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JoninATX Nov 2, 2011 1:14 PM

1960s-era Houston building now modern apartments

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Houston Business Journal by Molly Ryan, Web Producer
Date: Monday, October 31, 2011, 3:37pm CDT

The Houston House, a historic building designed by the architect Charles Goodman, is undergoing a major $10 million restoration, which will transform the 31-story highrise into a modern apartment complex.

Located in downtown Houston at 1617 Fannin St., the building will have 396 units, including efficiencies, one and two bedroom apartments and penthouse suites, when completed in Spring 2012.
http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/n...-building.html

Complex01 Nov 2, 2011 11:21 PM

:previous:

Looks awesome. I would move in, in a heart beat...

Thymant Nov 3, 2011 12:46 AM

Love the Bayou!

TexasPlaya Nov 4, 2011 4:03 AM

Some news coming out for Downtown:

Phoenicia Market opens up
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On Monday, puffy hot pitas will come sliding down a roller-coasterlike conveyor belt and, hopefully, flying out the doors when Phoenicia Specialty Market greets its inaugural customers as the first major grocery store to open in downtown Houston in decades.

It’s a day that downtown workers and residents — as well as city foodies — have been anticipating since May 2010, when the Tcholakian family, owners of the mammoth Phoenicia in west Houston, announced it would open a 28,000-square-foot international food market and restaurant at the One Park Place luxury apartment tower on the edge of Discovery Green....
Downtown District Proposes Retail/Entertainment District
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The shopping district would connect Main with the George R. Brown Convention Center/Discovery Green area as a pedestrian-friendly retail/restaurant environment...Several projects in the study are already underway, said Angie Bertinot, director of marketing and retail development for the Downtown District.

For example, the Houston Pavilions is working on a plan to improve the pedestrian experience along its three blocks of Dallas with more lighting, signs and sidewalk cafes, she said: “And we’ve started working with the lease holder of the Sakowitz building and owner of the Macy’s building.”

Also, on Dallas from Caroline to the Hilton Americas-Houston, the Downtown District is widening the sidewalks and making lighting improvements, she said.

Funding for projects underway is coming from the Downtown District and property owners, she noted.

One purpose of the plan is to connect various pockets of downtown pedestrian activity that are currently isolated from each other, she said, and another goal is to spur more residential development downtown.
City Playing Musical Blocks with Downtown Houses
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Yesterday was moving day for 2 unusual Downtown buildings: The 1905 Cohn and 1904 Foley (above) houses cattycorner from the George R. Brown Convention Center...The city is moving them across the street and a block closer to Minute Maid Park, where they’re intended to become add-ons to a mysterious Regional Tourism Center proposed for the 600 block of Avenida de las Americas. According to plans flashed at the last public meeting for the Downtown/EaDo Livable Centers Study, this new building dedicated to Upper Texas Gulf Coast vacationers would face the westbound light-rail line along Capitol St. and sit at the bottom of an unidentified residential tower
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...ridor-plan.jpg

Museum District:
Inside Views of Yoshio Taniguchi’s Asia Society Texas Center, Houston’s Next Big Museum District Thing
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The big new Asia Society Texas building designed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi along Southmore Blvd. in the Museum District won’t officially open until next April, but a new slideshow featured on the organization’s website provides early peeks into some of the 38,000-sq.-ft. structure’s ultra-spare interiors.
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...main-magic.jpg

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...-gift-shop.jpg

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...grand-hall.jpg

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...ia-theater.jpg

N90 Nov 4, 2011 5:10 AM

Love the downtown plans, downtown is one Houston neighborhood that continues to under perform for Houston's size. Hopefully in the future it will continue improving.

They need more residents and more housing downtown.

Trae Nov 4, 2011 3:05 PM

Love all of this. Houston leaders are finally tapping into the city's potential. Still much work to do, but I like what's going on in the core so far.

N90 Nov 4, 2011 6:42 PM

Skilled Nursing Facility in The Woodlands:
http://assets.bizjournals.com/housto...dering.jpg?v=1
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The Carrollton-based health care company has purchased a 5.3 acre site in The Woodlands’ Village of Creekside Park for construction of a 112-bed, approximately 66,000-square-foot skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility to cost as much as $12 million.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/p...y-expands.html

Sterling Nov 4, 2011 9:36 PM

Love the update of the Asia Society. Been so curious, and there hasn't been much info around. Looks truly lovely and impeccably done. Great addition to the district.

TexasBoi Nov 5, 2011 1:48 AM

Please happen. Pretty please.

Complex01 Nov 5, 2011 4:03 PM

Agreed. Those parking are eagerly awaiting to be put to good use...

:yes:

N90 Nov 6, 2011 11:35 PM

New Hope Housing:
http://www.bisnow.com/archives/houst...ittenhouse.jpg
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New Hope Housing at Rittenhouse (in North Houston at the corner of Stuebner Airline Road and Rittenhouse Road) will be the company’s seventh single room occupancy housing community. The project recently received an allocation of 2011 Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. This will be New Hope’s fourth tax credit development financed through a public-private partnership. Ernesto Maldonado, who also designed the firm’s Brays Crossing property, will design the 160-unit Rittenhouse project. The $11M property will be LEED certified
Liberty Northwest Business Park:
http://www.bisnow.com/archives/houst...trendering.jpg
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Cadence McShane was awarded two new industrial buildings in the Liberty Northwest Business Park. The firm will construct Building 3 (an 84k SF distribution facility with 3,498 SF of office space) and Building 4 (a 126k SF property with 2,462 SF of office). The buildings were designed by Seeberger Architecture and will be LEED certified. Look for completion of the two buildings in January 2012.
Source: http://www.bisnow.com/houston_commer...ry.php?p=18742

Urbannizer Nov 7, 2011 11:16 PM

ExxonMobil Video
Video Link

N90 Nov 8, 2011 12:28 AM

^ Such beautiful infill. I'm just completely wowed by 1:28-1:50 & 4:50-4:54. Those were some amazing shots!

N90 Nov 8, 2011 1:09 AM

Growth appears to be accelerating in Texas, which can only be a good thing for migration magnets such as Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. http://www.newgeography.com/content/...rning-normalcy

TexasPlaya Nov 8, 2011 5:23 AM

Simply amazing. It would be awesome if this was more central, but the whole campus among the tall pine trees is breathtaking (at least in video). The centerpiece is awesome and is really a breath of architectural fresh air.

weatherguru18 Nov 8, 2011 2:00 PM

This thing is like 5 min. from my house and to see the dozen or more cranes sticking up over the trees is the next best thing to an orgasm. Too bad none of it will be seen from the freeway upon completion.

weatherguru18 Nov 8, 2011 2:17 PM

Trader Joe's opening in The Woodlands:

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...the-woodlands/

JoninATX Nov 8, 2011 8:46 PM

3009 Post Oak to start immediately

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...11-199x300.jpg

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Skanska USA Commercial Development said today it will start construction “immediately” on a new office building in the Galleria area.

The 20-story tower, which has been in the planning stages for almost two years, at least, will go up on 2.3 acres at the site of the old Tony’s Ballroom near the Water Wall.

The company said the 302,000-square-foot project would be “self-financed.” It did not say it had a tenant in hand for the space.

“We have the highest confidence in the future of Houston’s economy. Uptown Houston is one of the largest business districts in the United States and headquarters to top corporations around the world
http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...near-galleria/

JoninATX Nov 16, 2011 12:09 PM

MD Anderson to break ground on new research building.

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Houston Business Journal
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 4:26pm CST

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center .. will break ground on the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Building for Personalized Cancer Care on Nov. 16, making way for the new 12-story building.

Funds for the building were contributed by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, which gave MD Anderson a $150 million transformational grant in 2011 to accelerate the pace of personalized cancer therapies and pancreatic research.

From this grant, $100 million will be used to build the Zayed Building for Personalized Cancer Care next to the Texas Medical Center hospital, closely linking research to the clinics. MD Anderson will match those funds.
http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/n...nd-on-new.html

econik Nov 21, 2011 6:59 AM

Downtown Rooftop LED Lights
 
Everyday this week I've noticed a new building downtown is lighting up with LED lights at the top. Have you guys seen this? Are they going to do every building this way?http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d9...-34-11_811.jpg

chrisherber Nov 21, 2011 9:27 AM

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Originally Posted by econik (Post 5487743)
Everyday this week I've noticed a new building downtown is lighting up with LED lights at the top. Have you guys seen this? Are they going to do every building this way?http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d9...-34-11_811.jpg

Noticed this too. Hopefully it's just a few with LED's and the others get lit up another way. For example...the Gulf Building and the Continental Airlines Building. But so far, looks great!

N90 Nov 21, 2011 5:06 PM

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Originally Posted by econik (Post 5487743)
Everyday this week I've noticed a new building downtown is lighting up with LED lights at the top. Have you guys seen this? Are they going to do every building this way?

They do this around this time of the year, every year. They're getting ready for their Christmas/New Years lighting, from November to February is when Downtown is the brightest and from March till October, its pretty much more dimmed down.

N90 Nov 21, 2011 5:08 PM

Buffalo Pointe in Texas Medical Center:
http://www.bisnow.com/archives/houst...falopointe.jpg
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Buffalo Pointe is based on the extension of the light rail and the extension of Buffalo Speedway into the property. Embrey’s project will sit at Buffalo Speedway at West Bellfort, just south of the Medical Center.
Source: http://www.bisnow.com/houston_commer...ry.php?p=19223

econik Nov 21, 2011 5:52 PM

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Originally Posted by N90 (Post 5488048)
They do this around this time of the year, every year. They're getting ready for their Christmas/New Years lighting, from November to February is when Downtown is the brightest and from March till October, its pretty much more dimmed down.

I have lived by downtown for 5 years and I have never noticed lights on these buildings. However, I do know some buildings light up around this time of year but these look new. I could be wrong.

JManc Nov 21, 2011 7:19 PM

the lights on Wells Fargo are new. The lights before were white bulbs during the holidays like most of the buildings around town.

N90 Nov 22, 2011 2:20 AM

New slideshow (44 pages) on Downtown Houston's proposed Shopping & Entertainment District: http://downtownhouston.org/site_medi...-HDMD_Post.pdf
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Originally Posted by JManc (Post 5488213)
the lights on Wells Fargo are new. The lights before were white bulbs during the holidays like most of the buildings around town.

Last year they were red, blue, green, white, and purple, but most of the time red, blue, or white. It's seasonal, they do it only 4 months of the year and then they dim down until the holiday season/winter season again.

Tumbleweed_Tx Nov 22, 2011 11:09 PM

there was a neon light setup around the top of Wells Fargo from 1983 at least until 2001 when Tropical Storm Allison did some damage, or the neon could have been an Ike casualty. My memory is fuzzy.

Both Wells Fargo and Enron 1 had year-round white neon at the top.


Now what Wells Fargo has is a variation of a lighting fixture called a Versatube. It's an RGB LED tube, about the same size as a flourescent bulb. There are two rows of these tubes. If anyone has ever counted the number of window panes there are in a floor on WF, that's about how many tubes there are up there

They can make any color that can be made with additive color mixing (mixing red, green, and blue)

It looks pretty mundane considering what the fixtures are capable of... lol


(I'm a concert lighting guy... i notice these sorts of things)

Metro Matt Nov 27, 2011 6:41 AM

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Originally Posted by econik (Post 5487743)
Everyday this week I've noticed a new building downtown is lighting up with LED lights at the top. Have you guys seen this? Are they going to do every building this way?http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d9...-34-11_811.jpg

They've always had those lights on around the holidays it just looks different now because they switched from dull-yellowish incandescent bulbs to cool white energy efficient LED's.

Wells Fargo has LED too, but it can change colors for different holidays & events. In that pic it almost looks purplish.

zYrahL3e Nov 30, 2011 2:56 AM

This is a big break for Houston Tx. Great views!

Michi Nov 30, 2011 7:36 PM

Those lit buildings look like they are of the Allen Center. Is that complex of buildings managed by one company and I wonder if that has anything to do with it?

TexasPlaya Dec 7, 2011 3:08 AM

Shell Renews Nearly 1.3 million sf in Houston's CBD

http://gateway.costar.com/imageviewe...C1927B&atype=4

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In one of the largest office leases of the year, Shell Oil Co. renewed 804,491 square feet of office space at One Shell Plaza and 471,934 square feet at Two Shell Plaza in Houston. The global energy corporation’s 15-year lease term begins retroactively on January 1, 2011, and expires in 2025.

“We are excited about securing our future in the heart of downtown Houston,” said Jeri Ballard, vice president of strategy and portfolio at Shell Oil. “Shell remains committed to strengthening Houston as a vibrant commercial hub and as the energy capital of the United States...
http://www.costar.com/News/Article/S...ons-CBD/133989

Complex01 Dec 14, 2011 5:21 PM

Some pics of the dynamo stadium from over the weekend. Its really coming along. I like it. Plus I like the cloudy days in Houston. They are nice...

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/HD1211a.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/HD1211b.jpg

:cool:

photoLith Dec 15, 2011 3:59 PM

I havent been downtown in forever and wont for a long time as Im recovering from being out of the hospital but I just saw on the news that construction is starting or about to start on a hotel across from Discovery Green. Has anyone heard or seen anything about this?

kingkirbythe.... Dec 16, 2011 8:36 AM

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...ou-2406589.php


Project to transform stretch of Buffalo Bayou into 'jewel'
By ZAIN SHAUK, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Updated 10:36 p.m., Thursday, December 15, 2011


 
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A $55 million upgrade to parkland along Buffalo Bayou is set to add performance venues, improve recreational areas and revitalize downtown-area green space that officials hope will become a magnet and refuge similar to New York's Central Park.

Houston City Council on Wednesday approved an operating agreement paving the way for construction, including a major restructuring of Buffalo Bayou and restoration of its ecosystems. The Harris County Commissioners Court will take up a similar agreement Tuesday.

Complex01 Dec 16, 2011 9:10 PM

:previous:

Ooo thats awesome. I like it...

:tup:

TexasBoi Dec 17, 2011 12:58 AM

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 5517631)
I havent been downtown in forever and wont for a long time as Im recovering from being out of the hospital but I just saw on the news that construction is starting or about to start on a hotel across from Discovery Green. Has anyone heard or seen anything about this?

Here is something.
http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2011/12/3268/

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The details of the plan are a little different this time around, but the goal is the same: at least 1,000 rooms in a high-rise hotel on a parcel that mirrors the Hilton Americas across Discovery Green park.
So looking at google map, is that lot that sits on the corner of Crawford and Rusk? It's right across from DG and Hilton Americas. Another lot may bite the dust.

JoninATX Dec 22, 2011 8:00 AM

Lake|Flato and Studio Red Architects selected to design Midtown arts center

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By Tyler Rudick

12.21.11 | 11:06 am

he Independent Arts Collaborative has announced that architectural firms Lake|Flato and Studio Red have been selected to design the organization's new art complex planned at Main and Holman in Midtown.

The multi-tenant performance and exhibition space will be designed with the input of nearly 40 Houston arts groups. Organizations like DiverseWorks, Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, and Aurora Picture Show have been involved in recent discussions, although participating groups have yet to be finalized.

"This is an amazing opportunity to work with such a wide range of disparate arts groups," Ted Flato, principal architect at San Antonio’s Lake|Flato, told CultureMap. "We look forward to getting everyone's input. In the end, the architecture clearly will reflect that spirit."

With an estimated cost of $25 million, the 85,000-square-foot complex is planned to feature a 400-seat theater, a large exhibition space, and five black box performance spaces as well as workshop areas, classrooms, and office space.

Slated for completion in 2015, the IAC center is poised to become catalyst for Midtown commercial, residential and cultural development.
http://houston.culturemap.com/newsde...town-building/

JoninATX Dec 22, 2011 10:15 AM

3 projects with 3 tower cranes all in one webcam.

http://www.earthcam.com/client/bbva/

photoLith Dec 22, 2011 2:56 PM

^
What projects are those?

JoninATX Dec 22, 2011 3:47 PM

Unnamed 22 st. Tower is rising to the far left (yellow crane), 2525 McCue is center with the mobile crane, and BBVA tower is in the foreground with the white and yellow tower crane.

Complex01 Dec 22, 2011 7:24 PM

Ooo very kewl...

:tup:

TexasPlaya Dec 22, 2011 7:52 PM

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Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 5525475)
3 projects with 3 tower cranes all in one webcam.

http://www.earthcam.com/client/bbva/

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Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 5525655)
Unnamed 22 st. Tower is rising to the far left (yellow crane), 2525 McCue is center with the mobile crane, and BBVA tower is in the foreground with the white and yellow tower crane.

I believe there are only two projects. One is the McCue apartment complex and the BBVA building, which has two cranes working on it. Maybe I'm wrong though.

JoninATX Dec 22, 2011 9:58 PM

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Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 5525925)
I believe there are only two projects. One is the McCue apartment complex and the BBVA building, which has two cranes working on it. Maybe I'm wrong though.

Expand the webcam and scroll left you can make out a yellow crane right by the JW Marriott.

Tumbleweed_Tx Dec 23, 2011 5:00 AM

they have started clearing ground at 3009 Post Oak

(or, the fence is up, and the dirt movers are there)

TexasPlaya Dec 23, 2011 5:18 PM

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Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 5526082)
Expand the webcam and scroll left you can make out a yellow crane right by the JW Marriott.

Ah, I thought you were referring to 3 projects basically on the same block.

chrisherber Dec 24, 2011 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 5526082)
Expand the webcam and scroll left you can make out a yellow crane right by the JW Marriott.

The crane by the JW Marriott is the Westheimer and Sage high-rise apts they're building. There's a forum on HAIF for it, and I've driven by many times. So yes, there are a confirmed 3 projects on that webcam photo. :banana:

photoLith Dec 28, 2011 2:19 AM

I dont know if this was mentioned, but the Phoenecia grocery store at One Park Place is open and its pretty awesome. Tons of Middle Eastern foods and stuff you usually cant find in the states from all around the world. Its decently priced too and was pretty full of people today. Its so awesome that downtown now has a grocery store, its about freakin time too.

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...therland/p.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/p1.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/p3.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/p4.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/p5.jpg

Then an update on the soccer stadium, its a hot mess right now and Im not too sure on the design, its kinda strange, but Im sure it will grow on me.
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/p6.jpg

Also, just something extra since not much is going on right now; back in June or July I was able to get up to the top of MainPlace and got to go out on that top balcony and take some pics.

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...erland/p12.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...erland/p11.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...erland/p10.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/p9.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...herland/p8.jpg

BrandonJXN Dec 28, 2011 2:33 AM

Your soccer stadium now has a name btw: BBVA Compass Stadium. Please fans of the Dynamo, nickname it The Compass.

BrandonJXN Dec 28, 2011 2:50 AM

Can someone make a list on what's approved, under construction, and proposed and all that jazz?

TexasBoi Dec 28, 2011 3:24 AM

Yeah that would be interesting. I would like to see a list as well.


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