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Old Posted Feb 8, 2007, 6:51 PM
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How expansive is the construction boom in your city?

Ok lets talk about the construction boom in your city.

Is the boom in your city only limited to the 'central' area of your city or other parts of you city are having a construction boom aswell. NYC is not only having a boom in its two 'central' (Downtown and Midtown) areas but in other neighborhoods aswell. Also the construction boom is not just limited to Manhattan but the other boroughs are having a big construction boom aswell.

So is your city experiencing a construction boom other than the 'central' part of your city.

*central - By this I mean the area where it has the majority of tall buildings in your city.

How about a city that is not having a boom in the 'central' area but a neighborhood (That is not another 'central' area) that is having almost all the construction boom. Is there a city where this is happening?


Anyway here are the impressive numbers for the 2006 construction permits in NYC...


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The 2006 figures show that the number of permits issued for housing units in Brooklyn and Manhattan increased from 2005. Brooklyn saw 9,191 permits in 2006, compared to 9,028 in 2005. There were permits for 8,790 units in Manhattan in 2006, compared to 8,493 in 2005. The Bronx and Queens saw permit numbers little changed: in the Bronx there were 4,658 permits in 2006 and 4,937 in 2005. The 7,252 permits in Queens in 2006 was only 17 permits fewer than in 2005. On Staten Island 1,872 permits were issued in 2005 and 1,036 permits were issued in 2006

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More than 1.5 millions square meters of offices are under in construction in Paris.
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So is your city experiencing a construction boom other than the 'central' part of your city.
Yes: Mission Bay (San Francisco)









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New UCSF campus
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Old Posted Feb 8, 2007, 7:03 PM
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The boom is very strong in Edmonton. It isn't pronounced by the rise in skyscrapers - however there has been quite a few new starts in construction as opposed to say, 1999 when there was absolutely no construction going on in downtown. Most of the construction is in the industrial parks. We're seeing massive upgraders, refineries, distribution centres and the sort being constructed. There is about 20 billion dollars being spent on the upgraders alone. The largest refinery in North America is being built a 100 km north of Edmonton.

There is lots going on and the residential and office/commercial construction is having a hard time getting the labour and material necessary to get their projects done.
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No one is safe in Florida. It's the boom that ate everything: Downtown, uptown, out of town, South Beach, North Beach, Sunny Isles and Florida City.
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Old Posted Feb 8, 2007, 7:50 PM
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That is a very interesting development in San Francisco. So the red is going to be for the university and the yellow part is it private?

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Yes: Mission Bay (San Francisco)


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Old Posted Feb 8, 2007, 8:16 PM
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Here is a map of some significant projects in Cleveland - most of the current construction boom is residential. The green is residential, the red is commercial/institutional and the blue line delineates what is generally considered "downtown". There are more projects in downtown proper but I omitted them for this post:



The area on the right is University Circle, where the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, the Veterans Administration Hospital, University Hospitals, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Case Western Reserve University have all had recent (or ongoing) construction projects. The adjacent residential projects are spinoffs of the development there.

The areas on the left are Ohio City and Tremont, where most of the construction is infill. Most projects are attached townhomes like the following:



The areas south of what's on the map are having a tougher time. They lack the proximity to downtown and the lakefront which is a major selling point for any residential construction in Cleveland.
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Generally, Chicago's northside (Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Ravenswood, Old Town) boomed like insanity during the 90s. Then the downtown boom (South Loop, River North, Lakeshore East, River West) started around 2000 and continues unabated. In terms of neighborhood development, the northside boom has largely calmed down and is being replaced by a Northwest side boom, with Wicker Park, Bucktown, and East Village going bananas with new construction. On a lesser scale, the Little Italy/University Village area gentrified during the 90s and has since slowed, and the new construction has moved west to Tri-Taylor and even creeping into North Lawndale.

Chicago's worst neighborhoods, like Englewood, parts of Austin, South Chicago, continue to fester, deteriorate, and lose residents and housing stock; and of course we've also been tearing down neighborhoods with thousands of residents like Cabrini-Green, Stateway Gardens, Robert Taylor Homes...

And then some neighborhoods are basically the land time forgot, little development but also little deterioration: Hyde Park, most of the bungalow belt, etc.
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Old Posted Feb 8, 2007, 8:38 PM
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largest condo market in North America.

Over 35,000 condos have been sold in the Toronto area in the since Jan 2005.

1 (ritz) 5-star hotel is u/c, 2 (shangri-la, Four seasons) are starting sales and 1 (trump) is close to construction. All of the buildings are near or over 200m.

There are also three office towers u/c. Plus many many condos.
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Seattle always has lots of growth in other neighborhoods than Downtown.

Greater Downtown is the biggest of course. We have 18 high-rises fully underway now, plus others in demo (West 8th, Rollin, Skyline), plus numerous smaller projects. In a couple thousand acres, current construction includes 3,500 housing units, 1,000 hotel rooms, 9-10 small or mid-sized office, lab, or hospital buildings, conversion of a bus tunnel to combo bus and light rail, a new streetcar, and so on.

Meanwhile, much of our regional growth is being focused on "urban villages", whether they're the downtowns of suburban cities or the business districts of Seattle neighborhoods. Most are seeing at least small growth right now, and many are seeing very substantial growth -- in-town examples include Ballard, the U-District, Admiral, Northgate, Fremont, Upper Madison, Haller Lake, Alki, and Green Lake. In town, the growth is usually in the form of six-story residential with retail below. Reconstruction of existing supermarkets with residential above is a major trend.

Also, Seattle has a growing trend of tearing down one house and replacing it with anywhere from 2 to 8 townhouses. I'd guess that every week another 12-15 of these projects are proposed.
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For Los Angeles, the booms outside of Downtown LA include Hollywood, with numerous major projects, Century City, where several 40 + story condos are going up or will soon, Wilshire, Pasadena and Long Beach, not coincidentally, all areas that are linked by the Metro.
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Also, Seattle has a growing trend of tearing down one house and replacing it with anywhere from 2 to 8 townhouses. I'd guess that every week another 12-15 of these projects are proposed.
Wow, those are some huge-sized city lots. Is there a picture thread of Seattle neighborhoods?
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Old Posted Feb 8, 2007, 10:24 PM
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Portland is undergoing a massive boom. Over 20 projects worth well over a billion $$$ are under construction today.

One of two main district being built is the South Waterfront district, that currently has 3 occupied towers, one almost completed, and two under construction with several more planned.




also home to the Portland Aerial Tram connecting OHSU (Oregon's medical school) to their new campus in the district.


The other district is Portland's Pearl, a former warehouse district that has been converted to the hotest property in Portland. From the Pearl, America's first modern streetcar line rose.


Hoyt Street Properties, district buildout plan




South Waterfront thread
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=81718

Pearl thread
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=88244
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I don't have any numbers to throw around off the top of my head but in terms of construction boom distribution, pretty much the entire Vancouver metro is busy with construction. Downtown Vancouver has plenty of significant projects underway at the moment including such things as a new rapid transit line, convention centre expansion, new tallest tower, many more condos etc. The rest of Vancouver proper is humming along as well with transit/residential/commercial projects, the bigger burbs are undergoing significant residential highrise development, the airport is undergoing expansion, the ports are undergoing expansion, and even the further and smaller burbs like White Rock (pop. ~20k) have a few decent-sized (21 storey?) condo towers going up. And then of course there is all the 2010 Olympic-related venue construction.
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Wow, those are some huge-sized city lots. Is there a picture thread of Seattle neighborhoods?
Generally these aren't traditional suburban-sized lots -- just mid-sized ones typical of Western US inner cities. A six-unit project might be on a 60x120 site, with three units in front and three in back. Eight units would fit on the same site if they were skinny, or duplexed, or in three rows.

Generally each has a parking space at ground level. Actually that's the worst aspect of them -- the sites are sometimes mostly driveway aside from the structures. I'd wish they'd do below-grade shared garages with the houses separate on top.
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In City compilations the first page of Chicago Boom Rundown does great job for the entire Chicago area. It is probably the most comprehensive rundown for any metro region in the country. Maybe Steely Dan will post some of it.

For a specific project plan

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=131476

does a good job on the Lake Shore East project.
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That is a very interesting development in San Francisco. So the red is going to be for the university and the yellow part is it private?
Yes, and much of the area is now built.

(Borrowing KCGridlock's recent pics)

Here, you can see the brightly-colored mid-rise buildings in the middleground--that is the bioscience campus for UCSF, coming along nicely. Across the channel behind the campus, you can see a line of condominiums stretching from the freeway to the ballpark


A closer-in look at the mid-rise condos going up along the channel and alongside the train station:


There are still several blocks of condos to come:
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Atlanta has highrise projects currently under construction in Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, and Vinings. There are others (approved) in Perimeter Center, Gwinnett County, and Stockbridge. Some of them are pretty massive projects, even ones in the far out burbs!
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That is a very interesting development in San Francisco. So the red is going to be for the university and the yellow part is it private?
Fflint largely answered your question and provided some very nice pics, but let me add that the "private" part is a mixture of things. As he explained, along the water (China Basin) is residential, a mixture of condo and rental (Avalon Bay REIT is doing 2 large rental buildings and there's at least one "affordable" building done by a non-profit developer). But south and east of the UC campus are lots planned for a number of "private" commercial buildings many of which will be built and owned by Alexandria REIT, a company which specializes in building and leasing space for biotech companies. With these buildings, the UC medical campus (UCSF is largely a medical institution--it's UC Berkeley's med school if you will), and several independent outfits like the Gladstone Institutes ( http://www.gladstone.ucsf.edu/gladstone/site/gweb1/ ) and the CA Institute for Regenerative Medicine (that's the state outfit that administrates California's several billion dollar commitment to stem cell research), the idea is that Mission Bay will be a hub of biotech research for the 21st century.

Incidentally, I just noticed that in this picture you can see One Rincon Hill and The Infinity rising in the distance (other side of the I-80 freeway) and get a good understanding of where the new SOMA highrise neighborhood will be vs this midrise area:



And it should also be noted that the bridge crossing China Basin in the foreground carries the new Muni T line LRV (as well as cars) which then jogs over to Third Street for a dedicated right-of-way run nearly to the city's southern edge. That line provides good transit service to the new neighborhood.

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