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OkieEric last won the day on March 24 2013

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  1. PNC is closing its branch at 2401 University Blvd: https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2024/02/23/pnc-bank-branch-cuts-include-houston.html Interesting that it's the only location they are closing in the Houston area.
  2. The LA Fitness here is closing March 1. It's had a number of issues over the years but I was disappointed to hear it...
  3. Does anyone know why this garage is so ridiculously big? Planning ahead for someday when Smith Lands lot is redeveloped?
  4. I might have missed this somewhere, but lululemon is coming to the former Gap location (corner spot) - saw the sign for it as I drove by this evening
  5. Wow, those are some awesome shots of Old Braeswood! I have never seen them... Can almost but not quite make out my house (buried in some trees). It didn't flood then or since (even with Harvey) yet still in 100 year floodplain Random but there's a massive live oak just south of the smaller triangle that's not even visible in this pic. I would have guessed it's hundreds of years old but apparently not
  6. Didn't get a pic but this has finally been torn down. It was quite an eyesore from Kirby, in particular after the fire in the old car wash. I'm curious how they are going to work out a new store here with the proximity to the bayou and current building restrictions.
  7. Noticed a couple of water/waste water application reviews from yesterday- There was a 3rd back on 12/13.
  8. Looks like someone else searches permits daily hahaha... Looking at property records, Vision Hospitality LP purchased the land in June 2021 https://www.vhghotels.com/hotels/
  9. Oh, come on. This isn't midtown or downtown with lights every block and sorry, if you are riding your bike down Kirby at rush hour at a leisurely pace, then passing and re-passing cars at red lights as you ignore them, you can go fly a kite. My point was that there are serious traffic issues on Kirby as is, so a "road diet" is simply not going to work. You must not live very far south off Kirby or you would realize this not remotely feasible. It would be nice to see that stretch from 59 to Bissonnet finally redone. Upper Kirby TIRZ extends there so not sure what the hold up is as I've seen it come and go from Houston CIP over the years. South of there (even though outside Upper Kirby) it would be nice to see similar touches to Upper Kirby, but I know that is a pipe dream. South of University there's just not much room to do much of anything
  10. This is *kind of* unrelated, but a few weeks ago I was coming south on Kirby and saw a guy on his bike in the right lane just cruising along at a snail's pace. Granted, he ignored all rules of the road and rode on past traffic stopped at lights, through red lights themselves, etc., but that dude kept pace with me from Westpark nearly to Holcombe. Not sure what could help alleviate some of the traffic in that area but it will be nice to get Buffalo Speedway back eventually
  11. Don't forget World Cup in 2026....so hopefully this is at least on someone's radar. Too bad the former Astroworld plot isn't somehow in play in all of this
  12. I had found the same info after I noticed the demo... Agree that it seems like there is more potential there, but given the other corners of that intersection (Kroger gas pumps, abandoned gas station -being redone, America's Best Value Inn, and that weird little strip center), there's a pretty low bar. That CVS was just awful, and always had folks camped out on the corner. If anything, at least Chick-fil-A will keep it maintained... That nearby building that had Al's formal wear seems like an opportunity for redevelopment of some sort. For an intersection of two major arteries of Houston - Main and Kirby - that intersection is pretty underwhelming
  13. This has got to be one of the most surprising things I've ever read on this board! For how slow this thing has come along, it sounds like it will have two pretty great restaurant options between this and AB Sushi: https://houston.eater.com/2021/12/7/22822598/duck-house-ab-sushi-cantonese-restaurant-blossom-hotel-houston-medical-center
  14. The lot size is what's making me question the ultimate plans here - unless I am mistaken, it is considerably smaller than even the Residence Inn lot (including garage) at Kirby and Main. So if this is indeed intended for a hotel, it would undoubtedly have to go vertical to make any sense. And even then I have to wonder how it would work with the strange lot shape. It's basically the same size as the car wash next door.
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