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Great_Hizzy Apr 27, 2007 4:04 PM

That is pretty far east. To further that point, I was in the warehouse district yesterday along Leeland and was pleasantly surprised by the continued construction. It appears a couple of warehouses are about to be razed for what I assume will be more of Frank Liu's townhome projects.

Cory Apr 27, 2007 5:08 PM

Here is a pic I took yesterday for the Highland Tower east of the High Street development. Glad to know there will be 2 projects on the former dealership lot. There will be 99 residences in this project. The architect is Ziegler Cooper.

The Sales Office

c4smok Apr 27, 2007 5:37 PM

2727 Kirby off life support =)
2727 Kirby off life support =)

Luxury high-rise overcomes stalls to leap off the construction block
Houston Business Journal - April 27, 2007by Jennifer DawsonHouston Business Journal

2727 Kirby will be the first residential high-rise developed inside the loop in two decades.
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Local developer Mike Atlas began construction last week on a 30-story condominium tower in the River Oaks area that will be the first high-rise residential property to be developed inside the 610 Loop in the past two decades.

The upscale 2727 Kirby tower is being financed by TorreĆ³n Capital LP of Austin, while an undisclosed fund trading on the New York Stock Exchange is providing a loan for the deal. Atlas secured financing last week after pre-selling 35 percent of the building to 30 owners.

* not the first to be constructed in the loop in 20 years as the article says =X

Saddle Man Apr 27, 2007 7:12 PM

Woohoo! for both of those.

Trae Apr 27, 2007 8:33 PM

Glad to hear this!

Shasta Apr 27, 2007 8:51 PM

First residential high rise to be built inside the loop in the last two decades?

Uh, what about the Royalton at River Oaks? What about the Museum Tower? What about the Robinhood? What about One Park Place under construction for the last few weeks?

That's some lazy reporting.

As an aside, I like the simple look of the Highland Tower. I also like the idea of some smaller hi-rises going up in the 10 to 18 story range. Those have always appealed to me. Now, if someone would just build one in midtown/museum district area on the light rail line...

Shasta Apr 27, 2007 9:44 PM

I just went through the Highland Tower site. This actually wont be a part of the Oaks District or the High Street. Instead, it will be located behind those to the North (towards San Felipe). In fact, this tower is proposed to go near the corner of Bettis Drive and Briarglen Drive right behind the Briarglen. In fact, the same team (Pelican Builders and Ziegler Cooper) were involved with the Briarglen.

The best thing about this site is all of the proposals nearby that are on the locater map. They include;

The Oaks District (phase one with 2 luxury hotels, 300 residences, 80,000 square feet of office space, and 350,000 square feet of retail

High Street (luxury apartments and retail)

Another proposal by Pelican Builders (not named) behind the Briarglen and Highland Tower

Morgan Residential proposal for luxury multi-family

Coach Realty proposal for luxury condos

c4smok Apr 27, 2007 10:06 PM

I like that one also =)

We need to update the front of this thread with all the projects again... update designs and all the new projects..

Also add in that Map WG setup =)

really want to get blocks set correctly under the pins on that map also

Trae Apr 27, 2007 11:24 PM

weatherguru18 Apr 28, 2007 12:08 AM

Does anybody have an Emporis account? I'd like to know what buildings are proposed or are in the works.

Shasta Apr 28, 2007 1:13 AM

This is what I know of;


501 feet, 37 floors ONE PARK PLACE (downtown)
405 feet, 30 floors 2727 Kirby (river oaks/upper kirby area)
358 feet, 29 floors MOSAIC I (museum district/hermann park)
324 feet, 21 floors FACULTY CENTER TOWER (med center)
315 feet, 24 floors COSMOPOLITAN (galleria/uptown)
198 feet, 14 floors GRANITE WESTCHASE II (westchase)
189 feet, 12 floors AMERICAN FIRST NATIONAL BANK (new chinatown area)
186 feet, 12 floors SYSCO HEADQUARTERS (west houston)
152 feet, 8 floors ALKEK BLDG FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH (med center)
35 floors MEMORIAL HERMANN TOWER (memorial city)
20 floors FEIGIN CENTER AT TEXAS CHILDREN'S (8 floor addition in med center
15 floors MARRIOTT COURTYARD (galleria/uptown)
13 floors LIFE SCIENCE PLAZA (med center)
13 floors ENERGY CENTER I (west houston)
11 floors HOUSTON PAVILIONS (downtown)
11 floors MAIN AT WALKER GARAGE (downtown)
10 floors COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH CENTER (med center/rice u)


486 feet, 38 floors TURNBERRY TOWER (galleria/uptown)
400 feet, 30 floors MERCER EAST TOWER (galleria/uptown)
369 feet, 31 floors THE MONACO (uptown back on the boards)
358 feet, 29 floors MOSAIC II (museum district/hermann park)
35 to 42 floors 1500 SMITH STREET (downtown)
31 floors DISCOVERY TOWER (downtown but could grow taller)
27 floors STERLING AT MEMORIAL VILLAGES (voss @ woodway)
26 floors PARK 8 (3 triplet buildings in new chinatown)
25 floors LEGACY AT MEMORIAL (just west of downtown)
19 floors FIVE WESTLAKE PARK (west houston)
18 floors BINZ MEDCORP BLDG (museum district)
15 floors HIGHLAND TOWER (uptown/galleria)
12 floors ENERGY CENTER II (west houston)
10 floors FOUR + FIVE CHASEWOOD PARK (northwest houston)

The following are projects that could have multiple hi-rises according to their renderings but floor counts are unknown at this time...

BLVD PLACE (uptown/galleria)
OAKS DISTRICT (uptown/galleria)
REGENT SQUARE (allen parkway)
GATEWAY MED CENTER (3rd ward east of 288 near tmc)

The following are projects that have been announced, proposed, or floated around but I don't know much about them...

METHODIST HOSPITAL NORTH CAMPUS (med center up to 1.5 million sq feet)
6 HOUSTON CENTER (downtown)
HINES ON MAIN (downtown)
ALLEN CENTER GARAGE (downtown to be built on top of garage)
LYME BIOMEDICAL PLAZA (near med center close to SPIRES CONDOS)
HOUSTON CITY CENTRE (mega bldg on block of Shamrock proposal downtown)

JManc Apr 28, 2007 3:56 AM

this where central ford used to be?

Xeelee Apr 29, 2007 4:57 AM


Great_Hizzy Apr 30, 2007 2:52 PM

It's where the banner and sales office are currently located, but like Shasta said, the actual tower will be built north of there towards San Felipe.

UrbTransPlanner Apr 30, 2007 4:46 PM

Welcome rocktgrl!

JManc Apr 30, 2007 8:46 PM


Originally Posted by Great_Hizzy (Post 2804967)
It's where the banner and sales office are currently located, but like Shasta said, the actual tower will be built north of there towards San Felipe.

what about that SWB/ at&t building? also, there are some apartments along bettis...

Shasta Apr 30, 2007 9:23 PM


Originally Posted by JMancuso (Post 2805727)
what about that SWB/ at&t building? also, there are some apartments along bettis...

It is on the NORTH side of Bettis. From the project website, it appears to be on the corner of Bettis Drive and Briarglen Drive. That would put it immediately SOUTH of the brand new 8 story Briarglen Condo project that just went up. They will be neighbors, which is not surprising since it is the EXACT same development team and architectural firm.

The website has lots of info and pdf maps (sorry, I don't know how to lift pdfs to post them on here or else I would). It also talks about the High Street proposal, the Oaks District proposal (phase I), and shows other area projects like a possible multi-family by the Morgan Group as well as a new condo community.

rdavis4559 Apr 30, 2007 9:31 PM

Here are two shots of the Pavilions sites

Xeelee May 1, 2007 3:14 AM

looks busy. :cool:

irees May 1, 2007 7:16 AM

if only we could knock off all the remaining surface lots 3 blocks at a time... :)

Xeelee May 1, 2007 3:37 PM


Originally Posted by irees (Post 2806968)
if only we could knock off all the remaining surface lots 3 blocks at a time... :)

I know. I just drove by there this morning. I was awesome. :)

rdavis4559 May 1, 2007 5:25 PM

Just in case nobody knew about this... has detailed pictures of their construction progress

Great_Hizzy May 1, 2007 7:29 PM

Hey, good catch! Lots of good photos there.

Cory May 2, 2007 4:29 PM

Since Allen Bianchi is only known for doing single family homes and townhomes, I am wondering is this the only "advanced" rendering for his Westheimer Tower proposal? Don't quote me on this y'all as if it is absoulte, because I am not sure. Just curious. I found it on the website.

vjhe May 2, 2007 6:17 PM


Um, Wow! I would love to see that towering 24 stories in the Montrose. I love that.

Great_Hizzy May 2, 2007 9:20 PM

That certainly gives you a better idea of what the project would look like in real terms. Although, as you said, WG, it may not be the one for Westheimer.

texasboy May 3, 2007 5:26 PM

I guess being away from this site for a while has its benefits. WOW at Houston City Centre. I am itching to hear more about that. Also where exactly is that Westheimer Tower suppose to sit. I am very curious since vjhe mentions Montrose, but exactly where?

rdavis4559 May 4, 2007 9:44 AM

Boris posted these really great pics on a thread titled "Houston Downtown - 5-3-07"

Complex01 May 4, 2007 2:32 PM

Yeah that HP site looks really busy. Thats good. Also i like the photo above cause u can see the Discovery crane in it as well. That area is really going to come alive...


rdavis4559 May 4, 2007 4:42 PM

I thought this might be interesting to you guys...

My office downtown faces fannin where the discovery green/park tower site is and one of the cranes there fell over onto a truck on fannin... you may see something in the news about this later.

rdavis4559 May 4, 2007 6:07 PM

sorry I meant to say that the crane fell over at the pavilions construction site

rdavis4559 May 4, 2007 6:56 PM

Saddle Man May 4, 2007 8:23 PM

The HC still thinks that HP will have residental.

c4smok May 4, 2007 11:53 PM

ABC13 says this is the a possible spot for the new Houston Dynamo Stadium that is up in talks..

Just East of MMP.. The parking lots are currently under the control of the houston Astros but from the news they would be intrested in having the Dynamo Stadium built downtown in that location.

Shasta May 5, 2007 3:46 AM

That would be a GREAT location for a stadium. I hope they built it similarly to the one up in Frisco so that it could hold outdoor concerts and such. Noise from the elevated 59 could be a factor though...

In other news, more from the Med Center...

MD Anderson Cancer Center has leaked info about three new projects;

1) A 10 floor addition to the existing Rotary House Hotel. It will add 155 rooms.

2) A 930,000 square foot Admin. Building to be built on the corner of Braeswood and Bertner. I am not sure what is currently on the site, but I am hoping it goes up instead of sprawls (this could easily be a 30 to 35 story tower)

3) A 532,000 square foot Diagnostic and Treatment Center to be built somewhere along Braeswood and Holcombe

Trae May 5, 2007 5:57 PM


Originally Posted by kingkirbythegreat (Post 2814931)
The HC still thinks that HP will have residental.

I hope it does.

Saddle Man May 5, 2007 8:33 PM

It won't.

Cory May 5, 2007 10:10 PM

I was walking home and I saw that the Westheimer and Kirby site had a not too shabby rendering billboarding the site. Took it just a few minutes ago:

The future website is

Oh and texasboy, the Westheimer Tower is suppose to be a block east of Katz's on Westheimer.

Trae May 5, 2007 10:41 PM

What is that? I like this development. Looks like Dallas' Victory, but not as cheesy.

Cory May 5, 2007 10:45 PM


Originally Posted by Trae (Post 2816841)
What is that? I like this development. Looks like Dallas' Victory, but not as cheesy.


The West Avenue mixed use at Westheimer and Kirby.

TexasBoi May 5, 2007 10:51 PM


Originally Posted by Trae (Post 2816841)
What is that? I like this development. Looks like Dallas' Victory, but not as cheesy.

That last part didn't have to be added. But it does look good.

Cory May 5, 2007 10:53 PM


Originally Posted by TexasBoi (Post 2816851)
That last part didn't have to be added. But it does look good.

Everything looks like Victory to Trae. I would take it as a form of flattery to Dal.

TexasBoi May 5, 2007 11:24 PM

lol. The only thing I do not like about the rendering you posted WG, is the angular parking. I like the parallel parking a bit more. I don't know. Just my preference seeing as how I never really cared for angle parking.

RocTX May 6, 2007 2:58 AM

This is the development directly across the street from 2727 Kirby?

Shasta May 6, 2007 5:54 PM

Yes, it's the development across from the 2727 River Oaks tower.

The West Ave. project looks really nice. If the renderings turn out to be anything like the built project, we'll have a winner on our hands. It will be just another reason for the rail to go down Richmond instead of Westpark since this project stretches pretty far to the South of Westheimer (will take up all of the old tennis center).

My only complaint; why oh why can't anyone build something like this on the current rail line in midtown or the museum district? Can you imagine a project like this on the rail line near the museums? It would be KILLER.

Xeelee May 7, 2007 1:31 AM

What is this Westheimer Tower?

Cory May 7, 2007 1:59 PM


My only complaint; why oh why can't anyone build something like this on the current rail line in midtown or the museum district? Can you imagine a project like this on the rail line near the museums? It would be KILLER.
Where would you place it, if I assuming you are talking about near or on the Museum District station? The most prime lot is that tree filled parking lot owned by St Paul's Methodist and there is another one where members of the Presbyterian Church parks. The only way I can see a change in that area if there was a mixed use garage built for surrounding blocks to park in.

Great_Hizzy May 7, 2007 2:34 PM

I can only imagine that the land values are so high that it takes a really ballsy developer to develop along the rail line (that is, on the level of West Avenue, Westcreek, High Street or Regency Square). Of course, there is a promising new residential development going up in the Museum District along the rail line but I don't think it will have a hint of retail (correct my memory if it's faulty).

Anyway, the West Avenue project has always been one of great interest to me. Even the original plans suggested something profound, and given its location, the Kirby Corridor should be quite the attraction once you add in the new development near Rice Village.

And I'm not as high on parallel parking from a functional standpoint. The people who would drive to a location like West Avenue would probably prefer head in parking, which is less aggravating, especially when the traffic volume is high.

Cory May 7, 2007 2:42 PM

Eh, the whole parking thing is not a big deal to me either. I guess if they were looking for a two lane/two way street it was the way to go. Although if preferred, I would have made the sidewalk wider to make for parallel parking. (I understand the whole traditional retail district feel, but when it comes down to it there is no logical reason for the preference.) I am sure it is to cut down on building more parking spaces in another location anyway. Plus this place is a destination (private street development) rather than a piece of a mosiac that makes up a neighborhood (public street development), so it attracts more motorist. A lot of great neighborhoods in the inner loop are experiencing more & more visitors & residents that can't quite quit the car habit sort of like the Village.

Complex01 May 7, 2007 2:53 PM

I drove by 2727, this past weekend. I was wandering what was happening across the street there. It looks really awesome. Cant wait to see this project really take off...

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