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shakman Dec 22, 2009 6:20 PM

Main Place is going to make a noticeble impact on the skyline while driving southbound on US 59. Speaking of which, will US 59 still be the alignment for I-69 through Houston?

Very interesting updates, especially the Woodlands. I had no idea it was suppose to be that large in size.

SouthmoreAve Dec 22, 2009 10:17 PM

Great showoff of Houston!

A_Thellosovich Jan 15, 2010 3:05 PM

Just some random pics all over the city that I took sometime around New Years.

New BP Building, in the Energy Corridor. LEED Platinum, opening early 2010. I was not allowed on site, so I just took pics from the service road.

http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/642/122809119.jpg

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/7695/122809117.jpg

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/446/122809126.jpg

West Avenue:

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/9296/...1745793378.jpg

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/8...1825926072.jpg

http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/7...1805940666.jpg

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/3...1936003529.jpg

http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/6...1876014897.jpg

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/8...1886020413.jpg

http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/654...1916027068.jpg

City Centre infill development. Located on the site of the former Town & Country mall.

http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/4207/122809002.jpg

Looks like a glorified strip mall of some sort!
http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/4310/122809011.jpg

Hotel Sorella
http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/2315/122809021.jpg

The Green
http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/8476/122809037.jpg

The base of the Sorella is quite nice!
http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/6284/122809038.jpg

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/9008/122809039.jpg

http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/918/122809082.jpg

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/1705/122809078.jpg

http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/3975/122809070.jpg

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/7553/122809066.jpg

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/6539/122809097.jpg

TexasBoi Jan 17, 2010 6:50 AM

Wow West Ave looks very nice. Once they get those stores filled up, it will look even better. Probably my second favorite project after Regent Square.

weatherguru18 Jan 17, 2010 8:08 AM

Houston Business Journal reports a massive complex for Exxon/Mobile that will 'clearly happen.' It will be built where the Hardy Toll Road intersects with I-45 in Spring at the Montgomery/Harris County line. This complex could total a couple million square feet as they consolidate offices from around the country. This massive complex (think HP complex as far as asthetics go) will house people from the Virginia offices as well as others from around Houston.

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2010/01/18/story2.html?b=1263790800^2732161

Here's the same article. Makes it easier for you guys...

EXXON MOBIL CAMPUS 'CLEARLY HAPPENING'

Real estate professionals say a long-running rumor is now a sure thing — Exxon Mobil Corp. plans to build a large corporate campus near the town of Spring.

“Exxon Mobil’s campus is clearly happening,” according to Sanford Criner, an executive vice president with CB Richard Ellis Inc.

Criner’s declaration came during a Jan. 7 presentation at the real estate firm’s downtown offices.

He declined to disclose the source of his information concerning Exxon’s project slated for the west side of Interstate 45, where the Hardy Toll Road intersects the freeway.

“It is uniformly believed in the real estate community that Exxon is developing a new campus,” Criner said. “That’s a huge story.”

Speculation has ebbed and flowed over the past few months that the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company planned to buy roughly 400 acres to consolidate thousands of employees from Houston and Fairfax, Va.

In the Houston area alone, Irving-based Exxon has people working in more than two-dozen locations who are expected to share a single address in the future.

Criner said the relocation would be a big blow to the Greenspoint area, where Exxon leases 2 million square feet of office space for 6,000 employees. Employees downtown and those in company-owned buildings would not move to the new location.

In attendance at the CBRE meeting was Jack Drake, president of the Greater Greenspoint Management District.

When asked to comment on Exxon’s exit, Drake wryly replied that George Bush Intercontinental Airport is not leaving Greenspoint, and neither are Beltway 8 and Interstate 45.

Covert developments
Exxon keeps a tight lid on information regarding real estate plans, and would not comment for this story.

The conglomerate with an estimated 104,000 employees worldwide avoids discussion of operational activities.

In deference to Exxon’s covert character, businesspeople with knowledge of the company’s plans would only speak off the record.

Sources who received campus details directly from Exxon or others connected to the deal paint a picture of an elaborate complex north of Houston, possibly with several million square feet of space.

“They’re doing it,” one well-placed source states emphatically.

In other recent developments cited by sources:

• Exxon sent a company e-mail informing employees that the company is conducting an analysis of U.S. office buildings, but no decision on a Harris County campus is anticipated until the study is complete in 2011.

• Deed records show an entity purchased a large amount of acreage late last year at the Interstate 45 site, bordered on the north by Spring Creek. The entity, believed to be connected to Exxon, purchased 400 acres of vacant land from New York-based Coventry Development Co., which owned as much as 1,500 acres in the area through affiliate Springwoods Realty Co.

Executives with Coventry, which developed the local Baybrook Mall, did not respond to phone calls regarding the land.

Activity on the potential site indicates development is in the offing, whether it involves Exxon or not.

SouthmoreAve Jan 23, 2010 7:01 PM

Hess Tower has topped off, and the Embassy Suites had just gotten above ground earlier this month.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2768/...071cfe25_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/42761264@N07/4297747244/

It also looks like MainPlace has begun work on its "sky garden" floors....

Reverberation Jan 28, 2010 5:14 AM

Just announced this week - a new 14 story office building on Post Oak Blvd @ Hidalgo. Construction starts (with or without pre-leasing) in late 2010.
http://houston.bizjournals.com/houst...95600^2772881#

http://assets.bizjournals.com/story_...91-300-0-1.jpg

Cory Jan 28, 2010 10:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 4670560)
Just announced this week - a new 14 story office building on Post Oak Blvd @ Hidalgo. Construction starts (with or without pre-leasing) in late 2010.
http://houston.bizjournals.com/houst...95600^2772881#

http://assets.bizjournals.com/story_...91-300-0-1.jpg


nice. usually function always beats accents anyway.

Complex01 Jan 29, 2010 6:21 AM

Always nice to see something new in the galleria...

TexasPlaya Jan 29, 2010 5:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Complex01 (Post 4672241)
Always nice to see something new in the galleria...

Indeed. I still dream of the day when a new +500 ft tower will be built in the Galleria area, Transco Tower (I prefer that name) looks lonely sometimes over there.

weatherguru18 Jan 29, 2010 9:00 PM

I'd like to see downtown and uptown connect one day. Have a Chicago style skyline that has many 500+ ft. towers stretching for miles along the lakeshore or in this case, along Memorial Park, Allen Parkway, I-10 and 59. Expand Greenway, make extend downtown west instead of east and do the same for uptown.

Cory Jan 29, 2010 10:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 4673187)
I'd like to see downtown and uptown connect one day. Have a Chicago style skyline that has many 500+ ft. towers stretching for miles along the lakeshore or in this case, along Memorial Park, Allen Parkway, I-10 and 59. Expand Greenway, make extend downtown west instead of east and do the same for uptown.

imo the damage has already been done but the further decentralization makes the city even more unmanageable even if it is only the inner loop or the circumference of.

Dan Denson Jan 30, 2010 2:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 4673187)
I'd like to see downtown and uptown connect one day. Have a Chicago style skyline that has many 500+ ft. towers stretching for miles along the lakeshore or in this case, along Memorial Park, Allen Parkway, I-10 and 59. Expand Greenway, make extend downtown west instead of east and do the same for uptown.

I like that idea as well. By connecting downtown and uptown with multiple towers, we eventually have the inner city density that many of us have been hoping for. I can see a lot of challenges to the details, but it can probably be done in the long run.

Bailey Jan 30, 2010 3:36 PM

I'd rather see it fill in the area between the Med Center and downtown. You already have midtown and some newer dense developments plus there's the rail so I could definitely see the area filling in some day.

SouthmoreAve Jan 30, 2010 3:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bailey (Post 4674197)
I'd rather see it fill in the area between the Med Center and downtown. You already have midtown and some newer dense developments plus there's the rail so I could definitely see the area filling in some day.

Yeah, and thats more likely(and easier) to do than Dowtown to Uptown.

You already have the scattered high-rises of Midtown(like HCC), Allen Parkway(AIG and the Royalton, etc), and the Museum District(Hotel Zaza, etc)

Urbannizer Jan 30, 2010 11:11 PM

Embassy Jan30th

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...elCBD-Janu.jpg

mfastx Jan 31, 2010 12:07 AM

That structure on the Embassy Suites looks wierd, looks like it's hanging off or something.

Shasta Feb 5, 2010 7:57 AM

Downtown and Uptown will never connect with highrises due to the HUGE area called Memorial Park (to the North of Buffalo Bayou) and The River Oaks Country Club (to the South of the bayou).

I agree with the poster above, I'd love to see Downtown and The Texas Medical Center connect. That is more possible even with Hermann Park in the way...

DOWNTOWN
MIDTOWN/MONTROSE
MUSEUM DISTRICT/PARK PLAZA HOSPITAL
HERMANN PARK/ALMEDA ROAD
TEXAS MED CENTER

Complex01 Feb 6, 2010 7:32 PM

I just want to see another 1000 footer, go up in downtown. That would be nice. Make it 1275 Feet, with a nice spire. Yes I would like that very much...

:D

JManc Feb 7, 2010 3:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 4683261)
Downtown and Uptown will never connect with highrises due to the HUGE area called Memorial Park (to the North of Buffalo Bayou) and The River Oaks Country Club (to the South of the bayou).

I agree with the poster above, I'd love to see Downtown and The Texas Medical Center connect. That is more possible even with Hermann Park in the way...

don't know about that. well established neighborhoods and a freeway separating the two areas.

Double L Feb 7, 2010 3:37 AM

Maybe if we move enough dirt, we can make JMancuso's avatar a reality.:hmmm:

Shasta Feb 11, 2010 10:42 PM

Good news for downtown, Pearl Real Estate developers have announced their first Houston project; 806 Main Street.

Pearl specializes in hotel development and operations. They will convert 806 Main from a Class B/C office tower into a hotel. I used to work in 806 Main right out of college in the mid 1990s. It's located right across from Main Place which is currently still rising. Despite the 1960s facade that (de)graces the building, it is Houston's oldest skyscraper.

No word yet on the hotel brand, but Pearl has developed Embassy Suites (Ft Worth, Lubbock and Austin), Homewood Suites (Lubbock and Austin), Hilton Garden Inns (Fort Worth, Austin and Lubbock) and Springhill Suites (Lubbock). They're currently building a Westin in Austin now too.

Here's the link http://houston.bizjournals.com/houst...8/story12.html

Details include;

22 story tower at 806 Main St

bldg closes Feb 15th for renovation

Most tenants moved out by Dec 31st 2009

Domino's Pizza and Christian Science Reading Room on street level will remain open until their leases expire at year's end

simms3_redux Feb 11, 2010 10:51 PM

Wish this amount of development were happening in Atlanta right now. From reading posts over there it is clear we are too bored, but the city is still highly overbuilt from the boom.

SouthmoreAve Feb 11, 2010 10:58 PM

Nice Find Shasta.

Cool.

Complex01 Feb 13, 2010 10:56 PM

Thats kewl, bring a little more life to downtown and hopefully bring more people and further business... Nice...

Shasta Feb 14, 2010 12:20 AM

Here's how 806 Main St. used to look before the horrible cladding was put on in the 1970s.

http://overanalysis.org/postcards/secnd.jpg

And here it is today;

http://www.emporis.com/img/6/2003/04/189104.jpg

Rumors are this will be a Kimpton Hotel project under the Hotel Palomar brand.

JManc Feb 15, 2010 2:10 PM

are they going to replace that horrible facade?

TexasBoi Feb 15, 2010 4:19 PM

A Kimpton Hotel brand? That would be great and it closes today. Keep us updated.

JoninATX Mar 16, 2010 6:45 AM

any updates?

VivaLFuego Mar 16, 2010 4:19 PM

Are all of the parcels surrounding Discovery Green spoken for in terms of having live proposals? Obviously there is the residential tower, the Hess office tower, and the Embassy Hotel at various stages of construction... I'm just looking ahead at what the fully enclosed park may look like.

Also maybe a Houston wonk would know: are there any long-range plans regarding the I-45 Pierce Elevated? It would really be less of a blighting eyesore if it got a similar treatment as the one the Southwest Fwy got to submerge the highway.

Hillaryrocks Mar 16, 2010 6:40 PM

^^^ i would think submerging it underground would interfer with the bayous in that area. i don't know if it still a go, but there were extensive plans to turn the bayous of DT into waterways which are pedestrian/tourist/sightseer friendly. Speaking of that particular side, i wish they would tear down a parking structure or two and put up an iconic highrise to add to the already iconic view from that angle. Something with a spire would be great!:yes:

m.:cool:

JManc Mar 24, 2010 10:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VivaLFuego (Post 4748836)
Are all of the parcels surrounding Discovery Green spoken for in terms of having live proposals? Obviously there is the residential tower, the Hess office tower, and the Embassy Hotel at various stages of construction... I'm just looking ahead at what the fully enclosed park may look like.

Also maybe a Houston wonk would know: are there any long-range plans regarding the I-45 Pierce Elevated? It would really be less of a blighting eyesore if it got a similar treatment as the one the Southwest Fwy got to submerge the highway.

no.

SouthmoreAve Mar 27, 2010 1:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VivaLFuego (Post 4748836)
Are all of the parcels surrounding Discovery Green spoken for in terms of having live proposals? Obviously there is the residential tower, the Hess office tower, and the Embassy Hotel at various stages of construction... I'm just looking ahead at what the fully enclosed park may look like.

Around the entire park, no, there are no live proposals. However, there is intrest on building a second convention center hotel. And rumors of a La Quinta have been talked about as well. But thats it, to my knowledge.


Anyways heres Hess Tower and Main Place, in case you haven't visited MP's construction thread.
http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...%20Up/1-31.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/keelerju/4454919318/

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...%20Up/1-29.jpg


And the MD Anderson Administrative Support Building(taken from flickr)
http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...%20Up/2-11.jpg

And the Texas Childrens Hospital Maternity Center(from Jax, HAIF)
I put the renderings in case you didn't know about the project.

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...%20Up/3-12.jpg

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...%20Up/2-13.jpg

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...g%20Up/4-8.jpg

Urbannizer Mar 28, 2010 5:43 AM

More on EarthQuest
http://www.earthquestadventures.com/
Pangea
http://www.earthquestadventures.com/...ngea_large.jpg

Life
http://www.earthquestadventures.com/...life_large.jpg

Resort Hotel

http://www.earthquestadventures.com/...otel_large.jpg

EarthWalk
http://www.earthquestadventures.com/...rthwalkmed.jpg

Complex01 Mar 29, 2010 12:41 AM

Wow those renderings looks really kewl. The hotel looks awesome. Houston needs a nice new theme park. Kewl...

:tup:

weatherguru18 Mar 29, 2010 2:36 AM

WOWZERS! Look at that hotel! I have a feeling that the north Houston burbs including Kingwood, Porter, Panorama Village, The Woodlands, Humble and Spring will all benefit from this. Porter is likely to be transformed from a sleepy town to a bustling burb as hotels, themed restaurants, transportational hubs (trains, buses, cars) spring forth into the area.

Dan Denson Mar 29, 2010 2:38 AM

That Med Center shot taken from Reliant Center is awesome.

JManc Mar 29, 2010 6:29 AM

i took that same shot a few weeks ago:

http://www.pbase.com/mancusoj/image/...5/original.jpg

TXLove Mar 29, 2010 8:25 AM

^^^ I like that you can see St Luke in yours.....Earthquest looks like tons of fun!!! Hope that gets going!!!

Hillaryrocks Mar 29, 2010 6:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SouthmoreAve (Post 4767742)
Around the entire park, no, there are no live proposals. However, there is intrest on building a second convention center hotel. And rumors of a La Quinta have been talked about as well. But thats it, to my knowledge.


Anyways heres Hess Tower and Main Place, in case you haven't visited MP's construction thread.
http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...%20Up/1-31.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/keelerju/4454919318/

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...%20Up/1-29.jpg


And the MD Anderson Administrative Support Building(taken from flickr)
http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...%20Up/2-11.jpg

And the Texas Childrens Hospital Maternity Center(from Jax, HAIF)
I put the renderings in case you didn't know about the project.

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...%20Up/3-12.jpg

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...%20Up/2-13.jpg

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...g%20Up/4-8.jpg

Holy Crow! From that angle taken from the MC toward DT, that could be NY or Chitown. Excellent perspectives.

m.:cool:

Sulley Apr 3, 2010 11:18 PM

Are you on crack?

BrandonJXN Apr 4, 2010 6:10 PM

The JPMorgan Chase Building needs to be reclad. A nice all glass facade would look really nice.

SouthmoreAve Apr 4, 2010 6:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sulley (Post 4779678)
Are you on crack?

I think it was the angle that made the TMC look like part of the Downtown Skyline without any gaps that makes it looks dense, and thus comparable to NYC's dense skyline.

HOWEVER, we all know Houston will never EVER compare to NYC, so nothing to take seriously.

llamaorama Apr 5, 2010 5:25 AM

Houston's skyline really is pretty easy to play with in photos. Line up all the business districts from different vantage points and you can make it look as large or as small, as long or as skinny, as your heart desires.

photoLith Apr 5, 2010 5:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ThreeHundred (Post 4780376)
The JPMorgan Chase Building needs to be reclad. A nice all glass facade would look really nice.

Uh, no. I love the cladding. If it were all glass well then it would just look like the Wells Fargo Building, which I like, but JP Morgan Chase is awesome as is.

Dan Denson Apr 6, 2010 1:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 4781455)
Uh, no. I love the cladding. If it were all glass well then it would just look like the Wells Fargo Building, which I like, but JP Morgan Chase is awesome as is.

If it were something other than that dingy gray it would be OK.

johnme Apr 6, 2010 3:53 AM

Chase Tower & Memorial Hermann Tower New Lighting
 
The Chase Tower is lit up again. Does anyone know if this will be permanent?

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/w...4/P4050041.jpg

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/w...4/P4050038.jpg

This is the new Memorial Hermann tower off of I-10 West and Gessner. This would have been a great addition to downtown. The spotlights go up really high above this building and can be seen from miles away.

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/w...4/P4050037.jpg

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/w...4/P4050036.jpg

mfastx Apr 6, 2010 10:06 PM

Does anybody know why the new tower in the medical center (I believe it is called the outpatient center or something) isn't lit up anymore. It had fantastic lighting but about a month after it was finished it just stopped lighting up. :shrug:

johnme Apr 7, 2010 4:36 AM

Medical Center
 
The lighting was only on a short time and it has been off since. I work near the medical center, so I will keep my eye out for when they turn it back on. The building is still not open yet, so they may have been testing the lighting when it was on before.

AstrosFreak Apr 14, 2010 7:19 PM

The City Council and County Commissioners Court have voted to build the Dynamo a stadium on the east end of downtown! Finally!!
:banana:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...c/6957689.html


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