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How do you bury a church? (Yes, a new installation in the Heights)

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Located in the Southwest quadrant of the Houston CBD, Block 365 was acquired for multifamily development in the fast growing Downtown Houston submarket. With over five million square feet of office space development planned over the next 3 years, and a wealth of new hotels, retail and restaurants coming online as well, the city of Houston has created an incentive for developers to build apartments in the CBD to complement the continued growth in the downtown area. Growth in the Energy, Medical and Financial sectors has made Houston one of the strongest markets for job growth in the country, and has created significant demand for housing. Leon Capital Group is working with the architects at Hensley Lamkin Rachel, Inc. to design the property, and both groups are working closely with the Downtown District to meet the design guidelines that accompany the Downtown Living program. The project is planned to begin in Q4 2014 and will consist of 220 luxury apartments with resort style amenities, along withgreat views of downtown, walkability to major sports arenas and nightlife, and close proximity to a very dense and growing employment center
This block is EAST of the Co-Cathedral and adjacent to St. Josephland. No way in a million years would I describe it as the "Southwest quadrant" of the CBD. Somebody needs to look at a map.

Taken together with the planned mid-rise (10-story) apartments by the Co-Cathedral, the five-story building underway adjacent to Skyhouse, the ones farther north by the ballpark, it seems like a real possibility that this type of housing (full blocks, 10-stories and under) is going to dominate the eastern edge of downtown. Of course there are true highrises (Houston House, Skyhouse and One Park Place) but at what point do they become the exceptions? Seems like Midtown and EaDo (east of 59) might merge via the eastern edge of downtown.
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Midtown is already pretty well occupied with these block buildings; it's becoming very redundant - a squarish 6-story block bounding right up to the curb. That and the three-level rowhouses.
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Groundbreaking for an already-announced ethane cracker. Not typically significant, except that this is a $6 billion project start.

Chevron Phillips kicks off $6 billion construction campaign
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Sprawl. It's Houston. And it's big!



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MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theatre Center Houston is up to 80% of it's $25 million fundraising goal and expects to break ground on May 7th.

http://www.matchouston.org/

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Can Houston Learn to Love Light Rail?



I see no reason why this can't be done.
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Can Houston Learn to Love Light Rail?



I see no reason why this can't be done.
Once a certain congressman goes away, I see no reason why the Richmond line won't start soon after.

The other day I had a fantasy of a line going down Montrose Boulevard, starting at Hermann Park and running up through The Heights to the 610 loop. How glorious would that be?
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Once a certain congressman goes away, I see no reason why the Richmond line won't start soon after.
The GHP keeps wondering what it will take to make Houston competitive with other cities for young talent. This is part of the solution. Too bad there's opposition.
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Underground data center will triple in size with expansion

There's an interesting back-story to this facility. The bunker was built in the '80s and the rumor was that a reclusive Chinese businessman was responsible for its existence. The actual story is here.

A Former Nuclear Bomb Shelter...
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The Parkside Place apartments are about to start along the NW Grand Parkway, and are being followed in short order by the Lakes of Bella Terra beginning June 1 (BisNow sent a render, complete with a "get your hands off my ass" detail.



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Builders plan for new homes at Tuscan Lakes
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BisNow's making some interesting announcements:

Woodland Creek:



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More stuff from other sources:

Sedona Lakes

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Avanti Senior Living breaks ground on $15 million facility in Towne Lake
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This is now official according to the MATCH Facebook page and the Chronicle: Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday May 7 at 4 pm with the Mayor and organizers. $25 million project for Midtown WHOOP

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MATCH looks like a great resource for the arts and theater community.

Today's BisNow has a feature on this corner (Westheimer and Fondren), which they say will be the site of four different apartment complexes. How that will look, I don't know, but the new Vargo's apartments are there.

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MATCH looks like a great resource for the arts and theater community.

Today's BisNow has a feature on this corner (Westheimer and Fondren), which they say will be the site of four different apartment complexes. How that will look, I don't know, but the new Vargo's apartments are there.

That's an interesting article with the apartment buildings they mentioned being bought out. The most interesting one being the WestPoint Apartments. Those things are HUGE! The article suggest those apartments will be closing in July and possibly redeveloped mix-use. That mean they may be torn down completely, right?

On a side note, i really hope they keep those palm trees in that area. I really like the scenery approaching Fondren going east on Westheimer!
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That's an interesting article with the apartment buildings they mentioned being bought out. The most interesting one being the WestPoint Apartments. Those things are HUGE! The article suggest those apartments will be closing in July and possibly redeveloped mix-use. That mean they may be torn down completely, right?

On a side note, i really hope they keep those palm trees in that area. I really like the scenery approaching Fondren going east on Westheimer!
I love the palms in the Houston area. I like them a lot more than the pines and hardwoods that predominate, although I guess the mix is nice. Probably the best grouping of palms I've seen around there is in the Highland Village area on Westheimer just east of the loop.
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