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Galleria-Area Intersection Closed

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By Alana Gomez Dong

Thursday, May 28, 2009

UPDATED: 7:02 am CDT May 28, 2009

HOUSTON -- A normally busy Galleria-area intersection will be traffic-free for a few days, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday. video.gifWATCH IT: Busy Intersection Shut Down For Days The intersection of Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe Street is closed until 5 a.m. Monday. The closure is part of a project to improve San Felipe Street, eventually having three lanes going both directions and a turn lane. John Breeding, president of the Uptown Houston District, said completing the construction over the next couple of days is better than spreading it out over time. "We can go in, make all the improvements very quickly and get out of there" said Breeding "If not, it takes 12 to 15 days spread out over six weekends." But some businesses are worried the detours will also re-route their customers. "Our biggest crowd is lunch, and if they have a hard time getting in or out and they only have 30 minutes, it will really hurt," one business manager said. Other drivers said finding detours will be difficult. "I know the area pretty good, but I just don't know it well enough to actually try and get around it," said Walter Evans, who uses the intersection regularly. Breeding suggested using the recently-constructed Post Oak Lane as a detour.

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http://www.click2houston.com/news/19587873/detail.html

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Just a refresher.

The Old Finished Project Map

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Current Project for this summer, with opening planned for June 2009, with the Pavilions Malls intact.

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hmmmm... that restaurant space being advertised was originally slated to be Americas. I had been wondering why we weren't hearing ANYthing about their impending move. Looks like they aren't moving in to the new space. Wonder what's up with that?

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Update, courtesy of the Chronicle:

"The next phase, consisting of a Whole Foods and retail office complex at San Felipe and Post Oak Boulevard, will begin late this year or early next year, Wulfe said."

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headli...iz/6451679.html

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hmmmm... that restaurant space being advertised was originally slated to be Americas. I had been wondering why we weren't hearing ANYthing about their impending move. Looks like they aren't moving in to the new space. Wonder what's up with that?

Ate at Americas last week, and asked the waiter what the plan was. He said that the restaurant's owner and Wulfe had a falling out... Wulfe didn't reimburse Americas, as was apparently promised, for loss of sales due to the construction. So Americas plans to stay right where they are, per their current lease agreement, until 2013.

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Ate at Americas last week, and asked the waiter what the plan was. He said that the restaurant's owner and Wulfe had a falling out... Wulfe didn't reimburse Americas, as was apparently promised, for loss of sales due to the construction. So Americas plans to stay right where they are, per their current lease agreement, until 2013.

Interesting . . .

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Very sweet. Road construction on San Felipe by The Four Leaf Towers is done!

I think it's now done from Sage & San Felipe all the way down to Post Oak & San Felipe.

I hate the road on San Felipe, that's right next to Levcor's Post Oak Plaza, it needs to be repaved and reconstructed!

Any ideas if that will be worked on next?

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The first building is essentially finished. Hermes, Festari for Men, New Balance, and RDG/Bar Annie have moved in, and I believe one other retail tenant whose name escapes me at the moment.

Could you maybe take some pictures if you have a chance? Appreciate it!

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While doing something earlier and hearing the news in the background, I heard Dave Ward on abc13 say something about the Redo Drive of Houston. I looked up and saw this really nice urban shopping area, and I thought it was in LA or something then I realized that it was BLVD Place. They were showing it because a Houston store called Festari had gotten robbed. BLVD Place is VERY NICE! I had no idea that it was open like that yet. Well any ways, below is a clip of it. Its not the clip I saw, but its a clip from a broadcast from earlier today: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=6939082&rss=rss-ktrk-article-6939082

To me it looks to be the premier urban shopping area in Houston (besides the Galleria).

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So we've gone from 3 dazzling towers, down to 2 pretty good size scrapers, to a 2 or 3 story retail shop. Outstanding.

The site still shows the two towers in the plans. All I've read is that the residential and hotel towers are on hold, but still part of the site plan. This only seems prudent given the current economy. Has something changed, and are these towers permanently axed?

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The site still shows the two towers in the plans. All I've read is that the residential and hotel towers are on hold, but still part of the site plan. This only seems prudent given the current economy. Has something changed, and are these towers permanently axed?

Given that the developers like to keep mum about such things, the chance that the towers are being axed for good would not surprise me in the least. Ugh.

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Not about the project Blvd Place.

Wow, it's finally happening!

610 & San Felipe is being reconstructed and repaved! When it's finished, it's going to be so awesome.

I heard on the morning radio that east? bound lane of San Felipe @ 610 will be closed until August 24th.

Yup, Uptown District sent out a flyer.

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The retail exteriors remind me of the Highland Village site. All upscale clean retail outlets. HV > All :P

It would have been nicer if they brought the building up to Post Oak Blvd. That way people driving down the street can look into the stores and see the people walking from store to store like they do in other cities.

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It would have been nicer if they brought the building up to Post Oak Blvd. That way people driving down the street can look into the stores and see the people walking from store to store like they do in other cities.

most people prefer that drivers look at the road ahead.

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I didn't really mean look, I meant glance.

I thinking like the Streets of Buckhead development thats going up:

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It tickles me that you had to explain that. :D

Believe it or not citykid09, I actually believe Post Oak will eventually look like that. It's going to take a while but it will. The plans at BLVD is at the very least a 'lean' in the the right direction.

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It tickles me that you had to explain that. :D

Believe it or not citykid09, I actually believe Post Oak will eventually look like that. It's going to take a while but it will. The plans at BLVD is at the very least a 'lean' in the the right direction.

He knew what what I meant. I just felt like I should explain it because.....well I don't know why I explained it. LOL!

I thought it would be more of a walkable center. The start of Uptown becoming a walkable area. Its still a great center, but the planning could have been better to enhance the street scape. I riding Westminster the other day in the Montrose area and I thought wow! people are walking everywhere. People parallel parked in front of the stores and walked around. The area is not neatly planned, but it has the concept. Rice Village is another area that almost has it. I was hopping BLVD place would have been the more upscale version of areas like those.

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Not sure if this has been reported, but it probably should have been obvious. It's from March, but no doubt still relevant considering the economy is still not looking up yet...

Although still on track for completion by 2010, Wulfe & Company’s Boulevard Place, located on Post Oak Boulevard at San Felipe (within walking distance from The Galleria mall), has been slow to get underway. Currently 340,250 square feet of the previously named The Pavilion Post Oak is undergoing extensive renovations, while the remainder of the project has shifted to proposed status. Overshadowing any new activity at the highprofile location has been the cancellation of two key project components. Originally, the mixed-use project was announced with plans for 500,000 square feet of upscale retail shops and restaurants, 175,000 square feet of boutique office space, a 225-room luxury hotel, and 500 high-rise residences. Financing issues, however, have been cited for the cancellation of the 37-story Hanover Apartment Towers and 30-story Ritz Carlton hotel components. For its part, Whole Foods, the primary retail anchor, has delayed ground breaking until late 2010. Still another stalled project also in the Galleria area is Trademark Property Company’s 100,000-square foot High Street mixed-use project located on Westheimer Street just inside Loop 610, announced as indefinitely delayed due to the economic recession.

http://www.colliers.com/Content/Repositories/Base/Markets/Houston/English/Market_Report/PDFs/2009_2Q_Houston_Retail_Market_Report.pdf

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He knew what what I meant. I just felt like I should explain it because.....well I don't know why I explained it. LOL!

I thought it would be more of a walkable center. The start of Uptown becoming a walkable area. Its still a great center, but the planning could have been better to enhance the street scape. I riding Westminster the other day in the Montrose area and I thought wow! people are walking everywhere. People parallel parked in front of the stores and walked around. The area is not neatly planned, but it has the concept. Rice Village is another area that almost has it. I was hopping BLVD place would have been the more upscale version of areas like those.

Can we not edit post anymore? I was trying to say "I was riding down Westheimer the other day"

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They've got a new polished website for this. What do yall think it means, going ahead full steam or just stepping up the advertising?

http://www.blvdplace.com/

Also, notice what the description is missing. Anyone remember if the sq. feet for the office and retail/restaurant are the same or lower as before?

edit: actually, it does not list the hotel and residential on the main page but does on the Location/facts page.

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I saw one or two new ones. The interactive map still shows Hanover for the res. tower but the hotel just says "luxury hotel." I'm sure the design will change along with the hotel company.

Well, they would not invest more on a website if the project was dead. So that's some positive thinking at least.

Maybe some fresh news is on the way.

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Just to bring this topic back to life after a depressing 5 months....

I wanted to show this new Whole Foods in a comparable development in Dallas near its DART rail called Park Lane.

http://www.wfaa.com/video/featured-videos/New-Whole-Foods-Opens-in-North-Dallas-87671082.html

It just opened. Nice right.

Also, what store closed that was next to New Balance?

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Just to bring this topic back to life after a depressing 5 months....

I wanted to show this new Whole Foods in a comparable development in Dallas near its DART rail called Park Lane.

http://www.wfaa.com/...s-87671082.html

It just opened. Nice right.

Also, what store closed that was next to New Balance?

I'm glad Dallas got its priciest grocery store in the city next to rail.

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No store has closed. Not sure what you're talking about.

If you go to the BLVD Place website and go to retail and click photos you will see what I am talking about on the 6th photo down. There is no sign, maybe that spot has never been taken.

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If you go to the BLVD Place website and go to retail and click photos you will see what I am talking about on the 6th photo down. There is no sign, maybe that spot has never been taken.

The spot has been taken. At the time of that photo, they apparently had not yet moved in, but had obviously done their exterior build-out. It is Woodlake Travel (I think I got the name right).

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I'm no longer passing the intersection of San Felipe @ Post Oak. :crook:

I got laid off from the architecture firm that was located on Bering & San Felipe.

Blvd. Place is a nice project. Too bad I don't pass by it daily.

Gene,

Right. They should clear off all the old bldgs and site materials. Looks bad.

Edit: I like what COH has done with the San Felipe project. The street lights are very cool looking and the bus stops are nice.

The project on the SEC? of San Felipe @ Sage has finally finished. Brick building, I think it's a car wash? Nice bldg. for a car wash :P

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They have started putting fencing around the Northern building (closet to San Felipe and Post Oak Blvd). Not sure if it was all around the complex, just the front or what.ph34r.gif I will see what else they do before I go out of town.

Yes, the street work and landscape look great (especially the lights). Good thing since it took so looooong and still not quite done!

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