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Texas Tuff Dec 24, 2008 8:36 PM

Great pics. The Woodlands is looking good! I really like the designs on some of those new buildings. :tup:

TXLove Dec 24, 2008 9:27 PM

very nice pics of The Woodlands....looks good!!!

Complex01 Dec 25, 2008 6:45 PM

Woodlands is very nice...

http://www.messengerfreak.com/emotic...stmas/5676.gif Merry Christmas Houston... http://www.messengerfreak.com/emotic...erry_xmas3.gif

rdavis4559 Dec 29, 2008 7:06 PM

Trademark puts High Street development on ice

Trademark Property Co. has put a hold on the High Street mixed-use development that is already under construction on the old Central Ford dealership site on Westheimer, just inside the 610 Loop.

The Fort Worth-based developer released a statement saying the project will be in limbo for the foreseeable future due to the unstable economy and capital markets.

“Trademark and our equity partner Coventry Advisors remain fully committed to High Street but believe that in this fragile climate, opening any project in 2009 or early 2010 — particularly one with a significant retail component — is not smart business,” Trademark Founder Terry Montesi said in the statement. “Delaying by one or two seasons makes complete sense to me.”

High Street was originally scheduled to open in late fall 2009. Trademark has decided to pre-lease more of the office and retail space before construction continues on the $105 million development.

The project is slated to have 100,000 square feet of retail space, 80,000 square feet of office space and 233 apartments. The residential component will be built in partnership with Indianapolis-based Kosene & Kosene Residential.

Trademark, which also developed Market Street in The Woodlands, has been working on High Street since summer of 2005. The company has developed or acquired more than $1.3 billion worth of retail and mixed-use space since it was formed in 1991.

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

photoLith Jan 1, 2009 5:50 AM

Happy New Year!!!!!! May 2009 bring us many more skyscrapers!

toxteth o'grady Jan 1, 2009 5:12 PM

The last news for 2008 was not good - the Titan is not getting off the ground. Randall Davis can't get a loan. In just the last three months I've seen a half dozen projects put on ice, however I suspect that the demand/capacity ratio is probably better in Houston than in Dallas. Will we be hearing more stories of shortages in leasable office space in 2010?

photoLith Jan 2, 2009 8:32 AM

The Titan? Never heard of it. What is it?

toxteth o'grady Jan 3, 2009 12:53 AM

The "hypodermic needle". The 26-story residential tower that was supposed to be in the northern part of Uptown. Gone.

toxteth o'grady Jan 3, 2009 1:18 AM

http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...tan-sunset.jpg

photoLith Jan 6, 2009 4:44 AM

Photo showing some of the development around Discovery Green. Im not sure about the well being of these projects but whatever, maybe someone knows the fate of these parking lots for sure.

The darker blue is going to be the Embassy Suites Hotel, the purple will be another Convention Center Hotel, the brown will be the La Quinta Inn, the green arrows are pointing to the future Houston Dynamo stadium, and the other two are Discovery Tower, and OPP.

photo from yesterday
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1136/...eb34b0db_o.jpg

photoLith Jan 7, 2009 12:20 AM

Pictures from the medical center from yesterday. A lot of the projects I know nothing about, maybe someone can fill in the blanks.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3084/...ce6fcb9c_o.jpg

Behind the not yet finished out patient care center on Main Street.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1104/...f4b3c2a4_o.jpg

Maternity Ward or something. It looks like its going to be pretty massive. The billboard says completion will be in 2011.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1101/...5c920abd_o.jpg

This building/tower is located quite a ways away from the main medical center, there was no rendering or anything on the site to tell you what it was.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3077/...175319dc_o.jpg

Look at all of those cranes! The medical center is going through a major growing period and is adding at least 12 new scrapers to its skyline. Most arent over 25 floors tall but its still really awesome density.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1103/...6b3da708_o.jpg

I counted 32 floors on this rendering.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1155/...a72fb983_o.jpg

MD Anderson Caner Centre
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1004/...eb67501e_o.jpg

Outpatient Care Centre or something like that
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1154/...44cbbb25_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3125/...970838a9_o.jpg

A little extra tid bit, two days ago there were thousands of Muslims downtown saying that they did not condone terrorism. It was pretty crazy turning the corner and seeing thousands of people just walking down the street.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3082/...e6421469_o.jpg

Boris Jan 7, 2009 2:09 AM

I really liked that last one. You should submit it to CNN.

TexasBoi Jan 7, 2009 2:27 AM

Yeah, he really should. At the same time, I think the medical center will be very important for the Houston economy in the very near future. So important that people will not realize that there's more to Houston than just oil.

Nickelplate Jan 7, 2009 6:20 AM

It looks like all women and children to me. Maybe only the men condone terrorism. jk:haha:

futuresooner Jan 7, 2009 7:24 AM

For an unincorporated area, The Woodlands is extremely nice.

Texas Tuff Jan 7, 2009 7:59 PM

It truly is amazing at how much construction is currently going on in the Medical Center. It's already the largest medical district in the world, I can only imagine what it will look like when all these projects, and the ones still to come, are completed.

A_Thellosovich Jan 7, 2009 8:17 PM

TMC>Dubai

TXLove Jan 8, 2009 11:00 PM

great updates Photolitherland, the medical center is crane porn!!!

Complex01 Jan 9, 2009 2:59 AM

Med Center pics are great. The last pic. Worth a thousand words...

Very Nice.

2009 - And Here We Go...

:wizard:

Xeelee Jan 11, 2009 9:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boris (Post 4010412)
I really liked that last one. You should submit it to CNN.

Good luck with that...

Xeelee Jan 11, 2009 9:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nickelplate (Post 4010804)
It looks like all women and children to me. Maybe only the men condone terrorism. jk:haha:

Uh... why are you "jk"... ?

photoLith Jan 11, 2009 4:09 PM

The new YMCA downtown. I had never heard anything about it on here so I thought Id post it. It looks to be only about 4 or 5 stories tall but at least thats another parking lot gone on the side of town that really needs this project. The south side of downtown sucks. All it is is just parking lots and parking garages with a few high-rises here and there. Maybe this project will do a little something for that craptastic area. The picture are from Friday.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3101/...8b545ee0_o.jpg

The site is located in front of the white abandoned hotel. The older YMCA building is the building on the lower right hand side of the photo. I hope they dont abandon that building because its a beauty.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3087/...fbdf10bc_o.jpg


2727 Kirby from Hotel Zaza on Friday plus the low rise development across the street from it.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3506/...21ba82b9_o.jpg

The Mosaic
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3341/...97423c48_o.jpg

One Park Place is on the far right.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3311/...c10d3c1b_o.jpg

I just had to post this photo on here for the heck of it, the sunset was incredible last Thursday, probably one of the best Ive seen in a while so I rushed to the west side of town to snap some photos of it. Enjoy.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3413/...e5bb5f81_o.jpg

photoLith Jan 11, 2009 4:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nickelplate (Post 4010804)
It looks like all women and children to me. Maybe only the men condone terrorism. jk:haha:

No, I think the women and children had to be separate for some strange religious reason. There were more men and such there than women.

Complex01 Jan 12, 2009 11:29 PM

Nice pics. I really like 2727 Kirby. I want to live there.

The new YMCA downtown will be great for the location. Hope it spurs more stuff down the road.

Thanks for sharing...

:tup:

Boris Jan 13, 2009 2:40 AM

That last shot was beautiful PL.

HOUSTONIAN57 Jan 20, 2009 3:07 AM

SouthPointe

Renderings

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...57/Drawing.jpg


http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...Astroworld.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...7/Drawing2.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...7/Drawing3.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...nte-bridge.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...ter-bridge.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m.../Suthpoint.jpg

From Swamplot...

Quote:

One of Swamplot's best tipsters forwards a link to a website featuring lovely renderings of a family of glassy office buildings and blocky parking garages squatting on the former AstroWorld site — along with a rather direct question: "Is this real???"

Well, the Crosswell Torian website is a real website, where the development company proudly presents its AstroWorld tower roundup under the name SouthPointe: "a hundred+ acre, transit-oriented mixed use development." But a brand-new 13.5-million-sq.-ft. project doesn't exactly seem tailor-made for today's cautious real-estate market.

If the SouthPointe design isn't real, though, it's a brilliant parody — down to the ultra-generic name and its not-so-silent extra vowel. It expertly answers this question: How might a bunch of suburban developers — some of them from, say, Conroe — make a complete mockery of Houston's highest profile and best connected redevelopment site?

To be fair, the former AstroWorld site brings with it a number of problems: It has far-too-easy access to Houston's major employment and activity centers by freeway, light-rail line, and even pedestrian bridge. In less deft hands, the development might make it too easy for people to transfer from one transportation method to another. Fortunately, the designers of SouthPointe have avoided that sort of nonsense with their clever plan, clearly modeled after several better-known suburban office parks.

Except this office park appears to be built out of several smaller office parks, each of which is labeled with a separate theme: "institutional/medical," "office/corporate," residential, or "mixed use/urban." A collection of separately themed office parks — on the site of a former theme park. Get it?
They even have a website Now that was made today.:P

http://crosstorian.com/southpointe

Also this developement has been redesigned multiple times due to its location, the developer already owns the land and the site is already cleared.

photoLith Jan 20, 2009 6:22 AM

hmm.. never heard of this project. Would be interesting, only wish it was more dense but at least it will add yet another skyline to Houston. I highly doubt this is going to be seeing the light of day anytime soon. If done well, it could really be a success. Kinda reminds me of the Woodlands Waterway project in some aspects. When will freakin developers get it in houston that towers spaced far apart with stupid void green areas doesnt work well? All it will do is that it will make it feel like a glorified office park. Uhg, but it could be promising. hmmm......................................

HOUSTONIAN57 Jan 20, 2009 2:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 4036334)
hmm.. never heard of this project. Would be interesting, only wish it was more dense but at least it will add yet another skyline to Houston. I highly doubt this is going to be seeing the light of day anytime soon. If done well, it could really be a success. Kinda reminds me of the Woodlands Waterway project in some aspects. When will freakin developers get it in houston that towers spaced far apart with stupid void green areas doesnt work well? All it will do is that it will make it feel like a glorified office park. Uhg, but it could be promising. hmmm......................................


I am suprise to hear you say that, its what makes Hoston unique.:rolleyes:

Anyway the developer already has a website for this (Its in my other post) and the location for this is aready cleared.This is were astroworld use to be and on the other side of 610 is Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome.Also the developer wants the new railline to go right through this project for better access.

HOUSTONIAN57 Jan 20, 2009 2:56 PM

New Renderings of Regent Square:

Forgot to post this yesterday and as you can see its 4 towers now..

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...98184_5256.jpg


http://www.cbre.com/NR/rdonlyres/383...ing_webjpg.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...7/Location.jpg

After a delay and a new design for this developement expect a ground breaking in 2Q of 2009..

More renderings and info here: http://www.cbre.com/USA/US/TX/Housto...e.htm?pageid=0

HOUSTONIAN57 Jan 20, 2009 3:24 PM

Earth Quest Adventures.

Rendering:
http://i40.tinypic.com/1zyagjr.jpg


Link: http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/......ost&id=1150

I think its 1,600 acres and Groundbreaking is somewhere between Spring-Fall.

When completed it will be the second largest tourist attraction in Texas. (Alamo is 1st)

photoLith Jan 20, 2009 4:50 PM

uhg, that Earth Quest crap is ridiculous. It will bring so much craptastic urban sprawl with it and thats the last thing that area needs, more urban sprawl.

I really love Regents Square though, thats a great development and I really hope it goes through. Its in a great location and I love the architecture of it. If done well it could be the best development of its kind that Ive seen in H town.

HOUSTONIAN57 Jan 20, 2009 5:35 PM

I agree, New Caney isn't the best Location for this Earth quest.This thing was only suppose to be 50 acres.Now it exploded to 1,600 acres. I rather see this somewhere on the side of 288. I heard that 59 in New Caney was recently widened so I don't think traffic would be much of a problem in that area if this goes through but, in 2030 when Montgomery County is expected to have a population of 1+ million people....that would be a different story....

Ditto on Regent Square.Its the best planned mixed developement in Houston right now and it will add to the skyline along Allen Parkway.:DWhat use to be on the Location was torn down aleady.

rdavis4559 Jan 20, 2009 6:12 PM

Hess leases all of Discovery Tower

Hess Corp.111 has leased the entire Discovery Tower in downtown Houston to be its global headquarters for exploration and production.

When the energy company’s current lease expires in 2011, it will relocate into the 845,000-square-foot building from its current 500,000 square feet of office space in downtown’s One Allen Center. About 1,200 employees will ultimately occupy the space.

The large corporate relocation and expansion has been in the works112 for months.

“We’re overflowing from One Allen Center,” said Jon Pepper, a Hess spokesman in New York. “We have grown pretty steadily in Houston.”

Hess (NYSE: HES) will be the sole tenant in the 29-story building that is currently under construction next to Discovery Green park.

Discovery Tower is being developed at 1501 McKinney by Trammell Crow Co.113 and Principal Real Estate Investors114.

Original plans called for a 30-story, 871,000-square-foot tower, but the building has been downsized to accommodate the needs of New York-based Hess.

Trammell Crow had initially named the building after the park, but now it will be known as Hess Tower.

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

photoLith Jan 20, 2009 6:12 PM

^^^
What was there before where Regents Square is going in? I hope it wasnt anything historically significant.

Hess Tower, that sounds evil, lol Someone needs to rename the thread from Discovery Tower to Hess Tower I guess.

HOUSTONIAN57 Jan 20, 2009 6:31 PM

Nothing historic. Some apartments named Allen House were there before (don't know what type of apartments) but they have been gone for a year now.

Urbannizer Jan 20, 2009 10:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HOUSTONIAN57 (Post 4036717)
New Renderings of Regent Square:

Forgot to post this yesterday and as you can see its 4 towers now..

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...98184_5256.jpg


http://www.cbre.com/NR/rdonlyres/383...ing_webjpg.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...7/Location.jpg

After a delay and a new design for this developement expect a ground breaking in 2Q of 2009..

More renderings and info here: http://www.cbre.com/USA/US/TX/Housto...e.htm?pageid=0

Im really looking forward to Regent Square is there any website I can contact them? I really want to be a resident.:)

photoLith Jan 20, 2009 11:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ()_T (Post 4037629)
Im really looking forward to Regent Square is there any website I can contact them? I really want to be a resident.:)

I just contacted them and they told me they arent leasing yet and until they get 50% of the development leased they wont start construction. So Im not sure when they will start leasing. I would imagine soon though. :shrug:

Urbannizer Jan 21, 2009 11:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 4037769)
I just contacted them and they told me they arent leasing yet and until they get 50% of the development leased they wont start construction. So Im not sure when they will start leasing. I would imagine soon though. :shrug:

Can you give me a website or a number?

HOUSTONIAN57 Jan 22, 2009 12:27 AM

From Khou this morning...


http://www.khou.com/business/stories....166a7a69.html

Quote:

HOUSTON—Compared to the housing market, the Houston office market is holding up – especially in downtown.

Delta Associates says, in all, Houston’s commercial office space vacancy rate sits at roughly 11 percent.

But one office realtor said when it comes to downtown itself, it’s the Class A space that really counts.

Those are the top-tier commercial buildings, and they account for well over half of all downtown space.

Realtor Sanford Criner said the Class A vacancy rate sits around 5.4 percent, which is relatively flat for 2008.

Criner said he expects it to remain flat this year, too.

“It won’t make any difference in 2009. I think we can look at 2009 that is flat to down in every segment across the board,” Criner said
Theres also a video on this..and will be a report about uptown and other areas in Houston tonight at 10.

Complex01 Jan 22, 2009 7:29 PM

Ohh thats kewl, hope it will hold up. As for Regent Square i really hope it gets leased. I want to see the thing start to rise...

:yes:

Shasta Jan 26, 2009 4:31 AM

Looks as if Phase II at West Ave will be more modern according to Ziegler Cooper...

http://www.zieglercooper.com/images/proj889.jpg

Also found this on the website;

Renaissance @ Greenspoint. 22 floors with 500,000 sq feet of class A office space.

httP://www.zieglercooper.com/images/proj866.jpg

http://www.zieglercooper.com/images/proj864.jpg

http://www.zieglercooper.com/images/proj862.jpg

http://www.zieglercooper.com/images/proj863.jpg

Complex01 Jan 26, 2009 6:38 PM

:previous:

All those buildings looks very nice. Good to see there are still projects being planned on. I am really hoping for more development on West Ave. I really likes that area...

:yes:

photoLith Jan 26, 2009 6:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ()_T (Post 4039809)
Can you give me a website or a number?

All I did was look up Regents Square Houston on yahoo and then the first site that comes up is theirs and then you can contact them through there.

Texas Tuff Jan 26, 2009 7:12 PM

Nice looking buildings, especially the Renaissance at Greenspoint :tup:

rdavis4559 Jan 28, 2009 10:39 PM

Discovery Tower

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0123.jpg

HOUSTONIAN57 Jan 28, 2009 10:54 PM

^Thanks Rdavis.

Looks like they're on the 1oth floor. :)

Hey when your're in Downtown again can you go by MainPlace for us?

rdavis4559 Jan 29, 2009 12:59 AM

Will do. I work in Two Houston and can get a semi-aerial view tomorrow.

rdavis4559 Jan 29, 2009 1:57 PM

Discovery Tower with a little more perspective:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0126.jpg

Main Place:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0127.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0128.jpg

CALMSP Jan 29, 2009 6:27 PM

do we know where the greenway is being planned for??

HOUSTONIAN57 Jan 29, 2009 10:46 PM

Thanks Rdavis, I was wondering what floor MainPlace was on. From that view it looks like there on the 4th (or 3rd) floor. :yes:


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