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Great_Hizzy Oct 9, 2006 5:42 PM

BTW,

According to the HBJ, the Pavillions is set to break ground on Nov. 6.

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houst...ml?jst=b_ln_hl

Get ready for even more dust downtown near Main Street Square and Houston Center.

NYC2ATX Oct 9, 2006 6:16 PM

The pavilions are beautiful, but the tower is a bit cookie-cutter. Still, the Houston downtown is cleaning up nice. :dancing:

Trae Oct 9, 2006 6:41 PM

Good news Great Hizzy!

Quote:

Houston Pavilions lands $140M construction financing

Houston Business Journal - 11:09 AM CDT Monday
by Jennifer Dawson
Houston Business Journal

Developers of the Houston Pavilions downtown mixed-use project have secured $140 million in construction financing from North Houston Bank.

The transaction makes it possible for construction to begin on the ambitious three-block development bounded by Dallas, Polk, Main and Caroline. Groundbreaking is set for Nov. 6.

It will take two years to build the $200 million project, which will contain roughly 800,000 square feet of retail, office and high-rise residential space.

William Denton and Geoffrey Jones of Houston Pavilions LP are the developers behind the project, which has already secured the House of Blues and Lucky Strike bowling lanes as tenants.

Jones says it was important to use a local bank on the project, which has been supported by North Houston Bank since it was conceived in July 2003. North Houston Bank is the Houston-based banking affiliate of FBOP Corp.

Mark Sixour, a managing director in the Houston office of Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP, arranged the loan.

In addition to bank financing, the Houston Pavilions has lined up an $8.8 million development grant from the City of Houston, $5.5 million from Harris County, $1 million from the Downtown District and an undisclosed amount from partner Houston Catalyst LP. The project will be part of the Main Street/Market Square Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone.

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum Inc. is the architect on the Houston Pavilions. Houston-based D.E. Harvey Builders will serve as general contractor for the project. Construction activities will be coordinated and supervised by the Wells Partnership of Denver.
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Houston Proud Oct 9, 2006 11:56 PM

Excellent news! The Pavilions will be one of Houston's great destinations. But, I have one question. Why do they say it will be 800,000 sf of retail? I thought it was around 300,000 to 350,000 sf at first? Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaning about it

Shasta Oct 10, 2006 12:10 AM

They didn't say that. They said 800,000 square feet of retail, office, and residential space.

There's a 15 story condo tower and an 11 story office loft tower as part of the project. Rumor has it that a third tower is back on the board as another condo project...

Shasta Oct 10, 2006 12:11 AM

Does anyone have more information on this project by Fairfield Residential? It's a planned 25 story tower with 274 condos...
http://www.hayneswhaley.com/project_...rialCondos.jpg

Cory Oct 10, 2006 4:57 AM

Kind of off topic, not really, but the new MHMP has some awesome views.

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/3707/asr2.th.jpg

Great_Hizzy Oct 10, 2006 2:52 PM

That is a nice view, WG.

Re: the Pavillions... based on the image that Trae provided, it looks like the two condos (assuming the rumor about the second tower is true) will be on blocks 1 and 3 while the office tower will take up block 2. True? I mean, looking at the designs of the three buildings would suggest that to me.

Re: the Fairfield proposal... I heard about this a few months ago but haven't found any news links. Where is it supposed to be located again? Uptown?

texasboy Oct 10, 2006 9:21 PM

Great news about Pavilions, but I guess we'll see. Also, I may be comparing apples and oranges but the Westfield Center in Downtown San Francisco opened a few weeks ago and the sidewalks have been jammed pack ever since it opened. Granted, SF's downtown retail district is more established than Houston's non existant one but if Pavilions could create a third of the foot traffic that I have seen with the new Emporium Building in SF, I would be happy. Here is one pic that does not do the area justice as far as activity.

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/2...stfieldyl2.jpg

Also, I have a friend in Houston that lives near Shepherd that tells me the 2727 Kirby Building has a nice sales office out there. Can anyone expand on the activity happening there. He also told me he heard some of the employees at Central Market speaking of the new Whole Foods opening on Post Oak. I am sure this has to do with Boulevard Place.

Houston Proud Oct 10, 2006 10:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta
They didn't say that. They said 800,000 square feet of retail, office, and residential space.

There's a 15 story condo tower and an 11 story office loft tower as part of the project. Rumor has it that a third tower is back on the board as another condo project...

Thanks for clearing that up for me, Shasta. I was so excited that I didn't see the other two they mention.

Trae Oct 11, 2006 1:45 AM

Photos of the Downtown Park courtesy of Daniepwils at HAIF:


http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...s/DSC00008.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...s/DSC00007.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...s/DSC00003.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...s/DSC00001.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...s/DSC00002.jpg

When do they announce the winner for this thing?

Xeelee Oct 11, 2006 3:54 AM

How does mayor white plan to deal with all the homeless people there?

Von Oct 11, 2006 6:10 AM

omg i didn't realize of what is happening infront of G.R.B. when are they suppose to be finish with the park plans??

LouisianaRush Oct 12, 2006 3:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xeelee
How does mayor white plan to deal with all the homeless people there?

They have just as much right to be there as you or I do.

mikecolley Oct 12, 2006 3:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WesternGulf
New rendering for mixed use replacing the Westcreek apartments. Next door to High Streett.(?)

http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/7558/ago3.jpg

Hey, I live in Westcreek apartments. Hope they don't start bulldozing it down soon! :)

Do you have an additional information on when this project will begin?

I was also wondering about the construction on the corner of Richmond and Weslayan. Does anybody have any information?

Shasta Oct 13, 2006 4:25 AM

The 13 floor 24 Waterway under consturction in The Woodlands

http://www.hayneswhaley.com/project_...ZAVIEWcrop.jpg

Xeelee Oct 13, 2006 4:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HoustonRush
They have just as much right to be there as you or I do.

That's beside the point. Who's going to go there if they're to be accosted by a homeless panhandler?

LouisianaRush Oct 13, 2006 1:24 PM

I lived in downtown for over a year and was never "accosted".

Double L Oct 14, 2006 3:47 AM

Well Mayor White wants a panhandling law for one thing.

Xeelee Oct 14, 2006 7:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HoustonRush
I lived in downtown for over a year and was never "accosted".

Clam down there, tiger. I lived in downtown for just under a year. I was almost assualted once when I was photographing the then new 5 Houston Center. Some guy thought I was stalking him and was getting pretty upset. He even went as far as taking down my Lotus's license plates. He was staying in the park across the street. Clearly, it was time for me to leave as I was doing so, I noticed he had roused his mates and they were starting to walk in my direction.


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