
By the way, the Astros are only a game and a half out of 1st.

Anyone notice Ed tipping poorly recently?

Nice.

Let's see - nice call on the Astros for this year.

Also, Ed Wulfe did tip the valet driver at Fertita's house last week....after he gave $10,000 for a one hour photo-op reception with McCain.

Any more brilliant comments?

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