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weatherguru18 Jul 17, 2014 2:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by glowrock (Post 6658376)
Cleared cookies, both home and work computers. Used IE, chrome, firefox. Still down on my end. What the hell is going on here?

SAME HERE!!!:hell:

toxteth o'grady Jul 17, 2014 3:42 PM

"Site under construction" seems to mean it's not going to be accessible for a little while.

Anyway, has anybody seen JLL's Q2 report? There were 2 million sf of space leased and Downtown's office vacancy is under 10%.

Energy companies dominate Q2 real estate activity

HAIF is back in operation again.

JManc Jul 17, 2014 4:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by natenate (Post 6658095)
I'm loving all these residential towers, but i'm still waiting on one of these.


http://www.jhjackson.com/wp-content/...austonian1.jpg

do the smelly (trust fund) hippies come with that building since it is Austin after all.

toxteth o'grady Jul 17, 2014 6:23 PM

BisNow says Houston's retail vacancy rate dropped to 6.3% (the lowest they've ever recorded). It suggests now's a good time to build stores. (And at CBRE's conference yesterday a lament was heard that downtown doesn't have a large grocery store yet). All in due time, I guess.

toxteth o'grady Jul 17, 2014 6:56 PM

DNV-GL gets bigger (and the Chron misspells their name).

DMV GL expanding Katy headquarters

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...GL-600x247.jpg

lockmat Jul 18, 2014 12:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6657045)
Here's another rendering of the tower:

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2910/...ea938120_b.jpg

This rendering and/or angle makes it look much better. The white will look very nice I think.

AviationGuy Jul 18, 2014 1:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JManc (Post 6658519)
do the smelly (trust fund) hippies come with that building since it is Austin after all.

You're thinking of another Austin, not the current Austin.

Urbannizer Jul 18, 2014 7:02 AM

The facelift for Two Shell Plaza (now 811 Louisiana) is well underway. Here's a shot I took today.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3845/...ea0ed38c_b.jpg

Monarch Jul 18, 2014 9:19 AM

does anyone anywhere know anything regarding any of the wonderful hotel brands venturing into our fair city of houston... please come forth! please..

JManc Jul 18, 2014 12:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AviationGuy (Post 6659432)
You're thinking of another Austin, not the current Austin.

It's still pretty granola there. Which is not a bad thing. That's what help makes Austin a great town.

toxteth o'grady Jul 18, 2014 1:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AviationGuy (Post 6659432)
You're thinking of another Austin, not the current Austin.

I see. Tacky "Silicon Valley" Austin. Needs more hippies.

toxteth o'grady Jul 18, 2014 1:58 PM

Another day, another tout for Houston.

America’s Opportunity City

http://www.city-journal.org/assets/i...24_3-jktg1.jpg

shakman Jul 18, 2014 4:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6659940)

Excellent article!!! :cheers:

Bailey Jul 18, 2014 5:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shakman (Post 6660172)
Excellent article!!! :cheers:

Ever notice how every "positive" article about Houston is full of back handed compliments?

Things like...

Houston is hot muggy and intolerable most of the year BUT....

Or, despite the sea of strip malls, concrete, and freeways there are...

Monarch Jul 18, 2014 7:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6659940)

i concur, EXCELLENT ARTICLE! however, plenty of work still to be completed. so very much to look forward to. viva houston!

AviationGuy Jul 19, 2014 2:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bailey (Post 6660250)
Ever notice how every "positive" article about Houston is full of back handed compliments?

Things like...

Houston is hot muggy and intolerable most of the year BUT....

Or, despite the sea of strip malls, concrete, and freeways there are...

I stopped reading after the first couple of hundred words. I found the introduction misleading and in some cases false. So typical.

Urbannizer Jul 20, 2014 4:02 PM

Construction Updates c/o Triton

Market Square Tower

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2917/...bda7ce97_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3837/...7c55c12d_b.jpg

500 Crawford

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609 Main at Texas

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2931/...3e406dee_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3899/...09669827_b.jpg

Camden Conte

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3859/...c88950d0_b.jpg

Alley Theatre Renovation

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5568/...ec88c48d_b.jpg

GreenStreet

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3893/...29fabbae_b.jpg

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https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3905/...fdcaff39_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3851/...ae8b7bcf_b.jpg

Block 334

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3844/...275a0648_b.jpg

Skyhouse Houston

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5583/...0eb6e61e_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2918/...72cd715f_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3902/...3635e790_b.jpg

Flagship Holiday Inn

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2900/...27dca412_b.jpg

Central Bank Building

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3851/...3df6cca8_b.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5559/...ae73893d_b.jpg

914 Bagby

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3884/...1d42b968_b.jpg

Alexan Midtown

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5560/...34a95bb8_b.jpg

Broadstone Midtown

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2901/...6acf8285_b.jpg

Broadstone Midtown Phase II

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2920/...0a35fbb4_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3904/...49fa6d0f_b.jpg

MATCH

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3903/...419d927b_b.jpg

Dolce Living

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3836/...bd15c965_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3923/...4abc3342_b.jpg

Buffalo Bayou Revitalization

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2940/...d135cb20_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3894/...fe7a6fca_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3923/...b7e0c615_b.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5562/...74e3e20f_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2906/...37465b56_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2920/...5bc2467a_b.jpg

Alexan Heights

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3902/...8a8f8230_b.jpg

The Suzanne

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5576/...55e5d153_b.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5560/...d8fc16d8_b.jpg

Chelsea-Montrose

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3881/...ac174bca_b.jpg

Hanover Southampton

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3851/...07eb5318_b.jpg

Pics c/o Skylineview

Astoria

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2905/...d8c22c62_b.jpg

BHP Billiton

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5552/...99e434e7_b.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5580/...cf30c644_b.jpg

Clev Jul 20, 2014 4:47 PM

I'm glad that a lot of those Downtown projects are still making progress.

cloud713 Jul 20, 2014 6:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Clev (Post 6662180)
I'm glad that a lot of those Downtown projects are still making progress.

Why wouldn't they? Many are multi family projects using the downtown residential incentives program.. Plus, billions are being poured into downtown before the super bowl.

texanuh Jul 20, 2014 6:52 PM

^No need to fire off, he's just making a statement

cloud713 Jul 20, 2014 8:25 PM

Fire off? Lulz.. I was "just making a statement" as well..

toxteth o'grady Jul 21, 2014 2:20 AM

Some random shots I had no other place for.

21 Eleven...

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...ps0657dc8a.jpg

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...psf1226ca6.jpg

6 Houston Center site - barricaded off...

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...psa6e81feb.jpg

Texaco crane (?)

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...psa198eabe.jpg

500 Crawford - the garage is more massive than the building.

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...pse98a7678.jpg

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...ps9810f9f9.jpg

Urbannizer Jul 21, 2014 4:55 AM

Metro West added these renderings to the existing downtown skyline to give us an idea on how some of the new projects will change the area around Market Square.

http://s28.postimg.org/8pag12xa5/Hou...rth_Future.jpg

OZ1970 Jul 21, 2014 2:49 PM

Astoria
 
Please pardon me if this has already been discussed but is the Mcdonald's staying next door to the currently under-construction Astoria?
I wonder if the Mcdonald's employees are a little nervous because the crane looks like it's literally directly above them in one of the pictures posted yesterday.

JManc Jul 21, 2014 3:12 PM

^ yes, that McDonalds is brand new and is not going anywhere anytime soon. It was a replacement of a 2-story one (which was actually kinda cool) that straddled parking lot of the new McD's and Astoria property.

toxteth o'grady Jul 21, 2014 6:22 PM

Yet another NIMBY lawsuit against the Hines highrise on San Felipe...

A Second Neighborly Lawsuit Against Hines’s San Felipe Office Tower Demonstrates Effect of Ashby Highrise Ruling

toxteth o'grady Jul 22, 2014 3:50 AM

The Chron is moving to the Houston Post's old citadel on the Southwest Freeway.

Houston Chronicle to move into “state-of-the-art” facility

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...g_mdj_02-1.jpg

Urbannizer Jul 22, 2014 4:52 AM

Belfiore: 7/20 by larrydierker

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3842/...5785a375_b.jpg

BLVD Place & Hanover Post Oak: 7/19 by Javi Kawai

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5566/...ff39bdff_b.jpg

Premier Medical Center: 7/20 by larrydierker

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5578/...a32e0a22_b.jpg

toxteth o'grady Jul 22, 2014 3:15 PM

I'm not familiar with the Premier Medical Center, but that sure looks like Brays Bayou.

TexasPlaya Jul 22, 2014 7:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6662726)
Metro West added these renderings to the existing downtown skyline to give us an idea on how some of the new projects will change the area around Market Square.

http://s28.postimg.org/8pag12xa5/Hou...rth_Future.jpg

Nice. Fingers crossed on the office building being built.

toxteth o'grady Jul 23, 2014 1:15 PM

I'm not able to see the rest of this article, so I don't know if this means local shifts in the job base or firms moving in from out of town. UPDATE: Thanks to Swamplot, the whole article is now accessible. Five companies are looking from outside the Metro, including two Fortune 250s.

Partnership: Exxon Mobil project sparking interest in nearby Woodlands

Urbannizer Jul 23, 2014 10:47 PM

On Block 368 (the vacant lot next to Skyhouse Houston), soil testing work was going on a few days ago. Rumor is that it may be Skyhouse #3 with work beginning soon.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...-on-block-368/

toxteth o'grady Jul 24, 2014 3:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 6664787)
Nice. Fingers crossed on the office building being built.

It may be needed - Foster Wheeler is looking for 325,000 sf of space.

Energy engineering giant plans substantial Houston expansion

toxteth o'grady Jul 24, 2014 5:40 PM

Another day, another tout. This time, video...

If You’re From Houston, This Video Will Be The Best 4 Minutes Of Your Day

toxteth o'grady Jul 24, 2014 6:52 PM

BisNow has an update on Beltway Lakes:

"Radler is also flying along on development of its Beltway Lakes campus. Building 3, which broke ground last year, is reaching core and shell completion in October. Building 4, its mirror image (each is nine stories and 270k SF), will go into the dirt in the next 90 days. Radler is also beginning planning on Building 5, a 20-story tower that’ll top 600k SF.

Tom tells us the original site plan (pictured) called for three sets of mirror-image buildings, but now that the Beltway is booming and land is scarce, he really has to focus on being a true Class-A development. And that means upping the amenities game. (They’re near the top of every credit tenant’s wish list.) Instead of a sixth office building, Radler is in late negotiations with a hotel that will also offer dining and conference facilities to tenants."

In short, it sounds like the two smaller buildings in the picture will instead be a 20-story office tower and a hotel. No word on what the office tower will look like.

https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/pr...kes-medium.jpg

Brijonmang Jul 25, 2014 6:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6667969)
BisNow has an update on Beltway Lakes:

"Radler is also flying along on development of its Beltway Lakes campus. Building 3, which broke ground last year, is reaching core and shell completion in October. Building 4, its mirror image (each is nine stories and 270k SF), will go into the dirt in the next 90 days. Radler is also beginning planning on Building 5, a 20-story tower that’ll top 600k SF.

Tom tells us the original site plan (pictured) called for three sets of mirror-image buildings, but now that the Beltway is booming and land is scarce, he really has to focus on being a true Class-A development. And that means upping the amenities game. (They’re near the top of every credit tenant’s wish list.) Instead of a sixth office building, Radler is in late negotiations with a hotel that will also offer dining and conference facilities to tenants."

In short, it sounds like the two smaller buildings in the picture will instead be a 20-story office tower and a hotel. No word on what the office tower will look like.

https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/pr...kes-medium.jpg

Actually, the buildings in the picture are all being built as shown. The two smaller buildings to the right were buildings 1 and 2, building 3 (which is under construction now) is one of the two taller blue buildings. The 20 story building would be out of frame.

toxteth o'grady Jul 25, 2014 6:56 PM

Thanks for that clarification.

New crane for FMC's building at Generation Park has gone up.

Generation Park has gone vertical

http://www.hkatexas.com/wp-content/u...14-660x330.jpg

Just a reminder of what it will look like:

http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/27/70/70...9/784x2048.jpg

Urbannizer Jul 25, 2014 10:02 PM

A crane operator for Astoria has fallen and is currently stuck in a confined space within the crane 200ft above ground.

You can watch the rescue live here:

http://abc13.com/live/

toxteth o'grady Jul 27, 2014 6:59 PM

This image, in the latest edition of National Geographic, should be a hint to Trader Joe's, Aldi and WinCo on where to put their next supermarkets. Mapping the Houston Food Desert.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/fo...on_map_web.png

toxteth o'grady Jul 27, 2014 9:46 PM

TSU Dorms: 7-27-2014 by Triton. Crane is up

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2925/...ef2c7728_h.jpg

Urbannizer Jul 28, 2014 9:11 AM

Construction Updates:

Noble Energy Tower: 7/2 by hldjhn987

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...7/DSCN3826.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...7/DSCN3809.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...7/DSCN3814.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...7/DSCN3817.jpg

Birdsall Memorial: 7/27 by larrydierker

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3902/...e39cd137_b.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5580/...3e039ef2_b.jpg

Temenos Place: 7/27 by Triton

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5579/...55c73d93_b.jpg

Rendering:

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3858/...8cc25921_b.jpg

Urbannizer Jul 28, 2014 10:15 AM

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3913/...12885a7e_b.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by PageThink
The new Harris County Institute for Forensic Sciences will be built on a 3.2-acre site adjacent to the existing Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office in the Texas Medical Center. The 200,000-square-foot Phase One will comprise a nine-story tower housing approximately 140,000 square feet of laboratory, morgue, administrative and support space and approximately 60,000 square feet of unfinished shell space. The parking will be accommodated offsite. Phase Two will accommodate another tower on site for future expansion needs of the institute.

Page is partnering with Crime Lab Design on this project.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2924/...9d9a4477_b.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5567/...48fa7e9b_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2923/...7d1323d6_b.jpg

http://pagethink.com/v/project-detai...c-Sciences/7p/

toxteth o'grady Jul 28, 2014 6:52 PM

Another wrap may be coming to Montrose, reports Swamplot. Tenants in the old apartments just got eviction notices. Dolce Living appears to be behind the move, with possibly a City Centre at Midtown complex replacing it. Wrap it up.

New Owners to Montrose Apartment Dwellers: Everybody Out by the End of August, We’re Tearing These Places Down

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...-w-alabama.jpg

toxteth o'grady Jul 28, 2014 7:14 PM

More on the Southmore and other possible highrises in Midtown, from BisNow...

https://ci3.googleusercontent.com/pr...ore-medium.jpg

"Two of the big ones are Morgan’s building on Smith and a redevelopment site on Main. The latter—right on the rail line a few blocks south of the Superblock—is proposed to be the first high-rise in the submarket.

Here's Hines' proposed high-rise on Southmore. David says Midtown has changed a lot in the last few years and it’s about to change significantly again in the next few. Gentrification in the area has increased due to the influx of some of the city's best restaurants and the ease of travel down into the Med Center. He says it's also benefiting from its position between two of the largest employment centers in the city (CBD and TMC). And as office development continues nearby, Midtown will continue its progression into a top place to live for young pros who want a vibrant nightlife. The land team is bringing two more sites to market there now—one at West Dallas and 45 and the other cattycorner to the Superblock (it might go high-rise as well)."

Monarch Jul 28, 2014 7:53 PM

really enjoying the modern clean lines of this edifice. very quiet.. very nice.

Urbannizer Jul 30, 2014 6:17 PM

http://ww1.hdnux.com/photos/31/31/26.../3/622x350.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chron
Kings Creek to Have Top Location, Design


A rendering features apartments that will be constructed in Kings Creek in Kingwood area north of Deerbrook Mall.
Plans are under way to break ground on the $1.2 billion Kings Creek project by David Development.

It will include 1 million square feet of Class A office space, a sustainable park with 1.5 miles of hike-and-bike trails with water features throughout, outdoor fitness areas, more than 150,000 square feet of retail space, two hotels and 1,000 condominium units.

"This is a prime location because it's north of Deerbrook Mall and contiguous with Kingwood Medical Center; and you don't have any shopping on the west side. Kingwood in that area is starting to fill in and develop," said David McCarble, principal for David Development. "The entire project will be the first LEED-certified sustainable master-plan development in Houston, as far as I know."

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/ki...gn-5654608.php

toxteth o'grady Jul 30, 2014 8:38 PM

AmREIT has doubled down against potential suitors, adding a $650 million proposed expansion at Uptown Park. This is your first look at the Palazzi.

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...rk/palazzi.jpg

AmREIT reveals new Uptown Park development

This may be a little underwhelming after speculation of something in the 40-50 floor range. They're spreading out rather than going up.

TowerSpotter Jul 31, 2014 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6675109)
AmREIT has doubled down against potential suitors, adding a $650 million proposed expansion at Uptown Park. This is your first look at the Palazzi.

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...rk/palazzi.jpg

AmREIT reveals new Uptown Park development

This may be a little underwhelming after speculation of something in the 40-50 floor range. They're spreading out rather than going up.

Actually the one that was supposed to be 50 floors turned out to be 40 floors now. (The lot south of the cosmopolitan)

cloud713 Jul 31, 2014 2:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6675109)
AmREIT has doubled down against potential suitors, adding a $650 million proposed expansion at Uptown Park. This is your first look at the Palazzi.

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...rk/palazzi.jpg

AmREIT reveals new Uptown Park development

This may be a little underwhelming after speculation of something in the 40-50 floor range. They're spreading out rather than going up.

the 650 million is spread across 3 different Uptown properties.. the Post Oak/San Felipe northwest site, the Post Oak/Uptown Park northwest site, and the Uptown Park site. here is a different article about it..

Quote:

Houston-based Am- REIT, owner of the Uptown Park shopping center and other prime retail parcels here, rejected a buyout offer from Regency Centers Corp. on Tuesday and simultaneously announced plans for more than $650 million worth of new development in the Galleria area.

The projects, many proposed through complex joint-venture agreements or partnerships, are a 40-story multifamily tower; a 560,000-square-foot office project; a four-star hotel with residential units; and a luxury residential complex.
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/busi...ew-5655319.php

and while the Palazzi is underwhelming, it was only supposed to be around 28 stories. like Tower Spotter said, the 50 story residential project was downsized to the now 40 story residential tower AmREIT has planned for Post Oak/San Felipe northwest, just south of the cosmo.

toxteth o'grady Jul 31, 2014 2:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cloud713 (Post 6675488)
the 650 million is spread across 3 different Uptown properties..

and while the Palazzi is underwhelming, it was only supposed to be around 28 stories.

The larger article does appear to flesh out the proposed investments in more detail. Apparently, when AmREIT dropped the partner, they reconfigured the project. That initial investment is $80 million.

"...Its agreement with Crimson Real Estate Adivsors to develop a high-rise in Uptown Park expired and was terminated. After negotiating for development rights on a parcel adjacent to the high-rise site, AmREIT now plans to develop an $80 million project with 200 high-end rental units and 40,000 square feet of retail. Construction is expected to begin next year.

›› It is negotiating a joint venture with a multifamily developer to build a 40-story, 365-unit residential tower with two stories of retail on a 1.58-acre site at the northwest corner of Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe. AmREIT would retain ownership of the land and ground-lease the site to the anticipated venture. Total costs are estimated to be $142 million. Construction could begin in the next 12 months.

›› It has acquired a 20.3 percent ownership interest in the Inverness Townhomes at the northwest corner of Post Oak Boulevard and Uptown Park Boulevard and plans to purchase the entire site and form a joint venture with Trammell Crow Co. to develop 560,000 square feet of office space and 16,000 square feet of retail space. Estimated project costs are more than $225 million, and construction could begin within the next 12 to 15 months.

›› It is in negotiations with a four-star hotel brand and development partner for a mixed-use project at the southeast corner of Uptown Park. The project could include 243 hotel rooms, 234 residential units and up to 20,000 square feet of retail space. Total project costs are estimated at around $204 million, and construction could begin within the next 18 months..."

None of these projects starts moving dirt until 2015, so we'll wait to see what happens.


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