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JManc Jan 9, 2017 3:16 PM

^ Not really. If BoA vacates the Philip Johnson BoA Tower to move to lease even smaller space in this new building, it will mean a lot more office space will be available in an already soft market downtown.

ooooaaaah! Jan 10, 2017 9:14 PM


Originally Posted by JManc (Post 7672031)
^ Not really. If BoA vacates the Philip Johnson BoA Tower to move to lease even smaller space in this new building, it will mean a lot more office space will be available in an already soft market downtown.

Since its a newer building they will be taking up a more expensive space and open up a less expensive space that could be open to a bigger segment of the market.

Not sure I believe this but :shrug:

Urbannizer Jan 11, 2017 3:44 AM

HP to build new campus in Springwoods Village


HP has signed a lease for a new campus to be built on 12 acres in Springwoods Village near Interstate 45 North and the Grand Parkway, the developers announced.

HP will occupy 378,000 square feet in two buildings, according to the development group consisting of Patrinely Group, USAA Real Estate Co. and CDC Houston. Construction will begin early this year with completion planned in the third quarter of 2018. The building will house approximately 2,400 employees.

The Best Forumer Jan 11, 2017 4:45 PM

more sprawl... yay!

ooooaaaah! Jan 11, 2017 5:57 PM

Construction on Post Oak north of San Felipe. I think they are upgrading Westbriar water supply line but I wonder if this will transition into north segment uptown BRT work?

JoninATX Jan 11, 2017 6:15 PM


Originally Posted by The Best Forumer (Post 7674515)
more sprawl... yay!

At least its. 2,400 more jobs for the area. :cheers:

N90 Jan 11, 2017 7:16 PM


Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 7674651)
At least its. 2,400 more jobs for the area. :cheers:

No it's not. HP is just transferring employees from its old campus in North Houston to its new one.

JoninATX Jan 12, 2017 2:27 AM


Originally Posted by N90 (Post 7674746)
No it's not. HP is just transferring employees from its old campus in North Houston to its new one.

Well I guess it's a relocation further north. I couldn't see past the pay wall so I was hoping it would be 2,400 new jobs.

clubtokyo Jan 12, 2017 3:08 AM


Originally Posted by The Best Forumer (Post 7674515)
more sprawl... yay!

Hmm I don't see Houston in the list....

The Top 10 Most Sprawling Cities Are:

Hickory, NC (24.9)
Atlanta, GA (41.0)
Clarksville, TN-KY (41.5)
Prescott, AZ (49.0)
Nashville, TN (51.7)
Baton Rouge, LA (55.6)
Inland Empire, CA (56.2)
Greenville, SC (59.0)
Augusta, GA-SC (59.2)
Kingsport, TN-VA (60.0)

The Top 10 Most Dense Cities Are:

New York City, NY-NJ (Sprawl Index Score 203.4)
San Francisco, CA (194.3)
Atlantic City, NJ (150.4)
Santa Barbara/Santa Maria, CA (146.6)
Champaign, IL (145.2)
Santa Cruz, CA (145.0)
Trenton, NJ (144.7)
Miami, FL (144.1)
Springfield, IL (142.2)
Santa Ana/Anaheim, CA (139.9)

N90 Jan 12, 2017 3:59 AM


Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 7675245)
Well I guess it's a relocation further north. I couldn't see past the pay wall so I was hoping it would be 2,400 new jobs.

Their new campus will be an upgrade. Their current campus never aged well. It used to be the old Compaq computers HQ, but became HP when HP bought out Compaq. The new campus is an improvement for HP even if it's suburban in layout. Good fill in for the burbs IMO.

Urbannizer Jan 12, 2017 7:07 PM

TMC hotel expected to break ground this year


Lubbock, Texas-based Pearl Hospitality is moving forward on it latest Houston-area hotel with plans to break ground at the end of 2017.

Archit Sanghvi, regional vice president at Pearl Hospitality's JW Marriott Houston Downtown, told the Houston Business Journal that the hospitality group is currently in the design phases of its the Embassy Suites in the Texas Medical Center. Pearl expects to open the hotel by the end of 2018, Sanghvi said.

The hotel will be adjacent to the Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center towers and will be part of The Medical Center Crossing development. The project was first announced in January 2016 and will also include street level retail and restaurants. The space, at 1709 Dryden, was previously occupied by the Baylor College of Medicine, which leased the entire 150,000 square feet of office building. The property was put up for sale when the college made plans to consolidate.

Urbannizer Jan 12, 2017 7:34 PM

Kroger on OST at Cambridge St. Closing Down on January 24th

Medical development by MD Anderson rumored for the site.


AN EMPLOYEE CONFIRMS TO Swamplot this afternoon that the Kroger at 1990 Old Spanish Tr. will be shutting down on January 24th. The formerly 24-hour grocery store. Readers report low morale among car-less residents of the nearby apartments; they also report a few slightly mismatched rumors that the land has been sold to a big name in the Medical Center.

Urbannizer Jan 12, 2017 8:18 PM

Groundbreaking for Pearl Whole Foods Midtown was held Jan 6th.


Urbannizer Jan 13, 2017 2:13 PM

5020 Larkin (Cielo)

New 6-story residential mid-rise in The Heights.

Urbannizer Jan 13, 2017 4:06 PM

Demolition now underway for The Midtown:

Urbannizer Jan 13, 2017 4:42 PM

New Heights retail development lands three more tenants


Three new retail tenants have been named inside the Heights Mercantile project.

The 40,000-square-foot trendy space is expected to house 20 tenants. The project broke ground in July with completion slated for the second quarter of 2017.

Here are the new tenants, CultureMap reports:

- Saint Lo Boutique, a new Houston-based women's boutique
- The Gypsy Wagon, a women's clothing store with locations in Austin, Dallas and Crested Butte, Colorado
- Marine Layer, a San Francisco-based clothing store with locations across the U.S. and one Texas store in Austin

Melange Creperie, a food cart owned by Sean Carroll and Tish Ochoa, announced plans in fall 2016 to open inside a 1,400-square-foot space in Heights Mercantile.

A former warehouse of Houston-based Pappas Restaurants at Yale and Seventh streets was leveled to make way for the Heights Mercantile project. The project also involves renovating three existing buildings along Seventh Street between Heights Boulevard and Yale Street, including a 1920s bungalow, the Houston Business Journal previously reported. Two other existing buildings that date back to the 1940s will be adapted.

AS of Jan 10th:
Marcus Chase

Urbannizer Jan 13, 2017 11:07 PM

Jones Hall and Plaza Renovations

Now that work is coming to a close for the convention center, Houston First is now setting its focus on redeveloping the Theater District.


Suggested modifications, which could cost as much as $200 million, will be made public in early 2017, Postl said.
The renderings below may not be the chosen design.


This project is a proposal for the renovation of Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, located at the intersection of Louisiana and Capital Streets in the downtown core. The design envisioned the transformation of the introverted structure with a new public forum and transparent entry lobby which wraps through the existing structure. A new upper level adds needed public and administrative program space to the venue. This public promenade terminates in a planted roofscape with views of the Houston skyline. Across the street, the existing park is recreated as a public outdoor performance venue, serving as visual and programmatic counterpoint to the concert hall.

Urbannizer Jan 14, 2017 3:04 AM

Historic Schlumberger building to be remade in EaDo


Local preservationist David Denenburg has purchased the Schlumberger building in the east end with plans to restore the property and fill it with tenants to serve the burgeoning neighborhood around it.

The 1938 structure, a rare Houston example of Art Deco architecture, was long ago the U.S. headquarters for oil services giant Schlumberger.

Denenberg, who is also restoring the Cheek-Neal Coffee building in the same area, said he will seek state and federal tax credits to help rehab the building.

"I'm going to be putting it back together to try to bring it back to how it was in the 1930s and '40s," said Denenberg, who closed on the building last week. "I've got my steel workers on site replicating the windows to a T exactly how they were in 1938."

Denenberg envisions retailers occupying the first floor and office space and/or a medical user in the rest of the building.

"All these townhouses are scattered all over the area with zero retail," he said.

Urbannizer Jan 17, 2017 12:22 PM

Feds Find Houston's Housing Policies Perpetuate Segregation


In a blistering letter sent to Mayor Sylvester Turner last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development concluded that the City of Houston has perpetuated segregation by allowing “racially motivated opposition” to affordable housing projects dictate the city’s decisions about where to build them.

As a result, the feds have found Houston to be in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964..

HUD’s investigation of Houston’s housing policies was sparked by Turner’s rejection of the Houston Housing Authority’s proposed affordable housing project in the Galleria area, at 2640 Fountain View Drive — a proposal that was “a key component of HHA’s plan to begin to remedy the legacy of segregation in its housing programs,” as the feds described it. The apartment building would include 20 percent of units at market rate, 70 percent for families earning 60 percent below the median income, and 10 percent to families earning 30 percent or less of the median income.

In order for housing projects that use Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to proceed, City Council must vote to issue a Resolution of No Objection — yet Mayor Turner refused to even put it to a vote. He chalked his actions up to “costs and other concerns” — yet the feds contend that Turner’s reasoning was unsupported by facts and that instead, the city gave into the will of the people, without any checks and balances in place to protect against a racially motivated will.

The project had ignited a storm of fierce opposition from neighbors in the area, who organized a mass email campaign imploring elected officials to halt the project. The neighbors even started a website called Last March, hundreds of them showed up at a meeting the HHA held to express concerns about the Fountain View project, which included a higher crime rate, increased traffic congestion, school overcrowding and a decrease in property values.

HUD issued a list of remedies and corrective actions it expects the city to comply with — including providing funds to supplement HHA’s costs for construction of the Fountain View project, or one in another low-minority, high-opportunity area. The federal government also expects Houston to develop policies that encourage the discontinuation of segregation and the clustering of affordable housing in areas plagued by poverty. In addition, HUD has directed the city to adopt objective criteria to aid it in approving Resolutions of No Objection for low-income housing that extends beyond local opposition.

Despite the fact that HUD has the authority to refer this matter to the U.S. Department of Justice should the City of Houston fail to comply, Mayor Turner said the city will “utilize all available avenues to challenge their findings.”

Slyfox Jan 20, 2017 2:13 AM

Yes, that is just what wealthy luxury neighborhoods need, low income housing...

Give it another two months with the change in administration, I doubt HUD will care too much about the Galleria. Washington needs to stop playing God with economics.

I can't afford the Galleria, I understand that it's a wealthy district, beyond my income level, so I don't live there. It's not that complicated.

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