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Urbannizer Dec 20, 2016 4:55 PM

Rice to break ground on new performing arts hall

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Arias coming from the opera program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music are about to be raised a few decibels.

The school announced Monday that it will break ground in September on a new music, theater and opera building designed by Allan Greenberg Architect LLC. that will be connected by a plaza to the school's existing Alice Pratt Brown Hall.

The combined facility, to be called the Rice University Music and Performing Arts Center, will further energize the west end of the campus, where the new Moody Center for the Arts is nearly completed, to create "a real hub of arts activity," Shepherd School dean Robert Yekovich said.
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Urbannizer Dec 20, 2016 5:19 PM

Houston's new restaurant row

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The face of downtown Houston — specifically, the eight-block area around Discovery Green — is changing dramatically as more than a dozen new restaurants rush to open before February brings Super Bowl LI.

Call it Houston's new restaurant row: Between Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park, anchored by the George R. Brown Convention Center's new Avenida promenade and the 1,000-room Marriott Marquis Hotel, the new dining and drinking venues will afford Houstonians and convention visitors a wide range of offerings: Among them, barbecue, Southern comfort food, Gulf Coast seafood, French bistro, high-end Italian, trattoria, and haute Mexican.
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French brasserie to open at One Park Place

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When One Park Place opened downtown in spring 2009, the Finger Companies had always planned to have a restaurant concept on the La Branch side of the building facing Discovery Green. But for years developer Marvy Finger resisted offers for the space that passersby would never know existed.

Now he's found a tenant he admires and a grand new restaurant, set to open this fall, will be constructed in a two-level space. Chef Philippe Verpiand and his wife Monica, owners of Etoile Cuisine et Bar in the Galleria area, have signed a deal with Finger to open Brasserie du Parc, a French restaurant with about 5,500 square feet of space within what is perhaps downtown's toniest residential address.

The restaurant will be situated at La Branch and Lamar streets with giant folding glass doors overlooking Discovery Green. The space features about 3,000 square feet on the main level with a 1,000-square-foot mezzanine and an additional 1,500 square feet of terrace space fronting the building. It will be designed to look like an authentic French brasserie with plenty of brass, antique mirrors and tile floors.
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photoLith Dec 28, 2016 12:44 AM

Just came back to Houston for Christmas after moving away four years ago and had time this time to spend a whole day downtown. I photographed lots of the new development going on. I cant believe how much has gone up since I lived there, its insane.

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AviationGuy Dec 28, 2016 12:59 AM

What do you think of 609 Main? I really like it.

I visited over Christmas, and my other favorite is the new Amegy building in Uptown.

photoLith Dec 28, 2016 1:16 AM

609 Main is great, Ill still never get over how they tore down that beautiful art deco tower though to build it. There were about a billion other vacant lots downtown where it could have gone, but other than that, its great looking.

drummer Dec 28, 2016 1:22 AM

Are there any plans to connect the proposed HSR station to the downtown core? I've heard Houstonis expanding its rail network, so I didn't know if there were any new ideas to connect it to the station.

llamaorama Dec 28, 2016 1:59 AM

I haven't heard anything.

A year ago, Texas Central did a preliminary EIS and decided it would be too much trouble to extend the HSR to downtown through the Heights to a station site on the northern edge of downtown.

The station will likely be where Northwest Mall is currently located. Which would probably be okay because that is close to Uptown. Also if I had to guess, it is closer to the mean population center of the greater Houston metro area than downtown itself.

Urbannizer Dec 28, 2016 2:44 AM

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Originally Posted by llamaorama (Post 7662059)
I haven't heard anything.

A year ago, Texas Central did a preliminary EIS and decided it would be too much trouble to extend the HSR to downtown through the Heights to a station site on the northern edge of downtown.

The station will likely be where Northwest Mall is currently located. Which would probably be okay because that is close to Uptown. Also if I had to guess, it is closer to the mean population center of the greater Houston metro area than downtown itself.

Back in May the city was looking into conducting a study for a HSR extension to downtown. I don't know the latest but it'd be built as a second phase if things come together.

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Urbannizer Dec 28, 2016 2:53 AM

Work has commenced for Hanover River Oaks (39 stories) and Hanover BLVD Place (32-stories)

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JoninATX Dec 28, 2016 6:46 AM

Welcome back PhotoLith! You always come prepared. :cheers:

Urbannizer Dec 31, 2016 9:25 AM

Block 98

Trailers for the Marriott Marquis being cleared from the site.

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Kirby Collection

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Urbannizer Dec 31, 2016 9:18 PM

2111 Austin St.

Construction permits issued for a 5-story, 215 unit apt complex by Winther Investment.

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photoLith Jan 2, 2017 2:42 AM

One more photo from last week I just got around to editing, probably one of my favorites Ive ever taken downtown.

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Urbannizer Jan 2, 2017 10:58 PM

The new Marriott Marquis opened to guests December 26th.

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Urbannizer Jan 2, 2017 11:22 PM

Sneak A Peek At The Marriott Marquis’ New Restaurant Wonderland

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Houston’s newest destination hotel opens on December 26 bringing a slew of dining options catering to convenience, quality and a range of diverse culinary and entertainment preferences. Five of the six outlets will be ready for service on opening day with the final location, Hugo Ortega’s forthcoming Xochi, still in the works.

Thanks to intentional (and ingenious) architectural design, each of the five lobby level concepts are visible from either end of the extensive lobby so that guests can keep an eye on happenings and make visit selections accordingly. Other brilliant moves include inviting seating areas that encourage guests to leave their rooms and mingle, and outlets on virtually every table and chair making both formal meetings and quick charging effortless. Attention to detail takes on new heights with intricate ceilings and exquisite lighting adding both allure and grandeur to the already luxurious setting.
Cueva

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Spanish for cave, this lobby lounge and wine bar features a state-of-the-art tap system where guests can choose from 12 wines and order Mediterranean tapas and small plates like crudité or gourmet cheese and crackers. Hidden behind the scenes are two beers on tap and a full bar, though the intention is to indulge in wine here and head to Biggio’s for the remaining libations.
Texas T

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Casual meets comfort in this quick-service café offering coffee, tea, breakfast breads and sandwiches plus midday and evening options. Find Starbucks brand beverages, along with locally sourced baked goods in the open and airy space great for quick bites on the go.
Biggio's

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The bars at night are big and bright and this one takes top honors as the largest sports bar in Texas. Floor-to-ceiling TVs anchor the two-story concept with three distinct sections highlighted by Biggio memorabilia and reclaimed wood bleachers. Find a cozy space inspired by a lavish living room with leather chairs and couches, a 26-tap bar lined with baseball bats, and cinema seating filled with recliners for viewing two massive screens – each chair features outlets for charging phones and laptops so guests can stay connected while keeping current on sports. Upstairs, find a bar area at eye level with the top TV screens plus additional tables and chairs for balcony views of the rest of the space.
Walker Street Kitchen

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Across from Biggio’s is the hotel’s main dining restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving a casual menu of coastal and Cajun dishes. An open kitchen gives guests a glimpse at the action while multiple seating options range from booths to tables.
Xochi

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Though this space is still under wraps and won’t open for a while yet, expect Hugo Ortega’s signature Mexican fare complete with patio views of Discovery Green.

photoLith Jan 3, 2017 10:09 PM

Wow, that is super fancy, love that pool.

Urbannizer Jan 4, 2017 4:27 PM

Allen Center Redevelopment

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Fairview District

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Menil Expansion

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plutonicpanda Jan 4, 2017 6:02 PM

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Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 7665240)
One more photo from last week I just got around to editing, probably one of my favorites Ive ever taken downtown.

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Wow. Absolutely stunning picture of Houston.

JoninATX Jan 8, 2017 9:05 PM

Breaking: Bank of America in talks to anchor new downtown Houston tower

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By Cara Smith
Jan. 6th. 2017

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) is in negotiations to anchor Capitol Tower, a 35-story, 750,000-square-foot tower that hasn't broken ground yet.

Bank of America has been in talks with New York-based Skanska USA Commercial Development, the tower's developer, for more than a year, sources close to the deal told the Houston Business Journal. The bank would take between 200,000 and 250,000 square feet in the downtown tower.

“Recently, we have been in talks with a number of tenants interested in Capitol Tower, and we are optimistic that the downtown leasing market will continue to present new opportunities as we move through 2017," the statement read. "Capitol Tower is a premier address in the heart of downtown and we look forward to going from ‘in development’ to ‘under construction.’”

Bank of America's lease – or any other anchor tenant's lease, for that matter – would prompt construction to start on Capitol Tower. The tower has been in the planning stages since 2014 and hasn't broken ground yet. In June, a company spokesperson told the Houston Business Journal that the company wouldn't move forward on vertical construction until market conditions improve.

Bank of America is currently the anchor tenant at Bank of America Center at 700 Louisiana in downtown Houston. If Bank of America anchors Capitol Tower, the company would move out of Bank of America Center and consolidate its downtown footprint into Capitol Tower, sources say. The bank would consolidate into significantly less space than it occupies today, sources said. It's unclear if Bank of America's lease at Capitol Tower would include naming rights.
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clubtokyo Jan 9, 2017 3:36 AM

Houston is on fire! Major growth! love it.


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