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Driving by Blvd Place everyday to work, I am just so excited to see this when it is done. It is really going to be a jewel for this area and street corner.

 

I'm so impressed by it's modern clean lines.

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Agreed. If the apache rendering floating around is accurate it will compliment the rest of the project terrifically IMO.

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so the apache tower is going on the grassy lot to the left of whole foods? what is the update on the other phase with the circular area in between a few buildings?

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yeah i personally cannot wait for this to be finished as well! Whole Foods and The Counter just a couple of blocks north of my work and a couple of blocks south of my home?! that = awesome (plus it is a great looking building as everyone else has said!)

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I drove by there yesterday and it looks fantastic.  I live a block away from the Whole Foods of Alabama and Kirby, so I can walk there.  But I have to see it when they complete it well worth the drive. :o

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Will that Whole Foods still be the original flagship size that itwas first announced as? Or has the size stayed reduced? It looks pretty big to me. Will it be on multiple stories or just the first floor?

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Will that Whole Foods still be the original flagship size that itwas first announced as? Or has the size stayed reduced? It looks pretty big to me. Will it be on multiple stories or just the first floor?

 

I seem to recall somweere in this thread it being mentioned that the Whole Foods was reduced in size and wouldn't be a flagship. But I am not certain that my memory is accurate

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Whole Foods' website lists stores under development, but not the BLVD Place location, for some reason (even tho' it is scheduled to open sooner than some of those other stores).

 

Like others, I read that it was downsized, after originally being planned to be as large as the flagship store in Austin.  Frankly, if they were to restore their plan to the larger size, I'm confident many in the area (including me) would be likely to shop there more.   Or, at least to spend more.  Part of that is because I'm still mourning the loss of Eatzie's.  I think the Austin flagship had Eatzie's beat, actually, certainly in terms of scale.

 

 

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They originally planned an 80,000 square foot store, but after building a couple of those they apparently didn't work so well and they said they did not plan to build any more that large.  They reduced the size of the Post Oak plan to 48,500 square feet.  Still larger than most Whole Foods stores, I think, but not as large as originally planned.

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i too mourn the loss of Eatzi's! Hated when they closed (and how they closed those losers!) but for now i am actually enjoying the Fresh Market on San Felipe quite a bit...but again, cannot wait for the new Whole Foods to open...it is definitely long overdue!

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so i read in a Chronicle article that the phase 3 plans for BLVD place include 1000 residences. im not sure how many the Hanover tower is going to have but id imagine no more than 2-300. i wonder if that means more/possibly taller towers could be on the horizon for BLVD place. is there an update of their plan anywhere? i know the Apache land acquisition changed up their plans (layout?) some.

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While I'm not crazy about the design of that tower, if the project included putting those hills in NW Houston, I'd go for it!

That tower is so RETROCOOL. I actually quite like it.

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is this the altered BLVD Place plans since they sold the 6 acres to Apache? I know that changed up their plans a little and i dont see that round courtyard area in between a few of the low rise retail buildings anymore.. i was just wondering how the new layout would be.

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Yes that is the new/current layout. The two blue rectangles and large grey square is the property sold to Apache.

So Apache will eventually have 2 towers at BLVD Place? hopefully the retail in the southeast corner of the lot is able to do well since its completely cut off from the rest of the site. interesting how they seem to know the design of the tower in the northwest corner of the plot, or at least have an interesting shape drawn in for the tower. i hope the others arent just boring boxes. so BLVD Place will eventually have ~3 residential towers, 1 hotel tower, and 2 office towers?

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So Apache will eventually have 2 towers at BLVD Place? hopefully the retail in the southeast corner of the lot is able to do well since its completely cut off from the rest of the site. interesting how they seem to know the design of the tower in the northwest corner of the plot, or at least have an interesting shape drawn in for the tower. i hope the others arent just boring boxes. so BLVD Place will eventually have ~3 residential towers, 1 hotel tower, and 2 office towers?

" interesting how they seem to know the design of the tower in the northwest corner of the plot"

 

That's the building now under construction. (if I think you're talking about the "L" shaped one)

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" interesting how they seem to know the design of the tower in the northwest corner of the plot"

 

That's the building now under construction. (if I think you're talking about the "L" shaped one)

nah im talking about the blue one north/northeast of the Hanover tower. it looks like its got a slight crescent shaped bite taken out of the right side, along with a small protrusion outward on the left of the north side of the building.

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nah im talking about the blue one north/northeast of the Hanover tower. it looks like its got a slight crescent shaped bite taken out of the right side, along with a small protrusion outward on the left of the north side of the building.

 

I'm not 100% but I thought there were renderings of that floating around a while ago...maybe a year or so ago.  Anyone remember that one?

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I'm not 100% but I thought there were renderings of that floating around a while ago...maybe a year or so ago. Anyone remember that one?

Yes, that was the original 37 story tower proposed by Hanover. Although it was shelved a few years back, it showed up on the plans again starting a year ago, maybe?

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Yes, that was the original 37 story tower proposed by Hanover. Although it was shelved a few years back, it showed up on the plans again starting a year ago, maybe?

shelved as in placed on the back burner, and its coming back now that they are mentioning it again in the plans? they are shooting for 1000 residential units and the current Hanover tower will only have ~2-300 so there will probably be 2 more residential towers?

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I thought Hanover Post Oak was replacing the 37-story tower. It was said that the tallest tower would be for Apache, but the plans for BLVD Place change often so I guess we will see..eventually. Anyway, here's the rendering for that tower you all speak of.

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ah i remember that now. definitely the same footprint as the tower in the new plans. i liked that tower.. i wonder if they are bringing it back to meet the residential requirements per the 1000 unit specs they released.

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Personally, I like this one more than the apache tower.

Plus, it's taller so it will make bigger impact on the uptown skyline, right?

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haha my thoughts exactly. i think the apache towers boxy lines will compliment the whole foods and existing buildings squared/modern lines, but this side of the 37 story tower, at least (the only side ive seen of this tower and the most interesting looking side from the footprint), is my favorite amongst the BLDV Place towers.

i wonder what Apache has planned for their second tower site.. if would be cool if it was even taller but im not sure how many workers they have to consolidate into another tower.

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haha my thoughts exactly. i think the apache towers boxy lines will compliment the whole foods and existing buildings squared/modern lines, but this side of the 37 story tower, at least (the only side ive seen of this tower and the most interesting looking side from the footprint), is my favorite amongst the BLDV Place towers.

i wonder what Apache has planned for their second tower site.. if would be cool if it was even taller but im not sure how many workers they have to consolidate into another tower.

Great minds think alike! ;)

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ah i remember that now. definitely the same footprint as the tower in the new plans. i liked that tower.. i wonder if they are bringing it back to meet the residential requirements per the 1000 unit specs they released.

 

Here's a more clear look at the overall plan, better proof that the 37-story residential tower is back on board.

 

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Here's a more clear look at the overall plan, better proof that the 37-story residential tower is back on board.

 

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Yes it matches the shape of tower.

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great news..
i never noticed the west side of the 37 story tower had a curvature on it, along with a cut out on the same side of the Hanover tower under construction. hopefully the other residential tower and hotel (i believe that was the plan at least) dont end up being boxes. I thought Apaches new tower was 34 stories, not 33? oh well, anyone think Apaches future tower could be even taller?

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Here is the evolution, for those that miss it.

BLVD HISTORY . . .

MAY 2009

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JUNE 2010

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JANUARY 2011

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JULY 2012

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...any else notice, we are now back up to 6 towers.

We were down to two as one point.

 

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i think i found the rendering you were referencing Urbannizer, showing Apache being the tallest tower planned, but the 29 story Hanover tower looks MUCH shorter in the rendering than the Apache tower, and possibly not even the same design, so maybe the other towers were just fillers in place of where they plan to build towers? Or did they actually make a statement saying Apache would be the tallest? I tried emailing them asking about the tower but im not too hopeful for a response.

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heres the swamplot article from back in 08 announcing it was put "on hold".. so it doesnt seem it was ever officially canceled. maybe/hopefully it will come back.. i wonder if they will wait to announce another resi tower until the current one is completed/leased out?

http://swamplot.com/hanover-uptown-apartment-tower-officially-on-hold/2008-10-24/

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i think i found the rendering you were referencing Urbannizer, showing Apache being the tallest tower planned, but the 29 story Hanover tower looks MUCH shorter in the rendering than the Apache tower, and possibly not even the same design, so maybe the other towers were just fillers in place of where they plan to build towers? Or did they actually make a statement saying Apache would be the tallest? I tried emailing them asking about the tower but im not too hopeful for a response.

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heres the swamplot article from back in 08 announcing it was put "on hold".. so it doesnt seem it was ever officially canceled. maybe/hopefully it will come back.. i wonder if they will wait to announce another resi tower until the current one is completed/leased out?

http://swamplot.com/hanover-uptown-apartment-tower-officially-on-hold/2008-10-24/

 

It was said by swstig that the Apache Tower will be the tallest according to current plans. I know at one point it was going to be 38-floors.The plans changed quite a few times over the years so I wouldn't be surprised if something taller comes along.

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2013 10 12:

 

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I really love this shot. Capturing all three projects at once. Thanks Skyline View!

 

As well as the redevelopment of the building that will now house Icon Bank on the corner of San Felipe and Post Oak. It's a small building but with the new glass it looks pretty nice.

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Thanks for the photos.  This has been an exciting project to follow.  I'm a tad dismayed the Apache building will eat such a large chunk of the previous design - but that just allows the next developer room to add more dense retail+office across the street.

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glass facade already? nice.. 

any idea when the Apache tower is supposed to start being built? forgive me if that question has been asked, i cant wait to see 4 towers under construction within a quarter mile or so radius.

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North Restaurant has a Place at BLVD Place

 

An Italian restaurant called North has leased space in the second phase of BLVD Place, the newest tenant to sign onto the mixed-use development at the corner of Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe.

 

The restaurant is expected to open next summer, along with a 55,000 square foot Whole Foods, a Pinkberry yogurt shop, True Food Kitchen and other retailers.

 

"We think the North restaurant is a great addition," said Ed Wulfe, chairman and CEO of Wulfe & Co., managing partner of the development. "It's something that's not anywhere else in Houston, a new restaurant concept -- not that Houston isn't booming with them."

 

This will be North's seventh restaurant in the U.S, and the second in Texas - the first being in Austin.

 

The 4,300 square foot space will have a casual feel with community tables and a "pasta station" where diners can see their meals being prepared. The restaurant makes its pasta and pizza dough from scratch daily. Its wine selections will include items from hard-to-find producers and vintages from the central and northern regions of Italy, the company said.

 

The 215,000 second phase, which is about 60% leased, will also have a 55,000-square-foot regional headquarters for Frost Bank.

 

A third phase will be a concept similar to the first two, combining office and retail on multiple levels.

 

Apache Corp. acquired land there for a new Headquarters office complex.

 

Wulfe said there are two more parcels left for development.

 

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/sarnoff/article/North-restaurant-has-a-place-at-BLVD-Place-4908920.php

 

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