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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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If the Ritz Carlton hotel and condo tower and the Hanover luxury apartment tower are both gone then essentially all that is being done is replacing an older strip mall and mall with a fancier new one.

Well, a significantly nicer one that will have a Whole Foods and potentially a movie theater.

Also, the condo tower isn't cancelled, it's just being done by a different developer as a separate project. Last I heard it's still going to happen as planned.

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http://www.blvdplace...etail_Plans.pdf

The blvd place website put a new site plan. The site plan still does not have the stores listed but it does look a little different which also include a 3 story anchor store I just hope they start this project soon

It seems the main changes are that the anchor store will replace what was supposed to be a movie theater and the third and fourth floors are now exclusively restaurant space. Seems like a good strategy, trying to get fewer big tenants than many small ones. Guess the smaller ones are less likely to expand?

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Any updates on this project? I have not seen much progress since they fenced it off.

Also to

Sellanious Caesar who stated

"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. "

Uptown may not be in the loop but uptown council is actively promoting development in the area as a business district, high density housing is going in left and right, it is actually arguably one of the most walkable areas in Houston and the power lines are for the most part below ground.

http://www.uptown-houston.com/images/uploads/FactBook.pdf

Many of the inside the loop areas including River Oaks, Montrose, and Midtown have above ground power lines, this by itself gives those areas a suburban feel (if I am being nice, the look of a third world country if I am being honest). I currently live in Uptown because it is as urban a feeling as I can find in Houston while also not having to see homeless people walking about, boarded up shops, or mass exodus during weekends. I do wish it was closer to downtown, a swap of locations of Uptown and River Oaks or Montrose would be ideal such that I could have access to Buffalo Bayou Park. A train line Running down Westminster starting in Uptown and running through Highland Village, Montrose and eventually linking up with the Red Line in downtown would really start bringing these parts of the city together.

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There has been literally nothing done on this project in well over a month now. No idea why it's stalled.

see my post a few above yours from november - word had it that a large institutional investor pulled out a couple of months ago. that said i very recently heard that the goal is to break ground on the whole foods in march... who knows if that will actually happen though.

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I still have a lot of hope for it. If nothing else the location is excellent and I know there is going to be a new casual Italian restaurant in there which I am looking forward to.

As for Progress i emailed Wulfe & Co yesterday and this is the response I received from Elise Weatherall today.

"Thank you for your continued interest in BLVD PLACE. We are planning to begin construction later this spring."

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How many other grocery stores have been built, including Whole Foods, since this BLVD Place Whole Food was announced?

The recession got in the way. Yes there are other grocery stores in the area but Whole Foods is still an anchor, and it is the walkable space and the restaurants that I am looking forward to.

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Colvill Office Properties promoting Pre-Leases per email

...can't get that up here at the moment without displaying my work email, but I will post the brochure when I get home so it can be seen..

and showing floor plans

http://www.blvdplace...Place_Plans.pdf

http://www.colvillof...lvd/index.shtml

This development didn't have office space before, did it?

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It's always had office space. The bottom two floors are for retail and the top two floors for office. That's nothing new.

I got the email as well. The only thing on it that's new is this picture:

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It also lists the square footage available.

BLVD PLACE 1 will have 22,420 on each of the two levels, and BLVD PLACE 2 will have 13,640.

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I like that they still have these renderings at their website. Gives me hope that this project could still amount to something spectacular as soon as the money starts rolling again.

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Considering that made the effort to create a parking garage, they should have taken advantage of the Post Oak side and pulled the stores up to the street with a common sidewalk. I thought they have variances they could get for this.

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I like that they still have these renderings at their website. Gives me hope that this project could still amount to something spectacular as soon as the money starts rolling again.

I'm wondering if the project is just too big and bank loan requirements are just too stiff?

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Considering that made the effort to create a parking garage, they should have taken advantage of the Post Oak side and pulled the stores up to the street with a common sidewalk. I thought they have variances they could get for this.

Seriously, this is this kind of thing that has been driving me crazy. I understand Houston is a driving city and that developers need to plan for that, I also understand that someone being able to see a free space out front might just be the last bit of motivation needed to entice them to stop and shop. However, do the developers truly believe their properties will fail if there are no parking spaces right out front?

Posk Oak is becoming very developed and once you add the train line in there the traffic is probably going to get pretty ridiculous, which combined with the number of apartments and condos going up will cause more people to walk (crosses fingers). How do we get someone to plan specifically for that? We can do away with the sports authority strip center or the one across the street from BLVD place.

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This announcement in the HBJ this morning that Randall Davis "hopes" to secure financing for a his Astoria condo tower which sits on Ed Wulfe's property speaks volume about the status and future of BLVD Place. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/print-edition/2012/01/27/randall-davis-galleria-tower-rising-on.html

I think you're correct lockmat..., piecemeal is the way to go..., maybe the project as a whole is just much too large to secure financing in this post-recession environment. The best thing about the rendering of this new tower is it looks as if the strip parking adjacent to Post Oak blvd is going away, at least directly fronting of this tower!

This development needs to be more of a City Centre type design instead of an Uptown Park clone. Previously I believe Wulfe was going for something in between, but it just wasn't working. Although it appears the whole foods aspect is still intact, I'm all for a total redesign at this point. :)

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This announcement in the HBJ this morning that Randall Davis "hopes" to secure financing for a his Astoria condo tower which sits on Ed Wulfe's property speaks volume about the status and future of BLVD Place. http://www.bizjourna...-rising-on.html

Ah, Randall Davis, can we trust him. . . The Titan...fail...Sonoma...fail.

Now he expects us to believe him that Astoria will go forth.

I vote no, only because Randall Davis name is attached to this.

Commence with your posting of a Debbie Downer photo.

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Ah, Randall Davis, can we trust him. . . The Titan...fail...Sonoma...fail.

Now he expects us to believe him that Astoria will go forth.

I vote no, only because Randall Davis name is attached to this.

Commence with your posting of a Debbie Downer photo.

What's your issue with Randall Davis? Sure he had a couple proposed projects that did not happen. Show me a developer for whom that is not the case. You listed two that did not happen. How about a list of his projects that have happened? Here's a start:

Cosmopolitan

Manhattan

Hotel Icon

Gotham

Metropolis

Renoir

St. Germain

Rice Lofts

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So this Davis tower is on the corner of Post Oak and San Felipe, right were the Whole Foods is supposed to go?

And you know...I wonder if part of the reason BLVD Place hasn't taken off faster is because all the changes to the plan has created a lot of uncertainty for companies thinking about renting space.

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No, not at Post Oak and San Felipe. From the renderings this new tower looks to be adjacent to the (still to be demolished?) existing building that previously housed Hermes. The location is basically right smack in the middle of BLVD Place on Post Oak. That's why I speculated the Whole Foods site may still be a go.

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No, not at Post Oak and San Felipe. From the renderings this new tower looks to be adjacent to the (still to be demolished?) existing building that previously housed Hermes. The location is basically right smack in the middle of BLVD Place on Post Oak. That's why I speculated the Whole Foods site may still be a go.

per the Astoria website, Randall is using Whole Foods as a selling point:

"A newly planned Whole Foods market..."

http://www.astoriahouston.com/location.html

Ok, i see now. Does this seem right?

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http://www.blvdplace.com/InteractiveMap.htm

Looking at the map I think there could be several things going on. I agree with Lockmat on the location, this is right where building 4 of BLVD Place is. So maybe they decided to scale back and sell (or are in the process of selling) that part of the development.

Less likely would be squeezing the astoria between the existing BLVD place (building 6) and building 4...would be very ambitious seeing as it is pulling teeth to get anything going in the first place but I can be hopeful I suppose!

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http://www.blvdplace...eractiveMap.htm

Looking at the map I think there could be several things going on. I agree with Lockmat on the location, this is right where building 4 of BLVD Place is. So maybe they decided to scale back and sell (or are in the process of selling) that part of the development.

Less likely would be squeezing the astoria between the existing BLVD place (building 6) and building 4...would be very ambitious seeing as it is pulling teeth to get anything going in the first place but I can be hopeful I suppose!

I'm sure if Randall gets his project off the ground, we can say good bye to the originally planned resi tower on Skylark and Post Oak Lane.

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I'm sure if Randall gets his project off the ground, we can say good bye to the originally planned resi tower on Skylark and Post Oak Lane.

Sounds like there is a demand, considering how close it was just 3 years ago that the Titan was cancelled. He always said that if things picked up, he would like to get that back on the schedule again and bring back the TItan.

The condo on Skylark could still co-exist. It's like a second construction boom we had from the early 2000's.

So potentially, we could have 5 cranes in the Uptown area at once.

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I love the building design but i am sad if they put this tower on the site in the center of the blvd place construction site. I just don't get that yesterday I receive a email about pre leasing offices and now this i just want more information from wulfe and company i wish this tower would be where the other apartment building was going to be.

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What's your issue with Randall Davis? Sure he had a couple proposed projects that did not happen. Show me a developer for whom that is not the case. You listed two that did not happen. How about a list of his projects that have happened? Here's a

I listed the most recent two that I can think of in Houston that were cancelled back to back.

Everything else is pre-2008 was built.

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I listed the most recent two that I can think of in Houston that were cancelled back to back.

Everything else is pre-2008 was built.

hmmmm.... Why do you suppose his pre-2008 projects happened, but he had two back-to-back 2008 and after that didn't happen? Do you think it MIGHT have more to do with the economy than with Randall Davis?

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I couldn't read the entire article because it was behind a paywall -- I knew he didn't have funding from the part of the article that I could read but if you don't have funding OR a site picked out why even announce the damn thing! And why on heaven's earth would you produce renderings showing your tower placed on someone else's property

Maybe Pumapayam is right about Randall Davis...

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I couldn't read the entire article because it was behind a paywall -- I knew he didn't have funding from the part of the article that I could read but if you don't have funding OR a site picked out why even announce the damn thing! And why on heaven's earth would you produce renderings showing your tower placed on someone else's property

Maybe Pumapayam is right about Randall Davis...

Likely a thread to be moved to the Astoria, but RD does all this stuff to build interest and get a percent of presales done, so once he meets his quota, he can get approved for financing for construction.

Presentation is key.

When he promoted the Titan, he had to return all the deposits when it was cancelled, so it's a gamble, but if enough people commit, it will happen.

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What fool would drop deposit money down on a condo without knowing what property it's going to sit on!? I understand presentation and all but I'd think knowing the location of the tower and what the possible views/adjacent buildings were etc. might be kinda important (you think?). I suspect he's announcing now (with no property and no funding) simply to discourage other developers from going forward with their competing projects.

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So is anything happening on this site?

It's just interesting that this was the one project that gave everybody hope during the downturn that things were still going to happen. Now that things have turned a corner here in Houston and buildings are going up left and right - this project seems to have hit a wall.

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So is anything happening on this site?

It's just interesting that this was the one project that gave everybody hope during the downturn that things were still going to happen. Now that things have turned a corner here in Houston and buildings are going up left and right - this project seems to have hit a wall.

I think everyone has lost faith in this project.

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I don't know if this means anything, but the next buildings planned to break ground are 1 and 2. 1 is listed on blvdplace.com to have 81,000 sqf of and 2 is listed to have 53k sqt. But Colliers is marketing 45k sqf for building 1 and 27k sqf for 2. Does that mean the rest of the space has been preleased?

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

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I don't know if this means anything, but the next buildings planned to break ground are 1 and 2. 1 is listed on blvdplace.com to have 81,000 sqf of and 2 is listed to have 53k sqt. But Colliers is marketing 45k sqf for building 1 and 27k sqf for 2. Does that mean the rest of the space has been preleased?

http://www.colvillof...d/gallery.shtml

(FWIW, Colvill is not the same as Colliers.)

It appears that the total square footage for the buildings includes both retail and office space and that Colvill is marketing just the office space.

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My guess is this project is too big in its current state to get the massive capital that it needs to begin construction. The credit markets have somewhat thawed but banks are still gun shy about loaning the big money for these huge mixed-use projects.

Ed Wulfe would be smart to break this project up into stand alone phases and piecemeal it. This can be successfully done and still keep the overall vision of the project, a vision that I've never been totally captivated by to begin with. The current vision is similar to "Uptown Park" but I think it should be more like "City Centre"!

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On Wednesday I noticed that there were some surveyors at the condo tower site at the corner of S. Post Oak and San Felipe, and along Sky Lark Ln., right in front of where that last remaining house used to stand, there is a variance request sign. I'll be driving by it later today. I'll post exactly what it says when I get home.

Also, there are some guys in the middle of the site right now doing something. Can't tell exactly what, but they are the first people I've seen there in months:

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