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This should win all kinds of gold brick awards. It goes to show that an old junk heap can actually turn into an affective

repurposed building. They've done an outstanding job of turning this place around.

I just wish the city would make the owners of the Days Inn get rid of all of the shredded curtains and maybe put a fresh coat of paint on. Its a shame to have this one building make such an negative impact on the southern skyline.

Isn't there something the city can do with the owners.

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I like how they've encased the fire escape on the Milam side, with possibly, teak wood slats.

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Ok not trying to nit pick but why the heck do we need that strip of grass and those trees as landscaping? Like wouldn't it be cleaner and better maintenance to just have the sidewalk hit the street for better pedestrian access? Just seems like more to maintain with all that grass

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Ok not trying to nit pick but why the heck do we need that strip of grass and those trees as landscaping? Like wouldn't it be cleaner and better maintenance to just have the sidewalk hit the street for better pedestrian access? Just seems like more to maintain with all that grass

 

Glad you're not trying to nit pick.  ;-)

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This is the equivalent of a homeless lady getting transformed into a super model and you're complaining about her shoes?!?!?!  But honestly, it does kinda bug me now that you pointed it out.  Her shoes are hideous.
 

Ok not trying to nit pick but why the heck do we need that strip of grass and those trees as landscaping? Like wouldn't it be cleaner and better maintenance to just have the sidewalk hit the street for better pedestrian access? Just seems like more to maintain with all that grass

 

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Ok not trying to nit pick but why the heck do we need that strip of grass and those trees as landscaping? Like wouldn't it be cleaner and better maintenance to just have the sidewalk hit the street for better pedestrian access? Just seems like more to maintain with all that grass

Midtown seems to have more of the sidewalk/greenery/street pattern than downtown. I'm also thinking of on McGowen and Gray street.

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I agree, Midtown has some pretty good sidewalks in certain areas but I'm a little confused why this is not all sidewalk and landscaping (without grass).  Seems like an incremental cost when compared to the total redo.

 

However, building is top notch. 

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I agree, Midtown has some pretty good sidewalks in certain areas but I'm a little confused why this is not all sidewalk and landscaping (without grass).  Seems like an incremental cost when compared to the total redo.

 

However, building is top notch. 

Exactly! I'm not against landscaping, but this is going to look awful when it isn't cut for a week or 2.

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Midtown seems to have more of the sidewalk/greenery/street pattern than downtown. I'm also thinking of on McGowen and Gray street.

Yeah I totally get that, which is fine. It just seems unnecessary for this building. 

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It wasn't painted as of Sunday, but there was a ladder leading up to the platform that the clock is on. I took pictures but forgot my camera.

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I wonder if the clock will also return to rotating.

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TRANSWESTERN RETAINED TO LEASE NEWLY REDEVELOPED CENTRAL SQUARE PLAZA
9/11/2015
 

​HOUSTON – Transwestern's Houston headquarters today announces it has been selected by Claremont Property Co. to lease 2100 Travis St., known as Central Square Plaza. The property occupies the entire city block bordered by Travis, Milam, Gray and Webster streets in the booming Midtown submarket. The new construction-quality redevelopment of the now Class A, 280,000-square-foot office building with more than 20,000 square feet of first-floor retail is nearly complete. Central Square Plaza will be ready for occupancy by January 1, 2016. Transwestern Executive Vice President David Baker and Associate Vice President Evelyn Ward are providing leasing services for the office space.

“The Midtown submarket is currently experiencing robust development activity, including nine multifamily projects, art and theater projects, a Whole Foods, newly created park space and retail projects,” said Baker. “Central Square Plaza offers an attractive alternative to downtown office space. With 20,000-square-foot floorplates and great views of downtown or the Medical Center, we are confident we can draw interest from a variety of businesses looking to lease office space. Central Square Plaza can accommodate tenants ranging from 2,500 to 280,000 square feet.”

First-class upgrades to the property, including a new floor-to-ceiling, high-performance curtain wall exterior, five high-speed elevators and mechanical systems, make Central Square Plaza nearly equivalent to ground-up new construction. The building will feature on-site management, a tenant conference center holding up to 40 people, structured parking and 24-hour security.

“When we purchased the building, we believed that it is a perfect space for medium-sized owner-operated businesses as well as possibly back office space for a large medical or engineering user,” said Keeley Megarity, owner of Claremont. 

The building features modern finishes for both common areas and tenant spaces and is conveniently accessible from all mass transit options, including METRORail, METRO Park & Ride and local city bus stops, with the building itself featuring on-site bicycle racks and shower facilities.

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In clarification to someones earlier statement about getting the weather ball back on this building I don't believe that this was the

site of the weather ball that glowed different colors for different weather conditions. It was on top of the old Conoco building that was close to the southern central downtown and if I remember correctly it was a fairly modern style green building maybe 25 stories

tall. This was back in the early sixties and I'm not sure when it was torn down but I think it might have been

imploded. It was located in the area of where Allen Center was developed.

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In clarification to someones earlier statement about getting the weather ball back on this building I don't believe that this was the

site of the weather ball that glowed different colors for different weather conditions. It was on top of the old Conoco building that was close to the southern central downtown and if I remember correctly it was a fairly modern style green building maybe 25 stories

tall. This was back in the early sixties and I'm not sure when it was torn down but I think it might have been

imploded. It was located in the area of where Allen Center was developed.

 

I don't think it was torn down.  Pretty sure it is still standing.  1300 Main Street (not part of Allen Center).

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Thank you. Your right, it shares the block with a church that sits on the south side of the block minus the weather ball.

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50,000 sq ft of office expected to be assigned to a tenant soon, along with 8,000 sq ft of retail (out of 28,000 sq ft)

 

https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/office/behind-the-scenes-at-central-square-plazas-redevelopment-50075

 

Way to bury the lede!  ;-)

 

From the linked article:

 

"Right behind the quartet is another blighted building that’s about to be redone—801 Calhoun is being redone as a Sheraton."

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/office/behind-the-scenes-at-central-square-plazas-redevelopment-50075?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

 
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Thats great news! Finally something gets done with the old Holiday Inn/Days Inn/Heaven on Earth building. 

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Thats great news! Finally something gets done with the old Holiday Inn/Days Inn/Heaven on Earth building. 

 

Totally agree! That building creeps me out. They would be better off imploding it.

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May not really add anything and may be old news, but I was leafing through the midtown redevelopment budget and saw "Central Bank Plaza" development at $100k each year for the next 4 years.  I wonder what this actually is.  Probably just landscaping.  Page 43 in the link:

 

http://houstonmidtown.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/02_FY15-Budget-Ordinance-Midtown-2014-1029.pdf

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The building looks great.

Any word on a tenant or two or five?

The owners can't be happy with an empty building after dumping so much great work (and money) into it. Anything in the works? Has anything been announced that I just flat out missed?

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I think Transwestern? southwestern commercial realtors leasing the building ? Or did I miss read that announcement look a few pages back or google - definetly an announcement just can't remember if they leased it or would be offering it

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Could be a tax abatement that MRA used to get them to start on the project.

 

May not really add anything and may be old news, but I was leafing through the midtown redevelopment budget and saw "Central Bank Plaza" development at $100k each year for the next 4 years.  I wonder what this actually is.  Probably just landscaping.  Page 43 in the link:

 

http://houstonmidtown.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/02_FY15-Budget-Ordinance-Midtown-2014-1029.pdf

 

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went back - all i could find is transwestern is offering the property and has been hired by Claremont - I could have sworm I read they were moving their own offices to the buliding from Galleria?

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went back - all i could find is transwestern is offering the property and has been hired by Claremont - I could have sworm I read they were moving their own offices to the buliding from Galleria?

 

Transwestern is definitely not leaving its current headquarters.  It is simply leasing this building.

 

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So has there been any more talk of them tackling the old Days Inn building in the near future?

That is one of the last eyesore's in downtown.

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So has there been any more talk of them tackling the old Days Inn building in the near future?

That is one of the last eyesore's in downtown.

 

What happened to the rumor that it would turn into a Sheraton hotel?

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At Central Square alone, which he leases, he’s talking to several co-working companies that could take down 50k to 60k SF combined of office space. Central Square will be a creative/techie building overall; David’s also close to signing a couple of prominent architecture and engineering firms and has strong interest from a new business accelerator focusing on IT, medical and energy startups.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/commercial-real-estate/from-co-working-to-huge-midtown-pricing-8-experts-2016-predictions-54187?rt=3891?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

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One man's eyesore is another's vision of beauty.. I think it has character. I think the space is ripe for a hotel or a mixed-use development and residence.

I agree, I love the new look of Central Square, but was always intrigued by the old version.

In a weird way I appreciate a little bit of urban blight in a few locations. Makes a downtown feel lived in. Too much sterility is boring.

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