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Urbannizer Dec 5, 2016 5:12 PM

Deal finally closed on Hanover River Oaks, construction to begin within a year.


But on Nov. 17 — about two-and-a-half years since the deal was initially set to close— Hanover finally purchased a nearly 1.7-acre site off Kirby Drive near Kipling Street, near the West Ave mixed-use project. The longtime developer plans to build a 40-story, 300-plus-unit apartment tower and a standalone restaurant on the property, where the 1940s-era Kirby Court apartments used to stand.

Hanover hopes to start construction on the $150 million project, designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz, within the next 12 months.

Urbannizer Dec 7, 2016 6:13 PM

Chronicle Building Demo

The Best Forumer Dec 12, 2016 3:12 PM

Anyone else find the #howtohouston thing annoying and ironic?

Urbannizer Dec 13, 2016 8:44 PM

Loews Regency Houston

*Hotel only now, residential levels have been dropped from the plans.


HIDI Security is providing security consulting as a subconsultant to Electro-Media Design (EMD) for this 22-storey, 427,205 ft² hotel which includes 455 guest rooms as well as restaurants, bars, function rooms, an outdoor pool, spa, health club, salon, administration and BOH areas.

Previous design:

Urbannizer Dec 14, 2016 7:50 PM

Braun Nails Down Fastener Warehouse at I-10 and W. Loop for Heights Market, Brewery, Food Hall


HERE’S A peek at what the old Delta Fastener warehouse at 7122 Old Katy Rd. might look like once Braun Enterprises gets done with it. The property — located just inside the W. Loop in that wedge of industrial parks hemmed in by I-10 and Hempstead Rd., west of Cottage Grove — was snagged by Braun at the end of November. A handful of renderings from Tipps Architecture (also behind the design for another of Braun’s not-in-its-namesake-neighborhood redevelopments) depict the 57,845-sq.-ft. warehouse done over in brown and bearing the label Heights Market.

The renderings show some new windows, large and small, sliced into exterior of the 1940s warehouse, and an existing loading dock redone as a cafeteria space. The renderings also show a spot labeled for a brewery, a collection of vendors and some office space.

Urbannizer Dec 15, 2016 6:22 AM

Latitude Med Center/ Intercontiental Hotel

Hotel's on level 4, apartments level 5

Texas Children's Expansion

Currently working on level 22.

clubtokyo Dec 15, 2016 5:28 PM


Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 7642211)
Deal finally closed on Hanover River Oaks, construction to begin within a year.

I like the design!

Urbannizer Dec 15, 2016 5:39 PM

Four Phantoms Brewery Mixed-Use

Brewery, food hall, hotel and mix-use lawn planned at 11th & Seamist in The Heights. Aug. 2016 article:


Ken Bridge has a passion for craft beer, as is clear in the focus on great brews at so of many of his restaurants in the Delicious Concepts group — Pinks Pizza, Shepherd Park Draught House and the recently opened Ritual on the corner of White Oak and Studewood in Woodland Heights.

The plans for the space now occupied by Ritual at one time included a neighborhood brewpub to be headed up by superstar of Texas craft brewing, Erik Ogershok. Erik’s move from Real Ale in Blanco to the Delicious Concepts team was huge news to Houstonians who couldn’t wait to taste his offerings in H-Town.

As plans progressed the brewpub idea was shelved due to space constraints at the location. However, the promise of a Heights-area brewery headed up by Erik were not taken off the table. A few weeks ago, I had a chance to talk to Ken about the even bigger plans he has brewing for the concept, and they are ambitious. Four Phantoms is the working name for the brewery which will be the centerpiece of a mixed use project centered on a ~8 acre parcel just south of the Timbergrove/Lazybrook neighborhoods. The early renderings Ken shared with me show a dynamic, open space, with dock-height restaurants and large common spaces. Development plans are phased into a master plan that includes the brewery and restaurants as well as a 1 acre+ events lawn and lots of outdoor spaces in between. The 20k square foot brewpub will take up just under half the overall improved space. It will contain a production brewery, beer hall, and restaurant. Ken was clear that the plans are to operate under a TABC brewpub license to allow for both distribution off-site and operation of an on-premise bar and restaurant.

The specifics of plans for the beer are still hazy. Ken had already acquired a 15bbl brewhouse with intentions of using it in the original space and wants to bring that same equipment to the new location. The system has an interesting history: it came to Houston from Weyerbacher in Pennsylvania, but was originally used at Victory Brewing–the system Erik used when he was there. When we originally spoke, Ken said that beer recipe development was ongoing with an aim to get started with around eight beers at opening.

Ken told me that the specifics of the brewing plans will now depend on who comes in to run the brewing side of the operation, but that the project itself was still moving forward. He is actively looking to put a brewing team together to bring those plans to fruition.
Renderings by Mak Studio:

clubtokyo Dec 15, 2016 6:23 PM

Wow that looks awesome!

Urbannizer Dec 15, 2016 6:26 PM

Houston to host World Petroleum Congress, 10,000 expected to attend


Delegates of the World Petroleum Council selected Houston to host the 2020 World Petroleum Congress, which is held every three years and is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees.

Houston last hosted the event in 1987, and the city unsuccessfully bid for the 2014 and 2017 events, which went to Moscow and Istanbul, respectively. This time, Houston was competing against Vancouver for the event, which is expected to create an economic impact of between $60 million and $80 million.

The city’s bid committee was composed of more than 20 individuals from a variety of organizations, including committee Chair Galen Cobb, vice president of industry relations at Houston-based Halliburton Co. Mayor Turner served as honorary chair and led the delegation to Bahrain, where the voted was held on Dec. 14. Houston First Corp. steered the bid.

Bringing more convention business to the Bayou City has been a major focus for Houston First. The organization already has landed some major events related to science and technology, and it hopes the projects built in preparation for the 2017 Super Bowl will attract bigger conventions in the long term.

Although Houston First is working to diversify Houston’s convention business beyond energy, the World Petroleum Congress is a major win for the city and its largest industry, Mike Waterman, president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and executive vice president of Houston First, said in a release.

“Not only will the event have a significant economic impact on our city — filling our hotels and restaurants — it will also help create new business opportunities for our energy companies,” Waterman said in the release. “Capitalizing on the strength of Houston’s core industries when going after business is a growing focus for us at Visit Houston.”

Urbannizer Dec 16, 2016 11:02 PM

3300 Main


Urbannizer Dec 17, 2016 2:19 AM

Sneak peek: Tour Houston's 'the Ritz Carlton of apartments'


The Hanover Co. unveiled its latest luxury apartment tower in Houston, which boasts high-end amenities like a wine vault, cold-storage room and a dog spa.

The Houston multifamily developer opened Hanover Montrose earlier this quarter. The 31-story, 327-unit luxury apartment tower is at 3400 Montrose Blvd. at the southwest corner of Montrose and Hawthorne Street. The modern glass and stone high-rise — designed by Chicago architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz — is within a short walking distance to several shops and restaurants, as well as a Kroger grocery store in Montrose.

The luxury apartment tower features valet parking and concierge services; an art studio with private storage closets; a cold storage room to store catered food for parties; a climate-controlled wine vault; a dog spa; a bike storage room; and a 15,000-square-foot amenity deck on the ninth floor with indoor and outdoor lounges, a demonstration kitchen with private dining room, a fitness center with a separate yoga/spinning room and a resort-style pool with cabanas, suntanning beds and outdoor grills.

The property is currently 22 percent leased and has 54 residents. Hanover expects to lease up the tower within 18 months with a goal of 20 leases signed per month, Quiroz said.

Next door to Hanover Montrose, a joint venture between Hines Interest LP and the Zimmerman family are planning to build Residences at La Columbe d'Or, a 34-story, 285-unit luxury apartment tower on the parking lot and grand ballroom of the Zimmerman family's historic Montrose hotel.

Urbannizer Dec 17, 2016 4:58 AM

East Village construction well underway. Adaptive reuse project for two blocks in Eado with 80,000 sq ft of restaurants, creative offices, a bar, Airbnb and two distilleries.

Updated renderings:

clubtokyo Dec 17, 2016 6:54 AM

Looks amazing!

Double L Dec 17, 2016 7:08 PM

What is replacing the old Houston Chronicle building?

JManc Dec 19, 2016 8:59 PM


Originally Posted by Double L (Post 7654479)
What is replacing the old Houston Chronicle building?

For now, a parking lot. Down the road, a skyscraper.

Urbannizer Dec 19, 2016 11:12 PM

Hines wants to build an office tower with retail there. They also own the Chronicle parking garage catty-cornered from the site.

JoninATX Dec 19, 2016 11:24 PM

HEB footed midrise on Washington Ave


By Christine Gerbode
Dec. 19th. 2016

Above is Ziegler Cooper’s rendering of the proposed structure, which would take up the northwest corner of the old Archstone Memorial Heights apartments property (which Midway bought in 2014). That development previously gave its moniker to the surrounding neighborhood; it remains to be seen if this latest rebranding attempt will stick.

The new midrise would sit about half a mile south of the official southernmost edge of the Houston Heights (as drawn for voting in last month’s local-option Heights moistening election), and about half a mile north of Buffalo Bayou (though only a quarter mile from the Buffalo Wild Wings a few blocks west down Washington Ave). The new design shows off 5 stories of apartments (tallying up as 232 units) on top of the 2-story H-E-B, with about 37,000 sq. ft. of office space and a couple of other retail spots in the mix.

JoninATX Dec 19, 2016 11:26 PM

Houston gets the first urban HEB.

Urbannizer Dec 20, 2016 12:42 AM


Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 7656240)

Work will begin Summer 2017. View from Heights Blvd.

Site of phase I and future phases:

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