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citykid09 Mar 6, 2007 10:55 PM

Luxury Apartment Community Breaks Ground in Houston's Greenway Plaza area.
http://www.multi-housingnews.com/pho...Millennium.jpg
http://www.multi-housingnews.com/mul...03553763&imw=Y

Cory Mar 7, 2007 3:19 PM

Thanks for the info citykid. Never heard of that website. Seems like a lot of infill is happening in the Greenway Plaza area. Even more reason to connect rail to the area. Fortunately it seems like a lot of it has not been the tapered roof garden style apartment complexes. If only some of the commercial/retail going up could compliment some of the development.

Cory Mar 8, 2007 2:04 PM

Courtesy of Shasta, here is an updated rendering of the Turnberry development. Click for larger fiile:

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/2...rry1pp8.th.jpg

Also looks like the old building owned by Crosspoint properties and Wulfe at McGowen and Travis (across from the Superblock) is finally getting its makeover. Reef Seafood is the first tenant.

http://img54.imageshack.us/img54/388...magepi2.th.jpg

Trae Mar 8, 2007 9:51 PM

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/2...nberry1pp8.jpg

What is that thing on the lower right hand corner with the poll on the top? Is there anything under it?

houston19514 Mar 8, 2007 10:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trae (Post 2674964)
http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/2...nberry1pp8.jpg

What is that thing on the lower right hand corner with the poll on the top? Is there anything under it?

I'm guessing it's a parking structure

Shasta Mar 9, 2007 7:15 PM

FIVE downtown office projects are being shopped around...

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houst...12/story1.html

Xeelee Mar 11, 2007 6:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 2677298)
FIVE downtown office projects are being shopped around...

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houst...12/story1.html

whoa.... anything on the sizes? holy carp!

guess Mar 11, 2007 7:11 PM

Finally,

Grayco is digging right in on apartments
http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/4618369.html

"Grayco is developing a third complex in the Museum District in a separate partnership with Lionstone Group, a Houston-based real estate investment firm.

Bounded by Oakdale, Prospect, San Jacinto and Fannin, the six-story midrise will be just north of the Museum of Fine Arts complex. The light rail line is less than 200 feet from the site."

5300 block of Fannin
http://www.graycopartners.com/curren...useumplace.php

Shasta Mar 12, 2007 2:10 AM

That is great news. It's been too long since something opened up that utilized the light rail line. 8 total floors will add to the nice little skyline in the Museum District.

Also saw that the same firm is planning on an 8 story project on the 2900 block of Westheimer (between Ferndale and Sackett). This one will offer 119 units and deliver in 2008.
http://www.graycopartners.com/ima/to...bellemeade.jpg

JManc Mar 12, 2007 7:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xeelee (Post 2680138)
whoa.... anything on the sizes? holy carp!

http://www.carplines.co.uk/img/uploa...arge_36_lb.jpg


seriously though, where and how big?

LordElPaso Mar 12, 2007 11:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 2677298)
FIVE downtown office projects are being shopped around...

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houst...12/story1.html

sweet!!! :banana: :cheers:

Great_Hizzy Mar 12, 2007 4:31 PM

Whoa! So that's what's going up in the Museum District? That would be, like, the first real residential project built on the rail line since it opened. That's pretty freakin' awesome.

And help me envision 2900 Westheimer? What's on the block now? Regardless, it's only a couple blocks west of the Westheimer @ Kirby mixed-used development, which, along with 2727 Kirby (if they ever actually resume construction) would make this five block area one of the more urban districts in the city.

Shasta Mar 12, 2007 9:20 PM

It says its between Ferndale and Sackett so I assume that is the South Side of the street?

I really hope it's the strip mall that gets removed and not the really cool 1940-50s era shops with the black detail around the brick. It's been awhile since I have been down to Houston but those are the things that pop up in my head...

Trae Mar 16, 2007 4:15 PM

Bump! Don't let this thing go down to page 2.

Xeelee Mar 18, 2007 8:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trae (Post 2694410)
Bump! Don't let this thing go down to page 2.

I concur

Great_Hizzy Mar 18, 2007 7:30 PM

Yesterday, I saw a backhoe doing "something" once again on the site where 2727 Kirby is supposed to go up. I have no clue what was going on, however.

This is really one strange project or non-project, as it were.

CALMSP Mar 18, 2007 8:43 PM

what happened to the idea of Camden City Centre having commercial on the bottom floor of their new apartments?? i thought that was the idea?? from the looks of it, it certainly doesnt seem like any commercial will be there. :(

CALMSP Mar 18, 2007 9:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LordElPaso (Post 2682234)
sweet!!! :banana: :cheers:


i think we are going to lose our front lawn at our building............Brookfield is suppose to add 1500 Smith Street.........which would put it in between Continental's HQ's and the old Enron building.

Xeelee Mar 20, 2007 3:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LordElPaso (Post 2682234)
sweet!!! :banana: :cheers:

Wanna print it out or email it to me? I cannot see it.

Cory Mar 20, 2007 3:35 PM

http://www.bizjournals.com/bizspace/...ory_id=1429210

Shasta Mar 21, 2007 5:49 AM

the old Warwick Hotel is getting close to reopening as the Hotel ZaZa Houston.

This will certainly give the Museum District a jolt. With suites like Geisha, Houston we have a problem (lunar/space theme), Rock Star, Outlaw (playing up old West/Texas themes), SoHo, and more and a new ZaSpa, Monarch Restaurant, and active pool level with cabanas available for rent overlooking the Mecom Fountain, I fully expect this hotel to be successful.

www.hotelzazahouston.com

Cory Mar 21, 2007 11:56 PM

A more realistic view of the new Outpatient Building in the Med Center. The way construction is so slow, you would swear they were building St. Peter's Basilica.

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/5033/51449046ax0.jpg

BTW, there is no end to the TMC construction it seems. The Faculty tower is noticeably rising and there is another crane on the southern end of the skyline. Anyone know what? Don't forget the new towers for Texas Childrens, Methodist Hospital Research Institute, The Rice Collaborative building u/c, the Baylor development near VA, something is going in on Holcombe, can't tell, at least four projects for UT Health Science, M.D. Anderson's research therapy building and much more. Hard to remember it all.

Trae Mar 22, 2007 3:34 AM

That building looks nice.

Shasta Mar 22, 2007 3:42 AM

I am not certain WesternGulf, but the crane that shows up on the south side of the TMC in Boris' rodeo pics looks to be in the location of the proposed Life Sciences Plaza. This was where that old motor hotel was torn down. It's a 13 story office tower. A rendering can be found on the www.kirksey.com site.

Shasta Mar 22, 2007 4:02 AM

OK, here's Boris' pic showing the two cranes which appear to be for two different projects in the southwestern portion of the Texas Med Center area.
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...o2007-2029.jpg

I am almost certain that the crane on the left is for the Sorrento Condo project by InnerLoopCondos. It'll be a 5 story building with 44 condos.

I am guessing that the crane on the right is for the Life Sciences project. Here's the rendering for that...
http://www.kirksey.com/images/portfo...image-left.jpg

Shasta Mar 22, 2007 7:00 AM

The Houston Club Building downtown has been sold to a local investment group. There are several options they might take including changing the format into a hotel, a residential building, or a mix of office space with high end residential on the top floors. Here's a link and a photo of the bldg...

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...s/4651544.html

This is taken from the Chase Tower plaza (Houston Club in background in upper left)
http://k53.pbase.com/u43/ngruev/uplo...4.P3044850.jpg

CALMSP Mar 23, 2007 11:15 PM

500 floors on new high rise, 6,864 feet!!!
 
i sent this to my Local 2 news contact a while back, asking them to look into this. can you imagine a skyscraper 1.3 miles in the air covering 9 city blocks??!! and 500 stories high!!! the commute from the 1st floor to the 500th would probably be the same as commuting from The Woodlands to downtown!!

http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=...houston-tx-usa

Xeelee Mar 24, 2007 5:39 AM

?

guess Mar 24, 2007 2:34 PM

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/5822/rampartix4.jpg
across from mosaic. sign says "rampart residential"

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/703...umplacetr5.jpg
new residential finally on the rail line? i hope so

c4smok Mar 25, 2007 4:42 AM

"Grayco is also developing the 219-unit Museum Place residential project in the 5300 block of Fannin, Houston's affluent Museum District. The first units will deliver in September 2008 with construction slated for completion in May 2009. "
A newly formed Houston real estate firm has aligned itself with Camden Property Trust to develop apartment and mixed-use developments across the country.

Grayco Partners, led by former Finger Cos. executive Jeff Gray, and Houston-based Camden have pooled $90 million in equity that could grow to $140 million, supporting more than a half-billion dollars worth of development.

The first two local projects under the Grayco-Camden agreement include a 119-unit complex on Westheimer near River Oaks and a 344-unit complex on North Braeswood. Grayco will develop the projects, and Camden will manage them.

Construction is under way on both projects.

Located on Westheimer just west of Kirby, The Belle Meade at River Oaks will be a six-story building with two levels of parking built on a full city block.

Rents will be in the $1.78-per-square-foot range.

Braeswood Place will be just east of Stella Link. It's replacing a 1960s apartment complex called Gardens of Braeswood. Rents will start at $1.35 per square foot.

Grayco is developing a third complex in the Museum District in a separate partnership with Lionstone Group, a Houston-based real estate investment firm.

Bounded by Oakdale, Prospect, San Jacinto and Fannin, the six-story midrise will be just north of the Museum of Fine Arts complex. The light rail line is less than 200 feet from the site.

Rents in Museum Place will be in the $1.75-per-square-foot range.

The project will be more "edgy and contemporary in feel," Gray said, with a lot of floor-to-ceiling glass.

Gray left the Finger Cos. last year after more than 18 years working with veteran apartment developer Marvy Finger.

In addition to apartments, Grayco plans to build mixed-use developments in urban areas around the country.

The company is developing 100,000 square feet of retail space and hundreds of housing units on 26.5 acres on Town Lake in Austin, and has projects in Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta.

"Given what's happened in most U.S. cities, land prices have escalated rapidly, and the density of the type of construction you're building today is not what it was five, 10 or 15 years ago," Gray said.

Zaza opening pushed back
The redevelopment of the historic Warwick Hotel into a flashier, modern boutique hotel called the Zaza has been extended, and it won't open until early June.

Developer Charles Givens said the project was initially envisioned as a basic update of the existing hotel.

"As we kept going along and looking at the neighborhood ... we realized we needed to make the hotel a more urban resort," Givens said.

The hotel's amenities have expanded. Changes Givens thought would take one month took three.

The property at 5701 Main St. will have a 10,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, a resort-style pool with cabanas and 18 suites that will have themes like Rock Star and An Affair to Remember.

Monarch, the hotel's restaurant, will run the entire west side of the building facing Main Street and the Mecom Fountain. At night it will evolve into a lounge.

Givens said the hotel is in "Houston's most enlightened area."

"We love it here, and if we're going to be here, we wanted to be the absolute, very best," he said.

Despite its central location and prestigious past, the Warwick's redevelopment into the Hotel Zaza wasn't a risk-free proposition.

During the oil boom of the 1970s and 1980s, other high-end properties were built, displacing the Warwick as one of Houston's top hotels.

And in later years, the property was often overlooked because it's not in a major shopping or office district like the Galleria area or downtown.

But this area could soon look a lot different from its past, because museums are planning major expansions, along with new housing and restaurants being added.

"Younger people are more interested in arts now. It's a whole new social connection, and businesses embrace the arts more than they ever did before," Givens said.

The hotel will also have meeting space for corporate events.

Trammell Crow's retail plans
Trammell Crow Co. is ramping up its retail development division.

The Dallas-based firm that has a large local presence recently announced a development venture with MetLife to buy land and build shopping centers in major metro areas in Texas, California, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Oregon, Colorado and the Northeast.

The company will target 10- to 100-acre tracts of land for community shopping centers to large open-air projects in urban and suburban locations.

Trammell Crow is an independently operated subsidiary of CB Richard Ellis Group. Its first development with MetLife is a 430,000-square-foot power center in the Orlando area.

nancy.sarnoff@chron.com

irees Mar 25, 2007 6:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WesternGulf (Post 2669015)
No I was saying they have not started on the second one. I just thought they would have by now.

I am assuming the smokestack is near the port.

That smokestack is Lyondell Citgo.


http://farm1.static.flickr.com/53/16...17ebd33b_m.jpg http://farm1.static.flickr.com/155/4...89d5915b_m.jpg http://farm1.static.flickr.com/6/605...17cf0beb_m.jpg http://farm1.static.flickr.com/61/17...e41f258f_m.jpg

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/irees/s...7594166833389/ )

mikecolley Mar 25, 2007 5:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by guess (Post 2714272)
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/703...umplacetr5.jpg
new residential finally on the rail line? i hope so

Why do Houston businesses have to make a variance request if Houston doesn't have any zoning laws?

irees Mar 25, 2007 9:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mikecolley (Post 2716570)
Why do Houston businesses have to make a variance request if Houston doesn't have any zoning laws?

I think it typically has to do with setback requirements.

Cory Mar 26, 2007 3:05 PM

Some new drawings for the new Regent Sqaure development on Allen Parkway.

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/5057/13519003hq4.png

http://img127.imageshack.us/img127/927/aabj4.png

http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/51/aa2pc8.png

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/4547/aa3xr5.png

Boris Mar 26, 2007 4:26 PM

Luv it. I hope this development goes through.

CALMSP Mar 26, 2007 9:47 PM

is this suppose to be next to the Bel-Air apartments on the empty lot they just dug up??

c4smok Mar 27, 2007 1:49 AM

Trammell Crow Co. has acquired a city block in downtown Houston, known as Block 126, that will be the location for a new Class A office building to be named Discovery Tower.

The building will be part of the 12-acre, $93 million Discovery Green downtown park under construction near the George R. Brown Convention Center.



Gensler Architects has been tapped to design the project, which will be built as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified project.

Aaron Thielhorn and Adam Saphier, both with Trammell Crow, and Joe Wanninger with Principal Real Estate Investors, will oversee the development; John Pruitt and Cody Armbrister, with Trammell Crow's parent company, CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., will handle leasing and marketing of the space. David Cook of Cushman & Wakefield Inc. represented the parties in the transaction.

Trammell Crow said the tower will be between 600,000 and 1.2 million square feet, with the final size to be determined based on tenant interest in the next few months. It is expected to break ground in early 2008, with completion by early 2010.

The project is the second in Houston under a national office development program established in 2006 by Trammell Crow Co. and asset management organization Principal Real Estate Investors, a member of Des Moines, Iowa-based Principal Financial Group (NYSE: PFG). The program aims to develop nearly $1 billion of Class A office buildings throughout the United States over the next five years.

Discovery Tower will be the program's largest single project

Cory Mar 27, 2007 12:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CALMSP (Post 2719626)
is this suppose to be next to the Bel-Air apartments on the empty lot they just dug up??

Where the Allen House apartments are located.

Great_Hizzy Mar 27, 2007 1:51 PM

An updated Chronicle article says the Discovery Tower would have 31 floors. Of course, this is all preliminary so use that as a guide more than anything.

I'm still tickled by those crayon drawings of Regent Square. Nevertheless, it's a really cool project.

irees Mar 28, 2007 8:11 AM

Regent Square looks like a nice urban neighborhood. Therefore you can expect it to look absolutely nothing like the renderings. :)

Probably will turn out to be a few blocks of 4 or 5 story wood framed apartment buildings with the garage facing street level/sidewalk, complete with 1 or 2 strip centers, each containing: 1 (one) Dry Cleaners, 1 (one) Tanning Salon, 2 (two) Starbucks.

Trae Mar 28, 2007 11:30 AM

That rendering looks real nice.

Great_Hizzy Mar 28, 2007 3:08 PM

I fully expect some revisions, Ian. And while I think you're exaggerating on the negative side, there's probably some truth to it.

Not that I'm a pessimist, but it's quite common for large scale projects to make some concessions or revisions for either economy's sake or other logistics.

I just hope they do a good job with the streets and sidewalks and add in abundance of greenery. The positives for Houston in its late arrival to urbanization game is that it can avoid the pratfalls of going after density to the point where it eliminates some natural elements that would make the development a lot more asthetically pleasing.

CALMSP Mar 28, 2007 3:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by irees (Post 2724252)
Regent Square looks like a nice urban neighborhood. Therefore you can expect it to look absolutely nothing like the renderings. :)

Probably will turn out to be a few blocks of 4 or 5 story wood framed apartment buildings with the garage facing street level/sidewalk, complete with 1 or 2 strip centers, each containing: 1 (one) Dry Cleaners, 1 (one) Tanning Salon, 2 (two) Starbucks.

I hope they follow the trend that POST has done in Midtown. This will make the area that much more interesting. Now theyjust need to expand teh subway down Dallas from the redline :notacrook:

JManc Mar 28, 2007 6:40 PM

the area where hisd was was supposed to have a similar layout as regent square but will end up having a costco instead. i am pessimistic about RS as well. this is houston so expect revisions to big box stores and strip centers.

Cory Mar 28, 2007 6:50 PM

Since there is a hotel in the mix, I am hopeful that they will not settle for strip centers. Although we do have Uptown Park. Plus check out David M. Schwarz's work. Not even close.

Anyway here is an overhead shot of CityCentre that I do not believe has been posted yet.

http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/7026/untitledzx3.png

Great_Hizzy Mar 28, 2007 7:15 PM

Cool.

irees Mar 28, 2007 7:44 PM

Houston development has failed to follow through on too many projects for me to have any optimism left for such an ambitious project. I've resigned myself to leaving eventually.

Cory Mar 28, 2007 7:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by irees (Post 2725308)
Houston development has failed to follow through on too many projects for me to have any optimism left for such an ambitious project. I've resigned myself to leaving eventually.


Which ones? Only asking since Houston is unfortunately just getting started on the whole mixed use band wagon.

Scaled down projects have been Houston Pavilions and Richmond and Weslayan. Is that it? High Street was scaled down a little bit with the parking plaza outfront but look what it is replacing.

Xeelee Mar 29, 2007 1:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by irees (Post 2724252)
Regent Square looks like a nice urban neighborhood. Therefore you can expect it to look absolutely nothing like the renderings. :)

Probably will turn out to be a few blocks of 4 or 5 story wood framed apartment buildings with the garage facing street level/sidewalk, complete with 1 or 2 strip centers, each containing: 1 (one) Dry Cleaners, 1 (one) Tanning Salon, 2 (two) Starbucks.

I see you've noticed the trend too. I will wait to see what happens.

Cory Mar 29, 2007 2:02 PM

An interesting perspective of the Mosaic

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/164/4...fd0caf15_o.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/183/4...dafe06ef_o.jpg
courtesy of vanVleck @ flickr.com


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