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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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Which shopping centers are for sale ?

 

None of them are, but they are both suburban style shopping centers on a lot of prime land on Post Oak. Eventually both will be bought up, demolished, and replaced with much higher density urban fill. What I'm guessing ChrisPHous is talking about is which will go first.

Personally, I hope the Westheimer one, for the simple selfish reason that anything that gets built over the San Felipe one will block my view. ;) 

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I'll vote San Felipe.  The one over there is just waiting to die.  Swing by and check out the business at the Rice Epicurean... I'll spoil the surprise and say it's underwhelming.  Also, except for the Chase bank (as noted in the West Loop thread... one of about 7 banks inside one mile along San Felipe), it's pretty much a dead zone.

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I always found it interesting that the shopping center property (directly across Post Oak from the BLVD Place development) was for sale and purchased around the same time as the BLVD Place property. However, instead of redeveloping the property they simply chose to remodel the shopping center. Unfortunately I think that means that suburban shopping center will still be around for a whle.

If that shopping center, the large shopping center at the corner of Westheimer & Post Oak with Gallery furniture as a tenant, and the one across Post Oak from it with the Old Navy as a tenant were all redeveloped into high density mixed use developments it would have a huge impact on the Uptown area.

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I'll vote San Felipe.  The one over there is just waiting to die.  Swing by and check out the business at the Rice Epicurean... I'll spoil the surprise and say it's underwhelming.  Also, except for the Chase bank (as noted in the West Loop thread... one of about 7 banks inside one mile along San Felipe), it's pretty much a dead zone.

 

That Rice is dead because it's closing and being replaced by a different store.

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Some shots from today:
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Some concrete pillars have been placed in the Hanover tower:
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And that most certainly is the base of the tower crane:
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These guys were out drilling something in the field that will eventually be the Apache tower today:
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Currently, there's now what looks like a small pvc pipe with a bit of ribbon around it poking out of the ground there.

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How big is Apache Tower supposed to be? 30 stories?

So far the only information I've seen about it is on the BLVD Place site map where it calls it a "33-story office tower." I suspect we won't hear more for a while. Last I heard, Apache's lease next door at Post Oak Central is up in 2018, so working back from that as an end date for construction, and a tower of that size taking around 2-3 years to build, that gives a start date around 2015-2016, so we might not hear anything concrete until next year or later.

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3/2/2013 Update:  New steel & a new crane.

 

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Forgive my ignorance but have we confirmed if there are two or one residential towers currently being constructed because it looks there's two in the right hand corner.

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It's crane day!
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Full site:
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Actually (as Skyline View's picture shows) they started the crane yesterday. They got up to the cab before night and have been spending the morning installing the arm.

 

 

Forgive my ignorance but have we confirmed if there are two or one residential towers currently being constructed because it looks there's two in the right hand corner.

Currently it's only 1 confirmed that's going up. The other places that look like construction sites are simply being used during the construction to park workers' cars and construction equipment and store a huge pile of dirt.

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In the lower left is that more crane bases or are those sections that they'll use later to make the current crane taller?

 

Sections to make this one taller. I didn't see any indications of a second crane base when I walked by a few days ago.

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Nice pics and thanks for updating.  Sorry if already posted but what is the eta on completion?

 

 

 

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Does anyone know if when transit is installed down the middle of post oakvif the right of way will be widened? I was thinking maybe that is why they put the parking out front, in order to plan for it. Most likely not...just wishful thinking

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Post Oak will be widened significantly.  The transit down the middle is roughly an additional 30 feet of ROW (accounting for the existing median).  I put some info in another post a while back (http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/27043-bus-lanes-down-post-oak/?hl=%2Bpost+%2Boak).  I'm anticipating they take pretty much every inch available (1200 loses the front lawn, CPK gets a sidwalk right up to their front door etc...).  Part of the plan is better sidewalks, so that is something to look forward to.

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A few years back the city bought up a few feet of the front of my building's property for the light rail expansion. There are yellow dashed spray painted lines going down both sidewalks on Post Oak that line up perfectly with the land we sold (you can see the line on Google Streetview, and the front bit of my building's land that was sold here: http://goo.gl/maps/dDqnR). It looks like it pushes it out about 3-6 ft. on both sites. My bet is that that is going to be the new edges of the street.
The real restriction on widening at least on the east side of the road will be 1801 - the little strip center with Al's Formal Wear and Mo's Steakhouse. That building is almost up against the sidewalk as it is.

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Just got an email from Covill advertising the space. Relevant info from email:

"Occupancy Spring 2014

  • Mixed-Use Development in Heart of Uptown District
  • Frost Bank Regional Headquarters
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Upscale Retailers and Restaurants
  • Floor-to-Ceiling Glass
BLVD Place 1: 100% Leased
BLVD Place 2, Level 3: 12,520 SF
BLVD Place 2, Level 4: 12,520 SF
BLVD Place 2, Level 5: 12,520 SF
BLVD Place 2, Level 6: 12,520 SF"
 

Were we already aware that it was going to be a Frost Bank regional HQ? I don't remember ever seeing that before.

 


It also included a link to some detailed floor plans for the office portion of the site:
http://www.blvdplace.com/Downloads/BLVD_Place_Plans.pdf

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Hi all!  Longtime lurker but finally bit the bullet and made a user name...

 

This isn't about BLVD Place but across the street from it, what I think was a shoe store has now been fenced off.

 

(Edit: for clarification; I am talking about the NE Corner of Post Oak and San Felipe)

 

I remember seeing a rendering somewhere on here for a tower on that plot, but can't seem to find it.  Does anyone know what might be going on there?

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