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Texas Tuff Jun 4, 2008 9:31 PM

Wow, I sure hope that's the final Blvd. Place design. If I remember correctly the tallest building in the rendering above is that awesome looking Ritz-Carlton hotel proposal I saw several months ago that I heard had been scrubbed. I'll cross my fingers!!!

:yes:

Xeelee Jun 5, 2008 4:17 PM

looks good. :)

Bailey Jun 6, 2008 3:07 AM

BLVD Place looks to be a separate use development. 2/3/4 story retail with an office tower and a residential/hotel tower on the site but not mix use with residential above the retail. Is this correct- Does anyone have the specifics of this project?

So, for those keeping up on these large urban projects we have:

City Center (Town and Country)
Kirby at Westheimer
Regent Square
Oaks District
Mid Town Super Block
Blvd. Place
Sonoma
Fingers Lot
...and I guess the Hardy Rail Yard will remain a pipe dream unless a developer realizes the potential of the site and resurrects it.

Dis I miss any? This city is going to look a little different in the 2010's with the impact of these type of projects.

TexasPlaya Jun 6, 2008 3:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bailey (Post 3596237)
BLVD Place looks to be a separate use development. 2/3/4 story retail with an office tower and a residential/hotel tower on the site but not mix use with residential above the retail. Is this correct- Does anyone have the specifics of this project?

So, for those keeping up on these large urban projects we have:

City Center (Town and Country)
Kirby at Westheimer
Regent Square
Oaks District
Mid Town Super Block
Blvd. Place
Sonoma
Fingers Lot
...and I guess the Hardy Rail Yard will remain a pipe dream unless a developer realizes the potential of the site and resurrects it.

Dis I miss any? This city is going to look a little different in the 2010's with the impact of these type of projects.

I think the Memorial City area is going to look the most different by 2010. You have City Center at I-10 and BW8 and the new Memorial Hermann complex off I-10. Not to mention Memorial City mall, which keeps updating and expanding. By the way, does anyone know if the area on the mall side of the pedestrian bridge over Gessner (sp?) is going to be developed on?

I can't think of any other large projects.

rdavis4559 Jun 6, 2008 6:11 PM

Mac Haik Realty Ltd. has broken ground on a new Embassy Suites Hotel in Energy Plaza.

The 14-story, 216-room hotel, which also features a two level parking garage, is slated to open in October 2009.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/s...l?ana=from_rss

Great_Hizzy Jun 6, 2008 10:27 PM

Energy Tower III? I don't see the room. Or did I miss something in the article that talked about them demolishing what's on the adjacent properties?

Wattleigh Jun 7, 2008 1:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Great_Hizzy (Post 3597906)
Energy Tower III? I don't see the room. Or did I miss something in the article that talked about them demolishing what's on the adjacent properties?

Since the used car dealership (Mac Haik?) has vacated the lot directly in front the part of the site already under construction, I'm going to guess it might be cleared away as things progress.

rdavis4559 Jun 7, 2008 10:37 PM

There is nothing new here but Uptown Houston's website gives a good breakdown of development:
http://www.uptown-houston.com/economic/development.html

Reverberation Jun 9, 2008 5:09 PM

More on the Embassy Suites in the Energy Corridor.
Quote:

Mac Haik Realty is developing a 216-room Embassy Suites hotel in the Energy Corridor.
MAC HAIK REALTY

http://images.chron.com/photos/2008/...ineGallery.jpg


June 6, 2008, 6:53PM
DEAL OF THE WEEK
Hotel to cater to Energy Corridor clients


By KATHERINE FESER
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

Mac Haik Realty is developing an Embassy Suites hotel to cater to customers in west Houston's growing Energy Corridor.

The hotel will be part of the firm's Energy Plaza development at the northwest corner of Interstate 10 and Kirkwood.

The 216-room, 14-story hotel at 11730 Interstate 10 is Mac Haik's third project in the development and will be situated just east of two office buildings. Energy Tower I, a 345,000-square-foot, 14-story building, is 100 percent leased, and Energy Tower II, a 428,979-square-foot, 17-story building under construction, is 90 percent preleased.

"We feel like the area has really matured and developed," Haik said. "We wanted to have a nice hotel to complement our office park."

Technip USA is the main tenant in Energy Tower I, occupying about 55 percent of the building. The company, which provides engineering services for offshore oil and gas platforms, has signed up for 15 floors in Energy Tower II.

The developer is considering a third building, which could be a twin tower to the 17-story building or could be expanded.

Mac Haik Project Management is leading the project team. Lyda Swinerton Builders is the general contractor, and Mitchell Carlson Stone is the architectural firm. John Burke with Northmarq Capital arranged financing with Amegy Bank.

The hotel is expected to open in October 2009. The ownership entity is Energy Plaza Hotel Investments.

KATHERINE FESER

katherine.feser@chron.com

TexasPlaya Jun 9, 2008 5:15 PM

How tall is this "Ritz" going to be? Looks like it could be the second tallest in Uptown.

Complex01 Jun 9, 2008 8:41 PM

:previous:

I am curious about the height as well. It does look like it has some good height to it from the rendering...

Xeelee Jun 9, 2008 8:53 PM

That Mack Haik building looks almost exactly like the Aker Maritime building there.

CALMSP Jun 9, 2008 11:14 PM

whats the latest on the Embassy downtown???

Wattleigh Jun 10, 2008 4:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CALMSP (Post 3603075)
whats the latest on the Embassy downtown???

*Speculation*Speculation*Speculation*

The reason that nothing has happened on the site yet probably has to do with the fact that Harvey Builders is using about 1/3 of the lot for their vehicles and employees that are working on One Park Place across the street. Once they finish the garage, they'll probably start using it and the whole site might open up to construction.

Again, just a guess on my part.

Xeelee Jun 10, 2008 2:51 PM

Well let's hope it comes through... :)

Complex01 Jun 10, 2008 3:32 PM

I know. I have been wandering whats going on as well. Time for some more dirt to move. Slowly Discovery green is going to be boxed in...

Wattleigh Jun 10, 2008 4:24 PM

Considering it's listed on the Future Openings site, I'm not worried at the moment. The one that's already under construction is also listed for the 2009 list.

http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/e...ls/index.jhtml

Xeelee Jun 10, 2008 5:37 PM

Ah... I think there was some debate on its floorcount/height. I think I heard 25? Anyone have a better idea?

Wattleigh Jun 10, 2008 7:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xeelee (Post 3604685)
Ah... I think there was some debate on its floorcount/height. I think I heard 25? Anyone have a better idea?

Nope, it's always been 22.

rdavis4559 Jun 12, 2008 6:15 PM

Moody Gardens looks to bring arctic to Galveston
Building would be home to polar bears, walruses, beluga whales and other animals

By HARVEY RICE
GALVESTON — An icy glacier may soon be rising among the palm trees on Galveston Island.

Moody Gardens is proposing to spend as much as $150 million to construct a building that could take the shape of a glistening glacier to shelter re-created arctic climates, from snowy ice packs to frozen tundra.

The crystalline building will be home to polar bears, walruses, beluga whales, arctic foxes, gray wolves, northern fur seals and snowy owls living in enclosures that closely model their natural environments, Moody Gardens Inc. Chairman Doug McLeod said.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/5832474.html

Shasta Jun 13, 2008 6:46 AM

This just popped up over at HAIF; a 26 story office tower with ground floor retail for 3100 Post Oak Blvd near the Lakes on Post Oak.

Restaurant space over looking the lake
http://www.hicksventures.com/images/restaurant.jpg

Office Tower
http://www.hicksventures.com/images/rendering_f6.jpg

http://www.hicksventures.com/images/rendering_f7.jpg

Von Jun 13, 2008 9:06 AM

omg eventhough is short I love this building ..so green! and I love how the light rail looks like a bullet train and I love the restaurant facing the river! when does this baby gets built?!

HOUSTONIAN57 Jun 13, 2008 11:57 AM

:slob: Im not too excited about this building.

Complex01 Jun 13, 2008 2:02 PM

I think it looks fine. I read on swamplot that it was only 17 stories? But I counted the floors it’s definitely not 17. Very Kewl. Another one in the galleria...

:yes:

Trae Jun 13, 2008 2:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HOUSTONIAN57 (Post 3611295)
:slob: Im not too excited about this building.

Why not? Especially if the 80-story tower is going next to it.

HOUSTONIAN57 Jun 13, 2008 2:34 PM

Im very exciting about the 80-story tower but not about that building because I dont like the design of it, and btw is there new information on that 80 story tower???I think us Houstonians need another TALL tower.

Reverberation Jun 13, 2008 4:50 PM

Not to play spoiler but I heard that Hicks dropped the project due to lack of an equity partner. It may be back though. Also, I question whether Deyaar is going to toss up an 80 story tower. Their CEO has been charged with "Financial Irregularities" and given the history of the site, they may be just sitting on it to make a quick flip.

You never know though.

Xeelee Jun 13, 2008 6:13 PM

it's not too bad looking for a bland box. 80 storys???

Texas Tuff Jun 13, 2008 11:07 PM

I must have missed something in these threads, what 80 storey tower proposal are you guys referring to????

HOUSTONIAN57 Jun 13, 2008 11:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tuffaso (Post 3612540)
I must have missed something in these threads, what 80 storey tower proposal are you guys referring to????

Maybe this will help you....


http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/...howtopic=14547

Texas Tuff Jun 13, 2008 11:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HOUSTONIAN57 (Post 3612553)

Thanks for the link. After checking it out on HAIF I do remember reading about this proposal now, I either forgot about it or I'm losing my mind! :koko:

Reverberation Jun 14, 2008 5:01 AM

It isn't a proposal from what I have heard. They bought the land and have hinted at building up. Nothing has been "proposed." Fingers are crossed though. Uptown could use some new Class A.

Shasta Jun 14, 2008 6:12 AM

Some details about what is being built at the City Centre in West Memorial area.

024

250 urban styled lofts on 4 floors in multiple buildings located over ground floor retail. Currently under construction.
http://www.midwaycompanies.com/image...ects/024/1.jpg

Hotel Sorella by Valencia

12 total floors. Ground floor retail and restaurant space. 245 luxury hotel rooms located on floors 2 thru 10. Luxury residences on floors 11 and 12. Currently under construction.
http://www.midwaycompanies.com/image...lsorella/1.jpg

tsref56 Jun 14, 2008 7:46 AM

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/8...gramjg6.th.jpg

TexasPlaya Jun 14, 2008 8:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 3613172)
Some details about what is being built at the City Centre in West Memorial area.

024

250 urban styled lofts on 4 floors in multiple buildings located over ground floor retail. Currently under construction.
http://www.midwaycompanies.com/image...ects/024/1.jpg

Hotel Sorella by Valencia

12 total floors. Ground floor retail and restaurant space. 245 luxury hotel rooms located on floors 2 thru 10. Luxury residences on floors 11 and 12. Currently under construction.
http://www.midwaycompanies.com/image...lsorella/1.jpg

Where are those lofts going to be built? Like along the Beltway Side... or what?

Wattleigh Jun 14, 2008 4:36 PM

It's good to finally see some more concrete renderings of that hotel especially since the only version beforehand seemed to be from that one master overhead view.

As for the lofts, both have access from Queensbury Lane. The closest to the beltway is actually just behind the Lifetime Fitness trailer at the feeder. The other building is close to the center of the site at Town & Country Boulevard.

Von Jun 14, 2008 4:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tsref56 (Post 3613300)

omg did you made those? I didn't know about so many buildings that are there ! that first building do you have any other info on it?

Texas Tuff Jun 14, 2008 5:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 3613013)
It isn't a proposal from what I have heard. They bought the land and have hinted at building up. Nothing has been "proposed." Fingers are crossed though. Uptown could use some new Class A.

That would be awesome if they do eventually build something really tall there and of course the new Ritz-Carlton is being talked about over at BLVD place which alone would also make a huge impact on the uptown skyline. Hopefully they'll do both.

HOUSTONIAN57 Jun 14, 2008 6:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Von (Post 3613609)
omg did you made those? I didn't know about so many buildings that are there ! that first building do you have any other info on it?

That first building is reliant energy plaza...but he has two...one on top of the other....why???

bofways Jun 14, 2008 7:46 PM

i am not feelin the exterior of the hotel. Its so plain compared to the other Valencia Hotels.

Von Jun 15, 2008 5:51 PM

lol duh Von...I was all excited:P

vjhe Jun 15, 2008 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 3611124)
This just popped up over at HAIF; a 26 story office tower with ground floor retail for 3100 Post Oak Blvd near the Lakes on Post Oak.

Restaurant space over looking the lake
http://www.hicksventures.com/images/restaurant.jpg

Office Tower
http://www.hicksventures.com/images/rendering_f6.jpg

http://www.hicksventures.com/images/rendering_f7.jpg

I love that a building is going in that location, and the idea of a restuarant by that lake is fanstastic, but my God, will someone break the mediocre design stronghold on the city of Houston? This building design could have been so much better. I think a building similar to Terminus 100 in Buckhead would have suited my taste for that location.

I tell ya' , for every 2727 Kirby, and Mainplace in Houston, there are 10 mediocre siblings.:yuck:

Complex01 Jun 16, 2008 3:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HOUSTONIAN57 (Post 3613750)
That first building is reliant energy plaza...but he has two...one on top of the other....why???

I was thinking about the same thing. Great rendering thourgh.

On another note i went to Discovery Green tonite, i wanted to see the park at night. It was so nice. They have some blue lights that outline the lake. They looks so awesome. It really is a great place...

:yes:

Xeelee Jun 16, 2008 4:44 PM

lolnice

rdavis4559 Jun 17, 2008 3:48 PM

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMG00389.jpg

Complex01 Jun 17, 2008 4:25 PM

Hey look at that. I say its time for another DT residential tower...

:yes:

Xeelee Jun 17, 2008 6:50 PM

I concur

HOUSTONIAN57 Jun 18, 2008 2:26 AM

One Park Place is nearly complete!


:D

Texas Tuff Jun 18, 2008 2:44 AM

Looking good!!

Von Jun 18, 2008 4:09 AM

when is it suppose to be complete??


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