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nice picture. is anyone else a little put off by the plain vanilla podium parking garages on buildings such as randall davis' cosmopolitan?  i realize that this is the norm, but i do see developers and architects going for a little less profit in exchange for good design, on occasion.  too bad davis isn't of the latter sort. his faux facades are a guilty pleasure of mine, i wish he would be all in or not at all.  it ruins the building for me; i wouldn't consider living in that building because i would hate parking in the ugly box my condo was resting on.  it would piss me off each time i came home.  does that make me shallow or just refined?  i guess the ugly box will be mostly unnoticed after all of the additional buildings are up; plant some pine trees or giant bamboo around that thing please.

 

with my rant out of the way; back to reality, we can expect more downsized or diminished designs with construction costs through the roof.  i think that the building industry is having difficulty getting things built on time, labor shortages, material availability,etc.  as long as constructions costs are high, design and flash will take a back seat. sad but true.

 

houston's transition to higher density is truly fascinating.  it would be interesting to see if there is photo documentation of the transition of manhattan island from single dwellings, to multi-storied buildings, to high and mid-rise.  the higher density transition taking place in and around the loop is a rapid cultural shift that may be quite significant historically.  houstonians will be a different breed altogether in 10-15 years.  it's amazing and fantastic....and we are documenting it here on haif.  haif will be a boon to anyone wanting to research houston's boom in the 2010s.  uptown is but one focal point of houston's rapidly changing city-scape.

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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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I went to True Food Kitchen for brunch Sunday (really great place) and explored the BLVD Place building a bit. Holy cow they still have a lot of work to do, both on the Whole Foods and all the other surrounding stores. The enclosed area to the far left (as looking straight at the building from Post Oak; where the proposed Verizon is to go) still has dirt floors on the first level. I have no idea why they're taking so incredibly long to finish this place up, Wolfe is really dropping the ball.

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That's not WHole Food's fault, more so the contractor. I'm sure they're just as mad

I'm sure it's Wulfe's fault. I heard rumors some high end restaurents declined to move to BLVD place due to the extremely slow construction progress.

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interesting thing happened over the weekend...i went to the kirby Whole Foods and when checking out i mentioned to the clerk, "wow is the whole foods post oak ever going to open? i have been waiting years for that place it seems like as live a block away!" and his comment was "yeah its supposed to now open in november which cant come soon enough since our manager is transferring to that location and he is so evil we all cant wait to have him gone!"

 

DOH!

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I go to Whole Foods off Alabama every day.  I know 5 people that put in a transfer to the one off Post Oak.  They said it is taking longer because they are building there own brewery there.  They never mentioned the manager.   

A Whole Foods Brewery? Do you think an organic, vegan, all natural, free trade hangover hurts less than a regular one? If so sign me up!

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interesting thing happened over the weekend...i went to the kirby Whole Foods and when checking out i mentioned to the clerk, "wow is the whole foods post oak ever going to open? i have been waiting years for that place it seems like as live a block away!" and his comment was "yeah its supposed to now open in november which cant come soon enough since our manager is transferring to that location and he is so evil we all cant wait to have him gone!"

 

DOH!

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wanted to say that last night i spoke to another employee that said..."i love our manager...the only time they are evil is when someone is lazy and doesnt do their job!"

 

haha...just wanted to add that ;)

 

and wow it looks like the inside of Whole Foods is coming along nicely and from what i can tell the layout is great and the staircase that goes up to the second floor hopefully leads to what will be an outdoor patio, at this point i cant tell and didnt notice a door going out to the part that overhangs the front of the building...stay tuned (or someone let me know if they know the answer)

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i really want them to put some vegetation on the roof... that thing is going to be an inferno.  the trend of green roofs really needs to catch on here. for as hot as Houston gets, all this concrete creates a wicked heat island. i find it odd that this city doesn't do more to minimize the suns affects (greenery, shade, awnings, etc.)

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i really want them to put some vegetation on the roof... that thing is going to be an inferno. the trend of green roofs really needs to catch on here. for as hot as Houston gets, all this concrete creates a wicked heat island. i find it odd that this city doesn't do more to minimize the suns affects (greenery, shade, awnings, etc.)

Couldn't have said it better myself... Not to mention green roofs minimize building cooling costs and storm water run off, which we have a problem with here..

We definitely need systems of horizontal Roman Shades or something over pedestrian friendly areas to make walking around in the heat less miserable.

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They put a large (permanent) 'Hanover Post Oak' sign at the top of the garage running parallel to Post Oak. It's a Times New Roman-ish font that looks really odd and ugly. Also a two story 'Now Leasing' banner from the bottom of the 30th floor to the top of the 28th

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Opening Nov 6

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/breaking-ground/2014/09/opening-date-set-for-blvdplace-whole-foods.html

 

Whole Foods Market Inc. (Nasdaq: WFM) will open its Blvd Place store Nov. 6 and will include a service new to Houston shoppers.

Not only will the 55,000-square-foot store feature the grocer's first in-house brewery, a store employee will also ride a tricycle around the market taking orders and delivering beer to customers as they shop. He or she will also deliver made-to-order snacks to customers in the brewery.

While stores in Austin currently feature the in-store tricycle delivery service, it's a first for Houston.

Several departments will also include brewery-inspired products. The bakery will feature hearth bread made from spent grains and beer collected from the brewery as well as malt-themed desserts.

Located on the southwest corner of Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe, Blvd Place will feature retail, restaurant, office and residential components. Along with the hotly anticipated Whole Foods, Frost Bankrecently announced the opening date of its regional headquarters in Blvd Place.

Blvd Place also includes True Food Kitchen,which opened July 29, and will include a new seafood restaurant, Peska, the first U.S. restaurant from the Mexico-based Ysita family, which has received critical acclaim for its La Trainera brand.

 

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http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2014/10/verizon-destination-store-to-open-in-blvd-place/

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A Verizon Destination Store will open at BLVD Place near the Galleria at the end of November.

The first Verizon Destination Store opened at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., a year ago. The Houston location will be one of the next two Destination stores to open in the U.S., and the first in either the South or Southwest.

Verizon Destination stores offer customers a variety of interactive environments for trying out wireless gadgets, apps and tech gear.

The two-story BLVD Place store is 12,224 square foot.

The Destination Store will feature Verizon and non-Verizon wireless and mobile technologies displayed in interactive “lifestyle zones.”

The lifestyle zones will include areas devoted to sports and fitness, music, gaming, home monitoring and energy management and more.

Customers can also create covers for their smartphones and personalize them with photos.

Specialists will be on hand to share tips on using mobile technolo

 

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This is the best I could manage:
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They've been working for a few days, and it looks like they're putting down sand, and covering it in some black... stuff. They look like panels of some kind. They're thin, black, and have a lot of holes through them. Almost looks like they're doing some kind of temporary parking lot or something.

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Looking at it this morning, it's definitely a parking lot. The black panels they were putting in had a bunch of holes in them, and they had workers last night go out and put red buttons in the holes in the shape of parking spaces. I'm not going to be home until much later today, so no pictures, but it is definitely a temporary parking lot they are building. My guess would be that it's for the Uptown Lighting.

Here's a picture of the panels. I wasn't able to get any of the buttons they were putting in, but they looked like red versions of the yellow ones in the middle of the road:
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yes the world has officially ended....as it seems that the Whole Foods Post Oak opens THIS THURSDAY!?!? haha!!! although my god it took forever after multiple delays i am glad to now have a whole foods on the same block i live on and 2 blocks from my work! yay!

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Looking at it this morning, it's definitely a parking lot. The black panels they were putting in had a bunch of holes in them, and they had workers last night go out and put red buttons in the holes in the shape of parking spaces. I'm not going to be home until much later today, so no pictures, but it is definitely a temporary parking lot they are building. My guess would be that it's for the Uptown Lighting.

Here's a picture of the panels. I wasn't able to get any of the buttons they were putting in, but they looked like red versions of the yellow ones in the middle of the road:

 

 

I spoke to the on-site project manager this past Sunday regarding the site work.  He stated this blacktop is temporary parking that will be used for overflow parking for Whole Foods' grand opening "for only a couple of months".

 

He explained the holes in the black padding allows rain water to soak into the ground without any additional run-off and can be easily removed.  This eliminates the need for temporarily building a small retention pond for run-off. 

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I spoke to the on-site project manager this past Sunday regarding the site work.  He stated this blacktop is temporary parking that will be used for overflow parking for Whole Foods' grand opening "for only a couple of months".

 

He explained the holes in the black padding allows rain water to soak into the ground without any additional run-off and can be easily removed.  This eliminates the need for temporarily building a small retention pond for run-off. 

 

I figured thats what the parking lot was for.

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I went by there at about 5:00 this evening, and the traffic flow into and out of the underground parking garage was well marked and relatively seamless. There were a lot of people in the store, but it wasn't packed. I'll second that the place is huge and very impressive. And monarch, I looked a few of those red snapper right in the eye...I think you'll like what you see.

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Even though I can walk, I drove there this morning to do some shopping (unsure of how much I'd be lugging back home). The underground garage is pretty cool. There's a light above every space that is green when the space is empty and red when it's occupied. Really easy to visually locate a spot an go for it. Definitely something that should catch on elsewhere.

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i was going to post about that as well Richfish! love that feature and it should be used more often in other parking garages etc! ps...love the store and agree its a great addition to my awesome neighborhood :)

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