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urbanactivist Jun 30, 2008 8:51 PM

I like the midtown medical tower too. It would look odd there today, but with the projects that are curently planned in the area, I think it could work well. Plus, more jobs in that area will create a necessity for more residential/retail. It's right on the rail line and just a stop away from the future university line. Gooood choice for location.

Xeelee Jul 1, 2008 2:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by urbanactivistTX (Post 3644952)
I like the midtown medical tower too. It would look odd there today, but with the projects that are curently planned in the area, I think it could work well. Plus, more jobs in that area will create a necessity for more residential/retail. It's right on the rail line and just a stop away from the future university line. Gooood choice for location.

I've always said midtown could use more towers.

Complex01 Jul 1, 2008 3:18 PM

Yes. Would become more walkable for sure. I am all for it...

:tup:

Shasta Jul 11, 2008 5:58 PM

Looks like this upcoming week's Houston Business Journal will reveal a rumor that his been flying around for some time now;

The owner of Austin's Hotel San Jose is planning on building a new hotel in the Lower Westheimer area. No real news other than it is confirmed and that it will "go vertical" compared to Austin's 2 story rehab.

Also, the same article mentions that people that used to be connected to The Lancaster Hotel in downtown are in the early stages of planning for a boutique hotel in the Washington Avenue area...

rdavis4559 Jul 11, 2008 8:03 PM

GreenHoustonTX has a cool PDF talking about LEED buildings in Houston. Here is an excerpt:

City Projects Currently Pursuing LEED Compliance 
1. Frank Branch Library – substantial completion estimated Fall 2007; $2.3 million 
2. Westside Command Station – substantial completion September 2006; $8.3 
million
3.  Northeast Multi­Service Center – substantial completion November 2007; $6.2 
million 
4. Southwest Environmental Center (Household Waste Depository) – substantial 
completion Summer 2008; $2.9 million 
5. Oak Forest Branch Library Renovation – design commencing, schedule to be 
established; $3.0 million 
6.  Kashmere Multi­Service Center Renovation – substantial completion Summer 
2008; $3.0 million 

Non­City Projects, LEED Regis
1.  1800 West Loop South Offic
2.  African American Library 
3.  Greater Houston American H
4.  Rice University, Autry Court 
5.  Rice University, McMurtry Co
6.  Rice University UEL Building
7.  NASA B­20 New Office Build
8.  NASA B­207A Rehabilitation
9.  NASA Building 265 Addition
10. NASA Building 265 Phase 4
11. NASA Building 27 Astronaut
12. NASA Refurbish Building 2 N
13. Natco Office Building 
14. Panattoni Development, Bel
15. Harris County Precinct 2, Be
16. Radler Enterprise, Inc., Beltw
17. BP Commercial and Trading
18. Bullseye Storage West Dalla
19. Gerald D. Hines College of A
C Building 
20. Capitol Main Building 
21. Chase Midtown Building 
22. Central Green 9 Building 
23. Chevron HOU 140 Building 
24. Creative On Center Building
25. Houston Conservancy, Disco
26. DNA Westway II, Building 2 
27. DNA Westway II, Building 3 
28. DNA Westway Office Buildin
29. Eldridge III Office Building D
30. Emerson Unitarian Church E
31. The MedLeh Group, Equival
32. Falbrooke Building 1 
33. Gensler Office Building 
34. GT Mickey Leland R&A Build
35. Horizon Wind Energy Corpo
36. Koll Development, Intellicent
37. Julia Ideson Library Restora
38. Kirksey Corporate Office Bu
39. Main Rusk Building 
40. Oak Park Office Center II
41. One Greens Plaza 
42. Parc V Office Building 
43. Perkins & Will Houston Office 
44. Property Room Replacement Building 
45. Remington Square 
46. Satterfield & Pontikes Westway Park 
47. UT Health Science Center, School of Nursin
48. Sheldon Lake Office Building 
49. Shell Westhollow 
50. Shell Woodcreek Campus, Phase II 
51. SpawGlass Corporate Offices (Silver) 
52. Stress Engineering Building 
53. The Grand 
54. The Monarch School 
55. The Plaza at Enclave 
56. The Seniors Place 
57. Thompson Elementary Replacement School
58. Trammell Crow Energy Center Phase 1 
59. Trammell Crow Energy Center Phase 2 
60. USAISR BHT Joint Center of Excellence 
61.Walnut Bend Elementary School 
62. St. Cathrin Montessori (Certified) 
63.Walter P Moore Office Building 
64.Windfern Building 1 
65.Woods High School 
66. Schlumberger Limited Headquarters (Silver)

66 Non­City owned registered LEED buildings, and 
brings 84 LEED building in the City of Houston. 

The full PDF can be found at http://www.greenhoustontx.gov/epr/leedinhouston.pdf

rdavis4559 Jul 11, 2008 10:39 PM

Per Swamplot, MainPlace's website has a bunch of new renders:

http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...-Rendering.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...ell-and-WF.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...erial-View.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...Sky-Garden.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...-Elevation.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...treetscape.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...Light-Rail.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...s/RMStreet.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...Sky-Garden.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...-Corridors.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...erings-005.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...erings-008.jpg
http://www.mainplacehouston.com/enla...erings-007.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...roofgarden.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...-site-plan.jpg
http://swamplot.com/wp-content/uploa...arden-plan.jpg

http://www.mainplacehouston.com

Michi Jul 11, 2008 11:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xeelee (Post 3646535)
I've always said midtown could use more towers.

Tell that to the light rail line. I'm sure it's ears are perked. ;)

Xeelee Jul 12, 2008 12:24 AM

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ee/midtown.jpg

weatherguru18 Jul 12, 2008 1:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xeelee (Post 3668188)

What is that? Is that a rendering of the new Boutique Hotel for DT?

Also, I posted on HAIF that (what appears to be twins) 33-story towers with 86,000 sqft. of ground retail to go up in the Galleria. The rendering is on HAIF. It's called Sage Plaza. It kinda slipped under the radar. Renderings are very nice with lots of palm trees.

Trae Jul 12, 2008 1:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xeelee (Post 3668188)

Why post a rendering with no information at all? :koko:

Von Jul 12, 2008 3:36 AM

omg those renderings of Main place look awesome!!! umm is that rendering the Embassy tower or w.e.?? it looks like it!

Xeelee Jul 12, 2008 3:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trae (Post 3668307)
Why post a rendering with no information at all? :worship:

Sorry I just got back on...

I'm not sure what that is. I found it somewhere a week or two ago. I forgot to bookmark the site since I was at work... :D

Anyone here know?


EDIT: I know it was supposed to be in Houston though.

Cory Jul 12, 2008 3:45 AM

Xeelee, you are a trip.

Anyway, the Sage Plaza proposal is old. The rendering has been there for probably about the past two years.

Xeelee Jul 12, 2008 3:47 AM

From that same Sage plaza site is mentioned a new Hyatt for Houston? Where is this thing supposed to go?

Xeelee Jul 12, 2008 3:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WesternGulf (Post 3668496)
Xeelee, you are a trip.

Anyway, the Sage Plaza proposal is old. The rendering has been there for probably about the past two years.

Not good.

Cory Jul 12, 2008 4:08 AM

Xeelee, what you posted is the old Dominion on Post Oak rendering for Uptown Houston. Why is midtown in the url?

Wattleigh Jul 12, 2008 2:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WesternGulf (Post 3668524)
Xeelee, what you posted is the old Dominion on Post Oak rendering for Uptown Houston. Why is midtown in the url?

Looking at that sketched rendering, I can't help but mention the fact that I think it may have been a recycled design for another Houston project. I recall seeing it (or at least a very similar design) in a model of a project called "First Capital Center" that was pitched around 1990 to be located at Post Oak & the east side of West Loop. I think it was the first big project (3 Buildings; 1 50-story office tower + 2 30-story residential towers) to be put forward after the 80's bust, though it obviously didn't go anywhere.

Von Jul 13, 2008 3:37 AM

okay so I don't know if you guys notice but the Proffesional St. Joseph Building is being painted with this depressing gray color and has a crane next to it?http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2...1c0e2c8800.jpg
does anybody know what' are they doing?

oh and also I work across the old Holiday Inn building and recently I've seen people in the parking lot...kinda weird because I haven't seen no movement around that building for as long as I remember

JManc Jul 13, 2008 4:12 AM

it was bought and is being redeveloped.

Xeelee Jul 13, 2008 8:11 PM

I noticed that the other day when I was scoping out the expansion of the BMW dealership there.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/P1010045.jpg

Xeelee Jul 13, 2008 8:14 PM

Here is what it looks like:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/P1010028.jpg

photoLith Jul 14, 2008 6:33 PM

^^^
Is that downtown? I never remember seeing that hotel downtown. Maybe Im just losing my mind.

Xeelee Jul 14, 2008 6:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 3672332)
^^^
Is that downtown? I never remember seeing that hotel downtown. Maybe Im just losing my mind.

The BMW dealership is in midtown...

The hotel/empty building is indeed in downtown. You might not have noticed it because subconsciously you were hoping it wasn't really there. You know what I mean?:cheers:

weatherguru18 Jul 15, 2008 12:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xeelee (Post 3672345)
The BMW dealership is in midtown...

The hotel/empty building is indeed in downtown. You might not have noticed it because subconsciously you were hoping it wasn't really there. You know what I mean?:cheers:

Wow...if that ain't the truth. How long has this building been empty? It's such an eyesore. I'd much rather it come down. Can it be salvaged?

AstrosFreak Jul 15, 2008 1:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 3673012)
Wow...if that ain't the truth. How long has this building been empty? It's such an eyesore. I'd much rather it come down. Can it be salvaged?

Amazingly, the building has only been empty for ten years. It was turned into crap apartments a while ago, but was finally shut down due to numerous health and safety violations. Anyway, someone has bought it and thinks it can be salvaged. I think I remember reading that they were going to pour $50 million (though I could be wrong) into the building. That should help things a bit. Though, anything is better than what is there now.

Wattleigh Jul 15, 2008 12:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 3673012)
Can it be salvaged?

They're already doing work on the inside, and it sounds like they want to do extensive work to the existing structure. It is nice to see a number of people LEGALLY in the building actually working on it day-to-day.

weatherguru18 Jul 15, 2008 5:11 PM

Never really bothered to count, but it's gotta be 25 to 30 stories! It's definitely a sizeable structure. If they can salvage it, that'd be awesome. However if they imploded it, it would hurt my feelings either. That's probably the only time you'll ever hear me say that about a highrise. Knowing what I know about the building, I don't think I could ever live there.

rdavis4559 Jul 15, 2008 6:56 PM

An update on the Pavilions:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMG00406.jpghttp://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMG00407.jpghttp://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMG00408.jpghttp://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMG00409.jpghttp://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMG00410.jpghttp://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMG00411.jpghttp://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMG00412.jpghttp://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMG00413.jpg

That "Art Deco" cladding really isn't doing anything for me...

Shasta Jul 15, 2008 6:57 PM

The old Days Inn/Maharashi Bldg is being renovated. Rumors are the development group is hoping to land a national chain to anchor the hotel. Holiday Inn, Marriott, and Sheraton are the names being mentioned.

Downtown needs more hotel rooms and this will help. I'd like to see it turned back into a Holiday Inn. Downtown needs more moderately priced options.

This combined with the old Sheraton Lincoln being turned into an Omni Hotel is certainly good news. Now, if only the old Texaco Bldg could see action again...

photoLith Jul 15, 2008 9:38 PM

When I last went to Houston about 1 month ago I was appalled by the cladding on the outside of the pavilions. The eastern end of that cladding on the building is just god awful. It may even be worse looking then the parking lot that was there previously. It just doesnt look inviting to people looking to shop there. Is that section of the terrible cladding a parking garage or something? But as for the rest of the project I like it.

Michi Jul 16, 2008 12:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rdavis4559 (Post 3674699)
An update on the Pavilions:

That "Art Deco" cladding really isn't doing anything for me...

Maybe I am one of the few who loves the facade of the Pavillions. Not necessarily the gray metal part, but the overall look and feel is very nice. I think that once more lights and signage are added, more texture will be given to the street scene to create an improved sense of place. If not, then yah, maybe it'll stay a little bland.

I think the Pavillions are/will be a great asset to downtown...I just think Houston could have come up with a better name than a cookie-cutter of what Denver calls theirs.

toxteth o'grady Jul 16, 2008 12:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rdavis4559 (Post 3674699)
That "Art Deco" cladding really isn't doing anything for me...

Looks like a freakin' barcode...

TexasPlaya Jul 16, 2008 2:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 3675064)
When I last went to Houston about 1 month ago I was appalled by the cladding on the outside of the pavilions. The eastern end of that cladding on the building is just god awful. It may even be worse looking then the parking lot that was there previously. It just doesnt look inviting to people looking to shop there. Is that section of the terrible cladding a parking garage or something? But as for the rest of the project I like it.

I believe what you are referring to is where the music venue House of Blues will be.

Cory Jul 16, 2008 2:36 AM

I must be a minority, because I do not think the office "tower" portion of the pavilions does not look too bad. The skin of it sort of reminds me of the Collaboratibe Research building going up in the Med Center.

rdavis4559 Jul 16, 2008 7:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Michi (Post 3675418)
Maybe I am one of the few who loves the facade of the Pavillions. Not necessarily the gray metal part, but the overall look and feel is very nice. I think that once more lights and signage are added, more texture will be given to the street scene to create an improved sense of place. If not, then yah, maybe it'll stay a little bland.

I think the Pavillions are/will be a great asset to downtown...I just think Houston could have come up with a better name than a cookie-cutter of what Denver calls theirs.

I really do hope that we'll see some texture shaping up as things progress. I do think the Pavilions are a good asset, and though I just wish the design was much more exceptional than it seems to be now, I don't quite think it completely ugly.

rdavis4559 Jul 16, 2008 1:31 PM

Reviewing the renders of the Pavilions, I think they will turn out a lot better than I had been pessimistically expecting (I know these have been posted before but maybe another glance will change some others' minds):
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...4559/pav01.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...4559/pav02.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...4559/pav03.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...4559/pav04.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...4559/pav05.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...4559/pav06.jpg

Here is the house of Blues (it does look like a garage or mechanic shop):
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...is4559/hob.jpg

What do you guys think?

Also, I must have missed this back in May and I don't think it was mentioned here:
"Lawry's cools off on Houston Pavilions project

A major tenant that had signed on for the $170 million Houston Pavilions project has pulled out of the downtown deal, while a handful of other retailers are delaying their openings until next spring.

Upscale steakhouse Lawry's The Prime Rib will no longer be a tenant in the Pavilions, a 700,000-square-foot, multilevel mixed-use project that is scheduled to open in October. The remaining anchor tenants in the project -- which will take up four city blocks and be bounded by Dallas Street, Polk Street, Main Street and Caroline Street -- include Pete's Dueling Piano Bar, House of Blues and Lucky Strike Lanes.

Lawry's officials could not be reached for comment, but the company told local restaurant trade publication My Table that the Pavilions location has been scrapped..."

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/s...05/story4.html

rdavis4559 Jul 16, 2008 4:03 PM

NATCO to build R&D facility in Houston

Oil and gas equipment company NATCO Group Inc. building a new research and development facility across from its corporate headquarters in Houston.

Houston-based NATCO (NYSE: NTG) is relocating its research and development center from Tulsa, Okla., to Houston.

The firm plans to build the new 30,000 square-foot facility at 4901 North Sam Houston Parkway, directly across from its corporate headquarters.

The center will triple the size of NATCO’s current R&D operations, the company said, allowing additional space for large-scale pilot plants, technology developments, computer and scale modeling, and laboratory services.

The new center also will include space to display working demonstration models and computer animations, as well as state-of-the-art training and presentation facilities.

NATCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Clarke called the project an investment in his company’s future.

“To bring our research and development efforts right into the heart of our customer base presents a tremendous opportunity to continue to grow the business,” said Clarke.

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

Xeelee Jul 17, 2008 4:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rdavis4559 (Post 3676650)
NATCO to build R&D facility in Houston

Oil and gas equipment company NATCO Group Inc. building a new research and development facility across from its corporate headquarters in Houston.

Houston-based NATCO (NYSE: NTG) is relocating its research and development center from Tulsa, Okla., to Houston.

The firm plans to build the new 30,000 square-foot facility at 4901 North Sam Houston Parkway, directly across from its corporate headquarters.

The center will triple the size of NATCO’s current R&D operations, the company said, allowing additional space for large-scale pilot plants, technology developments, computer and scale modeling, and laboratory services.

The new center also will include space to display working demonstration models and computer animations, as well as state-of-the-art training and presentation facilities.

NATCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Clarke called the project an investment in his company’s future.

“To bring our research and development efforts right into the heart of our customer base presents a tremendous opportunity to continue to grow the business,” said Clarke.

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



AWESOME!

This is good news. :)

rdavis4559 Jul 18, 2008 1:28 PM

"Swami Ramdev to set up centre in Houston"

60 Acres of Yoga?
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/3248125.cms

Reverberation Jul 18, 2008 6:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xeelee (Post 3678084)
AWESOME!

This is good news. :)

30,000sf means 2 or three floors. Still more jobs so a good deal for the metro.

toxteth o'grady Jul 19, 2008 4:16 AM

Speaking of awesome...

Houston: The U.S. Boomtown

It's the sound some cities haven't heard for months — the sounds of construction and growth ring out throughout Houston.

In 2008, new construction permits for the city are up 30 percent. At least 100,000 new jobs have been created, and Mayor Bill White just proposed a $4 billion dream budget, calling for more police and firefighters while lowering property taxes.

Houston's boom was set off, in part, by the skyrocketing prices for oil and gas, which are the city's central commodities. Here, million-dollar homes are in high demand.

"They're selling faster than they come on the market," said Martha Turner, local real estate agent in Houston.

Government figures show that existing home sales have fallen 4.7 percent in the United States since April. It's a trend that has completely passed over Houston...:banana: :cheers: :cool:

Xeelee Jul 19, 2008 6:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 3682240)
Speaking of awesome...

Houston: The U.S. Boomtown

It's the sound some cities haven't heard for months — the sounds of construction and growth ring out throughout Houston.

In 2008, new construction permits for the city are up 30 percent. At least 100,000 new jobs have been created, and Mayor Bill White just proposed a $4 billion dream budget, calling for more police and firefighters while lowering property taxes.

Houston's boom was set off, in part, by the skyrocketing prices for oil and gas, which are the city's central commodities. Here, million-dollar homes are in high demand.

"They're selling faster than they come on the market," said Martha Turner, local real estate agent in Houston.

Government figures show that existing home sales have fallen 4.7 percent in the United States since April. It's a trend that has completely passed over Houston...:banana: :cheers: :cool:

This is just the tip of the iceberg why Houston > *

Wattleigh Jul 19, 2008 12:41 PM

On the topic of residential real-estate, there was a pretty good report I saw on 11 last night with regard to the number of foreign buyers who are choosing to snap up properties in the area.

http://www.khou.com/news/local/stori....5ad14ad7.html

Great_Hizzy Jul 21, 2008 3:58 PM

I still worry some about foreign investment driving up real estate costs and pricing out longterm buyers (that is, some of the factors that took place in markets like Miami and San Diego).

Then again, maybe I'm overly sensitive because everbody's freely throwing the "B" word around again.

:D

Trae Jul 23, 2008 1:27 AM

Uptown: River Oaks District
 
New rendos:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3156/...9a137584_b.jpg

http://www.sppre.com/projects/projec..._RiverOaks.pdf

TexasPlaya Jul 23, 2008 3:06 AM

:previous:

Looks very sleek and fancy. Definitely will be a great project if it all comes to together. I wish it was on the otherside of 610 to add some density to Uptown, but that's only wishful thinking. Are there any office towers by this project or is it removed a little bit from them? I wonder where the urban park is (the PDF mentions one); perhaps it will be on top of one of the low rise structures where the green is.

Von Jul 23, 2008 3:52 AM

OMG I love it ! what's the hold up on this project?

Wattleigh Jul 23, 2008 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 3689029)
:previous:

Looks very sleek and fancy. Definitely will be a great project if it all comes to together. I wish it was on the otherside of 610 to add some density to Uptown, but that's only wishful thinking. Are there any office towers by this project or is it removed a little bit from them? I wonder where the urban park is (the PDF mentions one); perhaps it will be on top of one of the low rise structures where the green is.

Technically, the view is on top of a 16 story, 250k sf office building, so it's blocked out by the crop.

The talk recently has been for an early 2009 start for construction, so we shall see.

rdavis4559 Jul 23, 2008 6:22 PM

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0002.jpg

Complex01 Jul 24, 2008 2:42 AM

:previous:

That looks good. It looks really tall from that angle. Very Kewl...

:yes:


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