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UH is prepping the old Y building site with concrete to be used for more food trucks starting October 1st. With more affordable options.

Construction on the new concrete pad is still underway.
UH Dining Services, ARAMARK and Auxiliary Services are working to contract La Jefa’s Kitchen, The Rice Box, Kurbside Eatz, Happy Endings, Stick It and Coreano’s food trucks. Two of the six food trucks will be open each day on a three-week alternating schedule.

http://thedailycougar.com/2012/09/17/more-mobile-meal-options/

As much as I love Bernie's Burger Bus and the Waffle Bus, this part of campus really needs more affordable foods. Glad to see it is coming.

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Not technically owned by, or on UH property, but it's surrounded by UH property.

The developer received their final permitting and started turning dirt on this site for a small strip center.

https://maps.google....001635&t=h&z=20

The really exciting part (for me, and hopefully for anyone at UH, and even East Enders) is my friend and I signed a lease for a portion of the space and will be opening a coffee shop at the location! We're targeting July of next year as our opening date.

I'll be snapping some pictures of it this weekend!

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I'm impressed. Finally someone on here doing something and not just moaning about how horrible Houston is. Good Luck.

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Not technically owned by, or on UH property, but it's surrounded by UH property.

The developer received their final permitting and started turning dirt on this site for a small strip center.

https://maps.google....001635&t=h&z=20

The really exciting part (for me, and hopefully for anyone at UH, and even East Enders) is my friend and I signed a lease for a portion of the space and will be opening a coffee shop at the location! We're targeting July of next year as our opening date.

I'll be snapping some pictures of it this weekend!

Excellent and good luck!

I think that area may have been where the old Chia Star was located, or maybe it's where the parking garage is now.

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Not technically owned by, or on UH property, but it's surrounded by UH property.

The developer received their final permitting and started turning dirt on this site for a small strip center.

https://maps.google....001635&t=h&z=20

The really exciting part (for me, and hopefully for anyone at UH, and even East Enders) is my friend and I signed a lease for a portion of the space and will be opening a coffee shop at the location! We're targeting July of next year as our opening date.

I'll be snapping some pictures of it this weekend!

Exciting indeed!!

A quick pointer to keep steady business... I work at UH and use the Campus Rec gym.

If you can serve smoothies and be open around the gym times, I think it would be a great move. Smoothie King's hours are really fishy, and they need some competition anyway.

But even if you can't, the more options we have on/near UH Campus, the better. It has swelled now to over 40,000 students, and when you throw in faculy and staff, our daytime population is right around 50k people. Congrats on the bold venture!!

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But even if you can't, the more options we have on/near UH Campus, the better. It has swelled now to over 40,000 students, and when you throw in faculy and staff, our daytime population is right around 50k people. Congrats on the bold venture!!

Does the idea of 'daytime population' as it is applied to urban areas and business districts apply with validity to a university campus? Many students and professors are only there some of the day for twice a week. Many of the staff are part-time, too.

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Does the idea of 'daytime population' as it is applied to urban areas and business districts apply with validity to a university campus? Many students and professors are only there some of the day for twice a week. Many of the staff are part-time, too.

Is "many" the correct term of use...? I ask because I always thought most major campuses, that wasn't the case.

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I think a pizza hut used to be located here.

yeah, it was a pizza hut way back when, it's 'china star' now. Cheap chinese food. I haven't tried it, although I bet I will venture over there at some point during my new adventure :)

our hours aren't set in stone, but we absolutely will be opening early enough for people to stop by before class, and late enough for people to study into the night in a relaxed atmosphere. probably like 11 on weeknights, and 2am on weekends.

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yeah, it was a pizza hut way back when, it's 'china star' now. Cheap chinese food. I haven't tried it, although I bet I will venture over there at some point during my new adventure :)

our hours aren't set in stone, but we absolutely will be opening early enough for people to stop by before class, and late enough for people to study into the night in a relaxed atmosphere. probably like 11 on weeknights, and 2am on weekends.

Very cool! Keep me posted... I know lots of frat guys and music majors!

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I just ate at the new Cougar Woods dining hall. It's REALLY nice. And while I was leaving and looking at the work that was done and is being done in the area, it hit me exactly what they are doing with the parking lot I mentioned earlier. They aren't changing the entrance to the lot to make it fit better, they are putting in a road that connects from the Cougar Pl./Cullen intersection around between the dining hall the the Quad down to the currently dead end bit of Wheeler there.

You can see they put in one side of the road that goes past the dining hall in the top of this picture:

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^ exactly. It's quite clear they plan on connecting the two roads. It's probably part of UofH's master plan to have an internal bus route going through the campus. Either way, makes a lot more sense than just have a random dead end.

As for the dining hall, I'm mixed. Seems like too much white color on the interior for me. Besides that, it seems really nice and I bet it's going to get really packed when they open up that new housing project across the street.

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Congrats, Samagon. Let us know when you get open, and we'll plan a HAIF Coffee Hour over there. I know we normally only hit bars, but we'll make an exception for you.

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I spent an hour and a half circling campus in the ridiculous heat getting these pictures. I REALLY hope it cools down by the next time I go around and take another set. :P

Insperity Center (yes, that's what the new business building is going to be called http://swamplot.com/...ner/2012-08-31/):

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It is my understanding that the building itself will NOT be named "Insperity Center"; instead, an institute within the building will be named the Insperity Center, and the building will retain the official name of the Bauer Classroom Building.

Having said that, I believe the exterior of the building - in the relevant area outside the formal Insperity Center - will have lettering stating "Insperity Center," so this may be a moot point since the students may just call it the Insperity Center anyway.

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They put up a map of the new road that I mentioned in an earlier post:

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I think you're right about the Insperity Center. The official name of the building seems to be "Bauer Classroom and Business Building."

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I love the new orientation of the stadium as it takes advantage of downtown's "Skyline" view! Need a better rendering of the exterior facade to make a judgement call. It looks to be another "breathable" metal exterior in the same vein as Dynamo Stadium. If so, that scares me. I'm certain it reduces costs but college football stadiums are built to last 50 plus years and I worry if a super modern look will be outdated in 10 years, but I'll withhold judgement until a more detailed rendering is available.

Thanks for posting!

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Please tell me it isn't pointing in that direction. The great thing about Robertson is that it was oriented to see the downtown skyline over the north end of the field. This would have it pointing off toward Memorial Park. That's a GORGEOUS stadium and I absolutely love it, but I was hoping that it would still be oriented to face downtown.

Where'd you get these images?

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Please tell me it isn't pointing in that direction. The great thing about Robertson is that it was oriented to see the downtown skyline over the north end of the field. This would have it pointing off toward Memorial Park. That's a GORGEOUS stadium and I absolutely love it, but I was hoping that it would still be oriented to face downtown.

Where'd you get these images?

The field runs WNW to ESE. If it were a clock, the stadium runs on the 10:00-4:00 line. I have posted a true north map below. On that map below, downtown is NW. So the opening in the stadium allows the HOME stands and some of the Cullen end zone stands to have the skyline view.

I got the images from a document that UH released today. They've since pulled the document down. But I took screenshots.

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By the way, the stands are right on top of the field. You can't build stands any closer to the field than that. I love that.

The suite level/club level will be build in the middle of the home stands like TCU just built. Closer to the field than if we put them at the top of the home stands. And easier to access.

The lower bowl will be built below grade. It will have 25-28 rows. The main concourse will be about 5 feet above ground level.

The main concourse will have an unobstructed view of the field. Like Rice Stadium or Minute Maid. The concessions/restrooms will be built into the walls of the structure behind the concourse.

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I'm certain it reduces costs but college football stadiums are built to last 50 plus years and I worry if a super modern look will be outdated in 10 years, but I'll withhold judgement until a more detailed rendering is available.

It probably will look dated in 10 years. But then, it might look super-cool in 30 or 40 years, right before it gets torn down, presuming that it hasn't already been extensively remodeled into something bland and inoffensive.

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I like it, but i wish there werent a parking lot between the stadium and Cullen.

They are leaving that there for the faculty. It will be replaced with a building much later down the line.

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UH is blowin up! According to bidclerk.com, a Taco Bell will be built at 3349 Adair St.

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*begin rant*

Not if you get shot over there. You know what, this wave of crime on campus is starting to get more and more annoying. I'm not even worried! It's just a clear annoyance. UHPD has always been known to be a joke. I've lost a bike there and tons of other people I know have had things stolen there as well. Am I saying that UHPD should be able to stop all crime? Absolutely not... but I have always considered UHPD to be a false sense of security. I had a camera pointing right at my bike the day it was stolen. What did UHPD say? Oh, that camera hasn't worked in years. YEARS?! That camera is just there for show. And I hope all this crime is a wake up call for UHPD to get their act together cause just like the gunman last night, this stuff is making headline news! And who's going to want to go to a school where there are people getting robbed literally every week for the past month or so?

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*begin rant*

Not if you get shot over there. You know what, this wave of crime on campus is starting to get more and more annoying. I'm not even worried! It's just a clear annoyance. UHPD has always been known to be a joke. I've lost a bike there and tons of other people I know have had things stolen there as well. Am I saying that UHPD should be able to stop all crime? Absolutely not... but I have always considered UHPD to be a false sense of security. I had a camera pointing right at my bike the day it was stolen. What did UHPD say? Oh, that camera hasn't worked in years. YEARS?! That camera is just there for show. And I hope all this crime is a wake up call for UHPD to get their act together cause just like the gunman last night, this stuff is making headline news! And who's going to want to go to a school where there are people getting robbed literally every week for the past month or so?

Um...Yeeaahh about that

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My buddy had a trailer barbeque put stolen a few years back. There was video evidence, am eye witness and the guy who sole it still lived there. Nothing ever happened

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My buddy had a trailer barbeque put stolen a few years back. There was video evidence, am eye witness and the guy who sole it still lived there. Nothing ever happened

Yup. That's how it goes. Oh well, looks like Khator is stepping up on some of the security on campus. Maybe that will help out cause I've talked to quite a few people who are second guessing about coming to UH now who either currently aren't in college yet or are either at HCC or UH-D. Really don't want that to happen :S

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Patrols have visibly increased in the past few years, and they built those little watch tower things in the parking lots so they are making at least a bit of an effort, but really they need to update security across the whole campus. Working security cameras and more than 1 cop for every 800 students would be nice. I also see "out of order" signs on those little emergency call stations way more than I would like to feel safe.

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Ultimately, increasing the number of students housed on campus will help as well. Just having lots of people out walking throughout the day should help curb crimes of opportunity. That being said, this is a large campus, and it doesn't seems like we have any more crime than any other university I've attended. When I was at the University of Minnesota we had a couple of robberies at gunpoint in faculty members' own offices.

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There was another UH robbery a day or two ago. In my opinion, UH has a lot more crime than I think most universities face.

My only other time outside of UH at a major university was at Texas Tech and we rarely got news of robberies and violence on campus. It seems as if UH sends out at least biweekly emails about these issues. Maybe UH is more informative that TTU was about these issues but I find myself always looking over my shoulder on campus because of the amount of crime. It is a serious serious issue that needs more funding and surveillance than I have seen.

Millions and millions of student tuition funding is going to new stadiums and buildings but a student can't feel safe on campus. Such a shame.

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Yep, UH actually has LESS crime than UT and ATM. That said, the crime at UT and ATM is more student-on-student crime (date rape, dorm theft, bike theft, etc...) whereas UH's is more random (car thefts and break ins and the recent wave of violent crime committed by people NOT affiliated with the school.

I attended UH for grad school and never had an issue with crime.

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It seems like a&m has an active shooter or someone walking around with a gun every other month.

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I noticed today that over the Thanksgiving break they installed the light rails across Cullen. Glad to know they were able to take advantage of the low volume traffic during those school days off.

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Actually they installed those over a weekend about two weeks before Thanksgiving break. They closed Cullen late Friday afternoon and reopened it Monday morning.

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Actually they installed those over a weekend about two weeks before Thanksgiving break. They closed Cullen late Friday afternoon and reopened it Monday morning.

Well then I stand corrected good sir. I do go that way every now and then and assumed they used the break to do it. They seem to be pretty rough, I guess they will fix that later on?

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I hope they take the opportunity with everyone already expecting a bunch of construction issues to just repave Cullen entirely. It's one of the worst roads in the city.

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I hope they take the opportunity with everyone already expecting a bunch of construction issues to just repave Cullen entirely. It's one of the worst roads in the city.

I concur. I feel bad for my car every time I drive down it.

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The house on South Blvd. was built by Isla Carroll Turner and later sold to the Cullen family. The Cullens donated the house to the University as a permanent residence for the Chancellor of the UH system that includes UH, UHD, UHCL, and UHV.

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