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Brasserie Du Parc is open for business. More pictures in the link below.   http://houston.eater.com/2017/1/30/14436692/houston-brasserie-du-parc-opening-photos  

Nate already got it but guess I'll still post it here too.   One Park Place by Marc longoria, on Flickr

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I had noticed some signs behind the Four Seasons hotel today on the Dallas side, the signs said, "3 lanes of Austin to be closed" and it gave a date (which escapes me, but I think it was for a couple of weeks) on when it's to be closed. Does this have to do with the Park Tower construction?

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Nice photo, thanks for the update. I wonder how the park is coming along across the street...

It (the park) is the furthest along of these three projects.. unfortunatey, where I was, I couldnt get any pictures of it.

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please note that is bobby finger, who runs finger furniture.

it is not marvy finger.

After doing a little google research, I found that Marvy runs Fingers Cos. which was founded in 1958. I guess they are unrelated from Fingers Furniture?
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This thing will will probably have good lighting at night. Look at the top:

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I would like to hear my fellow Haifer's opinions on this project after having a few months for it to settle. I still love it--elegant, clean, and a classical design that never goes out of style.

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How tall will this be compared to the buildings around it? Is it going to add to the skyline, or will it be hidden behind other buildings?

It should add a bit when looking from the southeast since there is nothing taller blocking it... only the park and the GRB will be in front of it.

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How tall will this be compared to the buildings around it? Is it going to add to the skyline, or will it be hidden behind other buildings?

It is 501 feet tall, so it should make some impact. You won't see it anywhere, except from the Southeast, and South.

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I would like to hear my fellow Haifer's opinions on this project after having a few months for it to settle. I still love it--elegant, clean, and a classical design that never goes out of style.

I think the top could have been simpler actually. Something like Museum Tower on Montrose could have still looked nice IMO at the 500 foot mark.

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It reminds me of something you would see in NYC overlooking Central Park.
This is exactly why I don't care for it.

The nod to Central Park high rises is exactly what makes it so appealing. High rise condominiums built in the middle of shopping areas surrounded by cookie cutter strip centers has been done here a hundred times over. Stepping out of your building, crossing through the park, and walking to a baseball game or to restaurant for dinner is a welcome change. It offers a sense of community that's often lacking here.

There's certainly nothing wrong with emulating this;

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The nod to Central Park high rises is exactly what makes it so appealing. High rise condominiums built in the middle of shopping areas surrounded by cookie cutter strip centers has been done here a hundred times over. Stepping out of your building, crossing through the park, and walking to a baseball game or to restaurant for dinner is a welcome change. It offers a sense of community that's often lacking here.

I don't think you quite understand what my criticism is about. It has nothing to do with building highrises near public amenities. That's entirely justifiable and when it is done, wherever it is done, nobody is saying that they're doing it just to emulate NYC...because it isn't an NYC style. That's what is done because it makes good sense.

My criticism is that the building's facade tries to emulate architecture on Central Park in NYC rather than be avant garde and cutting edge. There is a reason it is done, of course: a huge part of the highrise market in Houston is comprised of former NYC residents, and Finger wants to appeal to them. It is that simple. Someone asked my opinion; I don't care for it. But that shouldn't be surprising because it wasn't built to appeal to me.

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I like it b/c not only does it remind me of buildings around Central Park or parks in other cities in the Northeast, where I am from, but it's also different from anything in Houston. I love how Houston is so modern and contemporary... but I like this residential tower next to the park because it's not... it's going to look like something from the early 20th century (at least the pictures make it seem like it's going to look like that). If it was being built in the Galleria I think it would look bad... but b/c it's being built Downtown next to the park I think it will look great!!

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I like it b/c not only does it remind me of buildings around Central Park or parks in other cities in the Northeast, where I am from, but it's also different from anything in Houston. I love how Houston is so modern and contemporary... but I like this residential tower next to the park because it's not... it's going to look like something from the early 20th century (at least the pictures make it seem like it's going to look like that). If it was being built in the Galleria I think it would look bad... but b/c it's being built Downtown next to the park I think it will look great!!

Every time I see the rendering I think it should be in Dallas.

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i still love this building because it (to me) is houston architecture. it reminds me a lot of the building on i-10 and the 610 loop. i dont know the name of it but it looks really similar to park place.

It is called the Forum. It is where old people go to die.

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I like it b/c not only does it remind me of buildings around Central Park or parks in other cities in the Northeast, where I am from, but it's also different from anything in Houston. I love how Houston is so modern and contemporary... but I like this residential tower next to the park because it's not... it's going to look like something from the early 20th century (at least the pictures make it seem like it's going to look like that). If it was being built in the Galleria I think it would look bad... but b/c it's being built Downtown next to the park I think it will look great!!

Apparently Marvy's evil plan is working.

All I can say is that it damned well better... :ph34r:

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With all of the excitement surrounding the four proposed towers going up, I still think this is the most important project downtown. If vacancy rates end up being low for this, it will hopefully spur a couple more residential developments on the east side of DT or maybe even the block Hines has at Texas and Main. This will in turn drive up demand for all of the retail planned on this side of town, and then in the long run decrease the large bum population downtown. Then by 2020, we may have downtown be a legitimate destination point for both tourists and Houstonians.

Right now, though, I don't see the Pavilions staying open past business hours. I also don't see Disco Green as a place anyone would want to be at night (right now).

If this is successful, then downtown will reach the ultimate tipping point. If not, then we'll still have a long way to go. I'm optimistic.

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Right now, though, I don't see the Pavilions staying open past business hours. I also don't see Disco Green as a place anyone would want to be at night (right now).

If this is successful, then downtown will reach the ultimate tipping point. If not, then we'll still have a long way to go. I'm optimistic.

"DISCO GREEN?" OMG *THAT* is funny!

I can see it now.

"Hey bob, want to go to the Disco to have a jog in the park or do you wanna eat?"

"Nah, I wanna boogie at the Howl instead."

makes me wonder if people will refer to the park or the tower as "The Disco." I wonder if some putz in the tower will install a small mirrored ball on their desk as joke.

ANYWAY...

I'm quite optimistic that the park (Disco Green), would probably be used early in the morning and late into the night as long as there is proper security. You would be amazed how many joggers there are that stay at the hotels. And speaking of hotels; Americas, Four seasons, and Inn at the Ballpark would add some traffic to some of the eating establishments there since they're relatively isolated there.

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Right now, though, I don't see the Pavilions staying open past business hours. I also don't see Disco Green as a place anyone would want to be at night (right now).

I'm optimistic.

Those don't strike me as the words of an optimist ;-) I am quite certain the Pavilions will indeed be staying open "past business hours" and I'm also very comfortable that Discovery Green will be well lit, well secured, and active, such that people will want to be there at night (obviously, not "right now"; it's a construction site "right now").

But I do agree One Park Place may be more important for downtown's future development than any of the proposed office towers, as exciting as they are.

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Those don't strike me as the words of an optimist ;-) I am quite certain the Pavilions will indeed be staying open "past business hours" and I'm also very comfortable that Discovery Green will be well lit, well secured, and active, such that people will want to be there at night (obviously, not "right now"; it's a construction site "right now").

But I do agree One Park Place may be more important for downtown's future development than any of the proposed office towers, as exciting as they are.

The Pavilions better be open after business hours / on weekends, or else I'll never be able to go there. :( Same with everybody who doesn't work downtown. Any idea what hours of the Denver Pavilions are open?

Out of curiosity, what are the hours of the new shoe store in the area (the Tipping Point?)? Are they only open during business hours?

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Those don't strike me as the words of an optimist ;-) I am quite certain the Pavilions will indeed be staying open "past business hours" and I'm also very comfortable that Discovery Green will be well lit, well secured, and active, such that people will want to be there at night (obviously, not "right now"; it's a construction site "right now").

But I do agree One Park Place may be more important for downtown's future development than any of the proposed office towers, as exciting as they are.

i second that. house of blues, lucky strike, McCormick & Schmick's and Red Cat Jazz Cafe are not establishments that will be closing at 6pm. with increasing residential and commercial activity, conventions, professional sports, concerts and tourism, the nature of activity in downtown will forever change.

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Not likely. Most shopping complexes require stores to keep pretty consistent hours.

I was speaking of the niche venues like the Bowling Alley, House of Blues, etc... Ones that aren't purely retail but could draw more of an after-hours crowd.

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I'm sure they will provide extra security, but I still don't see anyone driving downtown to go for a jog in the park on a weeknight. I guess people wil stick around after work, though.

Hopefully the Pavilions will really draw people in. I want this to work, and it will in the long run I'm sure, but I think if we want to see quick results to really improve life downtown it will all depend on the success of One Park Place.

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