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Urbannizer Oct 13, 2014 4:40 PM

New 4-story building proposed for Houston Ave:

http://www.andersoncanyon.net/four-s...velopment.html
  • 22 lofts
  • 6,500 square ft of retail

http://www.andersoncanyon.net/sites/...ustonAvev3.jpg

toxteth o'grady Oct 14, 2014 4:02 PM

A new mixed-use development is going up north of Camp Strake and south of Conroe. A site plan is shown on HBJ but I can't find a render to post here:

Exclusive: Huge mixed-use project slated for prime spot north of Houston

http://media.bizj.us/view/img/404071...1242-0-754.jpg

toxteth o'grady Oct 14, 2014 4:52 PM

Here's a development I do have a picture for - a new development in Kingwood:

Grand Parkway expansion spurs another development

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...OD-600x386.jpg

Houston1836 Oct 15, 2014 3:28 PM

800 Bell (former Exxon building) to be "reconstructed, not renovated"... (apologies if this has been posted before).

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/b...n.html?ana=twt

toxteth o'grady Oct 15, 2014 4:11 PM

You say "reconstruction", I say "potato". I'm not sure the new building is going to be the icon the old building was, even if it is bigger. But maybe the investment will be worth it. It still makes me want to get my old wood-veneer stereo speakers out of the attic, just to see if they make an architectural statement.

photoLith Oct 15, 2014 6:49 PM

The renovation of the Exxon Building is going to be a big loss for mid century modern architecture and now it will just look like another generic shiny glass building.

toxteth o'grady Oct 15, 2014 7:16 PM

Meanwhile...

All the enthusiasm for planting new structures on existing surface parking lots has led CBRE to worry whether there will be any parking left downtown.

Oh, the irony: New downtown Houston garages will make surface parking even worse

Then again, some see parking as an opportunity for creative expression. The Menil, for example...

Parking lots can be pleasant?

http://ww1.hdnux.com/photos/32/47/34...3/784x2048.jpg

Houston1836 Oct 15, 2014 8:56 PM

Designed to address Buffalo Bayou’s development, UH College of Architecture students aim to reinvent Houston’s river with their award-winning proposal, RISKY HABIT[AT] : DYNAMIC LIVING ON THE BUFFALO BAYOU. The project was displayed at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

http://ad009cdnb.archdaily.net/wp-co...wn-530x530.jpg

http://www.archdaily.com/556530/univ...-intervention/

Urbannizer Oct 15, 2014 9:06 PM

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3941/...f72e615b_b.jpg

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/m...rway-near.html

Quote:

Originally Posted by HBJ
New midrise apartment project underway near CityCentre

A longtime Houston commercial developer is making its first foray into the multifamily sector with a midrise luxury apartment project near CityCentre.

PRD Inc. has been developing office and retail properties in Houston since the 1970’s. The company also manages multifamily properties.

In 2012, PRD purchased 4.2 acres at 150 Sam Houston Parkway for its first multifamily development. The property is one mile south of CityCentre and sits across from the east side of Terry Hershey Park.

“We’ve never developed a multifamily project from the ground up,” said David Park, PRD’s vice president. “It’s a big jump for us, but we’re excited.”

PRD has begun construction on Ascension on the Bayou, a Class A apartment building that features five stories of living over two levels of parking, one underground. The LEED Silver-certified building will be energy efficient and use brick, stone and metal materials in its construction.


toxteth o'grady Oct 16, 2014 12:31 AM

Another company that's been flying under the radar has broken ground on a five level 98,500 sf headquarters out by Memorial.

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...breaking-2.jpg

Houston’s Stoller Group breaks ground on headquarters building in Memorial area

Urbannizer Oct 16, 2014 12:53 AM

You can see changes in the HSPVA design, more modern look to it now.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3955/...ffbe2d75_o.jpg

http://blog.chron.com/k12zone/2014/1...ng/#27582101=1

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chron
HSPVA to get $80 million makeover with roof terrace, outdoor dining

During HISD’s 2012 bond campaign, the $80.2 million price tag for a new High School for the Performing and Visual Arts drew some concerns, with the cost estimated at $107,000 per student.

The design plans are in for the five-story, 168,000-square-foot campus for our city’s “Fame” high school. The new downtown site, closer to the city’s theater district than its current Montrose spot, will include an 800-seat theater, dance and music studios, art galleries, an outdoor dining area on the first level, and an outdoor roof terrace near the library.

Construction is expected to be complete in mid to late 2017, according to the district.

http://blog.chron.com/k12zone/wp-con.../hspva2new.jpg

Double L Oct 16, 2014 2:23 AM

^^^

Wow, that is so cool!

Urbannizer Oct 16, 2014 5:12 PM

Hanover Upper Kirby: It looks like Hanover is planning more than one high-rise for the Kirby area, the other that we already know about is Hanover River Oaks.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...ors-300-units/

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bidclerk
Hanover Upper Kirby

Site work and new construction for a mixed-use development in Houston. Preliminary design plans call for the construction of a 30-story, 300-unit upscale apartment tower with restaurants on the ground floor. Plans will include parking and associated site improvements.

The developer will close on the property early 2015. An architect has been selected. Information on how a general contractor will be selected has not yet been released. Construction is scheduled to begin summer 2015.


toxteth o'grady Oct 16, 2014 7:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6770183)
The design plans are in for the five-story, 168,000-square-foot campus for our city’s “Fame” high school.

That damned movie is going to dog us forever.:sly:

Hope there's room for the Gonkulator.

toxteth o'grady Oct 16, 2014 8:07 PM

I think this was already announced, but why not mention it again? Embassy Suites in the Woodlands.

Woodlands to get lakeside hotel

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...SY-600x388.jpg

toxteth o'grady Oct 16, 2014 8:22 PM

More development in the Woodlands. From the guys who brought you the Ashby.

Exclusive: New luxury apartment project to rise near The Woodlands

[IMG]http://media.bizj.us/view/img/4085991/woodlofts-preliminary-view*600xx3737-2494-175-0.jpg[/IMG]

Urbannizer Oct 17, 2014 3:45 AM

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3946/...028cf3bf_b.jpg

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/busi...5828150.php#/0

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chron
Tall buildings to arise near River Oaks District

With most of the Westcreek apartments now gone and the River Oaks District well under way on a portion of the property, residential developers are staking their claims on the remaining parcels of land behind it.

Their plans include a cluster of tall buildings to house well-to-do Houstonians who can pay the steep prices that come with living next to one of the city's newest and flashiest mixed-use developments.

"People will be able to walk to restaurants, high-end retail and theaters. It's something that hasn't been offered in Houston," said Robert Bland of Pelican Builders, which is planning a 17-story residential tower on Westcreek Lane just north of River Oaks District, which is being built just inside the 610 Loop along Westheimer.

***

An office building, a hotel and two additional high-rise apartment building are planned on the remaining Westcreek property, Brand said.

The surge of development has led to concerns over increased traffic congestion in the area.

High-density development will increasingly take the place of low-rise buildings in desirable, close-in areas, Bland said, as more people want to live in the city center and land become more expensive.

Additional traffic, he said, is the price of progress. But he also points out that the number of new residential units proposed on the old Westcreek site won't be a whole lot higher that what was there originally.

"Surprisingly, if you take all the apartments that were demolished, the total number of (new) residential units is not going to be much more," Bland said.


toxteth o'grady Oct 17, 2014 7:39 PM

If there are any concerns about a bubble, they may be dispelled in part by the latest figures from the Texas Workforce Commission's LMCI database, which shows Houston has added 119,000 jobs in a year (after 83,000 last year and 106,000 the year before). Undoubtedly, construction hiring has helped those numbers, but it's still over 300,000 additional jobs in 3 years.

http://www.tracer2.com/admin/uploade...houstonmsa.pdf

Urbannizer Oct 17, 2014 8:51 PM

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...AP-600x450.png

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...oaks-district/

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chron
Gables to build luxury high-rise near River Oaks District

Gables Residential is planning to break ground in the second quarter of next year on a 15-story apartment building north of River Oaks District.

The yet-to-be-named building will have 300 units, averaging 1,400 square feet and priced in the range of $2.60 per square foot.

Ziegler Cooper designed the building, which will go up on a 2.5-acre site along Westcreek Lane between Westheimer and San Felipe.

Joshua Landry, area vice president of investments for Gables Residential, said the building will target “a sophisticated renter with a higher disposable income.”

“We are doing a higher level of service, concierge service and amenities we will offer will be different from other projects,” Landry said.

This is the company’s first high-rise in Houston, though it has built tall towers in other markets. the building should open about 20 months after construction starts.


Dariusb Oct 17, 2014 11:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6772542)
If there are any concerns about a bubble, they may be dispelled in part by the latest figures from the Texas Workforce Commission's LMCI database, which shows Houston has added 119,000 jobs in a year (after 83,000 last year and 106,000 the year before). Undoubtedly, construction hiring has helped those numbers, but it's still over 300,000 additional jobs in 3 years.

Wow! That is awesome!

pacarlson Oct 18, 2014 1:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6772542)
If there are any concerns about a bubble, they may be dispelled in part by the latest figures from the Texas Workforce Commission's LMCI database, which shows Houston has added 119,000 jobs in a year (after 83,000 last year and 106,000 the year before). Undoubtedly, construction hiring has helped those numbers, but it's still over 300,000 additional jobs in 3 years.

Any idea on what this latest add brings the current total Houston metro employed number to? A Google search didn't help me. I'd think the figure should be well over 1 million employed.

toxteth o'grady Oct 18, 2014 7:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pacarlson (Post 6773306)
Any idea on what this latest add brings the current total Houston metro employed number to? A Google search didn't help me. I'd think the figure should be well over 1 million employed.

Through August, the Houston metro had 2,921,000 jobs.

It's going to take another six months to get the latest population estimates, which were 6.3 million in July 2013. The city proper was just short of 2.2 million.

City Estimates - July 2013

Harris County had 4.337 million in July 2013.

County Estimates - July 2013

toxteth o'grady Oct 19, 2014 3:36 AM

Sam Houston State University (where everything is uphill - even back to the car) is considering building a medical school in the former Camp Strake. No details yet, other than the size of the site - 10 acres.

University reportedly eyes Camp Strake site for proposed medical school

Meanwhile, Baylor College of Medicine and CHI St. Luke's have opened the McNair Campus on O.S.T., with plans for future expansion that call for at least one patient tower and one medical office building. No architect yet, so no renders.

Exclusive: First look at the Baylor College of Medicine McNair Campus

llamaorama Oct 19, 2014 3:59 AM

Quote:

Sam Houston State University (where everything is uphill - even back to the car) is considering building a medical school in the former Camp Strake. No details yet, other than the size of the site - 10 acres.
Hilly by southeast Texas standards maybe. You clearly haven't visited Texas State then. The entire campus is either up or down a flight of stairs, and "ground level" is a very arbitrary concept in many of the buildings.

But that's cool about the med campus... shame about Camp Strake though. I think the scouts also go to the Sam Houston state forest more often than not though.

Urbannizer Oct 19, 2014 6:30 PM

What was left of the Houston Club Building came down this morning:

Video Link

toxteth o'grady Oct 19, 2014 6:59 PM

Quite well choreographed. Looked like a Motley Crue concert.

mhays Oct 19, 2014 7:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NYC2ATX (Post 6761899)
Sometimes I wonder if Houston has been without zoning for so long that implementing such a system at this point would be nearly impossible. I mean, in much of the city's core there's almost no districts that have only one or a select few building types. There's odd, random building scales and uses all over the place, so much that every zoning code would instantaneously have multiple illegalities on every block. How does one even zone a city like Houston? :shrug:

A clarification on zoning....it doesn't regulate what's already there, or what's already vested under the current land use application process (whatever the local version is). It only applies to future projects.

AviationGuy Oct 19, 2014 8:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by llamaorama (Post 6773934)
Hilly by southeast Texas standards maybe. You clearly haven't visited Texas State then. The entire campus is either up or down a flight of stairs, and "ground level" is a very arbitrary concept in many of the buildings.

But that's cool about the med campus... shame about Camp Strake though. I think the scouts also go to the Sam Houston state forest more often than not though.

Edit: I deleted my post, which wasn't about Houston. Sorry.

toxteth o'grady Oct 19, 2014 10:11 PM

Here's another campus - for Lone Star College. Not big in the scheme of things, but another project in the Woodlands.

Lone Star College plans new campus in Creekside Park

http://ww1.hdnux.com/photos/32/57/71.../3/622x350.jpg

Urbannizer Oct 20, 2014 4:30 AM

Second patient tower, and a office building planned near the new Baylor College of Medicine McNair Campus in the TMC (glass building in the foreground).

https://mediasrc.bcm.edu/2013/14/mcn...1030152819.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by HBJ
Exclusive: First look at the Baylor College of Medicine McNair Campus

One of Houston's most interesting health care stories over the past year has been the relationship between Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives, St. Luke's Health System and the Baylor College of Medicine.

A by-product of that relationship is the new Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center McNair Campus. The 1.2 million-square-foot facility is in various stages of completion, renovation and construction, with the next wave of openings slated for January.

In addition to the current construction plans, there are also plans for a second patient tower as well as a medical office building. Construction of the second patient tower is estimated to start in November 2015, and the office building could begin within the year, said Charles Gianfagna, commissioning officer for the master facility plan.

Architects, engineers and builders have not been selected for the second tower, he said. RFPs for those projects will be released in the coming months.

Full Article: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/b...ollege-of.html


Urbannizer Oct 20, 2014 4:32 AM

Randall Davis Downtown: 20+ story condo tower near Discovery Green. It's said to have a "white and black facade"; unlike anything the developer has done before.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...own-20-floors/

Clev Oct 20, 2014 5:12 AM

Great to here. That's just what downtown needs.

toxteth o'grady Oct 20, 2014 6:30 PM

Meanwhile, a new oil and gas company, based in Houston, was minted today. Shell Midstream Partners is not really a new company, having been created from assets of Royal Dutch Shell on the US Gulf Coast. Probably they will continue to lease real estate that their parent company already leases in Houston.

And BP will be joining them shortly.

UPDATE 1-Shell Midstream Partners expects IPO to be priced at $19-$21/unit

Houston might be diversifying, according to leasing trends:

Corporate relocation activity shows slight diversification from energy

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...Y-INDUSTRY.jpg

Urbannizer Oct 20, 2014 8:28 PM

More images of Hanover River Oaks:

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...1413836254.jpg

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...1413836260.jpg

toxteth o'grady Oct 20, 2014 8:35 PM

Is this one still planned to start next summer?

Urbannizer Oct 20, 2014 8:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6775769)
Is this one still planned to start next summer?

Next Spring.

cfewell22 Oct 21, 2014 12:55 AM

They were doing soil samples today for the Hanover River Oaks.

Urbannizer Oct 21, 2014 5:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6774795)
Randall Davis Downtown: 20+ story condo tower near Discovery Green. It's said to have a "white and black facade"; unlike anything the developer has done before.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...own-20-floors/

Confirmed:

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/n...-to-build.html

Quote:

Originally Posted by HBJ
Houston developer aims to build condominium tower downtown

Randall Davis Co. is looking to build a high-rise condominium project in downtown Houston.

The Houston real estate developer plans to partner with local entrepreneur Roberto Contreras on the Class A project, called Marlowe. Randall Davis and Contreras have worked previously on the $70-million Astoria, a 28-story, 74-unit condominium project in the Galleria area.

Davis told the Houston Business Journal he has a piece of land downtown — less than half an acre — under contract. He declined to disclose the exact location of the property, except to say it is near Discovery Green located on Avenida de las Americas across from the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Davis said he expects to close on the land in the first quarter of 2015. Price negotiations were not disclosed.

Davis said he has applied for the City of Houston's Downtown Living Initiative, which awards tax breaks to residential developers building in downtown Houston. Launched in August 2012, the Downtown Living Initiative offers developers $15,000 for each unit built in a multifamily complex of at least 10 units.

Other details about the project, such as size and amenities, are forthcoming after the land deal closes, Davis said. He plans to have a sales center open on the property in early 2015.


Urbannizer Oct 21, 2014 6:35 PM

Woodlands Gate: Mixed-use project proposed for the east side of I-45, near the ExxonMobil Campus.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...d-use-project/

Quote:

The Woodlands Gate Project will develop, construct, and convert approximately 3.82 acres of real property located at 25192 I-45 in The Woodlands into a 222,000 square-foot mixed-use commercial project containing neighborhood retail, extended stay hotel and professional office space.
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5612/...83474d38_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3944/...2722067b_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3941/...2c71c977_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3933/...dc382986_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3937/...e98fd98f_b.jpg

toxteth o'grady Oct 21, 2014 8:52 PM

That's a nifty rendering, but if I'm not mistaken, I see the Old City Hall in one of those shots. I'm just concerned this might be what the IT geeks call "vaporware". The news article this was taken from seemed more focused on the EB-5 program than on the projects it will build - usually a sign of speculation.

Shasta Oct 22, 2014 3:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6777239)
That's a nifty rendering, but if I'm not mistaken, I see the Old City Hall in one of those shots. I'm just concerned this might be what the IT geeks call "vaporware". The news article this was taken from seemed more focused on the EB-5 program than on the projects it will build - usually a sign of speculation.

What are you talking about?

That isn't City Hall unless City Hall has moved 30 miles to the North.

toxteth o'grady Oct 22, 2014 4:17 AM

The backgrounds are Photoshopped behind the rendering. None of them can actually be found in the Woodlands.

But I like the concept. SOMETHING needs to be built that looks like that.

toxteth o'grady Oct 22, 2014 5:14 AM

Eva Air begins flights from Houston to Taiwan starting next July 1, according to a posting at A.net, signaling the boom will continue.

BR Announces IAH! To Fly To ORD 2016

toxteth o'grady Oct 22, 2014 3:33 PM

Another school is planned for the River Oaks area, one that justifies the airline flights:

Chinese Mandarin Language Immersion Magnet School

[IMG]http://media.bizj.us/view/img/4119461/chinese-mandarin-school-exterior*600.jpg[/IMG]

(The image can also be found on HAIF)

N90 Oct 22, 2014 3:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6777958)
Eva Air begins flights from Houston to Taiwan starting next July 1, according to a posting at A.net, signaling the boom will continue.

BR Announces IAH! To Fly To ORD 2016

We knew about this one. They announced in March that they were going to expand into Houston and Chicago. Transaero made a similar announcement earlier this year, don't know about now since Russia is a different political climate now after the sanctions.

Thanks for the info Tox

shakman Oct 22, 2014 3:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by N90 (Post 6778270)
We knew about this one. They announced in March that they were going to expand into Houston and Chicago. Transaero made a similar announcement earlier this year, don't know about now since Russia is a different political climate now after the sanctions.

Thanks for the info Tox

It could be possible since Russia's two largest carriers still have service to U.S. destinations.

toxteth o'grady Oct 22, 2014 5:49 PM

The question has always been whether Transaero would code-share with Singapore Airlines or set up their own service Houston to Moscow separately.

More details today on the Sam Houston State medical school. It should be operational by 2018 and admit 150 students a year. It still awaits Board approval to begin fundraising:

More details on med school proposed for former Camp Strake site

toxteth o'grady Oct 22, 2014 6:33 PM

Someone at Swamplot imagines what the new Marlowe building downtown will look like...

http://6g9wqj9ggn3kt3ag31qk8fki.wpen...al-revised.jpg

VISION STATEMENT: Here’s a First Entry in an Impromptu ‘What Randall Davis’s New Downtown Condo Tower Will Probably Look Like’ Design Competition

Urbannizer Oct 22, 2014 9:38 PM

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3854/...d117c43d_b.jpg
Photo by Russell.Hancock on Flickr

Full Article:http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/n...-watch-in.html

Quote:

Originally Posted by HBJ
Houston named No. 1 real estate market to watch in 2015

Houston's real estate market has caught the eye of investors worldwide, prompting one to call the Bayou City the "perfect storm for commercial real estate," according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute and PwC.
The "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015" report ranked Houston the country's No. 1 market to watch next year. That's up from No. 2 in 2014 and No. 5 in 2013.

Houston ranked No. 1 in both investment and development prospects, and it came in second to Austin for homebuilding prospects.

When looking at specific property types, the Bayou City also took the top spot in the industrial and retail sectors, and it ranked No. 2 for office and multifamily. Its hotel sector ranked No. 4 nationwide.

Not surprisingly, investors cite the energy industry as a major driver of Houston's growth in 2015. Houston was also highlighted in many of the emerging trends found in the report.


photoLith Oct 22, 2014 9:41 PM

I know this happened forever ago, but whatever happened to that huge apartment development that exploded into flames in Montrose a couple years ago? Did they redevelop or rebuild?


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