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Lightbulb HOUSTON | The RO Phase I | FT | 37 & 30 FLOORS

Developer: Spear Street Capital, Transwestern
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Type: Office, residential, retail
Location: 3120 Buffalo Speedway, Greenway Plaza
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*March 2017 Article

Exxon Mobil Site Sold To Spear Street Capital For Major Mixed-Use Project in Houston

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HOUSTON - An affiliate of Spear Street Capital has acquired the former Exxon Mobil campus on Buffalo Speedway where it will develop a major, mixed-use project.

The property, almost 17 acres, is one of the finest urban infill sites in Houston, with a prime location between Richmond Avenue and West Alabama near Greenway Plaza.

The new development is expected include office, retail and urban residential buildings. Spear Street expects to define the size of the development's components as the planning progresses.

Spear Street is starting demolition and site preparation work, which will take a year to complete. Covered with oaks and acres of St. Augustine lawn, the low-density campus has several low-rise office buildings constructed in the early 1960s and several industrial buildings.
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Nice shots.

By the way, do the Houston suburbs have more trees than the Dallas burbs?

I love Dallas, and it has some gorgeous suburbs, but a lot of the surrounding area was not very green.

Houston's burbs seem to have a lot more trees -- maybe because the climate is less arid.
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Mixed-use in Greenway Plaza at former Exxon campus to break ground

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When California-based Spear Street Capital, a commercial real estate investment and development firm, came into the Houston market in 2017, it set off a flurry of office investment activity in the Bayou City. The company has since bought office towers in downtown, Uptown and west Houston, as well as a joint venture with Houston-based Transwestern Development Co. at the site of an old Exxon campus on Buffalo Speedway.

The project with Transwestern will be a mixed-use development known as The Ro, which will break ground in 2019, according to marketing materials from Transwestern and Spear Street. Transwestern confirmed the information but declined to comment further. The Ro will be built on 16.88 acres at 3120 Buffalo Speedway, just half a block away from Greenway Plaza and a few blocks away from River Oaks.
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Nice shots.

By the way, do the Houston suburbs have more trees than the Dallas burbs?

I love Dallas, and it has some gorgeous suburbs, but a lot of the surrounding area was not very green.

Houston's burbs seem to have a lot more trees -- maybe because the climate is less arid.
It's very lush here and more so the further north you get. North Houston is heavily forested.
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Who was the architect for this building?
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https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/06/12/exclusive-greenway-plaza-mixed-use-to-include.html

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Exclusive: Greenway Plaza mixed-use to include office tower, high-end residential

By Cara Smith – Reporter, Houston Business Journal
Jun 12, 2018, 8:33am CDT

The Ro, a mixed-use project that's being developed by Transwestern Development Co. and Spear Street Capital, will likely contain a mid-rise residential development, an office building and retail, Spear Street's CEO John Grassi told the Houston Business Journal.

The Ro will be built on 16.88 acres at 3120 Buffalo Speedway – the site of a former Exxon Mobil campus on Buffalo Speedway – just half a block away from Greenway Plaza and a few blocks away from River Oaks. Though details are still being worked out, The Ro will likely contain an office building that'll offer roughly between 250,000 and 300,000 square feet. The bulk of the project will be residential, Grassi said. The multifamily component might be anywhere from eight to 12 stories tall, Grassi said, though specifics are still being hammered out.

Regarding the office building, Grassi said Spear Street and Transwestern received a phone call from an office tenant looking for around 125,000 square feet in the River Oaks area.

"The office stock in that part of Houston ... is fairly old," Grassi said. "It's just older real estate. People will respond to something brand new (and) creative."

The office building in The Ro will likely offer signage rights, he said. The project will break ground in 2019. A delivery date hasn't been announced.
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New info regarding the residential high-rise

http://www.transwesterndevelopment.c...section-line-3

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Location Details: 3120 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX

Project Type :Mixed-Use Multifamily
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Total Units/SF: 340 apartments in a high rise tower
Completion :Start construction in early 2019
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The RO, a 17 acre mixed use master plan in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston that will consist at ultimate buildout of over 1,000 residential units, 500,000 sf of Class A Office, 100,000 f of retail and 200 hotel rooms.
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Leasing brochure reveals retail component and more:

- 644 residential units
- 310,000 sq ft office
- 200 hotel keys, 175 condos
- 65,000 sq ft retail

https://s3.amazonaws.com/transwester...a232701e1a.pdf









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It's very lush here and more so the further north you get. North Houston is heavily forested.
West and lots of South Houston is mostly all former amazing bird habitat grasslands, now covered by endless tracts of banal suburban houses for as far as the eye can see with few trees. Much much different than Kingwood or The Woodlands, etc.
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More renderings from ze planning comission:



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Another rendering leaked before groundbreaking:

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looks very nice.
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