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Reverberation Jun 28, 2011 8:11 PM


Originally Posted by glowrock (Post 5331494)
Yay! More overpriced luxury apartments for the Galleria area! :banana:


Don't get me wrong, it's nice to see construction picking up again, but I really wish that every freaking apartment complex built wasn't planned as one of those luxury "apartment homes" places, whatever the hell that means. Usually winds up being so expensive that the rents are as much or more than a mortgage!

Aaron (Glowrock)

It's the Galleria. That block is one of the most valuable pieces of land in the city. Do you expect Section 8?

JManc Jun 28, 2011 8:20 PM

Yeah, given the desirability of the Galleria (though I just left the area) and property values, everything built here on in will be high end. It's only a matter of time before the two complexes on Yorktown are knocked down for something pricier.

TexasPlaya Jun 29, 2011 3:22 AM


Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 5331467)
Dude come on, the area around HCC and the main street light rail line in downtown is pretty ghetto. If you dont believe me, lets take a drive down there. Ive had to walk from downtown to the Museum District at 1 am because I didnt get to the light rail line on time. It was pretty sketchy, theres not been too many times Ive worried for my safety, but that night walking the light rail from downtown to the Museum District was pretty scary.

I mostly agree with you and would say the area is still pretty sketchy and desolate in many places but it has seen quite a bit of new retail and residential built. Also, HCC and Midtown are teaming up to spend ~$20 million on streetscapes, infrastructure improvements, and a large plaza near HCC main campus.

Editor from HAIF:

photoLith Jun 29, 2011 2:07 PM

Wow, with that and the arts center it will make midtown pretty sweet and really clean it up.

glowrock Jun 29, 2011 2:46 PM


Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 5331559)
It's the Galleria. That block is one of the most valuable pieces of land in the city. Do you expect Section 8?

Of course not, but there's a hell of a lot in between luxury overpriced units and Section 8 housing... ;)

How about something where you might be able to rent a 1 bedroom unit for under $1300? Maybe rent a 2 bedroom for less than $1700-1800?

Aaron (Glowrock)

Shasta Jun 29, 2011 3:36 PM


Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 5331467)
Dude come on, the area around HCC and the main street light rail line in downtown is pretty ghetto. If you dont believe me, lets take a drive down there. Ive had to walk from downtown to the Museum District at 1 am because I didnt get to the light rail line on time. It was pretty sketchy, theres not been too many times Ive worried for my safety, but that night walking the light rail from downtown to the Museum District was pretty scary.

Put on your big boy panties.

Did you get robbed? Mugged? Raped? Pistol whipped?

I am amazed you are alive to tell the tale of walking Main St. at 1 am.

I don't need to "take a drive down there." I live there. I work in the Third Ward. I used to work at 806 Main St. in the heart of downtown back when the Rice Hotel was nothing more than a urinal and remember a time when I road my bike to social work school at U of H through Midtown in the 1990s back before anyone even called it "Midtown!"

AusHou Jun 30, 2011 2:11 AM


Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 5331531)
It is The Galleria area afterall, so thats what should be expected. But, at least its getting more dense in that area, which is always a good thing, even if you cant afford to live there unless you are the CFO of a company.

Last time I checked, there were condos in that area that weren't very expensive. You wouldn't have to be a CFO or CEO. They were older complexes, mind you, but units can be fixed up with some cosmetic changes. I don't know how long you'll be able to find such prices, though.

When I looked at, some of the high rises were shocking in that the prices weren't so bad, but the monthly dues were astronomical. Same with a high rise or mid rise in River Oaks. I thought "wow, I can live in River Oaks" until I saw the maintenance fees.

AusHou Jun 30, 2011 2:14 AM


Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 5332051)
I mostly agree with you and would say the area is still pretty sketchy and desolate in many places but it has seen quite a bit of new retail and residential built. Also, HCC and Midtown are teaming up to spend ~$20 million on streetscapes, infrastructure improvements, and a large plaza near HCC main campus.

Editor from HAIF:

Thanks for the good update on Midtown. Nice to know about the progress. It's what I like most about Houston, in that so many areas are being upgraded very quickly, and the changes are usually for the better.

TexasPlaya Jul 2, 2011 8:08 AM

More good news for Midtown:

Pic from Jax on HAIF:

This was taken outside of the Wheeler station. There is some discussion on HAIF to what exactly is proposed here.

Next, seems The Mix (retail development at Elgin and Louisiana) is adding 2 new restaurant tenets.

Uptown news:

Seems the new BBVA bank right near the transco tower (it will always be that name to me) is really about to get started. Construction equipment arrived!

Pics from Golyadkin

CALMSP Jul 2, 2011 2:24 PM

when did Post Properties cancel their plans for their location near the Wheeler station?

nava Jul 4, 2011 5:46 AM

New Galleria Building

Yeah just got this off culturemap

photoLith Jul 5, 2011 1:15 AM

Yay things are starting to slowly pick up again!

TexasPlaya Jul 5, 2011 2:52 PM


Originally Posted by CALMSP (Post 5335406)
when did Post Properties cancel their plans for their location near the Wheeler station?

I'm not sure exactly what location the Post Properties is proposed for but from the sign in the picture it looks this will have some subsidized housing in it.

TexasPlaya Jul 7, 2011 4:09 AM

More Midtown updates:

In NW midtown a large parking garage with ground floor retail has topped off and across the street a 3-4 story retail/restaurant/meeting space building has topped off. These buildings are located north of the intersection of Pierce st (just north of grey st) and Bagby. I'm not sure if the parking garage is just for patrons or perhaps for apartments and patrons because it seems large just for patron parking.

Inner Looped: Scout Square:

kingkirbythe.... Jul 12, 2011 3:08 AM

New ordinance concerning highrises.

Urbannizer Jul 15, 2011 1:03 AM

Dynamo Stadium - July 12th

Nerd341247 Jul 16, 2011 5:18 PM
Earthquest adventures map.

photoLith Jul 17, 2011 3:58 AM

Good to see the Dynamo Stadium coming along pretty quick. I havent been downtown for like 2 weeks, I just dont have time anymore :( I need to go down there soon and take some update photos.

Complex01 Jul 18, 2011 12:47 AM

I will be downtown next weekend. I will pass by. Cant wait. :-)

Urbannizer Jul 23, 2011 8:09 AM

Assisted-living tower planned for Med Center area

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Originally Posted by Houston Business Journal
The 48-year-old Bayou Manor assisted-living facility is building a new 14-story tower to offer more long-term health care services to its residents.

The $67 million tower, to be built at 4141 S. Braeswood Blvd., near the Texas Medical Center will include 84 apartments, under-building parking with elevator access to residences and 32 assisted-living and memory-support residences.

In addition, the tower will feature a pool and fitness amenities, dining venues and a 180-seat event center.

photoLith Jul 23, 2011 3:44 PM

Hmmm, doesnt seem to be street level friendly, but oh well, at least its adding a tower to the sea of suburbia thats to the west of Reliant Stadium. I looked it up on google maps, and its not too close to the medical center, but I guess its close enough for emergencies if the old folks need it.

Urbannizer Jul 23, 2011 7:30 PM

More News

Astroworld site sees signs of life

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After more than a year of quiet on the former Astroworld site, it appears now development plans are in the works.

A Lincoln Property Co. sign has gone up on the empty site, which lies on the south side of the South Loop, between Kirby and Fannin. The Mallick Group of Fort Worth acquired the 104 acres of vacant land in May 2010, without concrete intentions for the former site of the iconic amusement park, which closed in 2005.
Regent Square Update

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The developer of Regent Square, a proposed mixed-use project at Dunlavy and Allen Parkway, said the company is "in discussions with several significant tenants."

Luxury apartments are also being considered for the site, according to John Darrah of Boston-based GID Urban Development Group.
River Oaks District Update

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The company won't discuss those plans just yet, other than to say they've been altered from the original design.

"It's being tweaked to be in alignment with the current market," Hutchens said.
Post Oak Central considers major retail expansion

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The owner of the Post Oak Central office campus is considering expanding the three-building complex by adding new structures on the 2-acre park that sits at its high-profile entrance.

Crescent Real Estate Equities LLC is looking at developing space for retail shops, restaurants, a conference center, cafeteria and fitness facility in front of the 1.2 million-square-foot complex in the Galleria area. The construction idea comes at a time when new commercial developments are popping up all around the 17-acre complex, the last office building of which was completed 31 years ago.
Dynamo Stadium Update - July 21st

New Rendering of M Fifty Nine

Gables Bering Condos

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This upscale mixed-use development, located in the prestigious Tanglewood area, just west of Houston's Galleria area. The 8-story concrete frame building will include a spectacular rooftop pool terrace with a club room and outdoor living room, with views of the Galleria and Uptown Houston.
The design carefully integrates a detailed brick and masonry facade, acknowledging the soft pastel color palette of the surrounding Mediterranean heritage of Tanglewood. Bering adds a dose of luxury apartment living and boutique retail to activate the street scene of this upscale urban development.

photoLith Jul 24, 2011 4:37 AM

Cool, never heard of that M 59 project, its about time that area got a decent mid rise. Thanks for all the updates. Im also glad to see that Regents Square is still alive, I was dreading that project died, but I guess not...

Complex01 Jul 24, 2011 2:57 PM

M Fifty Nine looks really awesome. I like it...


Reverberation Jul 25, 2011 4:03 PM

It looks like they are expanding the retail at Post Oak Central. Bringing it out to the street!


It will look great next to the project next door;

SouthmoreAve Jul 25, 2011 4:30 PM

Thanks for the updates guys.

Nerd341247 Jul 26, 2011 4:20 AM

Never seen this Before:

Their Website:

Nerd341247 Jul 26, 2011 4:35 AM

Iv'e found something about a indoor Ski Resort. ( Snow Mountain )
Check their website:

TexasPlaya Jul 30, 2011 2:23 AM

Look like "Eado" will be getting a craft brewery that will be opening a few blocks from the dynamo stadium

Craft Brewery Coming to Eado

"Coming soon to EaDo will be a new craft brewery for all you Houston beer lovers! Opening for the 2011 holiday season, they will be brewing four initial varieties… an alternative Amber Ale, an IPA (India Pale Ale), a Blonde Ale, as well as custom orders for bars and restaurants around the state. While this is great news for Houston beer fanatics, it’s even better for EaDo because this brewery will be near the new Dynamo Stadium and should serve as a good foundation for future nearby development..."

Urbannizer Aug 1, 2011 4:58 AM

Five Oaks Place rendering, no new info.

Thymant Aug 1, 2011 12:26 PM

:previous: That is a Really nice tower!

dgpatel Aug 17, 2011 5:49 PM

Greater West Houston
Hi, I recently moved to Houston around Memorial City. I've been doing some research on the area with regards to future growth and stumbled across this document that talks about the plan for Greater West Houston (along the western part of the Sam Houston Tollway between Katy Fwy and Westpark Tollway in particular. I found it interesting so I figured I'd share.


eburress Aug 17, 2011 7:35 PM


Originally Posted by ()_T (Post 5365270)
Five Oaks Place rendering, no new info.

Not too shabby, but it looks a little like a sawed-off Devon HQ tower! hahaha

TexasPlaya Aug 25, 2011 12:52 AM

Some Midtown updates:

Scout Square in the far NW corner of midtown along Bagby St (near Grey and Bagby) has been making steady progress.

Photos from InnerLooped

A recap of the project from culturemap, "The development at 1911 Bagby, which will see the addition of one floor and a seven-story parking garage, will include 50,000 square feet of retail and office space. Anchor tenants include Moor's Restaurant and Hooka Bar, a Moroccan-themed eatery, and a Black Finn Saloon. Additional tenants are yet to be announced, but Landmark will keep a portion of the space to develop its own concept"

I'm really excited for this part of midtown as this project, along with phase 3 of the Post Apartments, is increasingly urbanizing this part of Midtown.

In the SE section of Midtown, where desolation is the norm, it seems work on the interior of Midtown Grove is starting. Hopefully this project will help spur some additional residential and retail to creep over.

Photo from InnerLooped

TexasPlaya Aug 25, 2011 7:53 AM

Downtown update:

Downtown Houston's courthouse has undergone a +$60 million restoration that has returned the original 1910 courthouse to near "mint condition".

A few pictures from Swamplot, see the rest of the pics and story on Swamplot

KevinFromTexas Aug 25, 2011 4:22 PM

I like that Five Oaks Place.

JoninATX Aug 26, 2011 10:42 AM

UTMB gets OK to build new island hospital


By John DeLapp

Published August 26, 2011

GALVESTON — The University of Texas Medical Branch has cleared a major hurdle and is moving ahead with plans to build a $438 million hospital on the island.

After years of planning and negotiating, the UT Board of Regents gave its thumbs-up to the Jennie Sealy Hospital project at its meeting Thursday. The Galveston-based Sealy & Smith Foundation then pledged $170 million to the construction project.

“We greatly appreciate the continued confidence that the regents, the foundation and Texas’ elected officials have in UTMB,” Dr. David L. Callender, president of the medical branch, said. “This new hospital represents a major milestone in the university’s recovery from Hurricane Ike.”
The new hospital has been in the planning stages for many years, Callender

“I got here in 2007, and it is my understanding that a hospital tower was first proposed in 1997,” he said.

To make way for the new hospital and a utility building, the old Jennie Sealy and Shriners hospitals will be demolished, Callender said.

“We don’t implode and we won’t use a wrecking ball (because of the possibility of having asbestos),” he said. “We will take them down piece by piece.”

The demolition will begin later this fall and continue into the spring, when construction will begin. Four years later, Jennie Sealy should be open for

“In early 2016, we should be ready for patients,” Callender said.

JoninATX Aug 26, 2011 10:43 AM

Love the Courthouse.

TexasPlaya Aug 27, 2011 8:11 PM


Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 5391610)
Love the Courthouse.

Beautiful renovation.

TexasPlaya Aug 27, 2011 8:32 PM

More updates:

Dynamo Stadium
Photos from Urbanizzer

2525 McCue Apartment Complex in Uptown

Photos from Golyadkin

Blvd Place

Info and Photos Golyadkin from HAIF

"They said they need to demolish the Pavilion before they can start work on the Whole Foods. Something to do with the underground parking the Whole Foods will have.
They are scheduled to start actual site prep work in December."

TexasPlaya Sep 6, 2011 1:03 AM

Geeze Houstonians just because we don't have any large projects going up doesn't mean we can abandon this thread!

Well luckily Jax from HAIF has some excellent photos of the finished Main Place tower in downtown to stoke some fond memories:

TexasPlaya Sep 6, 2011 1:55 AM

So while Houston doesn't have any large projects going up, it is beginning to burst at the seams with infill. So let's see what's new and plus an update of Dynamo Stadium.

Washington Corridor:

2411 Washington Ave @ Sawyer
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2411 Washington is a 222-unit podium design apartment project with 4 stories of apartments over a 2 level concrete parking structure, situated on 2.46 acres of land and totaling approximately 202,596 net rentable square feet. The community will have a clubhouse with leasing center, exercise facility, coffee house, and cyber lounge. The infinity-edge swimming pool and cabana are located on the podium level and enjoy commanding views of the downtown skyline.

Food truck park
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Barrash envisions as many as eight trucks that could be rotated on different nights. She leases a warehouse and 400-space parking lot north of Washington Avenue at 1525 Silver for her 2-year-old shuttle business, The Wave. Barrash has other ambitions for the property. She'd also like to use it as a place where the passengers who ride her shuttle buses can connect.
The Wave operates seven souped-up jitneys that run fixed routes primarily on nights and weekends. "It would be a mini-transit center that happens to have a totally cool food-truck park," she said. "You come here, grab food while you're waiting for friends and then hop on the bus."

City Place Phase 2 by Farb Apartments

Phase 1 one is bounded by the major cross roads McGowen and Bagby
Pics by Nole23 on HAIF

Phase two will occupy approximately half of a large city block SE of phase 1. According to Farb's facebook page phase 1 is leased 100%.

East Upper Kirby/West Montrose:

Read more and Pic from Bisnow:


Design is still in flux, so this rendering will change before shovels hit. Jeff tells us it will be the first of three urban mixed-use developments Read King will bring to the market over the next three years. Why mixed-use instead of grocery-anchored? Jeff says projects in urban cores need density to justify current land prices. Plus, there are three grocery stores within .5 miles of Shepherd and Alabama, making the site ideal as a mixed-use development catering to the growing demand of urban renters. The retail tenant mix will be consistent with the Upper Kirby submarket and will focus on creating quality of life for residents.

More from Swamplot:


The development would likely take over more than just the land currently used for the retail block at the corner: An entity called Shepherd Alabama LLC currently owns several adjacent properties on South Shepherd and West Alabama, according to county tax records.
Here's an overview of exactly where this will go from Swamplot

Also Trader Joes might move into the vacant Alabama Theatre spot next Petsmart.

Dynamo Stadium

Pics from Urbannizer on HAIF

N90 Sep 16, 2011 7:20 PM

250 Room Wyndham Hotel- Planned for East Downtown (EaDo):
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Ocean2Ocean Development LLC is planning to build a full-service hotel with at least 250 rooms near downtown Houston that will carry one of the Wyndham hotel brands.

The hotel site is between U.S. Highway 59 and Warehouse Live, on the block bounded by Chartres, Rusk, St. Emanuel and Walker. The area is one block away from the Dynamo Stadium.
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This is good EaDo is filling up with towers, now they need more low rises and mid rises but that seems to be coming in also with the multi family units being built there constantly and the town homes.

CALMSP Sep 18, 2011 7:13 PM

this would be huge having the hotel be built on the other side of 59. Hopefully this is just the start of moving things to EADO......but it needs some more restaurants (which i know will come). Just curious who is going to take the first bite!

photoLith Sep 18, 2011 9:27 PM

I hope to see the courthouse finished inside, it looks absolutely amazing! And they sure are coming along rather quickly with the Dynamo Stadium.

JManc Sep 19, 2011 9:54 PM

"EaDo" :no:

Tumbleweed_Tx Sep 20, 2011 2:17 AM

yeah... ugh.

East End.

Complex01 Sep 20, 2011 12:38 PM

Lots of nice projects. Very Kewl...


nava Sep 22, 2011 1:30 AM

The Gateway Project
Saw memorial city hospital area is expanding again infront of the main tower, and phoned the project runners to email me the project plans:

All photos from a pdf MetroNational sent to me...

cant figure out how to put those visually on the site

Tumbleweed_Tx Sep 22, 2011 7:00 AM

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