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Cory Sep 5, 2013 7:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Double L (Post 6255931)
No date yet but it's voter approved. The East End rail line under construction will end at Hobby. The Northline extension for the red line will end at The Woodlands and will stop at Bush along the way. It could be more than a decade until those projects are completed though.

Actually sounds effective.

toxteth o'grady Sep 5, 2013 7:37 PM

In a decade, when the rail gets out to the airport, Houston will have over 7 million people in the metro and will be America's Next Great Global City (according to Forbes).

Houston named 'America's next great global city'

Urbannizer Sep 5, 2013 8:41 PM

Some updates/new info on a few projects thanks to the HBJ:

900 Preston

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A 33-story Market Square multifamily development with 289 units at 327,000 square feet. He said the company expects to be completed with this project by the first quarter of 2016.
Hines Museum District

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A 25-story multifamily project in the Museum District with 250 units and 301,000 square feet.
Other Projects by Hines

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Other projects in the works for Hines: Shell Woodcreek and Memorial Point, a 16-story, 400,000-square-foot office tower near Interstate 10 and the 610 Loop.
Capitol Tower (Skanska)

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Capitol Tower, the former Houston Club building, is on schedule and is currently undergoing interior abatement and demolition. For those wondering, the tower’s design officially calls for 35 stories and will have a direct linkage to the tunnel system.
http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/b...ls.html?page=2

N90 Sep 6, 2013 12:48 AM

There's this too, http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/m...ping-near.html

oscarinhouston Sep 6, 2013 2:34 AM

It seems like the city and it's economy is on steroids and I love it!!

TowerSpotter Sep 6, 2013 3:27 AM

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Originally Posted by oscarinhouston (Post 6256578)
It seems like the city and it's economy is on steroids and I love it!!

Haha yeah, as I said on the other thehaif, Both the Spaceport and Generation Park are both going to stregthen the city's economy more that what is now.

Now we all await to see South Padre Island (Space X) and Midlands (XCOR) Spaceports renderings.

Sharkey Sep 6, 2013 4:02 AM

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Originally Posted by oscarinhouston (Post 6256578)
It seems like the city and it's economy is on steroids and I love it!!

Yep, I'm always very impressed with Houston. It seems like every time I get on here there is something new announced in Houston.

rdavis4559 Sep 6, 2013 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6255615)
No renderings yet. Here's a few things that is known about the tower:
  • Macy's building coming down Sept 22.
  • Building believed to begin construction the end of this year or ealry next year
  • 23-Stories, said to look like an elliptical prism
  • Delevoper: Hines
  • Park like area on the roof top floor
  • Does not take up the whole block
  • Retail included
  • December 2015 completion date

That info comes from someone on HAIF, below is a Swamplot article from June that confirms Hilcorp will build a tower on the site.

http://swamplot.com/hilcorp-shows-em...ys/2013-06-10/


I work in the reliant building which is directly across the street from and overlooks the macys building. I was excited and ready to watch the upcoming implosion when building management announced that the building would be closed the entire weekend. I could have chosen a view from the 11th to 18th floors or the 31st floor and it would have been awesome.... oh well.

oscarinhouston Sep 6, 2013 4:09 PM

Do you know at what time? I want to see it!

Urbannizer Sep 6, 2013 4:58 PM

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Originally Posted by oscarinhouston (Post 6257131)
Do you know at what time? I want to see it!

6:10am. Big crowd will be there to watch. :)

toxteth o'grady Sep 6, 2013 5:13 PM

Yet another Alexan - this time in the Woodlands.

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

toxteth o'grady Sep 6, 2013 5:15 PM

And Sugar Land is about to build a 6,500-seat performing arts center.

http://blog.chron.com/rantandrave/wp...ng-600x355.jpg

Urbannizer Sep 6, 2013 5:49 PM

In this week's HBJ print edition, there's a teaser from Transwestern. Anyone know more? Hopefully it's something great.
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2806/9...25fd8fba_z.jpg

TowerSpotter Sep 6, 2013 6:32 PM

Nice Urbannizer, I also want to see a Loew's Hotel and Resorts here in Houston like the one in Atlanta.

rdavis4559 Sep 7, 2013 1:45 AM

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Originally Posted by oscarinhouston (Post 6257131)
Do you know at what time? I want to see it!

This is the info I have:

On Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 07:00 the former Macy building will be imploded and this event will affect operations at One Thousand Main.

The current schedule of event is as follows;

1. The week of 9 September - scaffolding will be erected around the building which will be used to assist the workers in setting up protection around the building.

2. Saturday September 21st, as early as 12:00 (noon) OTM will be closed to all, and is not schedule to reopen until 6pm or later on Sunday September 22nd.

3. On Saturday September 21st, several streets will be closed around OTM, the garage access will be limited to McKinney Street (security will direct traffic).

4. Upon the building closing, OTM’s mechanical systems on the roof of level 11 will be turned off and sealed due to the large amount of dust that will be generated from the Macy building implosion.

5. On Sunday September 22nd after the implosion is complete and TransWestern (Building Management) receives authorization, cleanup will start and the mechanical systems checked prior to bringing the building online.

6. Communication will be sent informing all when the building is all clear and open.

Urbannizer Sep 7, 2013 9:38 AM

2929 Weslayan by The Pragmatist

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3680/9...797c5b50_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7281/9...80d7115b_c.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3710/9...6e48e659_c.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2890/9...3cd3b6db_c.jpg

Urbannizer Sep 7, 2013 11:30 AM

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7397/9...9dafa33e_b.jpg

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Originally Posted by HBJ
How real is the possibility of a Houston spaceport?
To many people outside of NASA, the idea of commercial spaceflight may seem like too much science fiction thinking without enough roots in reality.

If this were the case, it wouldn’t make that much sense for the city of Houston to invest in a spaceport.

However, space experts insist that commercial spaceflight is right around the corner.

Full Article: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/b...spaceport.html

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2852/9...d0fde807_b.jpg

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Originally Posted by Houston Chronicle
Deal of the Week: 6-story 'tiltwall' building

Stream Realty Partners and joint venture partner CapLease broke ground on what they say will be the first six-story "tiltwall" office building in Texas.

Sierra Pines II, a 154,213-square-foot building going up at 1585 Sawdust Road in The Woodlands, is being built before securing any tenants. The building will feature a two-story lobby, floors averaging 25,740 square feet, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the design.

Full Article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/busi...ng-4794060.php

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2840/9...232e8f4e_b.jpg

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Originally Posted by Houston Chronicle
Vacation homes back in style in Galveston

Demand for vacation homes in Galveston is rising as memories of Ike-flattened houses have faded along with the recession that was setting in when the 2008 hurricane blew through.

Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston and surrounding coastal communities, destroying homes and driving away a sizable portion of the population. Five years later, the area seems to be recovered and improving each year, with an increase in home sales this year and an uptick in visitors renting island properties.

Full Article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/busi...on-4793680.php


Urbannizer Sep 7, 2013 7:29 PM

Astoria
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7d70a12f.jpg

BLVD Place and Hanover Post Oak
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4fecf0c5.jpg

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/...psf9c6f8af.jpg

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2b954a3b.jpg
Photos by HAIFer Skylineview

Skyhouse
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7399/9...6fc0ee9a_b.jpg

Samsung Tower
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3775/9...e3c8c916_b.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2858/9...a336460e_b.jpg

BriarPark Green - Building on the left, recently completed
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7312/9...2f1d3239_b.jpg
Flickr Camdenapts

TowerSpotter Sep 7, 2013 9:12 PM

Wow I love that last picture!

atlantaguy Sep 7, 2013 11:16 PM

I can't believe all of this! I also can't believe I've never been down there.

I think a Fall getaway weekend may be in order.

photoLith Sep 7, 2013 11:28 PM

For the sky house, what's going in on the rest of the lot. Please don't tell me it will be just an asphalt parking lot.

atlantaguy Sep 8, 2013 12:04 AM

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6258694)
For the sky house, what's going in on the rest of the lot. Please don't tell me it will be just an asphalt parking lot.

It will probably be a large parking deck, that has been their formula for all of them so far. If the City insists, they will screen the garage somewhat and add ground level retail. But only if the City insists - otherwise, just expect a large deck to take up the adjacent land.

They modified their plans here on the second one that is nearing completion. But only because the neighborhood and the Midtown Alliance freaked out and demanded they do so.

AustinTay Sep 8, 2013 12:06 AM

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6258694)
For the sky house, what's going in on the rest of the lot. Please don't tell me it will be just an asphalt parking lot.

There is going to be a garage.

TowerSpotter Sep 8, 2013 1:06 AM

The Skyhouse garage in Houston is going to have retail too.

TowerSpotter Sep 8, 2013 4:46 AM

Here are some new Spaceport Rendering's I found.

http://i.imgur.com/x02RAxE.png

http://i.imgur.com/80M2yz0.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/BCQp2Wn.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/hdSAAmB.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/fni3bj9.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/OQFozfn.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/LOi79kb.jpg

photoLith Sep 8, 2013 4:54 AM

So does this space port have an reality of happening ever?

TowerSpotter Sep 8, 2013 5:35 AM

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6258900)
So does this space port have an reality of happening ever?

Posted Earlier by Urbannizer:

Quote:

Originally Posted by HBJ
How real is the possibility of a Houston spaceport?
To many people outside of NASA, the idea of commercial spaceflight may seem like too much science fiction thinking without enough roots in reality.

If this were the case, it wouldn’t make that much sense for the city of Houston to invest in a spaceport.

However, space experts insist that commercial spaceflight is right around the corner.

Full Article: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/b...spaceport.html

Also here is the Video link to the video I found the renderings, includes talks with the people behind the spaceport project.

Note the video is different from the one posted earlier.

https://vimeo.com/73644437

photoLith Sep 8, 2013 5:55 AM

So it probably won't ever happen. Just being realistic.

TowerSpotter Sep 8, 2013 6:01 AM

You sound so sure it won't happen. The possibility of having a spaceport in Houston is strong but the possibility of those being the final renderings is 50/50. Houston could scale it down so that is "less expensive." Something could always be worked out to work. I have high hopes for the spaceport.

Urbannizer Sep 8, 2013 8:08 AM

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6258938)
So it probably won't ever happen. Just being realistic.

Why would they invest in renderings then? The city and Houston Airport System is pushing the idea forward. The mayor gave the Houston airport system the approval to apply to the FAA for a spaceport license. This project would be finance from a variety of sources.

TowerSpotter Sep 8, 2013 8:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6258967)
Why would they invest in renderings then? The city and Houston Airport System is pushing the idea forward. The mayor gave the Houston airport system the approval to apply to the FAA for a spaceport license. This project would be finance from a variety of sources.

That makes a lot of sense, I guess once they have aquired the liscence they will be moving onto construction phase?

photoLith Sep 8, 2013 8:28 AM

Construction phase, why? There's not even any need for a spaceport at this time because there no economical means to get to space. That rendering showing a massive complex. Maybe in 50 years, but not now.

Urbannizer Sep 8, 2013 9:05 AM

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Originally Posted by TowerSpotter (Post 6258971)
That makes a lot of sense, I guess once they have aquired the liscence they will be moving onto construction phase?

HBJ reports that it could open by 2019 if all goes according to plan. They also have to convince the public that it's a great idea.

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6258973)
Construction phase, why? There's not even any need for a spaceport at this time because there no economical means to get to space. That rendering showing a massive complex. Maybe in 50 years, but not now.

Houston's spaceport would host only orbital and sub-orbital launches. I actually don't see why this was done sooner. As said on another forum, Houston is the best location for a Spaceport with NASA -- and companies contracted by NASA nearby.

TowerSpotter Sep 8, 2013 9:11 AM

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6258973)
Construction phase, why? There's not even any need for a spaceport at this time because there no economical means to get to space. That rendering showing a massive complex. Maybe in 50 years, but not now.

Why 50 years? Why not now? A lot of campanies are already trying to get liscenes for spaceports here in Texas and the other places in the US.

TEXAS

Example: Midland - XCOR, South Padre Island - SpaceX, Van Horn - Blue Origins, Mesquite - Armadillo Aerospace

OTHER PLACES IN THE US

Example: New Mexico - Virgin Galactic, Mojave - Masten Space Systems, Florida - Kennedy Space Center, etc

So then why is every state competing for spaceports? Because they know its important for commercial/tourism space flight. Its a start.

TowerSpotter Sep 8, 2013 9:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6258975)
HBJ reports that it could open by 2019 if all goes according to plan. They also have to convince the public that it's a great idea.

Ok so then if it does open in 2019, that would mean construction would start in 2016/2017. Still a long time ahead of us.



Also Lockmat on thehaif noticed that the Astroworls plot would was put onto the market again on hfflp.com

rdavis4559 Sep 8, 2013 12:30 PM

Light rail was a 20 year battle. I want to be optimistic and I am not exactly saying the spaceport will take 20 years but I have the need to think realistically as well. I guess the right now is the best time to milk it and build a spaceport given Houston's boom but it still would be costly and take time to build. I don't even know the first thing about what the regulatory process might impede but I am assuming it isn't exactly a walk in the park.

TexasPlaya Sep 8, 2013 10:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6258967)
Why would they invest in renderings then? The city and Houston Airport System is pushing the idea forward. The mayor gave the Houston airport system the approval to apply to the FAA for a spaceport license. This project would be finance from a variety of sources.

It doesn't take much money to invest in renderings and proposals comparatively. I think this project has a great chance moving forward due to the proximity of NASA's Johnson Space Center and resulting experience in space-related aviation.

However, I would be very surprised if the space port would look anything like the proposal.

LMich Sep 9, 2013 7:22 AM

Yeah, no kidding. Cities and development agencies spring for renderings for things like possible airport and port expansions all of the time, doesn't mean that it's anything beyond a concept. Houston is better aligned than most cities to get something like this done, in this case, because of its size and history with space exploration. But, that doesn't mean that this is anything more than a concept, at the moment.

Just because this is more likely to happen in Houston than in almost any other area of the country doesn't mean this is likely (over 50%) to happen, but I wish the concept all the best.

toxteth o'grady Sep 9, 2013 8:47 PM

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Originally Posted by TowerSpotter (Post 6258606)
Wow I love that last picture!

It's a neat trick making it look like there's a small hill in the picture.

I've not been out in that direction in years. I'll have to try to get there next time I'm in town.

toxteth o'grady Sep 9, 2013 8:51 PM

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6258900)
So does this space port have an reality of happening ever?

They've probably got a time line stretching out 50 years. I think the intent is to advertise that they are thinking of a large scale facility, in case there is anything competing being planned elsewhere in the region. Most of the buildings are probably going to serve other purposes.

TowerSpotter Sep 9, 2013 9:56 PM

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Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6260481)
It's a neat trick making it look like there's a small hill in the picture.

I've not been out in that direction in years. I'll have to try to get there next time I'm in town.

I meant the skyline in the background but yea, I too haven't been to the area in a while.

AustinTay Sep 9, 2013 9:57 PM

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Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6260481)
It's a neat trick making it look like there's a small hill in the picture.

I've not been out in that direction in years. I'll have to try to get there next time I'm in town.

It's just perspective and does not even look like it's on a hill. Maybe if you quickly glance at it because of the trees. You can tell it's leveled by how it lines up with the trees.

TexasPlaya Sep 10, 2013 9:50 AM

Cool map by Shasta on HAIF with all the solid proposals for DT (5 total):

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x...kyline2017.jpg

edit: 5 office proposals and 1 hotel. Residential under construction will have no impact on skyline, except the Hines Market Square residential tower (no rendering yet).

Houstonlover Sep 10, 2013 10:38 AM

I like all this building , they are cool .

photoLith Sep 10, 2013 1:00 PM

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Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 6261146)
Cool map by Shasta on HAIF with all the solid proposals for DT (5 total):

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x...kyline2017.jpg

edit: 5 office proposals and 1 hotel. Residential under construction will have no impact on skyline, except the Hines Market Square residential tower (no rendering yet).

Whats that one on the far left. The Marriott?

shakman Sep 10, 2013 2:25 PM

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6261210)
Whats that one on the far left. The Marriott?

Yup. :cheers:

Urbannizer Sep 10, 2013 3:09 PM

Jennie Sealy Hospital
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5458/9...212462a0_b.jpg

Richmond Landing

http://p50400.ipscdn.com/uploads/mon...1378787437.jpg

http://p50400.ipscdn.com/uploads/mon...1378787451.jpg
By Jax

Urbannizer Sep 10, 2013 7:04 PM

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3825/9...ac371afd_b.jpg

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Originally Posted by HBJ
Developer shares details on Generation Park mixed-use project

McCord Development Inc. offered more details on its mixed-use project within a 4,000-acre business park in northeast Houston.

The development will be a lively, walkable area with restaurants and retail inside Generation Park — the business park where Houston-based FMC Technologies (NYSE: FTI) purchased 173 acres in January.

The mixed-use portion, dubbed S.PA and pronounced es-pa, is a necessary step toward recruiting more tenants to the business park, said Ryan McCord, president of the Houston-based development company.

Full Article: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/b...mixed-use.html


AustinTay Sep 10, 2013 7:11 PM

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Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 6261146)
Cool map by Shasta on HAIF with all the solid proposals for DT (5 total):

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x...kyline2017.jpg

The scale is off for the Hines tower and the International tower but still pretty cool. Must be from the old versions for both buildings.

TowerSpotter Sep 10, 2013 10:40 PM

That would be phase 1 on Generation Park right?


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