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The guy I talked to seemed to know a lot about the project, and the person at the front desk directed me to him as someone who could answer pretty much any question I had.

One thing I forgot to mention is that he said that Hines was going to be building one of the towers. He pointed to the hotel on the rendering on the wall, but I think, given the context of the conversation, that he meant the residential tower. I think he was caught a little off guard that someone had walked in off the street and was really excited about information about the project. I got the feeling that they had no idea that anyone other than them even cared that this is being built.

I'm probably going to go back some time next week to get some clarification on all of this. If you guys have any questions for them, let me know and I'll ask them.

I was too giddy and excited that they were willing to dump information on me so readily that I forgot a lot of the specific questions I had. I honestly went over there expecting them to tell me that they couldn't give out any information or something like that.

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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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great info! the galleria chamber of commerce is pushing very hard to get a few more 4 star+ hotels so hopefully they can revive the ritz carlton. had you asked me a month ago i would've bet good money that a large office building was going to be part of this project (35+ stories). now.... not so much.

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Ok. So I went back today, after work failed to start in June like I was told. Here's the story I got:

-Construction cannot start until the Pavilion is gone, because the underground parking garage for Whole Foods needs some of the space it's currently sitting on.

-America's lease at the Pavilion will be up August 31st. Demolition will start in September.

-Demolition is expected to take around 3 months.

-Actual work on the site is scheduled to start in December.

-The current plans do not call for the 10 story tower pictured in the renderings or mentioned previously.

-The site in the back, on the other side of Post Oak Ln. has been sold to another developer.

-Ritz Carlton isn't part of any plans for any of the sites at this point.

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Ok. So I went back today, after work failed to start in June like I was told. Here's the story I got:

-Construction cannot start until the Pavilion is gone, because the underground parking garage for Whole Foods needs some of the space it's currently sitting on.

-America's lease at the Pavilion will be up August 31st. Demolition will start in September.

-Demolition is expected to take around 3 months.

-Actual work on the site is scheduled to start in December.

-The current plans do not call for the 10 story tower pictured in the renderings or mentioned previously.

-The site in the back, on the other side of Post Oak Ln. has been sold to another developer.

-Ritz Carlton isn't part of any plans for any of the sites at this point.

So in other words... we're getting just another strip mall, eh? As long as it has another sushi, mediterranean, or gelato place then Im sure it'll be awesome.

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Also, I went by yesterday around the Pavilion to get some pictures of it, and inside in one of the rooms (everything seemed hastily abandoned except for America's) I saw this:

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I recognize the one on the left as the plans for the new YMCA downtown, but what are those other buildings?

And in another room out in front facing the main open space inside the Pavilion, I saw this, a scale model of the original plans for the site:

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Those are all hotel renderings next to the rendering for the downtown YMCA.

The first two were the earliest designs for the Embassy Suites in downtown. Funny that they aren't showcasing the actual design that was built!

The last two are Hilton Garden Inns. The top one is one that MCS Architects built (I believe near Chinatown) and the bottom one was a proposal being floated for downtown Houston that never came to be.

This actually worries me... Could we be going from a Ritz-Carlton skyscraper to a typical tunnel-form beige stucco cheapo design? Mitchell Carlson Stone (I think that's the name of the firm) is the architecture firm behind all of those renderings and they build blah hotels.

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Those are all hotel renderings next to the rendering for the downtown YMCA.

The first two were the earliest designs for the Embassy Suites in downtown. Funny that they aren't showcasing the actual design that was built!

The last two are Hilton Garden Inns. The top one is one that MCS Architects built (I believe near Chinatown) and the bottom one was a proposal being floated for downtown Houston that never came to be.

This actually worries me... Could we be going from a Ritz-Carlton skyscraper to a typical tunnel-form beige stucco cheapo design? Mitchell Carlson Stone (I think that's the name of the firm) is the architecture firm behind all of those renderings and they build blah hotels.

See post #897.

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It's still going to be the awesome development we're expecting, just (maybe) minus the 10 story tower in front, and the rear property won't be developed by Ed Wulfe.

What rear property are you talking about, the part where the hotel and residential high rise were going to be built???

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I'm on their email update list, and have been for over a year now, and today for the first time I actually received an update from BLVD Place! Looks like BLVD Place is gaining a high-end seafood/steak restaurant:

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And tomorrow is the last day of America's lease in the Pavilion. Demolition is slated to begin very soon.

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Hello I am new here but I am so excited for this project this weekend I went to the Blvd Place webside and looked at the offices leasing are where they show a site plan for Blvd Place and let me say the stores are going to be AMAZING!! The listing of stores includes Whole Foods, H&M, a nike store, Ralph Lauren and so much more I am really excited for this project what do you think of the listings??

here is the website just click on it and click on site plan and it show it

http://www.colvilloffice.com/properties/blvd/availabilities.shtml

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I had not seen that website. The site plan PDF is great. I hadn't seen any ideas of what kind of stores/restaurants to expect there.

One thing I see is that Ocean Prime is listed as the stand alone building at 1N on the corner of Post Oak Ln. and San Felipe, while the new release I got from them says it's going to be where the Nike store is located on the site plan.

Interesting that H&M is there. There was talk that they were looking at expanding into the Houston market, and everything I have heard says they were looking at the Galleria. It'd be interesting to know just how accurate this plan is.

If I get the chance, I'll go over and talk with them and see just what they'll be able to tell me about who's leased what (if they're willing to tell me anything about that ;) ).

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I had not seen that website. The site plan PDF is great. I hadn't seen any ideas of what kind of stores/restaurants to expect there.

One thing I see is that Ocean Prime is listed as the stand alone building at 1N on the corner of Post Oak Ln. and San Felipe, while the new release I got from them says it's going to be where the Nike store is located on the site plan.

Interesting that H&M is there. There was talk that they were looking at expanding into the Houston market, and everything I have heard says they were looking at the Galleria. It'd be interesting to know just how accurate this plan is.

If I get the chance, I'll go over and talk with them and see just what they'll be able to tell me about who's leased what (if they're willing to tell me anything about that ;) ).

Yeah i do agree the site plan is great. Ocean Prime looks great and is a nice dinning concept I hope this plan is accurate. And when you go over there please ask if there is more information about the stores on the 2nd level? Thanks so ready to knock down the old pavilions so we can finally start on this project!!

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Welcome burgower4, +1 for you!

Looks Like BLVD place will be the Houston's Galleria of the 21st Century. Here is a list of most of the stores I found listed from just the first floor:

Badgley Mischka

Bellini

Brioni

Chopard

Cos Bar

Courage B

Diane Von Furstenberg

Gregory’s

H&M (Thats news)

Hermes (Moving)

J. Crew Collection

Jimmy Choo

John Lobb

Karen Millen

Lafco NY

Leggiadro

LMD

Luca Luca

Michael Stars

Nike

North

Peeper

Ralph Lauren

Robert Talbot

Tod’s

Vilebrequin

Vince

Whole Foods

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I've heard from a few sources that it will be difficult for H&M to enter places like the Galleria and Memorial City, as they have waiting lists to get in...whereas places like Willowbrook and Baybrook mall are easier to get into, so although the closing Borders in the Galleria would seem to be the perfect place for a new H&M, there's probably already another company looking to go in there. This would be great news for BLVD Place if they really are getting all those tenants!

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Welcome burgower4, +1 for you!

Looks Like BLVD place will be the Houston's Galleria of the 21st Century. Here is a list of most of the stores I found listed from just the first floor:

Badgley Mischka

Bellini

Brioni

Chopard

Cos Bar

Courage B

Diane Von Furstenberg

Gregory’s

H&M (Thats news)

Hermes (Moving)

J. Crew Collection

Jimmy Choo

John Lobb

Karen Millen

Lafco NY

Leggiadro

LMD

Luca Luca

Michael Stars

Nike

North

Peeper

Ralph Lauren

Robert Talbot

Tod’s

Vilebrequin

Vince

Whole Foods

Curious where you got that list. Last I heard H&M hadn't finalized any deals in Houston.

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Is there going to be a Whole Foods inside Blvd place? Isn't there already a Whole Foods just a block or two away?

I think the closest one is on Woodway near Voss. This whole foods will work but is kinda unnecessary since there is Rice across the street, Randalls a block away, and Kroger further down San Felipe.

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I would definitely drive to this one over the Voss/ Woodway store. The Voss store is the smallest WF in the Houston area, and they have a pretty small selection of items.

Sad to see America's go, but was lucky to dine there on their last weekend open. Food was delicious AS ALWAYS!

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It is pedestrian friendly. It's just a small strip of parking. I believe it's because of the restrictions against building too close to the properly line along major roads.

Not true. If the developer had wanted to develop to the sidewalk, aka zero lot line, it could have. The developer caved under pressure from some of the retailers, especially Whole Foods. It's a shame. Such a great-looking and permanent-looking project except the dang parking strip in front. Too bad.

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Not true. If the developer had wanted to develop to the sidewalk, aka zero lot line, it could have. The developer caved under pressure from some of the retailers, especially Whole Foods. It's a shame. Such a great-looking and permanent-looking project except the dang parking strip in front. Too bad.

I agree, Why did they not put it up to the street? You would think that with the rail eventually going through and with other mixed use developments like the BBVA Compass Bank development down the street going up that they would want to make it pedestrian friendly.

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I agree, Why did they not put it up to the street? You would think that with the rail eventually going through and with other mixed use developments like the BBVA Compass Bank development down the street going up that they would want to make it pedestrian friendly.

b/c we're in houston and the automobile rules all.

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I agree, Why did they not put it up to the street? You would think that with the rail eventually going through and with other mixed use developments like the BBVA Compass Bank development down the street going up that they would want to make it pedestrian friendly.

Just speculating, but could they be anticipating some property takings when the rail line is built?

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Not true. If the developer had wanted to develop to the sidewalk, aka zero lot line, it could have. The developer caved under pressure from some of the retailers, especially Whole Foods. It's a shame. Such a great-looking and permanent-looking project except the dang parking strip in front. Too bad.

There is a law that you can't build within 15 feet of the property line along a major road. That's the reason the Perennial Post Oak development two lots down from BLVD Place filed a variance request: so they could build 1 foot from the property line and not 15 feet.

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There is a law that you can't build within 15 feet of the property line along a major road. That's the reason the Perennial Post Oak development two lots down from BLVD Place filed a variance request: so they could build 1 foot from the property line and not 15 feet.

Exactly, that's all - a variance request. Had Wulfe wanted to built to the curb, he could have, almost without resistance. No one in the city would have protested. A development of this quality and scale should not be allowed to add a row of parking in the front. Houston needs to get its act together.

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Exactly, that's all - a variance request. Had Wulfe wanted to built to the curb, he could have, almost without resistance. No one in the city would have protested. A development of this quality and scale should not be allowed to add a row of parking in the front. Houston needs to get its act together.

I think we all agree it would have been simple to get a variance approved, however I firmly disagree that putting a row of parking, "should not be allowed." Having a row of parking is neither right or wrong. Better or worse is up for debate as it's opinion.

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It's psychological. The apron parking desgin is a conditioned response for drivers that says "hey! come over here!"

Given the current speed limit on Post Oak Blvd a setback is necessary for greater signage cognition. A zero lot line design would dispostiion many motorists to circling the block. In effect a pedestrian design would turn away paying customers. So let's not kind ourselves into thinking the super block master planning of the Galleria area can be hammered into pedestiran scale density overnight. Post Oak Blvd needs to develop as a linear corridor first before it can re-reoute or grade level separate it's modes of transport.

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This project is in a suburban business district, in Uptown Houston. It's not downtown, Greenway Plaza, nor Texas Medical Center and its outside the loop. Although I would like to see less parking lots between sidewalks and storefronts and more garages or parking lots behind the shops, it wont be taking place in Uptown. Uptown is primarily suburban, you know it and Houston knows it.

I do like this project though, I'd support shopping there over the Galleria if I were to be in the neighborhood to shop.

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This project is in a suburban business district, in Uptown Houston. It's not downtown, Greenway Plaza, nor Texas Medical Center and its outside the loop. Although I would like to see less parking lots between sidewalks and storefronts and more garages or parking lots behind the shops, it wont be taking place in Uptown. Uptown is primarily suburban, you know it and Houston knows it.

I do like this project though, I'd support shopping there over the Galleria if I were to be in the neighborhood to shop.

But you have to admit the Galleria/Westheimer area is not your typical "suburban" area; it's not even close to say, Katy. It's more urban than most places inside the loop, wouldn't you say?

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Good evening all!

After trawling this forum for 2 (?) years I'm happy to have something to add. They have now put up a chain-link fence and black semi-transparent material around the entire San Felipe / Post Oak / S Post Oak Blvd Lane site. The fence has been up about a week. There were several fine gentlemen out this afternoon doing various ground level activities with a backhoe. While I am not ready to announce that the site is "under construction", this is a significant step away from the grass field that we have all enjoyed for the last few years.

I'm looking forward to future growth in the area. Have a great night.

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Pictures I took around 3:30 this afternoon:

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The old Pavilion building. It's falling apart:

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And they have removed some of the columns:

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And they've laid down about 2-3 feet of dirt all over the site across Post Oak Ln. from BLVD Place:

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Hello HAIF community! I'm very new to this site and am quite thrilled to find there are so many enthusiasts regarding urban development. I know this question has probably been answered, but is that really cool looking high rise that's depicted in the photo gallery still going to be built?

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