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s post lane is east of ambassador. I saw the map, but St Michael's backyard (bazaar area) sits directly west of the center now. also, Wulfe has been in talks with 5050 Ambassador in order to get them to sell but the residents will not, but nothing more has been said to them. both St Michael's and 5050 are watching the project closely.

So...?? There are other properties adjoining the site as well. As there almost always are with every development in every city. What is your point?

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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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st michael's will want to have some creative control over the project like every church wants in every project around town. (well at least every well recognized catholic church)

my primary concern is the displacement of 5050 ambassador way residents (hopefully it will not happen)

but wulfe needs pay for his newly acquired $3 mil house in memorial

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s post lane is east of ambassador. I saw the map, but St Michael's backyard (bazaar area) sits directly west of the center now. also, Wulfe has been in talks with 5050 Ambassador in order to get them to sell but the residents will not, but nothing more has been said to them. both St Michael's and 5050 are watching the project closely.

See this Uptown Houston map, it shows that 5050 Ambassador is not included in the BLVD Place plan nor does the proposed connection of South Post Oak Lane with Ambassadors Way go thru this property (see below).

With or without 5050 Ambassador's Way, I think BLVD Place will commence on schedule. It doesn't appear that any of their plans hinge on this property.

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A poster on the Woodland Heights BB posted this. She found it on a google news search. I didn't find any other posts about it (no way can I be the first on here to know something!!!), but there were a few topics about activity in the Galleria area...

...Local developer Wulfe & Co. announced Thursday that 21 acres of prime Galleria-area land will become a major mixed-use site for retail, office, hotel and condominiums, anchored by Houston's flagship Whole Foods Market.

Located at Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe, it will be called BLVD Place (pronounced "Boulevard Place").

The project is set to break ground at the end of this year and open in 2009, with parts opening much sooner.

The project's plan boasts 600,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and boutique office space, as well as 800 residential high-rise units and a luxury hotel/condominium with 300 hotel rooms and 80 condos.

..."BLVD Place is perhaps the most significant new development in the area since the Galleria, and 21 acres is about as big as the original Galleria," Breeding said.

David Crossley, president of the Gulf Coast Institute, a nonprofit group promoting quality of life issues, thinks the project's impact will be significant.

"As a very large urban mixed-use project, it may become a model for future developments in Houston," he said. "It will add more urbanity to the western part of Houston, which should be interesting."

Landing Whole Foods as the anchor is a coup, said Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, a national retail consulting and investment banking firm in New York City.

Getting a 80,000-square-foot Whole Foods flagship store is "gigantic," Davidowitz said. "It almost guarantees the success of the entire project."

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I seriously doubt it.

While Eatzi's is/was a local institution, I seriously doubt it would even be a blip on the corporate radar was far as it affecting a project such as BLVD place. If was was a tenent with a signed contract, they might have some recourse, but I seriously doubt they would care otherwise.

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This may have been addressed in another thread, but I am looking for info about the redevelopment of the southwest corner of Post Oak and San Felipe.

The real estate professionals I work with have mentioned several new retailers planned for this project (prime national retailers), but they referred to it as 'the Pavilion project'. Is this similarly named to the Downtown Pavilions project, or are my sources confused?

Either way, any info on development at this site would be appreciated.

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This may have been addressed in another thread, but I am looking for info about the redevelopment of the southwest corner of Post Oak and San Felipe.

The real estate professionals I work with have mentioned several new retailers planned for this project (prime national retailers), but they referred to it as 'the Pavilion project'. Is this similarly named to the Downtown Pavilions project, or are my sources confused?

Either way, any info on development at this site would be appreciated.

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UPDATE:

Hunan and the neighboring art gallery are now closed in the Pavilion. However, America's is still open. Additionally, we already know that EatZi's is closed, well so is Blue Plate. I take this as a sign that leases are expiring and as they do, we should start seeing construction begin.

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same development ^^

i don't think anyone can find enough tenants to go into a 300,000 sf of space at this location. Keep in mind, those properties have been vacant/empty with over 100,000 sf + of space for several years in just part of the property...it wouldn't surprise me if over 200,000-250,000 sf + has been vacant now that i think about it a little more. They had a hard enough time filling those two properties when they were at their prime. Partly because there was already too much duplication of tenants in the area from Steak houses, bookstores, jewelry stores,etc. i will ck. back maybe after 3 years after light rail finishes carving in front of it and closing every business in its path first...i have difficulty even reading comparisons of this to H. Pavilions when this seems no where close to materializing in my opinon. The safe bet for most is downtown in the long run and thats why i think Cafe Annie's is going to move out of this location at San Felipe/PostOak and has decided to move downtown where they are opening 2 new restaurants.

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i don't think anyone can find enough tenants to go into a 300,000 sf of space at this location. Keep in mind, those properties have been vacant/empty with over 100,000 sf + of space for several years in just part of the property...it wouldn't surprise me if over 200,000-250,000 sf + has been vacant now that i think about it a little more. They had a hard enough time filling those two properties when they were at their prime. Partly because there was already too much duplication of tenants in the area from Steak houses, bookstores, jewelry stores,etc. i will ck. back maybe after 3 years after light rail finishes carving in front of it and closing every business in its path first...i have difficulty even reading comparisons of this to H. Pavilions when this seems no where close to materializing in my opinon. The safe bet for most is downtown in the long run and thats why i think Cafe Annie's is going to move out of this location at San Felipe/PostOak and has decided to move downtown where they are opening 2 new restaurants.

one more time...IF... it even breaks ground it will be difficult to get enough tenants to fill it. this is the problem this location has now, which is why it is being torn down in my opinion. i think that stores in the galleria are extremely cautious about venturing outside of the galleria into projects along post oak and in fact ended up moving back into the galleria like cartier did for example. others were not as fortunate and simply closed. This area also has too many duplicate types of stores already . isn't the developer of Saks and this new concept the same. it seems that they are talking about tearing down/re-building to target the same high-end users who won't go there now and/or that there really weren't enough of to go there in the first place ?

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one more time...IF... it even breaks ground it will be difficult to get enough tenants to fill it. this is the problem this location has now, which is why it is being torn down in my opinion. i think that stores in the galleria are extremely cautious about venturing outside of the galleria into projects along post oak and in fact ended up moving back into the galleria like cartier did for example. others were not as fortunate and simply closed. This area also has too many duplicate types of stores already . isn't the developer of Saks and this new concept the same. it seems that they are talking about tearing down/re-building to target the same high-end users who won't go there now and/or that there really weren't enough of to go there in the first place ?

I believe BLVD Place will be hugely successful. They have put together an urban, mixed use development that is nothing like what you see today. You're not considering the inclusion of the high rise residences, the high rise hotel, the new urban Whole Foods, etc. They aren't simply tearing down what is existing to build an updated strip center. Review the plans earlier in the post and let us know if you still think this development won't be successful, let alone break ground.

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I believe BLVD Place will be hugely successful. They have put together an urban, mixed use development that is nothing like what you see today. You're not considering the inclusion of the high rise residences, the high rise hotel, the new urban Whole Foods, etc. They aren't simply tearing down what is existing to build an updated strip center. Review the plans earlier in the post and let us know if you still think this development won't be successful, let alone break ground.

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ok. i will. But any grocery store seems odd for the tenant mix...i think it takes away more than ads to that location ? not sexy...

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ok. i will. But any grocery store seems odd for the tenant mix...i think it takes away more than ads to that location ? not sexy...

This isn't a podunk Kroger. This is a flagship Whole Foods store, like the one at their headquarters in Austin. This will make food sexy. Whole Foods will bring in traffic, and by virtue of it being a high-end-grocery-anchored shopping center, smaller retailers will follow.

The only thing that I'd be concerned about is whether BLVD Place or the Oaks District is able to break ground first. The one would likely negate the other. ...but right now, my money is on BLVD Place.

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This isn't a podunk Kroger. This is a flagship Whole Foods store, like the one at their headquarters in Austin. This will make food sexy. Whole Foods will bring in traffic, and by virtue of it being a high-end-grocery-anchored shopping center, smaller retailers will follow.

The only thing that I'd be concerned about is whether BLVD Place or the Oaks District is able to break ground first. The one would likely negate the other. ...but right now, my money is on BLVD Place.

What is Oaks District? Don't recall hearing of that one before.

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This isn't a podunk Kroger. This is a flagship Whole Foods store, like the one at their headquarters in Austin. This will make food sexy. Whole Foods will bring in traffic, and by virtue of it being a high-end-grocery-anchored shopping center, smaller retailers will follow.

The only thing that I'd be concerned about is whether BLVD Place or the Oaks District is able to break ground first. The one would likely negate the other. ...but right now, my money is on BLVD Place.

oh i enjoy reading this stuff. next we will hear about a race to the Galleria Mall amongst grocery stores. they have the demographics for a grocery store in their high-end retail location certainly. i am surprised that nobody else thought about it . yeah-right !!!!!

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The only thing that I'd be concerned about is whether BLVD Place or the Oaks District is able to break ground first. The one would likely negate the other. ...but right now, my money is on BLVD Place.

Oaks District is nowhere near ready to break ground while BLVD Place is very close. To me what is really interesting is what will happen if and when all these developments are complete. Since they all want to create Houston's version of Rodeo Dr. or 5th Ave., one or more will likely have to change scope (unless this city can all the sudden supports multiple high end districts). I think West Ave has the chance to be the most accessible of the developments, simply because the mix of tenants will likely be less couture-only. While I'm excited I might finally be able to buy a pair of Miu Miu's or Paul Smith shoes here in Houston, being able to walk around and hang out without getting hit by a car (hopefully) is what I'm most excited about.

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oh i enjoy reading this stuff. next we will hear about a race to the Galleria Mall amongst grocery stores. they have the demographics for a grocery store in their high-end retail location certainly. i am surprised that nobody else thought about it . yeah-right !!!!!

Well, the city that invented the mall, Milan, sure thinks grocery stores are good anchors.

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Oaks District is nowhere near ready to break ground while BLVD Place is very close. To me what is really interesting is what will happen if and when all these developments are complete. Since they all want to create Houston's version of Rodeo Dr. or 5th Ave., one or more will likely have to change scope (unless this city can all the sudden supports multiple high end districts). I think West Ave has the chance to be the most accessible of the developments, simply because the mix of tenants will likely be less couture-only. While I'm excited I might finally be able to buy a pair of Miu Miu's or Paul Smith shoes here in Houston, being able to walk around and hang out without getting hit by a car (hopefully) is what I'm most excited about.

Since The Niche hasn't answered, I'll ask you. What is the Oaks District? And what is the West Ave. development?

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That's really nice and all, but i think it is not fair to compare a small grocery store in italy to the local market, just like i don't think that one can say that concepts that work in Florida are going to work or are appropriate for Houston. If you think about it Auchan was a Belgian company that believed in grocery stores that came to town a while back and it didn't work. Additionally, grocery stores are found all over this town, many of which are closed today and they traditionally pay some of the lowest rent which once again doesn't jive with high-end. i am sure that the galleria is out looking for a grocery store to do a build-to-suit for. on the other hand maybe a grocery store should have been placed in the vacant 100,000 sf + old Saks store...building neat things is groovy, but filling them with warm bodies is a diff. ball game. hmmmmmmm :)

Why is it that your comments in every thread have to be catty and egotistical? You make yourself appear to be stuck up and elitist. Neither is appreciated on HAIF.

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oh i enjoy reading this stuff. next we will hear about a race to the Galleria Mall amongst grocery stores. they have the demographics for a grocery store in their high-end retail location certainly. i am surprised that nobody else thought about it . yeah-right !!!!!

When Whole Foods and Central Market first entered the Houston market (and even to a certain extent, this applies to the present), they were destinations for households within a very large trade area. Whole Foods has been expanding at a fairly rapid pace, diluting the 'special' nature of their first store and dividing up its original trade area. By building a flagship store in a location that is essentially central to Houston's wealthy households, they are able to once again take advantage of a huge trade area. This isn't a neighborhood grocer. Not only will it attract other retailers, but it will attract residents to BLVD Place. It may even have a small synergistic effect on office demand, but I'm not going to go out on a limb with that kind of an assertion.

Additionally, grocery stores are found all over this town, many of which are closed today and they traditionally pay some of the lowest rent which once again doesn't jive with high-end.

You don't seem to understand the importance of a grocery store to other retailers. It is the concept of an anchor, which is a large traffic-generating establishment within a retail center that acts as a destination and makes convenience-oriented retail and other in-line tenants more viable.

Basically, developers give away the grocery space so that they can lure the bread and butter tenants that pay high rents.

What is Oaks District? Don't recall hearing of that one before.

Can't say almost anything at all because I'm bound to confidentiality twice over, but it was briefly discussed in an article in Sunday's edition of the Chronicle.

Oaks District is nowhere near ready to break ground while BLVD Place is very close.

Is confidence high with respect to BLVD Place? Source?

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Can't say almost anything at all because I'm bound to confidentiality twice over, but it was briefly discussed in an article in Sunday's edition of the Chronicle.

LOL Well, of course you are... You never disappoint.

For those interested, the Oaks District is what was formerly known as the Westcreek project. It's located at Westcreek and Westheimer just inside the loop. It consists of about 15 acres; they plan 350,000 sq. ft. of retail; 300 luxury apartments; 200,000 sq. ft. of office; and two "major" hotels

Estimated completion: Spring 2010

The development company's website doesn't give the name or the estimated completion date, but everything else agrees with what Nancy has reported.

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When Whole Foods and Central Market first entered the Houston market (and even to a certain extent, this applies to the present), they were destinations for households within a very large trade area. Whole Foods has been expanding at a fairly rapid pace, diluting the 'special' nature of their first store and dividing up its original trade area. By building a flagship store in a location that is essentially central to Houston's wealthy households, they are able to once again take advantage of a huge trade area. This isn't a neighborhood grocer. Not only will it attract other retailers, but it will attract residents to BLVD Place. It may even have a small synergistic effect on office demand, but I'm not going to go out on a limb with that kind of an assertion.

First of all there is already a grocery store across the street. i am not sure why we are not reading about it yet and its importance to that center. it should be stealing the spot light ! i guess you are basically saying that this should be considered to be like any other strip center that has a grocery store in it and so i will. i thought it was supposed to be a cut above or something. i probably mis-understood. oh well.

You don't seem to understand the importance of a grocery store to other retailers. It is the concept of an anchor, which is a large traffic-generating establishment within a retail center that acts as a destination and makes convenience-oriented retail and other in-line tenants more viable.

Basically, developers give away the grocery space so that they can lure the bread and butter tenants that pay high rents.

Can't say almost anything at all because I'm bound to confidentiality twice over, but it was briefly discussed in an article in Sunday's edition of the Chronicle.

Is confidence high with respect to BLVD Place? Source?

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The only thing that I'd be concerned about is whether BLVD Place or the Oaks District is able to break ground first. The one would likely negate the other. ...but right now, my money is on BLVD Place.

Oaks District is about 2 years out, at least. Considering they are both planning luxury hotel and residential, I would think there is plenty of retai l to go around.

Both these developments will really add to the overall strength of the Uptown area- right now other than Galleria itself there is really not that much upscale retail in Uptown when compared to other cities our size (Uptown Dallas, Lenox/Buckhead in Atlanta, for instance).

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Oaks District is about 2 years out, at least. Considering they are both planning luxury hotel and residential, I would think there is plenty of retai l to go around.

Both these developments will really add to the overall strength of the Uptown area- right now other than Galleria itself there is really not that much upscale retail in Uptown when compared to other cities our size (Uptown Dallas, Lenox/Buckhead in Atlanta, for instance).

On-site residential won't support many retail tenants by itself. I reviewed some numbers in response to some HAIFers being upset about losing the residential component of Houston Pavilions, and even under unreasonably optimistic assumptions, only a small fraction of the retail component would've been supported by on-site residential. Hotels are supportive as well, but really only of certain types of retail for the most part. Oaks has to be a destination, and that will be the challenge.

I've said too much... :ph34r:

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On-site residential won't support many retail tenants by itself. I reviewed some numbers in response to some HAIFers being upset about losing the residential component of Houston Pavilions, and even under unreasonably optimistic assumptions, only a small fraction of the retail component would've been supported by on-site residential. Hotels are supportive as well, but really only of certain types of retail for the most part. Oaks has to be a destination, and that will be the challenge.

I've said too much... :ph34r:

Point is that with part of each site dedicated to residential and hotel there is not that much additional retail, it is at great location in cool projects, and will be a couple years minimum before the bulk of it comes online. I would expect these would be a destination. Let's not forget that Galleria is Houston's #1 tourist venue. People get excited about retail downtown, but Uptown is Houston's top retail zone.

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Point is that with part of each site dedicated to residential and hotel there is not that much additional retail, it is at great location in cool projects, and will be a couple years minimum before the bulk of it comes online. I would expect these would be a destination. Let's not forget that Galleria is Houston's #1 tourist venue. People get excited about retail downtown, but Uptown is Houston's top retail zone.

Is this Uptown? I know some folks that might not think so...

Let us also not forget that a retail component of this size is no small feat as of right now (today), but that the market will be even more competitive as this nears completion. This will be no walk in the park.

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Is this Uptown? I know some folks that might not think so...

Let us also not forget that a retail component of this size is no small feat as of right now (today), but that the market will be even more competitive as this nears completion. This will be no walk in the park.

BLVD Place is Uptown, judging by the flying saucers hanging from the intersections. Oaks District doesn't have the UFOs hovering, so perhaps not. Considering its proximity to West Loop as well as Highland Village/River Oaks, however, its situated pretty well.

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BLVD Place is Uptown, judging by the flying saucers hanging from the intersections. Oaks District doesn't have the UFOs hovering, so perhaps not. Considering its proximity to West Loop as well as Highland Village/River Oaks, however, its situated pretty well.

I must admit, it is situated pretty well even if it isn't in Uptown...but then again, so are its prospective competitors that are in Uptown.

I won't count it out, but I'm cautious on this one.

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Why is it that your comments in every thread have to be catty and egotistical? You make yourself appear to be stuck up and elitist. Neither is appreciated on HAIF.

you seem very soft-skinned like one of those realtor-men or something. don't read it if you don't want to. thanks sweetie !

i think everyone knows what a grocery store is, and i don't dispute that or the fact that everyone eats food rich or poor,etc. i am thinking more in terms of highest and best use coupled with sophistication. my understanding is that this was targeted towards high end tenants, not grocers, and cleaners that i am sure we all agree are desireable tenants in retail centers. However, in my estimation the highest and best use at this time for that particular property, specifically the Saks portion would probably have to be Class "A" office space. A grocery store just doesn't seem to be a "fit" for high-end use, but if thats what they are going to have to "try" to ride in with then great, if it even makes it to ground-breaking in the first place.

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it does make me giggle when people try to compare this first of all to a project that has actually broken-ground (houston pavilions), but not only that has a far more sophisticated feel in terms of truly one of a kind national credit tenants, design, and has a 200,000 sf office building on top of the high-end retail. the grocery store just doesn't cut the mustard because it's not quite as sexy as having an office building, house of blues, lucky strike, etc. word.

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Whole Foods is the store that everyone wants to include in their developments nationwide. As far as groceries go, it doesn't get any higher ended. Additionally, this wont be a typical Whole Foods store. This will be HUGE and will include a large prepared foods area, coffeeshop/cafe, and other amenities that will appeal to not only the area's wealthy grocery shoppers but also the THOUSANDS of people who work in the area for lunch and dinner.

Additionally, you apparently haven't read much about the BLVD Place project. It isn't a retail outlet only. It is an integrated mixed-use space that will include retail (yes, that includes Whole Foods), condos, a hotel with condos attached, apartments, and OFFICE SPACE. If you think that a Whole Foods wont attract condo buyers, renters, and employees of the hotel and office towers, then you are NUTS.

Why do you think Mr. Finger is touting his high-end market/wine store in his One Park Place apartment tower?

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