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JoninATX Oct 4, 2014 8:06 PM

The crane is for the new Hampton Inn. You can check out all the construction action here. https://m.oxblue.com/open/Hines/609Main

glowrock Oct 4, 2014 10:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 6755809)
The crane is for the new Hampton Inn. You can check out all the construction action here. https://m.oxblue.com/open/Hines/609Main

Damn, I can literally see my individual apartment at Rice Lofts at the bottom of that construction cam! :yes:

Aaron (Glowrock)

Urbannizer Oct 5, 2014 10:13 PM

Updates by Triton on HAIF

Marriott Marquis

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5600/...9eac95b2_b.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5597/...bbc68b53_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2949/...90611ae4_b.jpg

GHP Building/Garage & Hotel

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5598/...3ecbcd17_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2949/...90a1cae9_b.jpg

Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites: Crane went up over the weekend

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3927/...d8fc7e3d_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3929/...05b1c8ea_b.jpg

HSPVA Building: Parking lot closed, construction imminent

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3935/...132a29c0_b.jpg

1111 Travis:

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5600/...228fd025_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2948/...516ed03f_b.jpg

Texaco Building Redevelopment

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3874/...c6bf68e6_b.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5575/...7bf1710c_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3891/...a715c187_b.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5593/...98986094_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3884/...9f114327_b.jpg

UHD Welcome Center & Garage

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3929/...4607a247_b.jpg

Block 334

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3928/...28ce81bb_b.jpg

Buffalo Bayou Redevelopment

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5598/...099bd06f_b.jpg

JLB Partners East Downtown Apartments

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3936/...425a6396_b.jpg

The Hamilton

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3927/...15173406_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2948/...a3a55afd_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3929/...0a547bb1_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3930/...63d8169b_b.jpg

Central Bank Redevelopment

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2948/...de9ff36b_b.jpg

MATCH

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2943/...fb457d7f_b.jpg

Hermann Park Centennial Gardens

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2947/...bf3b7aff_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3933/...ed97daee_b.jpg

The Hampstead

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5599/...8c9babe2_b.jpg

Chateau Ten (Sunset & Ashby)

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2948/...79ceab6d_b.jpg

Hanover Southampton

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2944/...b4f25418_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2943/...262b4572_b.jpg

Skyhouse River Oaks

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5597/...35803392_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2942/...5d435732_b.jpg

JoninATX Oct 5, 2014 11:44 PM

What happened to Hines Market Square Apartments? I thought it broke ground already?

JoninATX Oct 5, 2014 11:46 PM

Thanks for the updates Urbannizer. I'm really digging the Hermann Park Centennial Gardens and the Buffalo Bayou redevelopment. :)

cloud713 Oct 6, 2014 12:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JoninATX (Post 6756853)
What happened to Hines Market Square Apartments? I thought it broke ground already?

False alarm.. There was an excavator on site but it was being used for a neighboring project on the same parking lot.

JoninATX Oct 6, 2014 1:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cloud713 (Post 6756885)
False alarm.. There was an excavator on site but it was being used for a neighboring project on the same parking lot.

Thanks, well I still believe that this project will start soon.

Urbannizer Oct 6, 2014 1:42 AM

The pavement was pulled up & removed for HMS, that's about it.

toxteth o'grady Oct 6, 2014 4:26 AM

No, this is not a prediction of the Super Bowl teams, but it should make up for today's heartbreaking loss. Houston vs San Francisco in the Smackdown of Cool...

Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay

HoustonHorns Oct 6, 2014 5:42 AM

It's great to see all this activity downtown.

Houston1836 Oct 6, 2014 2:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HoustonHorns (Post 6757179)
It's great to see all this activity downtown.

I agree. It's real exciting to see all of this progress!

toxteth o'grady Oct 6, 2014 3:34 PM

Office space construction reaches the 19 million sf mark. And over half of it is spoken for.

Office construction reaches highest level since 1980s

toxteth o'grady Oct 6, 2014 3:36 PM

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Ranch north of Houston hits the market

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...CH-600x308.jpg

toxteth o'grady Oct 6, 2014 4:23 PM

A new research campus is getting built by another Houston oilfield services company. No details, other than it's a 50,000 sf space.

Houston energy company to build a new research facility

A new Memorial Hermann hospital is planned for Cypress (or rather, more details have been revealed about a project first announced in June)...

New plans emerge for Cypress hospital

Urbannizer Oct 6, 2014 7:11 PM

New rendering of Millennium Med Center:

http://www.dinersteincos.com/images/banner-slide-09.jpg

Urbannizer Oct 7, 2014 12:12 AM

Mid-Main broke ground today:

https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/...39&oe=54C7ED55

http://rogersarchitects.com/wp-conte...A_Brick_V3.jpg

JoninATX Oct 7, 2014 12:27 AM

Thats Urbannizer, from the looks of it, it's about to pour.

TexasPlaya Oct 7, 2014 1:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6757895)
New rendering of Millennium Med Center:

http://www.dinersteincos.com/images/banner-slide-09.jpg

That looks a lot better.

Sic'EmBears Oct 7, 2014 2:13 AM

I hate the parking garage at street-level.

The set-back is ridiculously gigantic. This should have been closer to the street with some ground floor retail.

Shasta Oct 7, 2014 2:39 AM

I usually agree with you, but there is ZERO street life here. I used to live in The Spires next door and that parcel of land is really cut off from any street life. On one side, you have Braes Bayou and Hermann Park. On the other side is an ocean of surface parking (fenced off at the sidewalk) for the VA Medical Center (the actual hospital bldg is far away). Across Cambridge St you can find the Ronald McDonald House and The Houston Hospice and a small cluster of townhomes. There are no businesses. No coffee shops. No bars or restaurants. Add to it that Holcombe is a 6 laned road that TMC commuters use as a racetrack, and I've got no problems with this tower.

Houston1836 Oct 7, 2014 2:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6758338)

Good to see some development along the light rail...sorely needed.

toxteth o'grady Oct 7, 2014 2:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6758338)

Wow, they got those shovels in the ground just in time!:titanic:

Urbannizer Oct 7, 2014 5:40 AM

609 Main at Texas: 10/6 by Nate99

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2945/...170272f2_b.jpg

Premier at Medical Center: 10/4 by LarryDierker

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https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2948/...7295f2d8_b.jpg

Post Galleria: 10/6 by russell.hancock

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3933/...73056440_b.jpg

Houston1836 Oct 7, 2014 3:06 PM

A little insight into the upcoming implosion of the 18-story Houston Club building.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/b....html?page=all

toxteth o'grady Oct 7, 2014 5:02 PM

I think this one was already posted - if not here, then at HAIF:

UH breaks ground on multimillion-dollar research center

http://ww1.hdnux.com/photos/32/43/67...4/784x2048.jpg

Houston1836 Oct 7, 2014 5:14 PM

...and don't forget about the $25 million dollar basketball practice facility for the University of Houston.

http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/32/25/73...3/784x2048.jpg

Video Link

Urbannizer Oct 7, 2014 11:49 PM

There's now a fence around the HSPVA site. 10/7 by Triton

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3954/...b5c12468_b.jpg

toxteth o'grady Oct 8, 2014 3:24 PM

...and the High School for Health Professions is gearing up for start of construction. Some demolition has to occur first.

New health care high school to rise in Houston's medical center


And thanks to Swamplot:

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...ler-garage.jpg

Urbannizer Oct 8, 2014 4:36 PM

New office building proposed for Midtown by Senterra RE Group, it's replacing the Van Loc restaurant.

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/73...3000043b96.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by Swamplot
Midtown Vietnamese Restaurant Van Loc Says It’s Closing Up Shop

LONGTIME (and formerly late-night) Midtown Vietnamese mainstay Van Loc has announced it will be shutting down soon after 28 years in business. The restaurant’s owners have posted a note (shown at right) letting customers know of its plans, but have not announced a closing date. The freestanding restaurant building and its parking lot sit on the southern portion of the Midtown block at 3010 Milam St., between Rosalie St. and Anita, a block north of Elgin St.

http://swamplot.com/midtown-vietname...op/2014-10-07/

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Existing building:

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...-loc-front.jpg

toxteth o'grady Oct 8, 2014 7:16 PM

That explains why they closed...

Meanwhile, I'm not worried about a glut in office space developing as much as I'm worried about oil prices dropping below $90 a barrel. BisNow explains why...

"...Class-A direct leasing dropped for the fourth consecutive quarter (we soaked up 6.9M SF in the last 12 months, a 40% decrease from the same time last year and 15% below our 10-year historical average), but that shouldn’t concern you, either. PM director of research Ariel Guerrero says it’s due to Class-A tightness. Significant demand is still there, and construction is still increasing to fix that problem—1.4M SF broke ground last quarter, bringing us to 19M SF underway..."

And here's someone else who may be looking for space...

Blackstone forms new Houston energy company with $700M investment

Monarch Oct 9, 2014 1:30 AM

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...ler-garage.jpg
medical center high school med students shall love this new deBakey high school concept / rendering. simply brilliant design.

TexasPlaya Oct 9, 2014 2:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6761049)
That explains why they closed...

Meanwhile, I'm not worried about a glut in office space developing as much as I'm worried about oil prices dropping below $90 a barrel. BisNow explains why...

"...Class-A direct leasing dropped for the fourth consecutive quarter (we soaked up 6.9M SF in the last 12 months, a 40% decrease from the same time last year and 15% below our 10-year historical average), but that shouldn’t concern you, either. PM director of research Ariel Guerrero says it’s due to Class-A tightness. Significant demand is still there, and construction is still increasing to fix that problem—1.4M SF broke ground last quarter, bringing us to 19M SF underway..."

And here's someone else who may be looking for space...

Blackstone forms new Houston energy company with $700M investment

The price oil is worrisome for Houston, but as long as it's not toooo low it will help manufacturing with cheaper energy/fuel stock prices. Also, a smarter energy export plan could help up if we could sell more of it.

cloud713 Oct 9, 2014 2:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 6761568)
The price oil is worrisome for Houston, but as long as it's not toooo low it will help manufacturing with cheaper energy/fuel stock prices. Also, a smarter energy export plan could help up if we could sell more of it.

I'm not sure im following the last part.. Are you suggesting we need to export more "energy", in a better fashion, or are you saying we can't export enough energy? There are discussions/plans formulating to build a 6 billion dollar LNG export facility on Pelican Island.

toxteth o'grady Oct 9, 2014 2:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Monarch (Post 6761537)
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...ler-garage.jpg
medical center high school med students shall love this new deBakey high school concept / rendering. simply brilliant design.

It's a pity it's going to wipe out the old ballroom. My high school prom was in there over 40 years ago.:(

toxteth o'grady Oct 9, 2014 2:46 AM

This has got to be a first. A precursor to (gasp) zoning?

Vote could shield Riverside Terrace from incompatible development

http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/...-12-and-15.jpg

toxteth o'grady Oct 9, 2014 3:08 AM

Demo is starting on 1800 San Jacinto (Block 384). The earlier renders of it looked like this:

http://www.houstoneb5.com/images/ShotofBlock384.PNG

toxteth o'grady Oct 9, 2014 3:20 AM

This work site is being turned into the EaDo apartments. 311 units. 10/7 from HoustonMidtown at HAIF:

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...1412724375.jpg

HoustonHorns Oct 9, 2014 3:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6761667)
Demo is starting on 1800 San Jacinto (Block 384). The earlier renders of it looked like this:

http://www.houstoneb5.com/images/ShotofBlock384.PNG

Great news! Here's a another rendering:

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2026/1...62c0312c_h.jpg

Hopefully the two block Camden project and the other mid-riser in the area start soon as well.

Monarch Oct 9, 2014 4:37 AM

http://images.sodahead.com/polls/000...02_xlarge.jpeg
oh yes. i am loving all of the above camden project / concept.
this project development, shall become a marvel for downtown houston living. all the variations of detail, the high end fun, the attitude... bring it on!

NYC2ATX Oct 9, 2014 8:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6761623)
This has got to be a first. A precursor to (gasp) zoning?

Vote could shield Riverside Terrace from incompatible development

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:

...and why would one want to? ;)

Michi Oct 9, 2014 11:42 AM

Designated Minimum Lot Size & Minimum Building Line Areas already exist and are not a new thing. You can find more on them, and where they exist in the city, here:

http://www.cpexecutive.com/cities/ho...004095271.html

...and here:
http://mycity.houstontx.gov/public/

*Click on the pull-down menu icon (upper-left stack of papers)
*Scroll to bottom and click "Lot Size" & "Building Lines" to turn on those layers.

toxteth o'grady Oct 9, 2014 5:34 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:

...and why would one want to? ;)

Dallas always had zoning (admittedly more laissez-faire than places on the East and West Coasts), yet its development has not been hindered. I don't think Houston property development patterns are so arbitrary that a zoning plan couldn't be designed to fit it - and to allow development to continue. But as Riverside points out, there are certain characteristics that certain neighborhoods want to retain (which explains the NIMBY reactions to the high-rises), and zoning seems to be the best and most transparent way to achieve it.

toxteth o'grady Oct 9, 2014 5:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Michi (Post 6761942)
Designated Minimum Lot Size & Minimum Building Line Areas already exist and are not a new thing.

De facto zoning. A formal zoning plan would be more transparent.:tup:

toxteth o'grady Oct 9, 2014 6:58 PM

Duck! And cover...

This property, once a fallout shelter for a Chinese national, is being marketed as a data storage center (or centers):

https://ci5.googleusercontent.com/pr...ker-medium.jpg

From BisNow:

"Caldwell Cos associate VP Blake Virgilio tells us his firm is handling leasing for a three-building complex in Montgomery called the Westland Bunker. That includes an existing 105k SF office/disaster recovery building and an existing 38k SF underground data center (the only one in Houston). Phase II, a 108k SF underground data center, will deliver in April. Blake says the site is a real fortress. It’s isolated—45 minutes north of Downtown Houston and 100 miles from the coast—and powerful (it was built to withstand a direct nuclear attack).

Even the four-story office building is hardened, fully generator-backed, and layered with massively redundant connectivity so it’s always business as usual. If the underground aspect is throwing you off, you can relax—it’s 345 feet above sea level, only 85 feet below Dallas. Speaking of relaxing, the property has an onsite swimming pool for employees. (Blake calls it a country club for IT pros.) Blake says Caldwell is leasing all three buildings in Westland Bunker, each of which has space available. He hopes to capitalize on data center demand in Houston, which has increased tremendously in recent years. Besides, companies like to have their data centers close, and we all know North Houston's corporate activity is booming."

toxteth o'grady Oct 9, 2014 7:14 PM

Another day, another tout. This time from Travel & Leisure:

National magazine names Houston one of America's Favorite Cities

toxteth o'grady Oct 10, 2014 1:08 PM

The 10 Waterway development in the Woodlands has shrunk 3 floors and is now a 17-story building. There's a full-page ad in the HBJ showing what the new building looks like; gone is the top floor decorative feature in favor of a flattish roof. Still no word on a start date from Howard Hughes and no links to the render shown in the ad.

Also, the University of Houston has dropped a few more details on their proposed medical expansion, known as the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 - on campus, 280,000sf with a 75,000sf research lab, and opening by 2017. The proposed medical school, which is separate, would not open until 2020.

toxteth o'grady Oct 10, 2014 5:56 PM

This was posted on the Dallas thread, but it's relevant to Houston, too. Public hearings have been scheduled on the high speed rail proposal that's Bob Eckols' baby...

Learn more about Texas high-speed rail at these public meetings

JManc Oct 12, 2014 1:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6763747)
The 10 Waterway development in the Woodlands has shrunk 3 floors and is now a 17-story building. There's a full-page ad in the HBJ showing what the new building looks like; gone is the top floor decorative feature in favor of a flattish roof. Still no word on a start date from Howard Hughes and no links to the render shown in the ad.

Also, the University of Houston has dropped a few more details on their proposed medical expansion, known as the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 - on campus, 280,000sf with a 75,000sf research lab, and opening by 2017. The proposed medical school, which is separate, would not open until 2020.

I would think UH would want to build near the TMC along with the other medical/ nursing schools.

Double L Oct 12, 2014 1:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6762710)
Duck! And cover...

This property, once a fallout shelter for a Chinese national, is being marketed as a data storage center (or centers):

https://ci5.googleusercontent.com/pr...ker-medium.jpg

From BisNow:

"Caldwell Cos associate VP Blake Virgilio tells us his firm is handling leasing for a three-building complex in Montgomery called the Westland Bunker. That includes an existing 105k SF office/disaster recovery building and an existing 38k SF underground data center (the only one in Houston). Phase II, a 108k SF underground data center, will deliver in April. Blake says the site is a real fortress. It’s isolated—45 minutes north of Downtown Houston and 100 miles from the coast—and powerful (it was built to withstand a direct nuclear attack).

Even the four-story office building is hardened, fully generator-backed, and layered with massively redundant connectivity so it’s always business as usual. If the underground aspect is throwing you off, you can relax—it’s 345 feet above sea level, only 85 feet below Dallas. Speaking of relaxing, the property has an onsite swimming pool for employees. (Blake calls it a country club for IT pros.) Blake says Caldwell is leasing all three buildings in Westland Bunker, each of which has space available. He hopes to capitalize on data center demand in Houston, which has increased tremendously in recent years. Besides, companies like to have their data centers close, and we all know North Houston's corporate activity is booming."

I've been inside that building. It's really cool. Went there for a political fundraiser.

toxteth o'grady Oct 12, 2014 11:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JManc (Post 6765531)
I would think UH would want to build near the TMC along with the other medical/ nursing schools.

On HAIF, they're speculating the new facility will be placed on campus - because of its proximity to the community. I tend to think they would indeed like to be located on Medical Center property - close to the campus.:tup:


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