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The Best Forumer Jan 28, 2015 7:04 PM

Pardon but I would hardly call that measly thing a "tower"...

toxteth o'grady Jan 29, 2015 5:50 AM

Ten floors. It gets in under the wire.

Urbannizer Jan 29, 2015 5:59 AM

http://zieglercooper.com/wp-content/...LL-940x626.jpg

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news...6047196.php#/0

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chron
In surprise move, Parker now looks to lease justice space

City Council members are questioning Mayor Annise Parker's surprise announcement late Wednesday that the city may move its police and courts operations into the Exxon tower downtown.


A deal is far from done, officials cautioned, but the city may lease the 45-story building at 800 Bell from Shorenstein Properties, which has launched a joint venture with Griffin Partners for the "possible redevelopment" of the tower, a Griffin press release said, to house courtrooms and other city needs.

The announcement comes two weeks after Parker pushed the council to vote on the future of the city's police-and-courts buildings, offering a choice between constructing a new "justice complex" or repairing the city's crumbling facilities. With both options ranging from hundreds of millions of dollars to more than $1 billion, and with both requiring voter approval and perhaps even a tax increase to fund, the council balked, punting the item back to Parker.


Urbannizer Jan 29, 2015 6:05 AM

San Felipe Place: 1/27 by brijon_mang

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7426/...d5a4f5de_h.jpg

Urbannizer Jan 29, 2015 7:32 AM

San Felipe Tower: 33-stories, exact location unknown.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7333/...8e6013ae_b.jpg

Revised design:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7307/...58d96a54_b.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8630/...94541c6d_b.jpg

Dariusb Jan 29, 2015 9:48 AM

^Nice looking building!

JManc Jan 29, 2015 4:27 PM

ugh. so all the tacky ball bonding places can move over there and pollute that area. it's bad enough they've infected the area around the harris county court houses and the existing houston court.

rdavis4559 Jan 29, 2015 5:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JManc (Post 6894336)
ugh. so all the tacky ball bonding places can move over there and pollute that area. it's bad enough they've infected the area around the harris county court houses and the existing houston court.

Just hope that land value is such that they can't afford to infiltrate the area in large quantities. I agree, they are tacky as hell.

Sulley Jan 29, 2015 5:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JManc (Post 6894336)
ugh. so all the tacky ball bonding places can move over there and pollute that area. it's bad enough they've infected the area around the harris county court houses and the existing houston court.

I hate that they're destroying a beautiful mid-century masterpiece for another Houston style glass box.

photoLith Jan 29, 2015 6:25 PM

Yeah, I dont understand why they are doing that, they are destroying one of the coolest mid century modern buildings in Houston for another generic glass box, hooray! Cant believe the preservationists arent all over that, guess they cant compete with oil money though.

Urbannizer Jan 29, 2015 7:00 PM

Skyhouse Main: Groundbreaking imminent, construction equipment now on-site.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8614/...90587122_b.jpg

Urbannizer Jan 29, 2015 7:35 PM

The Perennial: Office tower will not move forward until a tenant is signed, but the hotel/apartment tower plans to break ground the 2Q or 3Q.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3780/1...db8e32da_b.jpg

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/busi...6037038.php#/0

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chron
Original plan: In 2011, a group affiliated with the Redstone Cos. - now TRC Capital Partners - said it was planning a hotel and office tower on the Uptown site. It said the project was contingent on financing and could be underway within a couple of years.

Update: At the end of last year, the developer signed an agreement with a hotel brand and plans to break ground on a full-service hotel in the second or third quarter. The office building has been put on hold until a tenant can be found.


Urbannizer Jan 29, 2015 7:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6894063)

Here's the site for the tower:

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...1422561131.jpg

Urbannizer Jan 29, 2015 8:36 PM

http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/34/33/43.../1366x1366.jpg

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/busi...6048121.php#/0

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chron
Design for planned downtown hotel gets a revision

Houston-based Midway has redesigned the luxury hotel it is planning to build downtown, giving the 21-story tower a more sleek, classic look than the modern, whimsical feel it originally had.

The design change was made to give the Hotel Alessandra a more cohesive feel between the exterior and interior space, said Jonathan Brinsden, Midway's CEO, who described the new look as a "modern interpretation of European style." The new design will also give the building a more pedestrian-friendly facade at its ground level.

"There are a lot of iconic buildings that have no response to the pedestrian environment. They turn their back on the street," Brinsden said. "Our philosophy is activating the street."

Midway recently began demolition on the site where the hotel will be built.


JManc Jan 30, 2015 1:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6894559)
Yeah, I dont understand why they are doing that, they are destroying one of the coolest mid century modern buildings in Houston for another generic glass box, hooray! Cant believe the preservationists arent all over that, guess they cant compete with oil money though.

Preservationists? Houston? Haha!!!

What I don't get is that sunk a bunch of money into that buildng a few years ago doing some structural work on the entire exterior. It is a shame. My guess is that it could not compete with rents with the other buildings but what a great residential it would make.

AviationGuy Jan 30, 2015 1:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6894698)
The Perennial: Office tower will not move forward until a tenant is signed, but the hotel/apartment tower plans to break ground the 2Q or 3Q.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3780/1...db8e32da_b.jpg

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/busi...6037038.php#/0

Is the hotel the cool looking structure in the middle of the photo?

Urbannizer Jan 30, 2015 3:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AviationGuy (Post 6895227)
Is the hotel the cool looking structure in the middle of the photo?

Structure as in the tower? Yes. The hotel is on the lower half, apartments on the upper.

toxteth o'grady Jan 30, 2015 4:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 6894559)
Yeah, I dont understand why they are doing that, they are destroying one of the coolest mid century modern buildings in Houston for another generic glass box, hooray! Cant believe the preservationists arent all over that, guess they cant compete with oil money though.

No oil money involved in the redevelopment. Shorenstein is real estate only and they're from San Francisco. If anything, it's Facebook dollars.

JManc Jan 30, 2015 4:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6895397)
No oil money involved in the redevelopment. Shorenstein is real estate only and they're from San Francisco. If anything, it's Facebook dollars.

Well, in that case:

http://ninaradetich.com/wp-content/u...FB-Dislike.png

Clev Jan 30, 2015 4:22 AM

The tower is growing on me a little, but it's still a big disappointment from the previous design. I still think it will be great for downtown.

Dariusb Jan 30, 2015 7:59 AM

I love the design of the San Felipe!

Urbannizer Jan 30, 2015 7:11 PM

City View Terrace: This project is back with a new name, and a taller height...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/...46cacdbb_b.jpg

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/01/prweb12462775.htm

Quote:

Originally Posted by PRweb
Local Developers Plan to Break Ground in Downtown Houston on New Mid-Rise Luxury Development

A brand-new development is underway in downtown Houston. City View Terrace is an exciting new building that will comprise a full city block, with residential units and full retail.

The City View Terrace project is a joint venture between two partners, Abdul Dawood and Dan Nip at City View LLC. This $60 million project is anticipated to generate over 700 jobs for Houston, making a positive and pioneering step toward the revitalization of East Downtown Houston.

City View Terrace will also have 12 stories and 336 residential units. The building is sure to become a hotspot for eating, shopping and living. To date, this is the largest development ever in its category. The anticipated date of completion is 2017.


Urbannizer Jan 30, 2015 7:45 PM

http://qe1pr67o4hj19lx494tvhiwf.wpen...on-550x367.jpg

http://blog.archpaper.com/2015/01/zaha-touch-houston/

Quote:

Originally Posted by A/N Blog
EAVESDROP> ZAHA TO TOUCH DOWN IN HOUSTON


It was announced in July of 2014 (very quietly evidently) that Zaha Hadid had been commissioned to design a new headquarters for real estate/oil and gas conglomerate The Richland Companies in Houston. Why had we not heard about this? Well, thanks to Vladimir Kagan, we are now in the know!


The legendary furniture designer not only tipped AN off about the commission, he was also responsible for introducing Ms. Hadid to Suzanne Klein and Edna Meyer-Nelson, the Richland execs who promptly hired the Pritzker Prize winner to plan their mixed-use HQ. No design has been released yet, but we’ll be waiting with bated breath to see what sort of swooping, eccentric forms Zaha cooks up for the project—that is, unless falling oil prices put a lid on this baby before it’s hatched!


shakman Jan 30, 2015 11:49 PM

Whatever it could be, I hope it is on a grand scale within Downtown.

HoustonHorns Jan 31, 2015 12:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shakman (Post 6896551)
Whatever it could be, I hope it is on a grand scale within Downtown.

I agree. Downtown is where it should be. I hope it's not out in the Energy Corridor.

Michi Feb 1, 2015 10:10 PM

The Hamilton
February 1, 2015

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8594/...39766945_b.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7361/...bd6f3379_b.jpg

HoustonHorns Feb 2, 2015 12:42 AM

Thanks for the update.

toxteth o'grady Feb 3, 2015 4:27 AM

Sometimes it's hard to fathom all the construction going on downtown - and elsewhere. Five cranes in this photo, and many others not shown:

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...ps16bb0b9f.jpg

toxteth o'grady Feb 3, 2015 4:29 AM

A couple of photos of East End projects:

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...ps9784199f.jpg

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...psec80b572.jpg

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...ps0e7b10ab.jpg

Urbannizer Feb 3, 2015 4:34 AM

800 Bell - Update: If the City's court system and PD moves in, the exterior will not be redeveloped.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/b...op.html?page=2

Quote:

Originally Posted by HBJ
The timeline for a vote on the matter is an extremely tight six weeks, which Griffin hopes to stick to, although he said it may go "a couple weeks" longer. Griffin said Shorenstein needs to know soon because the plan for redevelopment for the city's needs would be quite different than the one planned for other office tenants.

"They were planning on completely redoing the building, taking the fins off," Griffin said, referring to the seven-foot-deep sunshades coming out of the building. "Here, we won't do that."


Urbannizer Feb 3, 2015 4:38 AM

Houston First Hotel: This proposed hotel will be a Le Meridien.

http://ww1.hdnux.com/photos/31/50/20...3/784x2048.jpg

http://www.houstonconventiondistrict.com/Home.aspx

Quote:

Houston First is in the process of negotiating a development agreement for the hotel portion of this project. A developer is expected to be announced this spring for a 350-400 room hotel and the plan is to have it open in mid-2017.

Monarch Feb 3, 2015 5:31 AM

http://www.whatahotel.com/logoSml/ho...ancun-logo.gif
a le meridien, perched high above the GRB downtown houston... bravo!

toxteth o'grady Feb 3, 2015 1:59 PM

Didn't LeMeridien have a hotel near the airport many eons ago?

toxteth o'grady Feb 3, 2015 2:12 PM

Like other Camden projects, this sounds like a wrap. It was previously announced in May 2014...

Camden Starts Multifamily Project in Houston’s Midtown

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...1383981821.jpg

toxteth o'grady Feb 3, 2015 2:46 PM

Some economists are speculating the boom could shift to Houston's East Side, closer to the Port.

Economist says city's east and west sides could reverse roles

toxteth o'grady Feb 3, 2015 3:00 PM

Worried about lack of density? That's changing.

Houston: From Sprawl to City

Urbannizer Feb 3, 2015 4:13 PM

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...7/IMG_0888.png

Full Article: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/m...r-massive.html

Quote:

Exclusive: N.Y. developer unveils plans for massive Kirby mixed-use

New York-based Thor Equities told the Houston Business Journal that it is gearing up to break ground on the $125 million Kirby Collection, a million-plus-square-foot mixed-use project in Upper Kirby, despite the current oil slump.

"The oil issue is a silver lining for us," said Jack Bousquet, a developer at Thor. "We think we'll get more favorable construction costs and some of the competition will fade."

Demolition of the site's former buildings is finished, and construction is set to start in April or May, Bousquet said. It's slated to be complete in the third quarter of 2017.

Clev Feb 3, 2015 5:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6899601)

Very exciting for Houston. I hope it finishes in time for the Super Bowl in 2017.

toxteth o'grady Feb 3, 2015 6:28 PM

Speaking of oil slump, the price of WTI is up to over $51 a barrel today (Brent is $56). I can't tell if that's a dead cat bounce, the result of the refinery workers' strike or ISIS threatening Iraq's oil exports. It could be that the cutbacks in the industry are overdone, but for the meantime, I'm enjoying traveling the freeways with fewer heavy fracking vehicles.

Zapatan Feb 4, 2015 3:19 AM

This is kind of random but anyone know what's up with the 830' Louisiana building and market square? I really love those


Also 7200 main is AMAZING, first time seeing that, is that still a legit proposal?

AustinTay Feb 4, 2015 4:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zapatan (Post 6900901)
This is kind of random but anyone know what's up with the 830' Louisiana building and market square? I really love those


Also 7200 main is AMAZING, first time seeing that, is that still a legit proposal?

You mean 1600 Louisiana? Supposedly it's on hold because Chevron's multi-billion dollar project in Australia.

And 7200 Main is not happening from my knowledge. It seems there was some confusion if it was even a real project.

Urbannizer Feb 4, 2015 9:59 AM

http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/34/41/17...3/1000x850.jpg

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/sp...#photo-7476218

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chron
Energy firm expansions drive office, retail boom in Spring

New office and retail developments are underway in Spring as thousands of employees start work in the area at Exxon Mobil Corp.'s 385-acre campus and Southwestern Energy Co.'s new headquarters.

Construction of the first building of Springwoods Village CityPlace, a 60-acre mixed-used development, is expected to start in the first quarter of this year. CityPlace 1 is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2016, said Keith Simon, executive vice president and director of development at CDC Houston, one of the developers of the project.

"The residential and business growth in the general north Houston area was strong before construction of Springwoods Village and CityPlace began and it has since accelerated," Simon said. "Now, with Exxon Mobil and Southwestern Energy in place, CHI St. Luke's Medical Campus underway and the first two CityPlace office buildings planned, you will have approximately 15,000 highly skilled, well-paid employees within the area, all of whom need and want access to retail amenities."

When complete, CityPlace will have over four million square feet of Class A office space, retail, a full-service hotel and luxury multifamily residential. CityPlace will be located at the intersection of Interstate 45, the Hardy Toll Road and what will be the Grand Parkway.


Urbannizer Feb 4, 2015 9:42 PM

Methodist Inpatient Hospital: Construction has begun, 20-floors total.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7281/...331f33e9_o.png

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7454/...6f7e2cf0_o.png

Urbannizer Feb 4, 2015 9:47 PM

Richmond Cummins: Construction has also commenced on this 11-story office building. 2/4 by DRUTH on HAIF

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3674/...17114007_b.jpg

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...1423077544.jpg

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...1423077425.jpg

Urbannizer Feb 5, 2015 1:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6899601)

I'm sorry guys. The information I posted was incorrect. This hotel proposed by Houston First will not be a Le Meridien, but the hotel brand for the project will be announced this Spring.

It's actually the Melrose Building that is planned to be redeveloped into a Le Meridien.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...dien/?p=491029

http://houstonmod.org/img/building/6/melrose2big.jpg

Urbannizer Feb 5, 2015 2:35 AM

Updates by LarryDierker on HAIF, 2/4

Modera Flats

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7419/...f81a5a3c_b.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8640/...47bea1f6_b.jpg

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8680/...068bbfb8_b.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7348/...16365d64_b.jpg

AviationGuy Feb 5, 2015 2:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 6901794)
Methodist Inpatient Hospital: Construction has begun, 20-floors total.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7281/...331f33e9_o.png

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7454/...6f7e2cf0_o.png

Beautiful photos. Taken from a building? Or maybe a drone?

toxteth o'grady Feb 5, 2015 3:16 PM

The Methodist tower in the photo is a rendering.

eddiehou77 Feb 5, 2015 11:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6899828)
Didn't LeMeridien have a hotel near the airport many eons ago?

The current Doubletree at Allen Center-Downtown was originally a LeMeridien Hotel. But back then (1980) the hotel chain went by Hotel Meridien.

Dariusb Feb 6, 2015 7:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 6899863)
Some economists are speculating the boom could shift to Houston's East Side, closer to the Port.

Economist says city's east and west sides could reverse roles

That would be cool.


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