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photoLith Sep 23, 2014 1:12 PM

That Skyhouse developer sure is lazy, all of their buildings I've seen are pretty much the exact same terrible design.

glowrock Sep 23, 2014 4:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6740044)
That Skyhouse developer sure is lazy, all of their buildings I've seen are pretty much the exact same terrible design.


Lazy, I agree. But it's still a good amount of density and lots of added residents for the south side of downtown right along the rail line, so I'll take it! :)

Aaron (Glowrock)

Urbannizer Sep 23, 2014 4:25 PM

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...ty/#21137101=0
Quote:

Originally Posted by Chron
Developers plan another new downtown hotel amid flurry of activity

Developers have acquired land for another downtown hotel, amid a flurry of hotel construction near the George R. Brown Convention Center.

American Liberty Hospitality, a Houston-based company building two Hilton-branded properties along Crawford between Capitol and Rusk, purchased an adjacent property along La Branch between Capitol and Rusk for another new hotel. No decisions have been made on the brand for that property, said Nick Massad, president of CEO of the group.

“We’ll gauge the market in a few months and decide at that time,” he says.


texanuh Sep 23, 2014 4:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6740044)
That Skyhouse developer sure is lazy, all of their buildings I've seen are pretty much the exact same terrible design.

Personally I kind of like them, nothing ground breaking but not bad. The developer is a business, and business' sole purpose is to make a much money as possible and redesigning the buildings every time they build a new one would really cut into their profit. So they are not being lazy they're just maximizing profit.

toxteth o'grady Sep 23, 2014 5:29 PM

The demand for office space just keeps growing, and from quarters most people might not have heard of...

Exclusive: Pacific Drilling almost doubles space with new Energy Corridor headquarters

Urbannizer Sep 23, 2014 6:12 PM

Building permits issued for 1717 Bissonnett (Ashby Highrise)

http://houstontx.gov/planning/Public...ebeReport.html

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...07018-A401.jpg

toxteth o'grady Sep 23, 2014 8:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6740268)

This must be the replacement for the Hyatt Place that was going to be on that block until someone changed their mind.:shrug:

Meanwhile, HBJ has just reported on the two-hotel combo we already knew was going up.

More downtown Houston hotels in the works

AviationGuy Sep 23, 2014 11:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6740044)
That Skyhouse developer sure is lazy, all of their buildings I've seen are pretty much the exact same terrible design.

I don't like them either. I think they would look better if the non-glass part of the facade was painted white. They currently look a little gray. Hard to tell from photos if they're even painted.

toxteth o'grady Sep 24, 2014 2:08 AM

Does anyone know which hotel project downtown was the one the Chronicle tagged as "cancelled"?

And now it turns out plans for that third unnamed hotel on the same block as the Hampton/Homewood are "in the future":

Developers purchase new lot near downtown hotel project

"UPDATE: The hotel developer said Tuesday afternoon the company is unsure how it will develop the lot, despite a statement released to the media Tuesday morning that a hotel would be built on the land.

American Liberty Hospitality’s Nick Massad told the Chronicle the company will hold onto the land and determine what to build based on future market demand. He said it was unlikely the company would develop the property in the next couple of years.

Previous story: Developers have acquired land to possibly build another downtown hotel, amid a flurry of hotel construction near the George R. Brown Convention Center..."

Make up your minds, guys!

Urbannizer Sep 24, 2014 3:47 AM

It looks like the redevelopment of the GRB Convention Center has begun! Construction crews are removing the median on ADLA.

By tigereye on HAIF.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...4965341282.jpg

Also, two blocks in the extreme southern area of the CBD are fenced-off, with construction work going on at one site and a trailer on the other. Rumor is that a 150-unit midrise will be going up.

The block against 59 & 45 is the block with work going on.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2941/...15c6152f_o.png

Pics courtesy of Triton on HAIF.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3882/...692794e3_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2943/...9f451e12_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2944/...f08e8b96_b.jpg

toxteth o'grady Sep 24, 2014 3:41 PM

A large high school is getting built in Cy-Fair. It won't have the same downtown views as HSPVA.

Satterfield & Pontikes Construction to build new Cypress Fairbanks high school

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...ts-600x300.jpg

toxteth o'grady Sep 24, 2014 5:34 PM

BisNow is out with an edition all about hotels being built in the area. For those who feared the Alessandra was on a slow boat to oblivion, BisNow offers the following reassurance:

"Michael expects a big push for boutique hotels coming up. The Galleria, Downtown, Energy Corridor, and The Woodlands are saturated, so boutique projects will need to fill the gap. (Midway’s working on it with Hotel Alessandra, scheduled to open late 2016.)"

Among 66 hotel projects mentioned as in the works for the next couple of years is this Holiday Inn scheduled to break ground in the Woodlands:

https://ci3.googleusercontent.com/pr...ds-medium.jpeg

And more evidence of shortages:

"Michael says construction costs are really changing how hospitality projects are built; to make them pencil out, development teams may have to get creative with the structure. (For example, the Hyatt Galleria was planned as cast in place, but is now being built with just a load bearing, metal stud system.) And don’t expect to finalize design and break ground right away; labor shortages are causing backlog."

This may explain why some projects are not moving as fast as some of us who are impatient would like. Figure this is going to be a problem for all types of construction projects.

Monarch Sep 24, 2014 6:15 PM

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...ts-600x300.jpg
the jetsons' high school... innovative design, beautiful.

toxteth o'grady Sep 25, 2014 3:40 AM

That's actually the rejected design for the international terminal at Hobby Airport.

Michi Sep 25, 2014 3:56 AM

The parcel nestled against the 45/59 interchange is a multi-family development. I believe it is only 5 stories tall.

toxteth o'grady Sep 25, 2014 2:52 PM

Bigger than Pittsburgh? Katy, bar the door!

‘Katy will be larger than the city of Pittsburgh’ in two years

(Of course, this all depends on what you consider to be Katy)

KevinFromTexas Sep 25, 2014 5:53 PM

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Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6742948)
Bigger than Pittsburgh? Katy, bar the door!

‘Katy will be larger than the city of Pittsburgh’ in two years

(Of course, this all depends on what you consider to be Katy)

They can't seriously be talking about Pittsburgh, PA? It had 305,000 and change in 2013, while Katy had 14,000 and change the same year. It would need to have a growth rate of at least 2,100% to exceed where Pittsburgh projected to be in 2014.

Bailey Sep 25, 2014 5:57 PM

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Originally Posted by KevinFromTexas (Post 6743237)
They can't seriously be talking about Pittsburgh, PA? It had 305,000 and change in 2013, while Katy had 14,000 and change the same year. It would need to have a growth rate of at least 2,100% to exceed where Pittsburgh projected to be in 2014.

Also, Pittsburgh is a self sustaining city, Katy is a dependent suburb in the Houston metro. Take away the city of Houston and let me know how important Katy becomes...or doesn't become.

Pittsburgh> Katy, Texas

Urbannizer Sep 25, 2014 6:19 PM

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3846/...9250558e_b.jpg

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Originally Posted by Your Houston News
Pearland City Council narrowly approves Ivy District zone-change application

The Pearland City Council voted three-to-two to approve a zone-change application recently to advance a proposed 48.5-acre mixed-use development that will replace the ill-fated Waterlights District.
Situated at the corner of Spectrum Boulevard and State Highway 288, the 11-block Ivy District development proposed by American Modern Green Development Houston LLC., has been the center of debate for months among city officials.

Mayor Tom Reid voiced support for the development.
“We’ve been talking about making Pearland a destination city. Outside of Shadow Creek Ranch and Pearland Town Center, there’s not really anything to draw people to Pearland,” he said. “The summary of phase one and phase two of this development shows it will have a hotel and 15,000 square-foot conference center. We don’t have any conference centers around Pearland.
“This development will have 120,000 square-feet of restaurants and shopping which are ideal for nightlife. It will also have a 10,000 square-foot community center, which is something we don’t have now. I’d like to talk them into putting in a performing arts center out there, which is ideal for drawing people into the city and presenting them with something we don’t have now,” Reid said. “This development has more items that can draw people to Pearland than any other development I’ve seen in the last several years. I think it is going to create some night life and some things we want to have happen in this city.”

Full Article: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pearl...d91781014.html

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toxteth o'grady Sep 25, 2014 9:01 PM

Skanska has an office development planned for I-45 and Hardy Road. Up to 1 million sf of offices.

Skanska to build huge office development near Exxon Mobil campus

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...9290_thumb.jpg

toxteth o'grady Sep 25, 2014 9:11 PM

Another month and another record for building permits in Houston:

Houston developers set another record in building permits


http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...nstruction.png

And Houston continues to have one of the lowest vacancy rates for office buildings in the country.

Houston among the top three markets for lowest office vacancy rates

toxteth o'grady Sep 25, 2014 9:14 PM

And the first parcel in Camp Strake has been sold. I-45 will see a 750k sf development on the property, with more to come...

Developer acquires 112 acres on Camp Strake site

A Houston developer completed its acquisition of the 112-acre property at the former Camp Strake in Conroe where it plans to build a shopping, dining and entertainment destination spanning 750,000 square feet.

Houston’s Johnson Development sold the tract of land, at the corner of Loop 336 and Interstate-45, to Houston-based Fidelis Realty Partners. It represents the first major sale of the 2,046-acre mixed-use master-planned development. A range of residential options, from single-family homes to urban living designs, also are being considered for the rest of the land...

...The Fidelis project is scheduled to open by early 2017 and construction will begin in late 2016..."

xbryanisbeastx Sep 25, 2014 11:54 PM

I'm a Boy Scout and I'm going there for Winter Camp the day right after Christmas and that will be the last time scouts set foot on that property. I'm kinda sad, I love that camp. :(

oscarinhouston Sep 26, 2014 2:29 AM

So, I don't know if it has been confirm before, but I know someone who work for Anadarko, and this person told me that they will make an announcement soon to confirm the construction of the new tower.

toxteth o'grady Sep 26, 2014 2:39 AM

That's good news. It confirms a rumor that has been floating out there for some time. I'm guessing, though, that the third tower will be shorter than the other two.

oscarinhouston Sep 26, 2014 3:23 AM

I don't know about the height, but apparently one of the things that the employees are happy about is the fact that is going to have a daycare

toxteth o'grady Sep 26, 2014 3:38 AM

I thought the daycare was already in one of the other buildings.

toxteth o'grady Sep 26, 2014 7:25 PM

With Goya Foods having relocated down I-10 to Brookshire, someone has swooped in to pick up their old property.

Exclusive: Former Goya Foods manufacturing site to be developed

toxteth o'grady Sep 26, 2014 7:42 PM

Best mayor in the world? Can't argue with the results.

Houston's Annise Parker in the running for World's Best Mayor

Dariusb Sep 26, 2014 9:56 PM

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Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6745156)
Best mayor in the world? Can't argue with the results.

Houston's Annise Parker in the running for World's Best Mayor

Cool.

rellott Sep 27, 2014 5:17 PM

Yall, Conoco's tower in the Energy Corridor had one of the sickest light displays on top of it last night. Changes colors and designs fluidly. It's goin to be an Energy Corridor landmark.

Urbannizer Sep 27, 2014 7:51 PM

Saudi Arabia Consulate Houston: This is the new design. Wilcrest Rd, south of Meadowglen.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3858/...c435f81d_o.jpg

cloud713 Sep 27, 2014 11:55 PM

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Originally Posted by rellott (Post 6746019)
Yall, Conoco's tower in the Energy Corridor had one of the sickest light displays on top of it last night. Changes colors and designs fluidly. It's goin to be an Energy Corridor landmark.

The Tower III? I heard it's supposed to have a light up lantern on top.

N90 Sep 27, 2014 11:59 PM

So with the Ashby high rise approved and clear to go, it's a good idea to switch it from on hold to proposed or under construction?

http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?cityID=28&statusID=4

AviationGuy Sep 28, 2014 1:53 AM

I was searching for a photo or video of the aforementioned Conoco building's lighting (didn't find it) but came across the following very interesting link on downtown Houston in the 1960s. I don't know if there might be a better place to post this link.

In one photo there's new construction that may be One Shell Plaza, which I think was completed in the late 60s (on second thought, it doesn't look like it's in the right place).

Interestingly, the Houston House, where Photolith lived a few years ago, was already there and looked pretty much the same as today.

http://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhisto...or/#14673101=0

shakman Sep 28, 2014 2:58 AM

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Originally Posted by AviationGuy (Post 6746416)
I was searching for a photo or video of the aforementioned Conoco building's lighting (didn't find it) but came across the following very interesting link on downtown Houston in the 1960s. I don't know if there might be a better place to post this link.

In one photo there's new construction that may be One Shell Plaza, which I think was completed in the late 60s (on second thought, it doesn't look like it's in the right place).

Interestingly, the Houston House, where Photolith lived a few years ago, was already there and looked pretty much the same as today.

http://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhisto...or/#14673101=0

I didn't One Shell under construction in any of the pics. Though great set of pics.

toxteth o'grady Sep 28, 2014 3:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6746135)
Saudi Arabia Consulate Houston: This is the new design. Wilcrest Rd, south of Meadowglen.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3858/...c435f81d_o.jpg

That is going to look really nice. Any start date?

photoLith Sep 28, 2014 4:33 AM

That's a pretty sweet link aviation guy.

AviationGuy Sep 28, 2014 5:19 AM

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6746544)
That's a pretty sweet link aviation guy.

I knew you would like it!

AviationGuy Sep 28, 2014 5:20 AM

I really like the consulate design. Also like the palm trees for landscaping.

Wattleigh Sep 28, 2014 9:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AviationGuy (Post 6746416)
In one photo there's new construction that may be One Shell Plaza, which I think was completed in the late 60s (on second thought, it doesn't look like it's in the right place).

Interestingly, the Houston House, where Photolith lived a few years ago, was already there and looked pretty much the same as today.

http://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhisto...or/#14673101=0

The building that is under construction in the photos is at 1200 Travis and is now used by HPD. It was finished in 1967, so this series is probably from 1966.

Urbannizer Sep 28, 2014 10:05 PM

Randall Davis is planning a 125-unit condo tower for Parcel D of the Westcreek site.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...k-condo-tower/

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7399/1...530f7a3c_b.jpg

toxteth o'grady Sep 29, 2014 12:27 AM

So is this anything more than a parcel at this point?

rellott Sep 29, 2014 2:11 AM

Sorry, I believe it's Conoco I, or whichever is nearly complete. The lighting is red and blue and is on the Eastern facade of the building

toxteth o'grady Sep 29, 2014 1:48 PM

The rush is on for EB-5 visas, which should fuel a few more condo starts in Houston:

EB-5 visa shortage causes rush for Houston developers, Chinese investors

toxteth o'grady Sep 29, 2014 2:02 PM

Another new O&G pipeline company means more demand for office space.

Utility company to spin off Houston-based midstream company, form MLP

Urbannizer Sep 29, 2014 4:35 PM

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...-Rendering.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chron
CityCentre embarks on major expansion

Midway Cos. announced Monday a major expansion for its mixed-use CityCentre project that will include two new office towers, a high-rise multifamily building and new shops and restaurants.

Through a partnership with LaSalle Investment Management, Midway is set to begin marketing the office component of a 6.4-acre extension that will bring the northern border of CityCentre to Interstate 1o. The new buildings, which will be leased by Colvill Office Properties, will include a total of 740,000 square feet.

In addition, a residential building, 22,400 square feet of retail space and a one-acre greenspace has been designed for the project.

The new office buildings, CityCentre Towers 1 and 2, will rise 16 stories and include nine levels of parking. Floor plates will average around 26,000 square feet.

A 13-story multifamily building with 270 units is set to include one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. The building will have a rooftop amenity deck with a swimming pool.

Full Article: http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...jor-expansion/


toxteth o'grady Sep 29, 2014 7:09 PM

HBJ's article on the Randall Davis property says the unit count will be 85 to 100; that Davis will sell off 45,000 sf of the property he acquired in Westcreek to other developers; and that his building will start construction in the middle of next year.

Exclusive: New luxury condominium high-rise planned for Galleria area

toxteth o'grady Sep 29, 2014 7:31 PM

And now there's a name for the mystery development at the northwest crook between I-45 and I-59: The Hamilton. Still nothing rendered (nothing gained). Thanks to Swamplot for this one, which has aroused curiosity on HAIF. It's low-income housing, which may explain some of the secrecy.

The Hamilton Apartments Are Going Up on a Freeway-Wrapped Corner in Downtown’s Far Southeast

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...-site-west.jpg

toxteth o'grady Sep 30, 2014 3:26 AM

And this one is on the way. Groundbreaking on Oct. 6 for Mid-Main. It's been quite a day for announcements today:

Mid Main mixed-use development announces groundbreaking ceremony date

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...ew-600x353.jpg


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