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On 11/16/2017 at 11:10 PM, CrockpotandGravel said:

From the University of Houston College of Medicine report regarding the facility:
 

The new UH College of Medicine will require a significant amount of space in which to operate on the campus as it grows to full enrollment. Given the length of time it takes for capital budget requests, approvals, design and construction of a new facility, temporary space must be identified for the new college. University officials have identified space on several floors in the new Health and Biomedical Sciences Building Phase II (HBSB-2) currently nearing completion. After careful examination of College of Medicine interim space needs a “test it” of the identified space (floors 8 and 9), the consulting architectural team concluded that the available space in HBSB2 could meet the clinical instructional and administrative needs for a limited time period, with additional once  space available on the 6th floor. HBSB-2 could serve as a temporary home to the College of Medicine for three  planning years and the first two years of initial enrollment. Such an arrangement would provide the necessary  facilities and resources for attaining preliminary LCME accreditation. The temporary facility would house a small  number of students (anticipated maximum of 60), as well as administrators, faculty, and staff while the College of  Medicine grows. Interim space needs to service the temporary College of Medicine facility are based on faculty,  staf, and student projections. Assuming enrollment build out as outlined over a 10-year period beginning with  the charter class of 30 students in Fall 2020, a new permanent facility would need to be available by Fall 2022.

 

The total project costs (current dollars) for developing College of Medicine space in HBSB-2 is dependent upon the end stage of build-out resulting from the current construction effort. 

 

- An estimated project cost of $13.1 million will be required to build out the two floors of HBSB-2 to meet the College of Medicine needs. 

 

- The permanent College of Medicine facility will be built on campus, similar in scope/cost of HBSB-2, but adjusted to the smaller project size. An on-campus utilities facility with existing parking (no cost  for added parking) is included in the Capital Cost Analysis. Total Project Costs are estimated to be $80 million (current dollars).

 

 

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4249309/COM-BORdocument111417.pdf

 

Hmmm... remember all the commotion a while back about one university encroaching on another and stepping on toes etc etc etc? 

 

I guess UH's motto is "Do As I Say, Not As I Do."

 

:huh:

 

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1 hour ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Hmmm... remember all the commotion a while back about one university encroaching on another and stepping on toes etc etc etc? 

 

I guess UH's motto is "Do As I Say, Not As I Do."

 

:huh:

 

Good grief. The Medical School will be built on the school's MAIN CAMPUS and not in Austin. UT can build all the research facilities it wants on its main campus. Get it? Not too hard to figure out. 

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14 hours ago, htine said:

 

I believe that's also the first look at the next parking garage that they're going to build. 

I think your right. So this is going in in the existing adjacent parking lot to the north of the architecture and arts buildings. The art department will also have a new sculpture lab for 

students and some class rooms I believe. Exciting times for both Rice and U of H.

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...just saw this announcement back in March:

http://hcp1.net/News/post/commissioner-ellis-announces-street-repairs-around-tsu-and-uh

 

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The goal is to create streets that are attractive and a source of neighborhood pride, while improving safety and accessibility to all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders.

In addition to roadway work, the project also includes drainage improvements, which will help reduce street flooding during heavy rain.

 

 

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The streets in the TSU area are Cleburne (Emancipation to Scott); Blodgett (Scott to Ennis); and Attucks (Cleburne to Wheeler).

The streets near UH are Cullen (Interstate 45 to North MacGregor); Wheeler (Cullen to Scott); Elgin (Scott to I-45); and Holman (Scott to Cullen).

“This project will significantly enhance the gateways into these great institutions by creating a beautiful streetscape for students and residents,” Commissioner Ellis said. “The improvements also will help hundreds of Houston residents who attend classes and work at the universities".

 

 

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https://m.chron.com/local/prognosis/article/UH-regents-to-select-site-for-planned-medical-13393415.php

 

https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=43499082

 

Renu Kator presented plans to the UH board for the location of the new medical college. It looks like the location has been narrowed down to a demoing a current UH building in the Med Center or building it across from Magregor Park. 

 

I personally prefer the Magregor Park location. It is basically on campus and next to a light rail stop. Also being next to campus would allow for better corroboration with other UH colleges. If it is in the Med Center it will be isolated and not feel at all like part of UH and not have any of the University's culture.

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Great decision! The area of campus should continue to grow and become more modern

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The Chron article says the site next to campus is 43 acres, which I assume means UH owns all those woods across MLK from MacGregor park.  That will be a huge expansion for the university if they eventually fill that up.  If they do, there would be four light rail stations along the edge of UH.  Most schools are lucky to get one.  Metrorail might become another way to get around campus.  :P

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This will bring about greater improvements in that area.  Can you say gentrification?  Excellent location too.

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I disagree about it not being at the med center. It should be in the med center so that they can mingle with professionals in their field. Lots of them! Plus its great advertising to the thousands of patients that go to the med center.

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23 minutes ago, texas911 said:

I disagree about it not being at the med center. It should be in the med center so that they can mingle with professionals in their field. Lots of them! Plus its great advertising to the thousands of patients that go to the med center.

I believe if they put it in the med center then they can't count it towards the numbers for the academic rankings of UH and it would have to be counted separately. Renu has been making it a priority to raise the UH main campus's academic rankings and possibly AAU.

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1 hour ago, august948 said:

The Chron article says the site next to campus is 43 acres, which I assume means UH owns all those woods across MLK from MacGregor park.  That will be a huge expansion for the university if they eventually fill that up.  If they do, there would be four light rail stations along the edge of UH.  Most schools are lucky to get one.  Metrorail might become another way to get around campus.  :P

You are correct it is that wooded property.

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1 hour ago, cougarpad said:

I believe if they put it in the med center then they can't count it towards the numbers for the academic rankings of UH and it would have to be counted separately. Renu has been making it a priority to raise the UH main campus's academic rankings and possibly AAU.

 

Not true. Being physically separated from the main campus would not interfere with AAU or other academic rankings.  I think this is a mistake.  They should put it at the medical center site.

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22 minutes ago, htownbro said:

I think they chose that location to better serve that community.  

 

That’s what I read.

 

TMC already has billions of dollars and luxury high rises. MLK/OST does not.  The old saying don’t put all your eggs in one basket comes to mind.

 

At the same time I hate to see people being pushed out of their neighborhood due to increasing prices.

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Those are both two very good points and since the intention was to reach out to support the third ward and bring health care to the neighborhood what better place than the third ward. There are plenty of facilities in the med center and the U of H is a ten minute drive. By keeping the property in the med center they can eventually build whatever might be needed at some point.

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Plus there are already a lot of support services in the med center, that UH would have to duplicate in a stand alone facility. I know its noble to have it in the third ward, but we need this to be successful. UT, ATM, TWC, PVA&M, are already at the med center. UH should rightly be there as well.

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Keep in mind that UH and their supporters prevented the UT “intellectual hub” campus on Buffalo Speedway from happening.

 

If that’s of any relevance :P

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The UH medical school is going to be focused on research into training doctors and have an emphasis on improving medical in underserved communities.  It is not going to be in the same medical research model as UT and Baylor. Given the college's objectives, the location of the new med school is a good location. Plus UH just built a new pharmacy and health science buildings right up to the street next to the optometry college. So the location of the med school will allow for better corroboration with those colleges.

 

If you look at the UH property in Med Center it is not very big and is landlocked by other development. If UH put a med college in that location there is no room for growth. The property across from MacGregor park is large and leaves much room for future growth.

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Very happy for UH and the city on the new medical school.

 

As to the location. I can see arguments for both. My wife is a professor of medicine at Northwestern. At NU the medical/business/law schools are in Chicago, but the main campus is up in Evanston. There are times when my wife will have to take the shuttle to Evanston to work on something, but 99% of the time she stays on the Chicago campus. Expansion is an issue here for the medical school. There is only so much real estate in this part of Chicago and construction costs are very high (it's basically like the Galleria (mag mile) and med center (NU med center) rolled into one very expensive area). However keeping talent and attracting top students in this part of Chicago is easy. Tons of amenities in this neighborhood. The concern for UH Medical would be if professors, researchers, post docs, etc. would want to commute/live in that part of Houston?  

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Just hope the gentrification doesn’t start. Gentrification is not cute when it wipes out culture and becomes vanilla and whitewashed. 

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Just hope the gentrification doesn’t start. Gentrification is not cute when it wipes out culture and becomes vanilla and whitewashed. 

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Gentrification is needed in the area around UH for the betterment of the University and its growth, but there will still be plenty of historical third ward left in the area going towards 59 and 288. There has to be a solution and plan to have a good mix of the old and the new. Also, development does mean more jobs available in an area that could use the economic advancement. I could see the few blocks in the immediate directions around UH being developed, but I don't see all of the 3rd Ward being developed. 

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On 11/23/2018 at 8:57 AM, Houston? said:

Just hope the gentrification doesn’t start. Gentrification is not cute when it wipes out culture and becomes vanilla and whitewashed. 

 

Culture is always changing dude. Its ignorant when one says immigrants moving in is going to destroy culture and its ignorant when one says gentrification will do the same. You are not the arbiter or the one that dictates what is culture and what isn't. Who are you and what gives you the authority to pronounce this? 

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33 minutes ago, Luminare said:

 

Culture is always changing dude. Its ignorant when one says immigrants moving in is going to destroy culture and its ignorant when one says gentrification will do the same. You are not the arbiter or the one that dictates what is culture and what isn't. Who are you and what gives you the authority to pronounce this? 

Based on your post you probably don't have a culture smh lol

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On 11/23/2018 at 8:57 AM, Houston? said:

Just hope the gentrification doesn’t start. Gentrification is not cute when it wipes out culture and becomes vanilla and whitewashed. 

It's just pure economics. It's so close to downtown, midtown and several universities. The land is cheaper compared to other areas.... chances are, Third Ward is going to have the fastest transformation of any area near downtown in the next decade, especially with light rail servicing the area...that's going to be another marketing ploy by developers.

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10 hours ago, Triton said:

It's just pure economics. It's so close to downtown, midtown and several universities. The land is cheaper compared to other areas.... chances are, Third Ward is going to have the fastest transformation of any area near downtown in the next decade, especially with light rail servicing the area...that's going to be another marketing ploy by developers.

 

Doubtful as MRA owns so much land in Third Ward.  I think most developments will be close to UH and Emancipation.

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