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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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Do you have a link for that? Pics dont show up for me at work.

Nope, it was a newsletter I got in my inbox.

I signed up for the Uptown Update from the Uptown Houston website.

They are supposed to also post them here

http://www.uptown-houston.com/info/uptownNews.html

But they are always months behind.

The photos are of the progress, not much to see right now, just thought I'd post them.

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Your state of concern might be different if you had money in the real estate game.

Surface parking = visual torture. I don't mind garages, the rates aren't terrible even in the super-expensive TMC (although I chose to just bike or take the train.) But I want to hulk smash every surface lot in the city. I don't care about any simplistic "cost=utility" argument, they're a terrible visual blight and devalue the entire neighborhood in my eyes. What about the utility and value in having a neighborhood that doesn't feel like a barren wasteland. Anyway, we could go back and forth on this forever, you know where I stand. EOM.

However, I will grant that some people never step foot outside without their cars. Probably even most people on this forum have never walked on a city sidewalk or through a park as a means of transit. Perhaps when your only perception of the city is colored by the car's window, you don't even notice the lots in the first place. But to live your entire life this way is a greatly diminished experience.

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Surface parking = visual torture. I don't mind garages, the rates aren't terrible even in the super-expensive TMC (although I chose to just bike or take the train.) But I want to hulk smash every surface lot in the city. I don't care about any simplistic "cost=utility" argument, they're a terrible visual blight and devalue the entire neighborhood in my eyes. What about the utility and value in having a neighborhood that doesn't feel like a barren wasteland. Anyway, we could go back and forth on this forever, you know where I stand. EOM.

However, I will grant that some people never step foot outside without their cars. Probably even most people on this forum have never walked on a city sidewalk or through a park as a means of transit. Perhaps when your only perception of the city is colored by the car's window, you don't even notice the lots in the first place. But to live your entire life this way is a greatly diminished experience.

I believe you are correct in that there are many who have never walked on city sidewalks before. I too think that sort of thing is what diminishes quality of life for many. That's why I decided to take the blue pill. However, for sanity's sake, TheNiche is correct.

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Do we have a thread on the W hotel somewhere? Seems I've heard it mentioned in conjunction with Blvd Place at one point.

Dows it have it's own thread. I tried searching for it, but the Haif search parameters don't allow words under 3 letters thus eliminating 'W'.

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Do we have a thread on the W hotel somewhere? Seems I've heard it mentioned in conjunction with Blvd Place at one point.

Dows it have it's own thread. I tried searching for it, but the Haif search parameters don't allow words under 3 letters thus eliminating 'W'.

not sure, but I always use google advanced search. just search within HAIF. works well

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Surface parking = visual torture. I don't mind garages, the rates aren't terrible even in the super-expensive TMC (although I chose to just bike or take the train.) But I want to hulk smash every surface lot in the city. I don't care about any simplistic "cost=utility" argument, they're a terrible visual blight and devalue the entire neighborhood in my eyes. What about the utility and value in having a neighborhood that doesn't feel like a barren wasteland. Anyway, we could go back and forth on this forever, you know where I stand. EOM.

However, I will grant that some people never step foot outside without their cars. Probably even most people on this forum have never walked on a city sidewalk or through a park as a means of transit. Perhaps when your only perception of the city is colored by the car's window, you don't even notice the lots in the first place. But to live your entire life this way is a greatly diminished experience.

Why do you live in Houston?

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Do we have a thread on the W hotel somewhere? Seems I've heard it mentioned in conjunction with Blvd Place at one point.

Dows it have it's own thread. I tried searching for it, but the Haif search parameters don't allow words under 3 letters thus eliminating 'W'.

Found what I was looking for.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...mp;#entry236925

I could have swore when I passed by it today (Westheimer@Yorktown) that the banner mentioned the "aloft" concept was brought to you by W Hotels.

Perhaps I was mistaken.

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Texas Medical Center

"Texas medical Center" what? Are employed there, or simply think it's the only viable place in Houston worth setting foot?

Personally, I think your overly exagerating. Houston is a great city that is making strides to accomplish a more urban environment, give it some time. things aren't going to do a 180 overnight.

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Found what I was looking for.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...mp;#entry236925

I could have swore when I passed by it today (Westheimer@Yorktown) that the banner mentioned the "aloft" concept was brought to you by W Hotels.

Perhaps I was mistaken.

Actually I think this might be what you're looking for: http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...;hl=round+round.

The aloft thread that you linked is about an officially announced development of a hotel set to open in March 2009 at 5433 Westheimer. The W thread is a bit more speculative, suggesting there might be a W hotel coming to the same area, presumably the River Oaks District (4444 Westheimer, where Westcreek Apts. is now). It ultimately spawned this thread (http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...r+oaks+district.), with updated renderings, etc.

W is a Starwood Hotel brand, and aloft is a newer Starwood brand that they refer to as "A Vision of W Hotels." Why it's affiliated that way with W and not with Sheraton or Westin or the other Starwood brands I can't say, but I think W and aloft are both supposed to be the trendier side of Starwood so maybe they're paired up for that reason. I believe W is generally quite a bit more upscale than aloft, though. (I'm sure I'm butchering their brand positioning -- Starwood, please forgive me!)

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Here is a new pic from this morning. You can see that most of the foundation was laid earlier this week.

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Man, I can't stop looking at that TERRIBLE base/garage for the Cosmopolitan. That is FUGLY.

I had high hopes for the Cosmo. I am left saying "blah."

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Man, I can't stop looking at that TERRIBLE base/garage for the Cosmopolitan. That is FUGLY.

I had high hopes for the Cosmo. I am left saying "blah."

I really dont get it either. I keep thinking they'll somehow remove it when move-ins start.

Shame too, iirc the Titan renderings have a similar deal.

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Man, I can't stop looking at that TERRIBLE base/garage for the Cosmopolitan. That is FUGLY.

I had high hopes for the Cosmo. I am left saying "blah."

It could be my eyes, but in the pic it looks like there is a small piece of curtain wall at the top right of the garage. Hopefully they're replacing that nasty beige with a facade that matches the rest of the building.

Edit: I'm obviously seeing things. Just looked at the renderings and sure enough that facade is a keeper. It looks like they're going to put some climbing vines in, so hopefully once that matures it will look better. Also it looks like they went away from the original color which was more of a brown.

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Edit: I'm obviously seeing things. Just looked at the renderings and sure enough that facade is a keeper. It looks like they're going to put some climbing vines in, so hopefully once that matures it will look better. Also it looks like they went away from the original color which was more of a brown.

Originally vines were planned. Now they aren't.

I think the Uptown district was a little miffed at the end result too, but not enough to force the developer into carrying through with those plans. I believe what you see is finished due to the wishes of the developer.

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I never noticed it before since I've only really seen the building in person from the ground level as I'm looking upwards at the top half, but now that it's been pointed out, the garage's design really detracts from the building. I mean REALLY detracts from it.

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i live and work right next door to the cosmo and can honestly say that everyone around here is miffed that that is the end design for the garage.... i mean everyone. who on earth greenlit that one? it is horrendous. for the longest time i just assumed it was a temporary facade, but as they got closer and closer to finishing the exterior it became apparent that this is indeed the final design... all i can say is wow.

vines would be a HUGE relief compared to what it looks like now.... somebody call randall davis and tell him he better not leave it the way it is; some people have to look at this thing every-freakin-day.

i do like the continuity of the building itself in regards to four oaks place and the four leaf towers, though.

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i live and work right next door to the cosmo and can honestly say that everyone around here is miffed that that is the end design for the garage.... i mean everyone.
i'm thinking a spray paint artist could have a field day.
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It cheapens the entire building and the entire Four Oaks project, which is one of the nicest suburban office complexes in town. Knowing that another one will rise across the street is a scary thought to.

Considering the prices Randall is charging, I would like to think sales in the Titan might be harder to come by when the buyers can see the "quality" of design across the street.

I'd also imagine that the flippers who bought early in the Cosmo aren't too thrilled to see the vines and fountain wall missing!

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i live and work right next door to the cosmo and can honestly say that everyone around here is miffed that that is the end design for the garage.... i mean everyone. who on earth greenlit that one? it is horrendous. for the longest time i just assumed it was a temporary facade, but as they got closer and closer to finishing the exterior it became apparent that this is indeed the final design... all i can say is wow.

vines would be a HUGE relief compared to what it looks like now.... somebody call randall davis and tell him he better not leave it the way it is; some people have to look at this thing every-freakin-day.

i do like the continuity of the building itself in regards to four oaks place and the four leaf towers, though.

With has rich as the guy is, he couldn't paint the garage to match the building?

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who on earth greenlit that one? it is horrendous. for the longest time i just assumed it was a temporary facade, but as they got closer and closer to finishing the exterior it became apparent that this is indeed the final design... all i can say is wow.

The owner-developer did. If they are pre-selling the wazzoo out of the units, why still spend money on vines. Unless an ugly garage becomes an issue as to why units are no longer being purchased, then they don't care what their neighbors think.

They don't answer to their neighbors, uptown district, or haifers... so we should probably get over it.

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The owner-developer did. If they are pre-selling the wazzoo out of the units, why still spend money on vines. Unless an ugly garage becomes an issue as to why units are no longer being purchased, then they don't care what their neighbors think.

They don't answer to their neighbors, uptown district, or haifers... so we should probably get over it.

Yeah. Cosmo says fcuk you. I'll do what I want.

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Did construction stop completely, or did it just slow down? Golly, I hope they didn't run out of money.

Yeah, Ed Wulfe ran out of money. About as likely as the Astros winning their division this year...

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The building behind it is 330 feet tall so this thing looks to be at least 425 feet.

It looks a little bulky but I'd have to see different angles. That said, it is a huge step up from 1200 Post Oak and the Riverway Tower for Hanover.

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Was this particular tower part of the original plans? It doesn't look like it's on the original site of BLVD Place, but to the west a little.

edit: I don't understand where this is going exactly. They show it being west of a road that goes all the way to Ambassador Way. The only one that does that according to google maps is Sage. According to the chron map, it looks like part of the development is new streets, I guess.

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I am a bit skeptical that this, in fact, is the final design. Where are the balconies that Houstonians demand (and then don't actually use)? How can you open your windows?

I'm being sarcastic, but it does strike me a bit odd in Houston for a high rise with no outdoor element. The Four Leaf Towers down the street is an exception.

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edit: I don't understand where this is going exactly. They show it being west of a road that goes all the way to Ambassador Way. The only one that does that according to google maps is Sage. According to the chron map, it looks like part of the development is new streets, I guess.

sage - wrong

new street - right

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I am a bit skeptical that this, in fact, is the final design. Where are the balconies that Houstonians demand (and then don't actually use)? How can you open your windows?

I'm being sarcastic, but it does strike me a bit odd in Houston for a high rise with no outdoor element. The Four Leaf Towers down the street is an exception.

Actually, it does look like there are balconies on the non-glass part of the building. It's a bit hard to see, but they are in the rendering.

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The ritz doesn't have Houston as a future location. Yall think they just haven't added it yet? Is it b/c plans haven't been finalized? I know we have other sources saying it's a go. Just wondering.

http://corporate.ritzcarlton.com/en/Press/FactSheet.htm

FUTURE LOCATIONS:

Charlotte, North Carolina (USA) - 2009

Dove Mountain, Arizona (USA) - 2009

Dubai Financial Centre (United Arab Emirates) - 2008

Guangzhou (China) - 2007

Hong Kong (China)

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ed is way behind schedule on this, and that's not a good thing. tenants have the right to jump ship if the agreed upon timetables aren't being met and as of now they are most definitely not. no word on the ritz, but this is a real concern for some of the other tenants.

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one would have to take this as a very good omen... and the ritz is definitely in the 50+ story range, which is fantastic (if true). i guess they scrapped the 3rd residential tower?

either way, i'm excited to see some daring architecture - at least for houston.

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Excellent stuff. I like the fact that both buildings will be unique rather than twins or related like in the first rendering. There are too many of those around that corner already with the Interfin Development and Four Leafs.

It's hard to truly tell height from a rendering, but if this is even close to scale, then the Ritz is coming in around the 550 to 600 feet range. Nice impact in Uptown!

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nice find ctn!

They also have a few other new renderings with one showing the front of whole foods.

It's hard to truly tell height from a rendering, but if this is even close to scale, then the Ritz is coming in around the 550 to 600 feet range. Nice impact in Uptown!

What other Houston buildings are close to that height?

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