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Wattleigh May 20, 2020 3:33 PM

Another find courtesy of Paco Jones on HAIF

Home2 Suites / Tru by Hilton Hotel

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123,306 SF
9 Levels
221 Rooms
Anticipated start date of December 2020

Corner of Leeland St. and Crawford St.

1540 Leeland St.
Houston, TX 77002
https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...2ade95a559991e

This is about a block from the Toyota Center and catty-corner to Camden's new apartment tower. It only takes up a quarter of the block.

Geographer May 20, 2020 6:07 PM

The Texas Medical Center is already the largest medical center in the world and is still growing! Houston Methodist opened Walter Tower in 2018, Texas Children's opened an expansion tower a year before that, and Memorial Hermann opened the Susan and Fayez Sarofim Pavilion this year. CHI St. Luke's has an on again, off again expansion on Old Spanish Trail that might eventually replace their main hospital on Fannin Street. The Harris County Psychiatric Center is expanding, Texas A&M is building and refurbishing a quad of buildings next to the TMC transit center, and the huge TMC3 complex should break ground this year. These projects are a huge boon to Houston's economy, especially considering how many well-paying, recession-resistant jobs they support.

I like the Granduca's concrete exterior based on those renderings. The top looks art deco. The 107 units are going to have a high price to cover the cost of a 34 floor tower.

chjbolton May 21, 2020 2:17 AM

TexasPlaya, what does your signature mean exactly? This one:

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

TexasPlaya May 21, 2020 8:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chjbolton (Post 8928161)
TexasPlaya, what does your signature mean exactly? This one:

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Invest in the future!

TexasPlaya May 23, 2020 5:42 AM

From Hindesky on HAIF, looking West from I10E:

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...eca6c93dfdbd9f

NYC2ATX May 24, 2020 7:17 AM

Not an angle we typically see in photos, and I love how it features some of the newest towers most prominently, and the right side is about to fill in even more.

TexasPlaya May 24, 2020 2:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NYC2ATX (Post 8931048)
Not an angle we typically see in photos, and I love how it features some of the newest towers most prominently, and the right side is about to fill in even more.

Agreed, you have the new and the old.

The Best Forumer Jun 9, 2020 4:59 AM

Thank you for the info... and investing in the future... and the cool shots.

Urbannizer Jun 16, 2020 12:34 AM

Hines and 2ML Real Estate Interests to Build Levit Green

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Hines, the international real estate firm, has finalized an exclusive agreement with 2ML Real Estate Interests to develop Levit Green, more than 52 acres of prime real estate adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. The thoughtfully designed masterplan will offer a curated mix of uses, including research facilities, office, residential, shopping and dining, outdoor amenities and green space at the epicenter of Houston’s biotech, corporate life sciences and medical research hub.


Located inside Houston’s I-610 Loop, steps from one of the city’s largest parks, myriad arts and cultural institutions and vibrant retail offerings, Levit Green will offer amenities that are increasingly rare today: unparalleled size, versatility and connectivity within the city’s urban core. The unique property is less than three miles from Houston’s Central Business District and its prominent location enjoys immediate access to State Highway 288, METRORail, METRO bus, bike trails and the planned TMC³ medical research campus.


A partnership between the Hines and Levit families, two names synonymous with Houston, Levit Green will go beyond a live-work-play paradigm to create an environment that fosters interaction and collaboration in and out of the laboratory. From venture capital to IPOs and M&A, investment in life sciences is reaching all-time highs. We are seeing record-breaking R&D spending creating the need for highly sophisticated lab space and cutting-edge pharmaceutical facilities.


“At 15.5%, Houston has one of the highest five-year growth rates in life sciences establishments in the United States. Impressive advancements in therapeutics, science and innovation are driving demand for real estate,” stated John Mooz, senior managing director at Hines. “With multimodal connectivity and proximity to TMC, we believe Levit Green will create a new and needed destination for Houston’s rapidly growing life sciences cluster.”

An initial piece of the property was acquired by Joe Levit, founder of The Grocers Supply Co, which grew to be the largest independently owned wholesaler of grocery products in the southeast U.S. and the largest supplier of Hispanic grocery products in the country. Through the dedication of four generations of the Levit Family, Grocers Supply has enjoyed 97 years of success in serving and partnering with independent grocers to provide quality products for communities in Texas and surrounding states.

“We are excited to bring the shared vision of Hines and the Levit family to the community. Our family has deep roots in the neighborhood, and we believe this development will add tremendous value to the area and the Texas Medical Center,” said Max Levit, President of 2ML Real Estate.
https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/12/45/...4/rawImage.jpg

TexasPlaya Jun 16, 2020 1:19 AM

^^^
Really exciting news. If there's some silverlining to Covid is that it may spur more life science investment that Houston can capture. Here's an aerial of the Levit Green site from CrockPotandGravel on HAIF:

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...f3f3fd8fef0e5e

TexasPlaya Jun 16, 2020 1:28 AM

Perhaps coincidentally....

Bisnow: Houston’s Life Sciences Industry Needs Spec Space

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Houston’s healthcare industry has acted as a steady, lucrative and mostly recession-proof offset to the city’s volatile oil and gas sector. But when it comes to the life sciences, growth has been surprisingly slow. The biggest hurdle for life sciences in Houston today isn’t venture capital funding or corporate interest. It is the lack of suitable office and laboratory space, experts said at a Bisnow webinar Thursday.

Life science companies often can’t use typical medical office product because they require specialized spaces that have heavier infrastructure for electrical systems, larger floor plates, lab benches, certain floor-to-ceiling heights, and advanced air filtration. Ideally, scientists and researchers also would have little distance between the lab and office space, to make it easy to carry out their work. There has been very limited speculative development of products aimed at life sciences in Houston, largely because of its specialized nature.

In addition, the needs of a life sciences company can shift rapidly and dramatically, depending on its success. Justin Brasell, executive vice president of Transwestern’s Healthcare Advisory Services Group, said that when a life sciences company acquires funding, it swings into action immediately, and doesn’t necessarily have time to wait for a space to be built. “When these folks get funding, they can't wait two years to get a building built-to-suit or something that's more tailored to their needs,” Brasell said. “They get funding, and they're on a clock. This money is expensive, they've got to go, they're got to start clinical trials. They have to hire people, they've got to recruit. So they're really focused on that."

There is already about 7M SF of life sciences-focused research and development space in Houston. That’s without The Ion and TMC3 projects, which promise to boost that footprint significantly in the next decade. Both are being built within the 610 Loop and are expected to attract small and large private sector tenants.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/...medium=Browser

TexasPlaya Jun 16, 2020 1:28 AM

Bump

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Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 8952741)
^^^
Really exciting news. If there's some silverlining to Covid is that it may spur more life science investment that Houston can capture. Here's an aerial of the Levit Green site from CrockPotandGravel on HAIF:

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...f3f3fd8fef0e5e


TexasPlaya Jun 16, 2020 4:18 AM

Some cool aerials of a potential multifamily south of the TMC by HighRise Tower on HAIF:

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...b9fc87fbce76dd

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...f1cd513d93f782

South of the TMC represents a good area for potential redevelopment, especially along 288 and 610.

TexasPlaya Jun 16, 2020 9:26 PM

Some more public/private partnerships, ION. You have TAMU/UT investing in the med center, Rice investing in ION collaborative incubator in midtown, and TMC3 hoping to garner more private investment.

Updates from Brooklyn173 and ChannelTwoNews HAIF on ION:

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...f6b72c49c403e0

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...9f898e291ef02b

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...5d252f10a34445

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...e36cc53ab7.jpg

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...f37be130e8.jpg

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...9ba18608c8.jpg

Glass Facade Jun 18, 2020 3:26 PM

I spoke to the consultant that represents the developer (Interfin) they have placed the Granduca on hold.

JoninATX Jun 21, 2020 2:01 AM

Google and Amazon set to open new locations in Houston

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June 18th 2020

HOUSTON, Texas -- Within the same week, two tech giants have announced plans to enter or expand in Houston. Amazon has began building out a robotic distribution center in Fort Bend County, and Google will open its first office in Houston that's focused on cloud technology sales.

Dallas-based real estate developer Trammell Crow Company has begun construction on Amazon's ecommerce fulfillment center in Richmond, located on 93.5 acres at 10507 Harlem Rd. The 850,000-square-foot facility will open in 2021.
https://abc13.com/google-and-amazon-...bs-in/6254325/

tmbdevelopmenttx Jun 21, 2020 6:30 PM

A very huge project!

llamaorama Jun 21, 2020 7:57 PM

Levit Green is nuts. Seeing these megaprojects unfold and seeing TMC mentioned in the same sentences as Boston and San Francisco when it comes to life sciences tech makes me optimistic. Even if it isn't exactly like the rendering this is still a huge deal.

It makes me wonder if Houston's entering a new epoch where the South/Southeastern quadrant of the metro area will start to grow more rapidly and the NW quadrant is going to cool down. Not that Pearland isn't a booming area, but its still not nearly as populous as other suburbs. But this could make it explode with growth IMO, especially now that the 288 toll lanes project is almost done. If you went back to the 1950s and 1960s that was where the new development was, some of the first suburbs in Houston were areas like South Park, Gulfgate was the first mall, etc. Then for some reason the metro tilted north and west.

For the past 15 years the ridiculous growth in Katy, Cypress, Klein, seems to have been helped along by the oil industry. Tons of jobs in high rise office towers in the Energy Corridor and The Woodlands plus all the new manufacturing and small engineering/tech firms in low rise industrial areas along Beltway 8. But now they are saying we could be looking at 100,000-200,000 people losing their jobs due to depressed oil prices even if the COVID economic recovery turns out to be "V" shaped. That's got to be bad news for anyone trying to sell those $400k McMansions out on the prairie by the Grand Parkway.

If the TMC becomes the core of a "new" economy in Houston based on things that aren't just oil(the oil industry will recover and have at least one good cycle and not fade away overnight, obviously) its definitely going to rearrange what sides of the city are more or less desirable for new growth. Definitely look out for even more gentrification happening in Sunnyside and the Third Ward, too.

JoninATX Jun 21, 2020 8:32 PM

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Originally Posted by llamaorama (Post 8958259)
Levit Green is nuts. Seeing these megaprojects unfold and seeing TMC mentioned in the same sentences as Boston and San Francisco when it comes to life sciences tech makes me optimistic. Even if it isn't exactly like the rendering this is still a huge deal.

It makes me wonder if Houston's entering a new epoch where the South/Southeastern quadrant of the metro area will start to grow more rapidly and the NW quadrant is going to cool down. Not that Pearland isn't a booming area, but its still not nearly as populous as other suburbs. But this could make it explode with growth IMO, especially now that the 288 toll lanes project is almost done. If you went back to the 1950s and 1960s that was where the new development was, some of the first suburbs in Houston were areas like South Park, Gulfgate was the first mall, etc. Then for some reason the metro tilted north and west.

For the past 15 years the ridiculous growth in Katy, Cypress, Klein, seems to have been helped along by the oil industry. Tons of jobs in high rise office towers in the Energy Corridor and The Woodlands plus all the new manufacturing and small engineering/tech firms in low rise industrial areas along Beltway 8. But now they are saying we could be looking at 100,000-200,000 people losing their jobs due to depressed oil prices even if the COVID economic recovery turns out to be "V" shaped. That's got to be bad news for anyone trying to sell those $400k McMansions out on the prairie by the Grand Parkway.

If the TMC becomes the core of a "new" economy in Houston based on things that aren't just oil(the oil industry will recover and have at least one good cycle and not fade away overnight, obviously) its definitely going to rearrange what sides of the city are more or less desirable for new growth. Definitely look out for even more gentrification happening in Sunnyside and the Third Ward, too.

Then again they're predicting oil prices to skyrocket. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

JoninATX Jun 22, 2020 12:20 AM

Regent Square Update

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...6d112f515c2aa9

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...e30245fa51166c

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...de718f37a8c479

Picture credit by Highrise Tower on https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...e/25/#comments

JoninATX Jun 22, 2020 12:23 AM

Texas A&M Innovation Plaza

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...0c5f2725e92c55
https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...4824d1a44bfc33

By Hindesky

Twitter1 Jun 28, 2020 1:23 AM

One of my favorite photos of the week.

New hotel in the TMC at Almeda & Holcombe.

https://i.imgur.com/qLeItEF.jpg

llamaorama Jun 28, 2020 1:30 PM

Almeda between MacGregor up to Peggy's Park and 59 is one of those forgotten major streets in Houston that has a lot of things on it. I took a drive down it the other day since I was bored and cruising around in a car is one thing I guess we can still do with COVID going on.

The Best Forumer Jul 1, 2020 5:33 AM

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Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 8958467)

So what is the purpose of this building? Is this the place where TAM students come to innovate?

The Best Forumer Jul 1, 2020 5:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Twitter1 (Post 8965028)
One of my favorite photos of the week.

New hotel in the TMC at Almeda & Holcombe.

https://i.imgur.com/qLeItEF.jpg

For how long will it sit empty?

Dariusb Jul 1, 2020 6:24 PM

I've heard about Houston's density inside of 610 but is that density spreading outside of that area or will soon?

Cory Jul 1, 2020 8:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Dariusb (Post 8968590)
I've heard about Houston's density inside of 610 but is that density spreading outside of that area or will soon?

Not in any meaningful way. Houston’s densest parts of town are not within 610.

TexasPlaya Jul 1, 2020 9:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Dariusb (Post 8968590)
I've heard about Houston's density inside of 610 but is that density spreading outside of that area or will soon?

As Cory said, its really the reverse as half of "inside of the loop" (610) is heavy industry and extreme poverty. Although, that means a lot of potential for redevelopment like in south, near east and northeast Houston.

Uptown/Galleria is probably the geographic density center of Houston.

llamaorama Jul 1, 2020 10:09 PM

In terms of people per square mile in census counts, the densest neighborhoods are outside of the 610 loop and within or around Beltway 8. These are concentrations of apartment complexes built in the 1970s and 1980s which became low income housing and are populated by immigrants living in crowded conditions.

However in terms of the number of apartment units and buildings per acre, which is a more visible form of urban density, then probably the western half of inside the loop is denser.

Dariusb Jul 2, 2020 3:01 AM

Ok cool. Thanks for the clarification guys.

NYC2ATX Jul 2, 2020 4:13 AM

I'm not a local, but I've always considered the core of Houston to be the roughly triangular area with its corners at Downtown, Uptown-Galleria, and the TMC. Not only because those are the areas with the densest and tallest concentrations of highrises, but also because the districts in between contain the majority of major civic institutions and culturally notable neighborhoods. They are also the areas - i.e. Upper Kirby, River Oaks, Allen Parkway, Midtown & Museum District - that are seeing the majority of highrise infill outside those corner points.

TexasPlaya Jul 3, 2020 5:16 AM

Texas A&M Innovation Plaza renderings by Paco Jones @ HAIF:

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...22323024deb77d

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...168d9de6f1d96c

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...d2d2c57a5e08c1

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...142007387649fd

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...695a2862c4dd26

Posted from the prior page, what's currently under construction:

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Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 8958467)
Texas A&M Innovation Plaza

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...0c5f2725e92c55
By Hindesky


TexasPlaya Jul 3, 2020 5:37 AM

Uptown 1801 Post Oak: New Mid-Rise

From Paco Jones

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...7568cf477ff7ee

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...8ae759d867dcc1

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...d9b126cfc62e6b

From Highrise Tower

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...1f57a8385e7844

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...b510f5dafcf78a

^^Cool look at the Uptown BRT nearing completion too.

From Skyboxdweller

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...8952afefb.jpeg

^^ The midrise is in lower left corner. Shows the scale of the Boulevard Place project and the holes in development. Also, cool cloud cover.

TexasPlaya Jul 3, 2020 5:43 AM

TMC 10 story Hilton Inn- 6840 Almeda

From ChannelTwoNews

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...73cf51ad4433d9

TexasPlaya Jul 5, 2020 6:30 AM

[Greenway Plaza] The RO: Mixed-Use Development at West Alabama and Buffalo Speedway

An overlooked mixed use development that will add to the Greenway Plaza skyline. They've already cleared off the old Exxon buildings.

From for Urbannizer on HAIF:

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...1a6ac07ec6f25f

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...906ac0302a1ba4

Renderings from Highrise Tower on HAIF:

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...128ac77f993eab

TexasPlaya Jul 6, 2020 5:03 AM

The Allen: Allen Parkway/Gillette

Most recent rendering I can find, from Urbannizer on HAIF

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...a56c4e78f16d94

From brijonmang on HAIF
https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...9298ffbed09bb8

You have the Federal Reserves building in the right foreground, new multifamily next to that along W Dallas, a closing public housing development next to the construction, and TMC in the background. Buffalo Bayou really driving development along the adjacent parkways and W Dallas.

DCReid Jul 6, 2020 5:20 PM

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Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 8972042)
The Allen: Allen Parkway/Gillette

Most recent rendering I can find, from Urbannizer on HAIF

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...a56c4e78f16d94

From brijonmang on HAIF
https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...9298ffbed09bb8

You have the Federal Reserves building in the right foreground, new multifamily next to that along W Dallas, a closing public housing development next to the construction, and TMC in the background. Buffalo Bayou really driving development along the adjacent parkways and W Dallas.

Houston kind of needs some type of zoning...

TexasPlaya Jul 6, 2020 6:12 PM

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Originally Posted by DCReid (Post 8972408)
Houston kind of needs some type of zoning...

Why? Downtown is literally about a quarter mile away and this development is along a really popular greenbelt.

colemonkee Jul 7, 2020 3:12 AM

Man, Michael Graves style is so uncannily recognizable that I knew instantly that Federal Reserve Building was one of his. A quick Google search confirmed that suspicion...

pm91 Jul 7, 2020 3:37 PM

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Originally Posted by DCReid (Post 8972408)
Houston kind of needs some type of zoning...

For the sake of the forum, don't start... :runaway:

llamaorama Jul 7, 2020 11:39 PM

Houston's lack of zoning can be a problem in some areas but this isn't one of them. It's a good thing that there isn't zoning preventing this development.

Glass Facade Jul 8, 2020 5:49 PM

Yes you are right about zoning in Houston.....I live in the middle of a residential neighborhood... with a body shop as my next door neighbor ...

TexasPlaya Jul 8, 2020 6:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Glass Facade (Post 8974715)
Yes you are right about zoning in Houston.....I live in the middle of a residential neighborhood... with a body shop as my next door neighbor ...

You seem to be located on the highly industrial east side based on your profile location...

I agree Houston needs better land use policies but the east side was industrial before it was recently gentrified.

Urbannizer Jul 9, 2020 6:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 8974763)
You seem to be located on the highly industrial east side based on your profile location...

I agree Houston needs better land use policies but the east side was industrial before it was recently gentrified.

Yup more of a case of gentrification than zoning. One block from me in Austin is a body shop across the street from a mixed-use complex.

An example of Houston’s no zoning laws would be a high-rise going up in the middle of a neighborhood made up mostly of residential homes.

JManc Jul 9, 2020 7:32 AM

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Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 8972486)
Why? Downtown is literally about a quarter mile away and this development is along a really popular greenbelt.

and this was always a commercial area. The long gone Jeff Davis hospital was to the right a bit from the Fed building.

Niftybox Jul 9, 2020 2:48 PM

Lol Houston is like a Southern L.A. very sprawling basin, tons of mid rise all over, strong Hispanic culture, nice prominent art deco downtown core with a satellite city for double skyline shots. Even the Texas A&M building and USC tower look similar, I never noticed how similar the two cities were, despite LA being a more sprawling and populated city. Houston punches more for it's weight though!

Urbannizer Jul 9, 2020 11:02 PM

Alta River Oaks

https://media-exp1.licdn.com/dms/ima...VqOL6ErNQWeufg

N90 Jul 9, 2020 11:45 PM

Uptown Houston’s skyline is a monster in length and size.

chjbolton Jul 10, 2020 9:41 AM

I can only image what Houston would look like if ALL of its towers and skylines had been combined into one. That'd be one HECK of a skyline!!

kingkirbythe.... Jul 10, 2020 2:33 PM

Yeah. That is fun to imagine.


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