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Von Jul 24, 2008 4:06 AM

love rainy Houston pictures")

Great_Hizzy Jul 24, 2008 2:32 PM

OOP is turning out very nicely. The renders don't do the skin justice. Almost everything about the building materials appear to be of great quality.

vjhe Jul 24, 2008 2:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Great_Hizzy (Post 3691921)
OOP is turning out very nicely. The renders don't do the skin justice. Almost everything about the building materials appear to be of great quality.

Totally agree. I think this is going to be one of those projects that actually turns out better than the rendering for a change.

Wattleigh Jul 24, 2008 3:03 PM

Really haven't been able to see it from that angle all too often. Thank you Rdavis4559 for the photo!

Noticed they were starting to install the balconies on that side and along the narrow portion facing 5 HC.

rdavis4559 Jul 24, 2008 3:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wattleigh (Post 3691987)
Really haven't been able to see it from that angle all too often. Thank you Rdavis4559 for the photo!

Noticed they were starting to install the balconies on that side and along the narrow portion facing 5 HC.

You should see it in person. It is rather more imposing than you'd imagine.

weatherguru18 Jul 24, 2008 3:40 PM

What project is this again? By the way, I counted the floors of the left tower and it counted to 40 stories!

Shasta Jul 24, 2008 4:03 PM

The Finger Co. is easily my favorite apartment developer in town. I knew One Park Place was going to be nice because my sister lives adjacent to the Museum Tower. That one is nice looking on the outside and simple fantastic on the inside. Considering the fact that OPP was adding ground floor retail, I knew it would be A-OK.

I hope this leases up so quickly that there will be a Two Park Place rising soon...

Trae Jul 24, 2008 4:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 3692053)
What project is this again? By the way, I counted the floors of the left tower and it counted to 40 stories!

River Oaks District.

Great_Hizzy Jul 24, 2008 8:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 3692095)
The Finger Co. is easily my favorite apartment developer in town. I knew One Park Place was going to be nice because my sister lives adjacent to the Museum Tower. That one is nice looking on the outside and simple fantastic on the inside. Considering the fact that OPP was adding ground floor retail, I knew it would be A-OK.

I hope this leases up so quickly that there will be a Two Park Place rising soon...


So do I: a critical mass of highrises around Disco G.

SkyHigh Jul 25, 2008 5:56 AM

Anybody know what rental rates PSF will be for One Park Place? When will it be move-in ready?

rdavis4559 Jul 25, 2008 1:33 PM

Don't know the rental rates but here are a few more pics. The first lot is where Discovery Tower will be, the second lot is for Main Place.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0005.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0008.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0010.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0011.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0006.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0003.jpg

Wattleigh Jul 25, 2008 2:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SkyHigh (Post 3693818)
Anybody know what rental rates PSF will be for One Park Place? When will it be move-in ready?

I'm just going off of memory, but I recall reading in the past that the lowest priced units may start at $600-750 and the highest (penthouse) are in excess of $2000. Maybe $2500 or so. In terms of square footage, I'm not absoloutely certain.

I think the a number of the highest priced ones may be off the market though. Word is that leasing has been pretty good (%20 pre-leased, approx.) in terms of corporate buyers prior to any actual promotional push.

Shasta Jul 25, 2008 3:40 PM

According to the Houston Biz Journal, the Highland Tower has officially broken ground. They also claim the tower will be 16 floors and contain 96 units instead of the original 15 floors and 99 units. Pelican Builders' site also says 16 floors but the actual building website still says 15...?

Highlights of the article include,

28 units have pre-sold
financing is set in stone through Whitney Bank
set for a Spring 2010 completion date

Wattleigh Jul 25, 2008 4:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 3694286)
According to the Houston Biz Journal, the Highland Tower has officially broken ground. They also claim the tower will be 16 floors and contain 96 units instead of the original 15 floors and 99 units. Pelican Builders' site also says 16 floors but the actual building website still says 15...?

Highlights of the article include,

28 units have pre-sold
financing is set in stone through Whitney Bank
set for a Spring 2010 completion date

It is 16 now. I spoke with one of the sales reps earlier, and apparently there was enough interest in the larger units on the top three floors that they decided to add an additional one in the planning process.

rdavis4559 Jul 25, 2008 7:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 3694286)
According to the Houston Biz Journal, the Highland Tower has officially broken ground. They also claim the tower will be 16 floors and contain 96 units instead of the original 15 floors and 99 units. Pelican Builders' site also says 16 floors but the actual building website still says 15...?

Highlights of the article include,

28 units have pre-sold
financing is set in stone through Whitney Bank
set for a Spring 2010 completion date

Here is the article:
http://houston.bizjournals.com/houst...10/focus3.html

and render:
http://cll.bizjournals.com/story_ima...74-400-0-2.jpg

YakuzaIce Jul 28, 2008 12:50 AM

Some pictures from this morning.

One Park Place
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00774.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00775.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00777.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00768.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00771.jpg

Discovery Tower
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00782.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00783.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00784.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00785.jpg

Main Place
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00793.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00794.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00796.jpg

Complex01 Jul 28, 2008 1:41 AM

Ah kewl. Yakuza are you new to Houston? Nice pics btw. Here are mine from today...

Ah I went downtown today. Here are a few pics i took from the area. Enjoy...

One Park Place

Hey look at that, look who is making the skyline ever better...

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...7/OPP0727g.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...7/OPP0727b.jpg


http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...7/OPP0727f.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...7/OPP0727d.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...7/OPP0727e.jpg

Houston Pavillions

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...r7/HP0727b.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...r7/HP0727c.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...r7/HP0727a.jpg


Main Place

I took this pic and did a little sketch. MP should be about this height when viewing DT from the south. It will look very nice indeed...

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...r7/MP0727e.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...r7/MP0727d.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...r7/MP0727a.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...r7/MP0727c.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...7/7eacae5a.jpg

Discovery Tower

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...r7/DT0727a.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...r7/DT0727b.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...r7/DT0727c.jpg


Now its time for some rest...

:tup:

YakuzaIce Jul 28, 2008 1:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Complex01 (Post 3698044)
Ah kewl. Yakuza are you new to Houston? Nice pics btw. Here are mine from today...

Nope, been living in Houston for about 20 years. However I've been in Austin for a while due to work.

Complex01 Jul 28, 2008 2:03 AM

Ah kewl, was just curious. Kewl Deal...

:cool:

TexasBoi Jul 28, 2008 5:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wattleigh (Post 3694133)
I'm just going off of memory, but I recall reading in the past that the lowest priced units may start at $600-750 and the highest (penthouse) are in excess of $2000. Maybe $2500 or so. In terms of square footage, I'm not absoloutely certain.

I think the a number of the highest priced ones may be off the market though. Word is that leasing has been pretty good (%20 pre-leased, approx.) in terms of corporate buyers prior to any actual promotional push.


$600-750 for the cheapest? That just seems so low even for the cheapest price. I think once the area is developed and if the park grows with even more popularity, the land value of that area will quickly drive that price up to well over $1000 even for an efficiency.

rdavis4559 Jul 28, 2008 6:51 PM

From HBJ today:
"New York tops tourism survey; Houston No. 15

The influx of international visitors lured by favorable exchange rates due to the slumping U.S. dollar pushed New York City to the top spot in the country for total tourism spending in 2007, according to a comprehensive study.

In its listing of the top 100 U.S. tourism city destinations, Massachusetts economic forecasting firm Global Insight points out that foreign visitors boosted tourism at a time when the U.S. economy began to weaken.

New York gained 1.5 million international visitors and increased its share of foreign tourists by 3.3 percent to top the list, moving up three spots from 2006.

Houston, meanwhile, slipped one spot to No. 15. Elsewhere in Texas, Dallas maintained its No. 13 ranking, followed by San Antonio (24); Austin (40); Fort Worth-Arlington (75) and Corpus Christi (86)...."

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

HOUSTONIAN57 Jul 28, 2008 8:25 PM

I just made a thread for Houston on skyscrapercity.com I realized that this Houston didn't have a city complitation thread so I made one.

Heres the link: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=673634

rdavis4559 Jul 30, 2008 7:25 AM

Two videos of Main Place are now up and ready for viewing. One is just more of a flyover and walk-through video and the other is more detailed description of the project, team, etc.

http://www.mainplacehouston.com/vide...Rendering.html

http://www.mainplacehouston.com/vide...sentation.html

Von Jul 30, 2008 8:35 AM

omg definetly a gorgeous tower and will definetly change that horrible corner that was there... !

Reverberation Jul 30, 2008 9:33 PM

Based on what I have heard this week from (credible) anonymous sources, 5 Allen Center is confirmed and is going up.
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...llenCenter.jpg

rdavis4559 Jul 30, 2008 9:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 3704375)
Based on what I have heard this week from (credible) anonymous sources, 5 Allen Center is confirmed and is going up.
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...llenCenter.jpg

But no idea on the groundbreaking date?

In other news (unrelated to development):

"Rice ranks high for quality of life and race interaction

Rice University ranks second in the nation for best quality of life and for interaction among students of different races and class in the 2009 edition of the Princeton Review's “Best 368 Colleges.”

Based on a survey of 120,000 students attending the 368 colleges in the book, Rice also ranks No. 15 for “happiest students.”

The annual college guide rates Rice as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education. About 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book.

The profiles reflect both the student survey and information provided by the institutions.

Princeton Review evaluated the schools based on institutional data it collects about the schools, feedback from students attending them and visits to schools over time.

In the race/class interaction category, Rice ranked No. 1 in 2007."

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

Wattleigh Jul 31, 2008 5:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 3704375)
Based on what I have heard this week from (credible) anonymous sources, 5 Allen Center is confirmed and is going up.

That's good news if it all pans out! They said they'd only begin construction if the building were 50% leased beforehand. If that's the case, I wonder who the tenant(s) are.

Of all of the lesser-discussed projects, this one has seemed among the most consistent in terms of location, plans, etc...

Reverberation Jul 31, 2008 5:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wattleigh (Post 3705347)
That's good news if it all pans out! They said they'd only begin construction if the building were 50% leased beforehand. If that's the case, I wonder who the tenant(s) are.

Of all of the lesser-discussed projects, this one has seemed among the most consistent in terms of location, plans, etc...

Devon Energy is rumored to be the main tenant.

Also, u/c on the corner of Westheimer and Yorktown.

http://www.amreit.com/_filelib/Image...t_420_0513.jpg

Website: http://www.amreit.com/fw/main/5433_W...ml?LayoutID=72

Aerial Rendering: http://www.amreit.com/_filelib/FileC...erial_0513.pdf

Wattleigh Jul 31, 2008 9:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 3706357)
Devon Energy is rumored to be the main tenant.

Even that's consistent with what's been out there before, which would be great. :)

I'm guessing Brookfield may have put their smaller (30-40? story) tower on the backburner if they're opting to talk more about Five.

Thanks for posting the aloft stuff as well. I was curious since the early renderings showed a 5 story building, but later pieces mentioned a 10 story building.

Complex01 Aug 1, 2008 4:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 3704375)
Based on what I have heard this week from (credible) anonymous sources, 5 Allen Center is confirmed and is going up.
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...llenCenter.jpg

I hope this one really comes through. It will be a great addition to skyline. Now to get a really good rendering to see how it will look. Still very promising news...

:tup:

rdavis4559 Aug 1, 2008 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Complex01 (Post 3707780)
I hope this one really comes through. It will be a great addition to skyline. Now to get a really good rendering to see how it will look. Still very promising news...

:tup:

We need more renders

rdavis4559 Aug 1, 2008 1:35 PM

From a post made by Mister X on the HAIF Five Allen Center thread, I stole these pictures to show you guys (he stole them too).

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...559/5AC_01.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...559/5AC_02.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...559/5AC_03.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...559/5AC_04.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...559/5AC_05.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...559/5AC_06.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...559/5AC_07.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...559/5AC_08.jpg

Shasta Aug 1, 2008 3:46 PM

HBJ has an article about the Houston Ballet building a headquarters building downtown near the Wortham Theater. They purchased a full block along Smith, Congress, Preston, and Louisiana and then sold the Louisiana halft to help raise funds for their new home. No real news on the building but the rendering looks to be 13 floors.

http://cll.bizjournals.com/story_ima...58-400-0-1.jpg

Complex01 Aug 1, 2008 4:32 PM

Yea, another project for downtown. Very Nice...

:yes:

Texas Tuff Aug 2, 2008 9:52 PM

Wow, those placement renderings of Five Allen Center from HAIF look awesome! I sure hope that gets built, it would certainly be a nice addition to the skyline.

:yes:

Reverberation Aug 2, 2008 10:48 PM

The skyline has a nice "mesa" going on. It wouldn't look bad to drop a 90-100 story tower in the mix.

CALMSP Aug 3, 2008 1:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 3710942)
The skyline has a nice "mesa" going on. It wouldn't look bad to drop a 90-100 story tower in the mix.


yes........that is somethign we could use right about now!!!!:haha:

TexasBoi Aug 3, 2008 4:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CALMSP (Post 3711106)
yes........that is somethign we could use right about now!!!!:haha:

Patience.

JManc Aug 3, 2008 4:52 AM

so is this building on the other side of the pierce elevated? i can't picture where in that immediate area they could fit it.

Trae Aug 3, 2008 5:28 AM

Now, it is in the Downtown Loop.

rdavis4559 Aug 4, 2008 6:37 PM

"Houston House of Blues rolls out big-name opening schedule

Several big-name musicians are scheduled to christen the stage at Houston's House of Blues, which will officially open on Oct. 18.

Los Angeles, Calif.-based Live Nation Inc. (NYSE: LYV), parent company of House of Blues, released a performance line-up Monday that includes concerts by B.B. King, Willie Nelson and The Black Crowes during November.

The grand opening celebration on Oct. 18 will feature The Blues Brothers, with Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi. The VIP event, which includes dinner, hors d’oeuvres and a poster signed by Dan Aykroyd, will be sold through a Ticketmaster auction from Aug. 8 through Aug. 15.

Once the Blues Brothers have broken in the multilevel music hall, All Time Low, TV on the Radio and Los Lonely Boys will be among other acts in October.

House of Blues expects to produce more than 200 live music events each year at the venue, which is located in the Houston Pavilions development downtown, at the corner of Caroline and Dallas streets.

Anthony Nicolaidis, who currently books HOB Dallas, will be heading up the venue’s talent department. Mason Jambon is general manager of the new facility."

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

Shasta Aug 4, 2008 7:37 PM

I just heard that BLVD Place is about to announce a new gym for the project. Will contain about 60,000 square feet. Also was told that the Hanover deal is a done deal and the 37 story apartment tower should open by 2011.

JManc Aug 4, 2008 8:37 PM

well, there are rumors of a high-rise replacing the 24 hour fitness in post oak so i could see the demand for the new gym.

Saddle Man Aug 6, 2008 3:22 AM

That ballet building rendering from the HBJ is just a picture of a building on San Pedro Avenue in San Antonio.

Von Aug 6, 2008 3:50 AM

thats good b/c it's not an eye catching building..I hope the real one is a lito bit better

TexasPlaya Aug 7, 2008 2:55 AM

According to Chron, the Ballet is consolidating all of its office and rehearsal space into this building. It will be connected to the Wortham Center w/a skybridge. Hopefully they will construct something nice and reflective of the performing arts since they will be rehearsing in this building.

Shasta Aug 8, 2008 2:01 AM

There was a blurb in the local 002 Magazine about a project called America's Plaza but it lacked information. Well, I found a rendering;

http://www.studioredarchitects.com/i...rdseyeview.JPG

This is set to rise on a 7 acre parcel in the shadows of downtown just on the other side of US 59. Apparently it will be adjacent to the proposed Dynamo Stadium and will have 1,800 residential units, 100,000 square feet of retail and office space, and an outdoor amphitheater. I really PRAY that this one gets off the ground. Looks like a high quality project.

Complex01 Aug 8, 2008 2:51 AM

:previous:

That looks very nice. That whole area is going to be something else in the next few years.


:yes:

Trae Aug 8, 2008 3:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 3721393)
There was a blurb in the local 002 Magazine about a project called America's Plaza but it lacked information. Well, I found a rendering;

http://www.studioredarchitects.com/i...rdseyeview.JPG

This is set to rise on a 7 acre parcel in the shadows of downtown just on the other side of US 59. Apparently it will be adjacent to the proposed Dynamo Stadium and will have 1,800 residential units, 100,000 square feet of retail and office space, and an outdoor amphitheater. I really PRAY that this one gets off the ground. Looks like a high quality project.

Very nice. Time to HAIF it.

Sulley Aug 8, 2008 4:32 AM

What is the most "interesting" highrise project going up in Houston right now?

The great majority of architecture around here seems to be stuck in the early 80s.


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