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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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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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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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A few pics of the Houston Cougars newly renovated Fertitta Center. 5c020608ae8b6_fertittawhole.jpg.a3aa49c2297e32e457859c2d6c5cc380.jpg

 

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Also here's a video from twitter demonstrating the use of projection maps on the show floor: https://twitter.com/Joseph_Duarte/status/1068332032282017793 

 

Source of pics: https://www.chron.com/sports/cougars/article/Peek-inside-UH-Fertitta-Center-before-it-opens-13434236.php

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New HC coach of UH football Dana Holgorsen plans push for an operations building right by the new indoor practice facility. An early rendering of the facility from the thread in the second tweet. Coach Holgorsen is getting paid a base of 4 million, and has a coaching pool fund of 4.5 million both top 25 in the nation. 

It seems that there was already a plan to build the facility, given the date of the rendering. I think Coach Holgorsen is planning to configure the building to his liking, so that it best fits the program. 

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Rumblings of a big expansion of the Hilton on campus. It currently has 84 rooms. Expansion will add 68 rooms and 8 suites in a "new tower." Not sure if this will be added on to the current building (vertical expansion) or a new "tower" but if it is a vertical expansion, this might become the tallest on campus or at least rival the Moody twins.

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1 hour ago, KinkaidAlum said:

Rumblings of a big expansion of the Hilton on campus. It currently has 84 rooms. Expansion will add 68 rooms and 8 suites in a "new tower." Not sure if this will be added on to the current building (vertical expansion) or a new "tower" but if it is a vertical expansion, this might become the tallest on campus or at least rival the Moody twins.

 

I would think that it would be a vertical expansion.  The Hilton is hemmed in by roads on two sides and a park and the Moody facilities on the others.  That said, the vertical expansion could be not on the current tower but of the 2 story parts used for conferences and to house classrooms.

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19 hours ago, KinkaidAlum said:

Rumblings of a big expansion of the Hilton on campus. It currently has 84 rooms. Expansion will add 68 rooms and 8 suites in a "new tower." Not sure if this will be added on to the current building (vertical expansion) or a new "tower" but if it is a vertical expansion, this might become the tallest on campus or at least rival the Moody twins.

 

http://www.uh.edu/facilities-planning-construction/fpc-projects/spotlight/uh-conrad-hilton/

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So I can't figure out if the new Law building is considered an expansion or if it will be the new entire college. I would prefer if they built the new building and then connected it to the old one so they could use both. I know the new building is more floors but when taking note of the footprint of the old building it does not seem like the new building will be a large increase in square footage.

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4 minutes ago, cougarpad said:

So I can't figure out if the new Law building is considered an expansion or if it will be the new entire college. I would prefer if they built the new building and then connected it to the old one so they could use both. I know the new building is more floors but when taking note of the footprint of the old building it does not seem like the new building will be a large increase in square footage.

 

Entirely new building. It's actually significantly smaller in square footage compared to the total they currently occupy.  But they say it will be much more efficient and usable space.

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2 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Entirely new building. It's actually significantly smaller in square footage compared to the total they currently occupy.  But they say it will be much more efficient and usable space.

 With the way that the Law College keeps growing it seems extremely short-sighted to not build with future growth on mind. I hope they don't regret not having the extra classroom space. I am not sure how many lecture halls the current building has but I always thought they would want and need more.

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22 minutes ago, cougarpad said:

 With the way that the Law College keeps growing it seems extremely short-sighted to not build with future growth on mind. I hope they don't regret not having the extra classroom space. I am not sure how many lecture halls the current building has but I always thought they would want and need more.

 

I can't find the numbers.  Can you define the way in which the Law college has been growing?

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1 hour ago, cougarpad said:

 With the way that the Law College keeps growing it seems extremely short-sighted to not build with future growth on mind. I hope they don't regret not having the extra classroom space. I am not sure how many lecture halls the current building has but I always thought they would want and need more.

 

 

If the university is going to drop several million on a new building I'm pretty sure they will take future growth into consideration. 

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I would guess they'll eventually tear down the old school and do something with the space.  In the meantime they could use the old classrooms to accommodate overflow, but I would think they've already figured in what they need plus some to the new building.  The old space is a real rabbit warren and it could be that the higher square footage was wasted.

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43 minutes ago, TheSirDingle said:

Looks like they're gonna have to relocate Frontier Fiesta. 

Since this is the last garage in the recent construction boom on campus, it comes to wonder what they have in store for after 2019/2020.

 

They'll still be left with two large surface lots across from the Blaffer and School of Music, on both sides of Elgin.  Don't know how much land they own around the edges of campus, but most universities try to gobble that up as they can way in advance of development.  I guess the question is, with new facilities abounding around campus and a medical school in the works already, what else to they need?

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34 minutes ago, august948 said:

 

They'll still be left with two large surface lots across from the Blaffer and School of Music, on both sides of Elgin.  Don't know how much land they own around the edges of campus, but most universities try to gobble that up as they can way in advance of development.  I guess the question is, with new facilities abounding around campus and a medical school in the works already, what else to they need?

Wouldn't mind if they developed the land between Elgin st and 45 into something akin to a residential, and retail district. Also maybe finish filling in the south part of the campus to brays bayou. With almost 50k students attending the university, and a record of 10k freshman coming in. I'm sure they could easily support a few more dorms/apartments, or even a field of duplex's ( They're prime for colleges). The rundown land laying around Scott street could be useful for UH in the near future. 

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On 1/14/2019 at 9:34 AM, august948 said:

 

This morning I see they have 4 floors complete on this section.  I also noticed they've finished with the faculty lots across from the new garage and next to the shop facility.

 

They've got six sections done now and are working on the seventh.  Not sure how many in total but looks like the other garages are 10-12 sections or so.  Making fast progress.

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