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Thymant Jan 30, 2009 1:36 AM

Mainplace looks great and it seems its going well on its way.:worship:

rdavis4559 Feb 2, 2009 3:55 PM

I didn't get the first crane on the left in the last set of pics:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0129.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0130.jpg

Complex01 Feb 2, 2009 7:01 PM

:previous:

Looking very nice. Thanks for the updates...

:tup:

rdavis4559 Feb 3, 2009 10:09 AM

Discovery Tower from another vantage point:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0131.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0133.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0134.jpg

HOUSTONIAN57 Feb 3, 2009 9:38 PM

Thanks Rdavis for the updates. :)

Hey since you work in DT, can you stop by the new YMCA for us?

Wheelingman04 Feb 3, 2009 9:41 PM

Nice updates.

CALMSP Feb 4, 2009 2:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HOUSTONIAN57 (Post 4065541)
Thanks Rdavis for the updates. :)

Hey since you work in DT, can you stop by the new YMCA for us?

nothing to show right now............i'm two blocks away. maybe another 1-2 months before we see anything.

Complex01 Feb 7, 2009 3:10 AM

I saw a base for a crane for the Discovery Tower parking garage the other day. (I like discovery tower much better then hess tower), anyhow looks like there will be another crane downtown...

:tup:

HOUSTONIAN57 Feb 7, 2009 6:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Complex01 (Post 4072856)
I saw a base for a crane for the Discovery Tower parking garage the other day. (I like discovery tower much better then hess tower), anyhow looks like there will be another crane downtown...

:tup:

Thats great. :yes: Another crane in Downtown and possibly more if Embassy Breaks ground next month. I thought you were going to take pics for us this week...?

Complex01 Feb 9, 2009 6:50 AM

I forgot my camera. I wanted to get some pics to. Next time for sure...

Complex01 Feb 9, 2009 8:02 PM

They put up the crane for the Discovery Towers parking garage. Yeah for another crane up in Downtown...

:yes:

Wattleigh Feb 16, 2009 7:13 AM

Mix of shots posted in a few other threads around here for some who don't check all of 'em out. All taken over the past few weeks...

One Park Place
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC03910.jpg

Discovery Tower
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...r/DSC03941.jpg

MainPlace
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...e/DSC03953.jpg

2727 Kirby
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC03997.jpg

TMC growing up around Hermann Park
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC03990.jpg

Methodist Outpatient Center
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC03744.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC03986.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC03992.jpg

BioScience Research Collaborative (aka Rice Collaborative Research Center)
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC03748.jpg

MD Anderson Alkek Hospital Vertical Expansion
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC03979.jpg

Methodist Hospital Research Institute + Cranes
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC04006.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC04021.jpg

Texas Childrens Hospital Maternity Center
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC04014.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC04016.jpg

Memorial City Condos + Cemex Center w/ Westin & MH Tower in distance
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC03869.jpg

Condos
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC03887.jpg

JManc Feb 16, 2009 10:44 AM

recession or no recession, the TMC has no shortage of growth.

TXLove Feb 16, 2009 11:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JMancuso (Post 4090686)
recession or no recession, the TMC has no shortage of growth.

So true, I stayed at the Holiday Inn Hotel at Holocomb and Main a few weeks back and could not stay out of the window of my 11th floor room facing north. The amount of construction in the area is massive to say the least!!

Great updates Wattleigh

Complex01 Feb 17, 2009 11:31 PM

They are great updates. Med Center is just booming along. Its great to know that its keep Houston going...

:tup:

vjhe Feb 18, 2009 3:51 AM

The construction is very exciting but I would rather see the buildings in all glass rather than that beige stone. I know there is a shortage of materials but it seems other cities have just gone to all glass as a alternative to the beige stuff. I find the new buildings in the Memorial City area to be tragic.

HOUSTONIAN57 Feb 19, 2009 11:47 PM

New info on EarthQuest from: http://www.hcnonline.com/articles/20.../08realtor.txt

Quote:

The plans for the much anticipated Earth Quest Adventures, slated to be constructed in East Montgomery County, are closer to reality with the fast-approaching ground breaking scheduled for the fall.

East Montgomery County Improvement District President and CEO Frank McCrady discussed the plans for the dinosaur-themed park and museum with the Kingwood Realtor Advisory Board Feb. 12.

“We have had board meetings and developer meetings; in two weeks the EMCID board will be issuing bonds on the project,” McCrady said. “The Houston market is ready, willing and able to accept a thematic theme park and destination place to go in regards to any type of recreational activity.”

The Earth Quest Adventures project will be located north of Kingwood, at Roman Forest Boulevard and U.S. Highway 59.

The design process for some of the rides and areas of the park are still in the design process but for the most part, the schematics for Earth Quest are complete.

“The project is moving forward and we are expected to break ground on Earth Quest either the end of this fiscal year or the first quarter of 2010,” McCrady said.

The park is scheduled to open for the public in 2011 or 2012.

The dinosaur theme park will be situated toward the rear of the park and will feature several roller coasters that will go in and around the mountains constructed as a part of the theme.

There will be a temperate side of the mountain which will simulate a rain-forest like atmosphere, another side will showcase volcano-like activity and yet another side will feature a snowy climate.

“There are different components for each side and a centerpiece connecting all the different parts, which is like the center of the park,” McCrady said.

The actual park itself is around 200 acres and several hotels are already slated to be built around the park including a hotel featuring rooms situated in the tree tops that offer a view of the park.

Additionally, McCrady discussed the development of Valley Ranch where there is current retail development that will further enhance the theme of the community, a lifestyle center.

The retail centers in Valley Ranch will feature an outdoor shopping experience and offer shoppers outdoor places where they can relax and interact with friends and fellow shoppers.

Kyle Bauer, owner of QLS Family Fitness Health Complex, also addressed the luncheon, explaining the recent additions and expansion of their facility and the center’s dedication to the community.

________

Also ChannelTwoNews from HAIF stated that theres a sign that has been put up not to long ago on the site of SouthPointe; just some basic info. (Developers names, #s and the website.)

Von Feb 20, 2009 12:40 AM

sounds exciting! and great for Houston since Astroworld is gone and when there aren't that many theme parks around!

CALMSP Feb 20, 2009 4:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Von (Post 4098676)
sounds exciting! and great for Houston since Astroworld is gone and when there aren't that many theme parks around!

and good thing they tore down Astroworld for that new beautiful................piece of grass??? WTF!!! :shrug:

HOUSTONIAN57 Feb 20, 2009 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CALMSP (Post 4099785)
and good thing they tore down Astroworld for that new beautiful................piece of grass??? WTF!!! :shrug:


Well that "piece of grass" might not be there for long. Have you seen what may be taking its place???

rdavis4559 Feb 20, 2009 11:20 PM

Downtown YMCA...
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...lgooglecom.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...googlecom2.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...googlecom3.jpg

Complex01 Feb 21, 2009 12:48 AM

:previous:

Ohh there is going to be a new crane downtown and its gonna be blue. Very Kewl. I wander how tall its going to be...

:tup:

Shasta Feb 23, 2009 6:13 AM

I really hate the new Downtown YMCA. We're going to lose a historic 11 story tower by one of Houston's greatest architects for a generic 3 story that looks like it could go in Pearland, The Woodlands, or Sugar Land just as easily as downtown Houston. A real shame.

CALMSP Feb 23, 2009 9:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HOUSTONIAN57 (Post 4100622)
Well that "piece of grass" might not be there for long. Have you seen what may be taking its place???

no i have not.

HOUSTONIAN57 Feb 25, 2009 12:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CALMSP (Post 4105464)
no i have not.

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...14123&page=119

look at post #2374

Complex01 Feb 26, 2009 2:29 AM

Some updates from the DownTown...

Discovery Tower aka Hess

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/DT0225d.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/DT0225e.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/DT0225g.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/DT0225f.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/DT0225c.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/DT0225a.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/DT0225h.jpg


The Main Place...

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/MP0225g.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/mp0225f.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/MP0225c.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/MP0225b.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/MP0225d.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/MP0225e.jpg


:wizard:

TXLove Feb 26, 2009 11:26 PM

Great updates Complex...can't wait until the towers are complete!!!

Urbannizer Mar 1, 2009 5:43 AM

Is Westin in Seabrook still in the works? I've found more renderings that was'nt posted here; the one that was posted here looks to be slighty diffrent from the one I found.

Old rendering:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...rSeabrook1.jpg

New Rendering:
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...ickYah57/A.jpg

Additional Renderings:
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...ear-Lake-1.jpg
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...ear-Lake-2.jpg
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...ear-Lake-3.jpg
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...ear-Lake-6.jpg
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...ear-Lake-7.jpg

photoLith Mar 1, 2009 7:37 PM

Man, its been about a week since Ive been on here and Discovery Tower freakin exploded. Wow, it looks to be almost half way there already.

CALMSP Mar 2, 2009 6:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HOUSTONIAN57 (Post 4108063)

wow........surprised I missed that!! This would be phenomenal. A great way to try and clean up that area. What are we looking at, 6 or 7 highrises??!! I also see they added an extension to wrap around the backside for the light rail.

Complex01 Mar 3, 2009 5:13 PM

The crane is up fro the YMCA downtown...

photoLith Mar 11, 2009 2:31 AM

So, is 6 Houston Centre dead or what? It was supposed to start construction last year but it never happened. :( Also, what happened with the downtown La Quinta Inn? I guess that one fell through the gaps too. Dammit, this economy bs really is getting on my nerves.

HOUSTONIAN57 Mar 11, 2009 10:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 4133481)
So, is 6 Houston Centre dead or what? It was supposed to start construction last year but it never happened. :( Also, what happened with the downtown La Quinta Inn? I guess that one fell through the gaps too. Dammit, this economy bs really is getting on my nerves.


-6 Houston Center->Dead

-La Quinta Inn->Still in the works maybe? Idk

but, there's good news...

Quote:

WEDGE Hotels Corporation is actively engaged in the pre-development process for a 240-room Hilton Garden Inn adjacent to WEDGE International Tower on Louisiana Street and Clay in downtown Houston, TX. Project is expected to break ground in 2009 and open in 2010. See rendering on right side of page.

http://www.wedgerealestateholdings.com/development.html

http://www.wedgerealestateholdings.com/images/dev1.jpg

This development will kill another parking lot if built. :)

Complex01 Mar 12, 2009 1:40 AM

Oh yes another parking lot bites the dust. Hopefully...

:tup:

photoLith Mar 12, 2009 4:24 AM

Wow! Awesome, if 6 Houston Center is dead than I dont care because the side of town where that hotel is going needs to lose some freakin parking lots. Thats all that side of town is is parking lots and decaying abandoned buildings that were built in the 50s. eeewww

NThomas Mar 12, 2009 5:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Complex01 (Post 4135281)
Oh yes another parking lot bites the dust. Hopefully...

:tup:

Score! :notacrook:

HOUSTONIAN57 Mar 13, 2009 3:40 PM

More good news. :D

From Swamplot...

Quote:

Here’s a surprise: a construction permit for a new 23-story Chinatown Asiatown condominium tower was issued yesterday for Park 8 Place. Remember Park8? That’s the freeway feeder megastrip project planned for just across Brays Bayou from Arthur Storey Park, along Beltway 8 south of Bellaire Blvd. The one that called itself “The Land of Oz.”

The entire development was supposed to include three 20-something-story residential towers, a hospital, two 2-story retail-and-office strips, and a couple of parking garages — all in a quaint freeway-and-park-side setting. A foundation was poured for the first condo building last year, but Park 8 CEO David Wu put the project on hold after he was unable to secure financing. So the construction crane came down.

If a single condo tower is the only piece of the project that’s now been funded, the result might be a little less overwhelming than the complex portrayed in this old Park 8 promotional video:

Video Link



According to the city report, yesterday’s permit cost Lyda Swinerton Builders more than $46K. The official address for the project is 8018 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. South.
Park8's website: http://www.park8.com/en/index.html

http://swamplot.com/the-land-of-oz-ready-t...3-13/#more-7304

Urbannizer Mar 15, 2009 6:24 PM

^^^^

I hope they build all three, instead of one. We'll see what happens.

____________

Quote:

Thanks to burgeoning demand for the Museum's educational exhibitions and programs, we currently host 500,000 schoolchildren annually—in addition to more than 2.5 million other visitors. However, the Museum's current facilities were built to accommodate just 200,000 visitors a year.

Demand for the Museum's educational programs far outpaces available classroom space.

The current HMNS@100: Building for a Second Century of Science capital campaign is designed to provide funding for an expansion of the Museum's facilities that will better accommodate both our swelling numbers of visitors and the community's escalating interest in thought-provoking exhibitions and informative educational programs. We need your help to make these plans a reality for Houston's future. Get involved – and help us build for the next century of science education in Houston.

You can also celebrate our centennial at one hundred fun family events planned throughout 2009 and get an inside look at the Museum's vast collections—we've selected a hundred of the most compelling objects from millions of possibilities.

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...100-duncan.jpg
The Duncan Family Wing - part of the Museum's planned expansion.


http://www.hmns.org/images/HMNS100-image5.jpg

http://www.hmns.org/images/HMNS100-image1.jpg
http://www.hmns.org/see_do/hmns_at_o...t_hmns_100.asp

raskacielos-houston Mar 18, 2009 4:03 PM

Hess Tower, March 17, 2009

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q...Picture925.jpg

Texas Medical Center
Methodist Hospital - Outpatient Care Center

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q...Picture914.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q...Picture911.jpg

Von Mar 18, 2009 9:39 PM

MC is looking nice and so is Hess Tower.!!! but the Museum New Wing is kinda of plain:( I really don't like it for that area, it could of had a little bit more design to it..but oh well..
I was in downtown today and I saw that the old library is being remodel, ? they are taking the bricks down..does any one know anything about this?

Sterling Mar 19, 2009 7:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Von (Post 4147442)
MC is looking nice and so is Hess Tower.!!! but the Museum New Wing is kinda of plain:( I really don't like it for that area, it could of had a little bit more design to it..but oh well..
I was in downtown today and I saw that the old library is being remodel, ? they are taking the bricks down..does any one know anything about this?

I am under the impression that the old library is being remodeled to include a wing and outdoor spaces that were designed but cut from the original construction. Also the interior will be restored and brought up to date mechanically, restoring parts of the original that were "fixed up" through the years. I believe it will house the Houston History Collection. Interestingly, they will seek historic landmark status for the new part, since it was part of the original designer's intent. That's not usually done. In fact, it is usually prohibited by current landmark guidelines. It looks like a great project.

Von Mar 19, 2009 10:49 PM

ah ok thanks:)

Complex01 Mar 23, 2009 11:01 PM

ABC World News was in Houston today and tomorrow. They had some great skyline shots...

:tup:

KevinFromTexas Mar 24, 2009 1:21 AM

YES! I saw that. Man, that closing aerial over downtown was sweet. Texan empire. :cool:

Dan Denson Mar 24, 2009 3:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KevinFromTexas (Post 4156322)
YES! I saw that. Man, that closing aerial over downtown was sweet. Texan empire. :cool:

Kevin I missed that closing shot! Had to run to the john and missed it. I liked that shot taken from I-45 north of downtown (wish Forbes had shown that view; other thread).

Looks like Charlie Gibson was at one of those vantage points on Allan Parkway. I'm wondering, though...it was just as windy there as here today, but I didn't notice his clothes or hair blowing around. Did you? I'm wondering if they superimposed him on the background. About 20 years ago, there was an international political summit at Rice Universtiy, and there was an article in the paper regarding how superimposing is often done in news reports (it was apparently done at the Rice summit). I would think it would be easy to do.

Saddle Man Mar 24, 2009 6:01 AM

I watched it. Not superimposed.

Texas Tuff Mar 24, 2009 7:12 PM

Here's a video link of some of those skyline shots, and an interesting 3 or 4 minute video about Houston's booming economy for those of you, who like me, missed yesterday's ABC broadcast.

Link: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7154605

TXLove Mar 24, 2009 9:47 PM

^^^thanks for the link...nice shots in there!!!!

rdavis4559 Mar 24, 2009 11:20 PM

New Dynamo stadium is nearly a done deal

HOUSTON -- It looks like the Houston Dynamo are finally going to get their new stadium.

They cleared the last big hurdle this week by getting funding from a Spanish bank based in Madrid.

The Dynamo is paying about $60 million toward the cost of the $80 million stadium.

The City of Houston and Harris County will pick up the rest of the tab, chipping in $10 million each.

The stadium will be built across Highway 59 from Minute Maid Park where the Houston Astros play.

It will seat 21,000 fans and will have around 35 suites.

The Dynamo say they hope to keep the average ticket price under $20.

Construction will begin in the fall and is expected to take about 18 months.

The Dynamo plan to play their season opener at the new stadium in 2011.

TSU will also play its home football games at the stadium.

http://www.khou.com/topstories/stori....694b5ecd.html

Saddle Man Mar 25, 2009 7:06 AM

Financing for Dynamo stadium still up in air
Team says agreement in place, but officials say nothing imminent

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6339016.html


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