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Urbannizer Oct 22, 2015 11:46 AM

Ivy Lofts

Proposed 24-story high-rise at 2604 Leeland St., east of Downtown.

- 16 residential levels
- 7 levels of parking
- ground floor retail

Reverberation Oct 23, 2015 4:10 AM

Would it kill someone to build something with a pointy top? Or at least some cool lights or something?

The Best Forumer Oct 23, 2015 9:43 PM


Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 7208749)
Would it kill someone to build something with a pointy top? Or at least some cool lights or something?

This is what I've been saying for quite some time... but nobody listens.

Urbannizer Oct 23, 2015 10:40 PM

Does Artesian Eclipse work?


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Urbannizer Oct 25, 2015 11:06 AM

The Kirby Mansion

15-Story residential high-rise proposed at Brazos/Gray. Seven floors of residential units, seven levels of parking and retail facing Grey St.
image by Darius Fontenette, on Flickr
TheKirbyMansion by Darius Fontenette, on Flickr

2222 Cleburne

Low-income housing for LGBT seniors. Two four-story midrises and a two-story community center.
image by Darius Fontenette, on Flickr
image by Darius Fontenette, on Flickr

Urbannizer Oct 26, 2015 12:10 AM


Originally Posted by Houston Chronicle
Despite challenges, UH wants to open medical school by 2019

Despite challenges in raising money and gaining state approval, University of Houston officials are still set on opening a medical school - possibly by 2019 - on the flagship southeast Houston campus.

A medical school, university officials say, wouldn't be merely another token of prestige for UH, which is working to enhance its standing as an elite research institution. Instead, they say, it would meet a need for better health care services in the Third Ward community near the campus. UH already has committed hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop a plan for the school, pay consultants to study its feasibility and hire a "planning dean," tasked with developing a business plan and curriculum.

To open a medical school, however, UH will need state approval and tens of millions of dollars for startup costs. With the University of Texas opening two new medical schools in 2016 and at least two other public universities - the University of North Texas and Sam Houston State University - also pushing for medical schools, another in Houston would be a "tough sell," Raymund Paredes, the state's top higher education official, said in an interview this week.

The Best Forumer Oct 26, 2015 5:11 PM

I'm lovin' it.

Urbannizer Oct 26, 2015 5:14 PM

Updates: Via Flickr

Market Square Tower, 609 Main by James Fremont, on Flickr by James Fremont, on Flickr by James Fremont, on Flickr by James Fremont, on Flickr by James Fremont, on Flickr

Skyhouse Main by Andrew Rebman, on Flickr

Broadstone Skyline, Jefferson Heights by Andrew Rebman, on Flickr

Astoria, BHP Billiton

Amegy Bank HQ

toxteth o'grady Oct 27, 2015 3:28 PM


Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 7211904)
Updates: Via Flickr

Market Square Tower, 609 Main by James Fremont, on Flickr

In three decades, we're going to look back at this picture and say, "Remember when they were building Market Square Tower and 609 Main downtown?"

Urbannizer Oct 27, 2015 5:38 PM

Groundbreaking Held for COH/Harris County Joint Processing Center


Originally Posted by ABC 13
HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and other city and county officials break ground on a joint inmate processing center that will consolidate and streamline all local inmate booking processes into one facility.

The $100 million processing center - to be built north of Buffalo Bayou downtown and next door to the county's Baker Street Jail - will be built with bonds approved by county voters in November 2013. Construction will require no tax increase; the county will pay off the bonds with savings produced by the new facility's operation.

The 246,000-square-foot Joint Processing Center is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.

Urbannizer Oct 27, 2015 8:24 PM

Le Meridien

Work has commenced. Formerly known as the Melrose Building, the hotel will hold 255 rooms, restaurant space, a rooftop pool and bar. It's expected to open by October 2017.

Urbannizer Oct 27, 2015 10:11 PM

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for HCC Coleman Campus Expansion

The Best Forumer Oct 28, 2015 1:34 PM

Who are the lades?

Urbannizer Oct 28, 2015 8:12 PM


Originally Posted by The Best Forumer (Post 7214320)
Who are the lades?

Dunno :shrug:

Urbannizer Oct 28, 2015 8:17 PM

500 micro-units planned for Ivy Lofts. Glad to see this concept is being pushed for Houston. Great location as it's only a few blocks from downtown. Construction expected to start by Summer 2016.


Originally Posted by HBJ
Micro-condos slated for EaDo

Houston-based Novel Creative Development LCC is in the final stages of planning a new modern-living project east of downtown.

The 24-story development, known as the Ivy Lofts, will be home to some of Houston's first "micro-unit" condominiums and is slated to begin construction next summer. The 1.4-acre property is located at the corner of Leeland and Live Oak streets and will contain 500 micro-units, with first-floor retail.

Houston-based Powers Brown Architecture designed the plans for the building. Re/Max Inner Loop is handling the sales for the project, which are expected to begin in February.

nixcity Oct 28, 2015 8:41 PM

My wife and I are planning on visiting Htown for a few days during the week of Thanksgiving. We already have a few ideas for places we'd like to visit but I would appreciate (PM is fine) any options for must have food, urban walkable destinations and/or museums to see while we are there. THANKS.

Urbannizer Oct 29, 2015 5:35 PM

Crest at Taylor

381-unit, 4-story midrise by Lennar Multifamily. This is proposed for the corner of Spring and Taylor St.

DBGHouston Oct 29, 2015 8:49 PM

Northern Downtown Projects October 29, 2015

609 Main Street - 757 ft - Pickard Chilton (Hines)



Market Square Tower - 502 ft - Jackson & Ryan


Houston Marriott Marquis - 400 ft - Morris


Greater Houston Partnership (phase 1 - 11 stories) and Avenida de Las Americas Renovations



Catalyst - 334 ft - Ziegler Cooper and 500 Crawford (side adjacent to Minute Maid Park nearing completion - collapsed scaffolding has been cleared)



Hampton Inn - 14 stories - Does anybody know what the scaffolding is for?


Urbannizer Oct 29, 2015 11:41 PM

Nice update DBG. The glass on 609 Main is becoming more visible from further away as it rises. :cheers:

Monarch Oct 30, 2015 7:23 PM
^^^ yes, all of this new and exciting construction is indeed cool. props urbannizer for all of the hard work....

Urbannizer Nov 4, 2015 11:59 AM


Originally Posted by HBJ
Exclusive: Downtown Aquarium to expand

The Downtown Aquarium is set to expand by the end of 2017.

Houston-based Landry's Inc. previously redeveloped Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building into a six-acre restaurant and aquarium with rides and amusements. Now, the company told HBJ its expanding to an adjacent half-acre lot across Preston Street.

Cantwell said Landry's is currently in talks to shut down the portion of Preston Street near the project for part of the day. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County runs its Metro buses heavily through Preston in the morning, Cantwell said, and so the company is in talks with the city to shut the street to the public after the morning rush and before the Downtown Aquarium opens.

Urbannizer Nov 5, 2015 3:25 AM

Park on Caroline

Mid-rise condo building by Urban Flats Builders @4810 Caroline. This will be next to Oaks on Caroline.

Ridge on Caroline

This is also a proposed condo building by Urban Flats Builders. Located at 4802 Caroline, it will sit next to Park on Caroline.

Sic'EmBears Nov 5, 2015 3:53 AM

It's a shame the beautiful oak trees were cut down.

Urbannizer Nov 5, 2015 2:27 PM


Originally Posted by Sic'EmBears (Post 7223909)
It's a shame the beautiful oak trees were cut down.

The house in the first image and @4814 Caroline has been demolished, but the oak trees still exist today.

Sic'EmBears Nov 5, 2015 8:52 PM

I mistakenly thought this was one project.

ChiPsy Nov 5, 2015 11:12 PM


Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 7207425)

I'm a little leery of the dive this woman is contemplating..

Urbannizer Nov 6, 2015 12:01 AM


Originally Posted by HBJ
UT System announces major Houston expansion

The University of Texas System announced on Nov. 5 a comprehensive strategic plan full of "quantum leaps," including a major expansion in Houston.

One day earlier, the system’s board of regents approved the acquisition of more than 300 acres off Buffalo Point, about 3.5 miles from the Texas Medical Center. Although specific plans for the land have not yet been decided, Chancellor William McRaven called it a game changer for Houston, the UT System and the state of Texas.

“This will not be a University of Texas at Houston. Rather, it will be an ‘intellectual hub’ for UT — an opportunity for all our campuses to take advantage of the Houston professionals in the fields of medicine, energy, engineering, business, aerospace, health care and the arts,” McRaven said in prepared remarks to the board of regents on Nov. 5.

Early next year, McRaven will convene a task force of civic leaders, legislators, academic and health presidents, faculty, students and regents, along with other constituents, to begin the planning process for the property.

Monarch Nov 6, 2015 4:13 AM

Urbannizer Nov 6, 2015 2:44 PM

More renderings of the new design for Treviso at Waterway Square are up.

Urbannizer Nov 6, 2015 6:32 PM

3300 Main: Revised design. Now stands at 28-floors (up from 21) and 336-units (down from 400).


3300 Main is a mixed-use development by PM Realty Group in partnership with AECOM Capital located in the Midtown neighborhood of Houston, Texas. 3300 Main will feature 336 residential apartments, 14,390 square feet of retail space, and 521 parking spaces. The project is strategically located next to the METRORail providing direct access to both Downtown Houston to the North and the Texas Medical Center to the South.

toxteth o'grady Nov 6, 2015 7:41 PM

That UT campus has been described as a (what's the most overused catch-phrase on the planet at the moment?) "game-changer". It certainly is a welcome development, with oil at a lull. Pairing that with the medical center development should help Houston attract the tech firms and their associated high-value jobs. As long as the HERO defeat doesn't drive them away.

Urbannizer Nov 6, 2015 10:17 PM

BHP Billiton & Astoria
IMG_8390 by Andrew Rebman, on Flickr
IMG_8391 by Andrew Rebman, on Flickr
IMG_8395 by Andrew Rebman, on Flickr

Amegy Bank HQ
IMG_8398 by Andrew Rebman, on Flickr

The Carter
IMG_8379 by Andrew Rebman, on Flickr

Camden McGowen Station
IMG_8365 by Andrew Rebman, on Flickr

Broadstone Skyline & Jefferson Heights (background)
IMG_8383 by Andrew Rebman, on Flickr

Updates via Flickr

Houstono Nov 9, 2015 1:04 AM


Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6647190)
Wells, this is 7200 Main. Was waiting for someone on HAIF to come along and confirm whether it's an official project or not. HOK has it listed as an ongoing project.

Anyone remember this project? What ever happened to it because it just looked absolutely mind blowing!

JoninATX Nov 9, 2015 2:47 AM


Originally Posted by Houstono (Post 7228354)
Anyone remember this project? What ever happened to it because it just looked absolutely mind blowing!

Sadly it looks like it was more of a vision than an actual proposal.

Urbannizer Nov 9, 2015 10:55 PM

Site cleared for Block 114, a 24-story apartment tower by Marquette Cos.

Urbannizer Nov 10, 2015 6:25 AM


Originally Posted by HBJ
Son committed to fulfilling late father’s real estate legacy in NE Houston

Now, Rick McCord’s son — Ryan McCord — is tasked with carrying on his father’s legacy and vision for northeast Houston, an overlooked real estate corridor with the potential to become not just a suburban bedroom community but an economic juggernaut of corporate offices, restaurants and shops.

Rick McCord made his first purchase in the northeast corridor — 1,500 acres that would become Summerwood — back in 1985. Soon after, he acquired another 4,000 acres that is now Generation Park.

“What we’re doing at Generation Park is effectively creating a new economic center in the region,” Ryan McCord said. “To our knowledge, Generation Park is the largest commercial development of its kind happening in North America right now.”

Urbannizer Nov 10, 2015 2:08 PM

More Updates

Eado Station

Block 334

Block 384

Block 365

3800 Main Phase II

Mid Main
Photos c/o hindesky on HAIF

Capella Museum District
Hermann Park Houston by Marc longoria, on Flickr

Urbannizer Nov 10, 2015 5:48 PM

21-acre Tarkett Industrial site being demolished by Gulf Coast Commercial. What's planned for the site? A mixed-use development with large retail chains "stacked upon one another".

Video Link

Urbannizer Nov 11, 2015 5:08 AM


Originally Posted by Houston Chronicle
Main Street preps for another Super Bowl close-up

The sports fans are coming, so it must be time to spruce up Main Street.

The Downtown Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday announced a $12.1 million capital-improvement plan for Main Street that includes new landscaping and lighting, plus a series of vibrant art installations along a 19-block stretch that's experiencing an ongoing transformation. The group says the upgrades largely will be completed in time for the NCAA Final Four tournament next spring and the Super Bowl in 2017, which are expected to put Houston back in the "national and international spotlight."

The last big Main Street makeover was spurred by the 2004 Super Bowl, which Houston also hosted.

Urbannizer Nov 11, 2015 4:28 PM


Urbannizer Nov 11, 2015 4:30 PM

Texas Medical Center Research Campus

N90 Nov 11, 2015 4:55 PM

I like the DNA strand design. The double helix pathway is a nice touch for the project.

The Best Forumer Nov 11, 2015 5:52 PM

A doubly twisty tower(s) would have been much much much more appropriate.

N90 Nov 11, 2015 7:02 PM


Originally Posted by The Best Forumer (Post 7231545)
A doubly twisty tower(s) would have been much much much more appropriate.

I was thinking double helix DNA strands for the crosswalks like in the rendering but 6 single RNA strand towers instead of those mid rises, and a small park with a cardiovascular pump waterfall at the end of the double helix DNA pathway.

Urbannizer Nov 11, 2015 9:34 PM


Originally Posted by HBJ
Upscale senior living community breaks ground on expansion

A high-end senior living facility along Woodway Drive broke ground Nov. 9 on a major expansion project valued at $72 million.

The project will add 183 units and space for 200 more residents to the campus, known as The Buckingham, on a recently acquired six-acre plot of land. The expansion is slated to be completed in 2017 and will create 80 new jobs.

JManc Nov 12, 2015 12:29 AM

The UT System bought 300 acres near Buffalo Pt (about 3 miles S of the TMC) for a massive research center.

Dariusb Nov 12, 2015 4:49 PM

Just curious but about how many highrise projects are there under construction or planned in Houston?

DBGHouston Nov 12, 2015 7:24 PM


Originally Posted by Dariusb (Post 7232723)
Just curious but about how many highrise projects are there under construction or planned in Houston?

These are currently under Construction: Name/Floor Count

•609 Main at Texas 49
•Capitol Tower 35
•Market Square Tower 40
•The Post Oak 35
•BHP Billiton Tower 30
•Arabella 34
•Marriott Marquis Convention Center Hotel 30
•Methodist Inpatient Hospital 17
•Aris Market Square 32
•Hilcorp Energy Tower 23
•Le Meridien Hotel 25
•Catalyst 28
•3400 Montrose 30
•Astoria 25
•Belfiore 26
•The Kirby Collection Residential Tower 25
•The Southmore 25 construction
•Amegy Bank Headquarters 20
•Hotel Alessandra 21
•Energy Center V 18
•Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center Expa... 16
•SkyHouse Main 24
•The Vantage 21
•The Carter 20
•One Grove Street 16
•The Ivy 17
•Phillips 66 Headquarters Tower [2] 15
•Phillips 66 Headquarters Tower [1] 15
•The Wilshire 17
•1885 St. James Place 15
•The Kirby Collection OfficeTower 12
•Hampton Inn / Homewood Suites 14
•West Memorial Place Building 1 12
•Hanover South Hampton Tower 2 12
•Hanover South Hampton Tower 1 12

There are 80 other projects on the drawing boards. You can see both of these lists under the City Database section here on Skyscraper on "Houston" and then you can see the individual lists by headings including "under construction" and "proposed."

DBGHouston Nov 12, 2015 7:28 PM

Crane is up for Hotel Alessandra on Fannin...


ooooaaaah! Nov 12, 2015 8:33 PM

I see some activity next door to Hanover residential tower in Blvd Place. Construction crew has been parking there and maybe they are doing soil testing? I believe the plan is to have a hotel/residential high rise on that spot.

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